It’s important to me that our friends know how much we appreciate their unique talents. To that end, I take it upon myself to devise ways in which I might show my appreciation. Several of my friends – Julie In’t Hout, Ben Slagter, and my cousin Jeremiah – happen to be excellent with food. What better way to encourage them than to bring them all together and have them feed me? None. So, this weekend we all got together around their Spanish food creations and enjoyed ourselves. All of them worked very hard to research and prepare Spanish tapas for our families. But none worked as hard as I to be sure to eat more food than one ought to, and to direct complimentary gestures and satisfied groans of contentment toward the chefs the whole evening long.

To my friends who made all of that delicious food… you’re welcome.