Saturday, January 1, 2011

Friendly Fire in Linda's Kitchen: The Story of Cheese Fondue, Catch Phrase and The Peppermint Pig

Submitted by Michelle
Once upon a time, two front row friends gathered in Claremont to celebrate the start of a new year. Their husbands were on hand, along with Courtney and Jeremiah, an adorable niece and nephew-in-law.
The cute couple

The menu was planned and Michelle, the more culinary minded of the two friends, worked hard in the kitchen preparing Chicken, Artichoke and White Bean Spezzatino along with Cheese Fondue, assisted by her husband David, the real holder of a culinary degree.
All was going well and the fondue was looking fantastic when...
...Michelle decided to move the fondue from the kitchen counter to the dining room table and in the process dropped the flaming can of Sterno onto the floor and started a fire in her friend Linda's kitchen. Fortunately David and Craig, Linda's quick thinking husband, were able to extinguish the fire, but not before the white kitchen cabinets and the ceiling were stained pink from the Sterno and scorched from the flames. Even the beloved Magic Eraser could not remove the spots! (Luckily, later in the evening, Linda did try some Clorox Clean-Up and that did the trick.) Despite the minor kerfuffle in the kitchen, the friends feasted on a tasty dinner and ate to their hearts content. (Though Michelle continued to be a bit mortified by her mishap.)

After dinner the games began with a new tradition: The Peppermint Pig! The confectionery swine was purchased as a Christmas gift by Michelle and David's thoughtful niece Rachel on a recent trip to the Adirondack region of New York State.
According to legend "...after the holiday dinner, the Peppermint Pig was passed amongst those gathered, each in turn giving the pouch a firm tap and sharing a tale of the past year's good fortune. The delicious broken peppermint and warm memories were enjoyed by all in hopes of prosperity for the coming year."
The group of friends decided to modify the tradition by sharing something they were thankful for and giving the pig "two pops" rather than one firm tap. Courtney loved the game, despite hitting her finger the first go round, instead of the pouch which contained the pig.
Craig and what was left of the pig

At the end of the sharing the pig was nothing more than chunks of delicious, buttery peppermint candy. Though the pig was finished, the games were not. The group enjoyed Catch Phrase a lightning-fast game of words and phrases, in which one gives as many clues as possible until a teammate yells the word or phrase. Ironically, "friendly fire" came up in the game and Linda described it by saying, "When one person shoots at another in a warm and welcoming way."
After the games, everyone enjoyed a delicious cake which Courtney had made for dessert and then fought to keep their eyes open long enough to ring in the new year.
And so this story ends and the year 2011 begins. All is well in Claremont, and though Linda may have some messy tendencies in the kitchen (which Michelle often likes to remind her of), Linda can now boldly say, "I may have some habits, but at least I've never started a fire in my kitchen!"

The End


Linda and Michelle said...

Linda is laughing her head off rereading this one!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! The two of you are still up to your college-era fun :)

Courtney said...

I think writing about David's description of skid marks would make a nice addition to the story!

Linda and Michelle said...

Yes Courtney, I agree! No one is mocking Dave's clues like they are mine!!!!!