I was flipping through the January issue of Martha Stewart Living and was dee-freakin-lighted to discover “A Good Yarn,” this month’s featured casual supper. “When friends gather to knit and share a meal, expect as much conversation as crafting.”
Don’t they know it! It brought to mind that supper we threw together last time I was in New York. Remember? Smoky Cashews, Baba Ghanoush and Crackers, Roasted Parsnip, Celery Heart and Apple Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette, French-Lentil and Sausage Stew, Thyme-Cheddar Twists, Ginger-Pear Hand Pies, and Pear Chips.
Quel coincidence! Those Martha Stewart Livers sure do know the mind of the knitter.
Out of curiosity, prurient interest, and the stunning overstock of kielbasa at our house, I decided to explore this fun little menu in hopes of throwing a Good Yarn supper for my knitpals here in Nashville. I began with the French-Lentil and Sausage Stew. “A thick stew made with Le Puy lentils and kielbasa makes a hearty, no-fuss meal. Its aroma, reminiscent of French country cooking, comes from a blend of bay leaf and rosemary.”
Oh, it’s chock full of Le Puyness, all right, and only blew my allotment of cooking time for the next three days. I did not, in fairness, have to manufacture my own kielbasa.
Next up: Cheddar-Thyme Twists and Ginger-Pear Hand Pies, which look suspiciously like actual baking in that they call for dry yeast, the folding of dough in half horizontally, and the use of a rolling pin. The great news is that while I’m waiting for the yeast to activate, while I’m waiting the four hours for the dough to rise, while I’m waiting overnight for my pastry dough to chill, I’ll have lots of time to knit. Brilliant!
Frannie: “Where’s Ann?”
Betsy: “She’s still roasting that parsnip for the salad.”
Buffy: “Parsnips? Did somebody say parsnips?”
Mary Neal: “What I wouldn’t give for a pear chip right about now.”
For those people living under a rock and aren’t properly keeping up, March 5 is Martha’s release date from prison–I checked in at Save Martha, a site run by Williams graduate John Small who I do believe will end up the Greta van Sustern of the Martha Stewart case. Looks like he has appeared on TV no fewer than five million times in the past year, lovin’ Martha all the way and, as proof of his devotion, selling Save Marthabilia out the wazoo. Way to make a career out of . . . nothing!
See you soon for the true knitter’s meal: this and these.