This was a summer of alt crafting. I mean, I was knitting steadily, but there were serious detours into other
time-consuming and weird fun activities.
My brother Clif and his wife Mary Neal‘s family arrived en masse at the Assembly just in time for Week 8, also known as The Quiet Week. Which meant there was plenty of time for perusing the Assembly’s 29-year-old cookbook.
I’ve discussed Porch Party Recipes before. This was the first time we’d tackled anything more ambitious than Sausage Pinwheels. (“Men like these.”)
While Beer Cheese is an obvious and great idea, it was the bottom recipe that seized us. Seized us UP.
Team: Nephews Wilson and James. Filling management by Mary Neal’s sisters Liz and Sarah. Ringers: John Henry and Walter, who took a break from their three-day gizzard-braising project to advise on proportion and decoration.
The problem here was that their family is filled with serious cooks, who’d stocked the fridge with legit ingredients. My nephew James totally skewed the project by baking bread layers in cake pans, so superior to anything storebought that the whole thing actually tasted sort of . . . OK.