Featured ATX Food Blog: Green Door Hospitality
We tried to write up our own description of Green Door Hospitality, yet another great ATX Food Blog, but their ‘about me’ sums it up perfectly. Read on, get to know them and you’ll want to throw a dinner party immediately.
Green Door Hospitality looks at the adventure that can be found within everyday entertaining. In an age where so much of human interaction is virtual, there is a simple beauty in seeing and relating with people in the “real world”. Green Door Hospitality is about making your guests feel special.
Throughout this blog, you will find a modern sensibility within “old fashion hosting”. And you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Entertaining is about finding your own style and comfort zone. The most important part of entertaining is about how your guests feel at the end of the experience.
How did you discover your love of food and writing?
I have always loved to write. Short stories, poems, essays… expressing myself through writing has always been part of my life. So has cooking. My mother is a wonderful cook and from early on I found myself at home in the kitchen. And there is nothing better than preparing a meal for other people. Entertaining through food shares so much of yourself and brings back the dying art of hospitality.
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking? If so, how?
Through Green Door Hospitality I have discovered the joy of creating my own recipes. I had dabbled with developing recipes in the past but blogging has really brought out the creative cook in me.
What is your favorite ingredient to use in the kitchen?
A toss up between garlic and shallots. Whenever I modify a recipe I find myself adding one of these ingredients. They make everything better!
What is your best memory in the kitchen?
I don’t know if I can pinpoint just one memory. My best memories in the kitchen always are connected with people. Helping my mom cook a holiday dinner. My husband and I spending the day cooking together. Baking cookies (and drinking Bloody Marys) every Christmas with one of my good friends.
What is the best thing about your kitchen?
Our pantry. It is a decent size for our home with plenty of room for all my preserving.
What is your favorite meal to prepare?
I would probably say Truffled Mac and Cheese. Mac and Cheese is such a delicious comfort food. But when you incorporate gorgonzola and truffle oil, it makes comfort food elegant!
What does your dream kitchen look like?
Wow. I feel like I should include a link to my Pinterest board with all the images that I keep stored for someday building our dream kitchen! In essence it would include the following: two ovens, a large gas stove with plenty of room for each burner, a butcher block island for extra work space, a large pantry and root cellar, as well as a door leading directly out to our herb and vegetable garden.
What 3 guests would you like to have at your dinner table?
Alton Brown, David Sedaris, and Senator Wendy Davis
What does the word “sustainable” mean to you when it comes to food?
The less waste the better! We compost everything we possibly can. The compost then gets worked into our large vegetable garden. We then can and preserve everything we grow, as well as make our own condiments, sauces, breads, etc. When we buy something, the container either gets re-used or recycled. Old bread becomes bread crumbs. Bacon grease gets saved in the refrigerator and used for future recipes.
Favorite Recipe to Date?
This is difficult since I have different favorites for different meals, courses, and events. But I would have to say at the moment it is my Bourbon-Seared Peaches with Fig Balsamic Vinegar.