We began Gourmandistan as merely a way to amuse ourselves (and some may claim we still amuse merely ourselves). But we have grown quite attached to you, our readers. Our urge to post to this blog has grown beyond the simple need to stick recipes where we can easily access them to encompass the idea that someone out there in cyberspace might actually miss us if we’re gone. That is why, even though our home has been in complete disarray for more than two weeks due to an invasion of house painters, Michelle felt it necessary to sneak into the cleared-out-but-not-yet-painted kitchen and even grind her own peanut butter to make up for a deficit of store-bought needed for a batch of Lauren Groveman’s Midnight Brownies with Peanut Butter Pockets. And it is why Steve, despite currently suffering from a rather unpleasant virus, summoned the energy to write something about it.
Lauren Groveman’s Kitchen is one of our favorite cookbooks from the Clinton Era. So much so that when Michelle found a stack on a remainder table around the turn of the century, she bought them all up and gifted them to brides for years. (Sorry brides. Your wedding gifts may have cost only about $5 each. Hope you liked them anyway!) It’s a charming book full of helpful information for beginning cooks and enough reliable recipes for old-fashioned favorites to keep the more experienced interested. Which reminds us: it’s been a long time since we’ve made Groveman’s yummy Sloppy Joes.
There may not be much to this post, but we wanted you to know we’re still here. Hopefully the next post will find us back in our freshly painted kitchen with plenty of supplies on hand, ready to entertain and inform you in the manner you deserve.