I should have called this post “Confessions of a Food Stalker”.
I am totally one of those guys who hovers near the kitchen door at cocktail parties and food events, just waiting for the next best thing to make its way into the crowd. Over the years I’ve discovered that waiting for a platter of something delicious to be placed on a communal table is for suckers, as the best grub is usually long gone before the dish gets within 10 feet of its intended destination. It can be dog-eat-dog in those situations, and I find it best to leave nothing to chance.
So it was with this tasty treat, a dish that I drooled over for weeks while it was being developed by a friend of mine at work, Christie Morrison. Christie works on the Cook’s Country team, not with me at Cook’s Illustrated, but we all share the same test kitchen and so I got early wind of this dish and kept a close eye on her progress, snagging nibbles when I could.