Daily Archives: 02.27.2012

One Kitchen, Many Hearts: Box 1

Six faces, six places.

From Left to Right, Top Row: Madelyn, Kirsten, Megan, Bottom Row: Jeanne, Allison et moi.

I’m still totally confused about how, exactly we managed to find one another (um, besides Mads) in the vast, mysterious expanse known as The Internet, but I am so very glad that we did.  Even though we live thousands of miles apart, each of these women has taught me so much over the past year about baking, cooking and selfless friendship.

Once upon a forever ago, we coined the term One Kitchen Many Hearts to describe the relationship that we have.  Because in a perfect world we would own a Big Love-style compound in which all of our kitchens opened up into one community yard.  Where we could lend one another a cup of sugar, two eggs and a stick of butter just because.

Not such a bad vision, is it?

Anyway, one day on The Twitter, we were discussing a food blogger pen pal program that another blogger was hosting.  And it occurred to us that instead of sending boxes to strangers, we could send things to one another.

So we set a schedule, wrote down our plan and started shipping away.

This month, I received a shipment from The Lone Star State,which was so perfectly fitting, considering the fact that I have been fixated with All Things Texas lately.  I want to call it a phase.  But I really don’t think it is.

The haul.

The Homesick Texan had arrived in our mailbox the day before and as I pulled things out of Jeanne’s carefully crafted package, I had to use all of my self-control to avoid screaming Oprah’s Favorite Things-style.

Yes, seriously.

The contents.

Are the cowgirl tags killing you dead?  Because I died.

What we have: Elderflower Honey, Homemade Red Plum Jam, Canned Rajas, Fire Roasted Mexican Salsa, Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous, Bayou Heat Hot Sauce, Belgian Chocolates, Dove Dark Chocolate with Almond Promises and Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Slick Slate.

In Marcus’ words: Jeanne really gets you doesn’t she?

Um, yes.  A thousand times yes.

And we have only just scratched the surface of the feasting that needs to take place between now and April.

Want to know what else got sent around the country?  The answer to that is YES!  Pop on over to check out Madelyn, Kirsten, Megan, Jeanne and Allison’s boxes!

Edited to add: To see what I sent Megan, click here!