Packing My Bags

I love hanging around people who make me laugh. As adults, I think we honestly lack the ability to find humor in so many things. I try to surround myself with it, life hands me enough seriousness. I also try to make others laugh. Unfortunately, I have some pretty funny friends and family, so I am rarely the funniest person in the room, but as long as I am laughing I don’t mind.Pre-Quinn I spent a year taking improv classes at Second City. It was something that I had been totally interested in, but would have never have taken the plunge if I hadn’t received a gift certificate from my mother-in-law. So I went. At the time I was trying to do outside sales (key word being trying) and thought it would help me boost my confidence about selling. Well, that never happened, but I had a hell of a time that year. Every Wednesday we would gather in a small room and improvise our hearts out, always trying to be the wittiest in the room. After class we would go to the bar across the street and drink $2 cans of PBR, sometimes staying out until 2-3 am to get some late-night food. I’ll admit, I usually wimped out of the late-night crowd, but once in a while I would take part. At the end of each level there would be a show where we would perform on the Main Stage. The same place where people like Chris Farley and Tina Fey got their start. One show I bombed, and I mean bombed. The other show I improvised being a unicorn and got a few laughs. That is all I could have asked for. I knew I would never be famous based on my improvisation skills. In family situations my sister is always funnier than me…there will always be someone funnier than me. But I try.I had to leave the classes because they conflicted with culinary school, and then I got pregnant. Needless to say I lost touch with most people there. My drinking days were over and I could no longer hang. However, there are four people that I am lucky to continue to keep in touch with. Over the course of the last year and a half I have been able to get together with some of them. Last weekend I went out with them to say goodbye. I laughed a lot, which reminded me of what an intelligent and hilarious sense of humor they all have. Plus, they are just darn interesting to talk to. I am lucky to have them as friends. I only hope they will make the trek to Cincinnati so I can show them the land of hills and chili parlors. I will do my best to try to make them laugh.On to food. In the spirit of cleaning out my refrigerator and pantry before I move, I found some pretty wonderful things to make one of my favorite appetizers. As I mentioned before, I had company in the last few weeks, so brie and phyllo are not staples in my home, but I am pretty I had them because they make for a much more interesting recipe.

Sweet and Savory
Bags of Brie
1 small round of brie cheese
8 sheets of phyllo dough
1 Tb Basil Pesto
2 Tb Sundried Tomato, chopped
1 Tb Honey
1 Tb Chopped Walnuts
2 Tb Melted Butter

Preheat oven to 425F. Unroll sheets of phyllo and cut them in half at the fold. Using a brush, lightly brush each piece of phyllo with some butter. Cut brie circle and half and place each half on a stack of 8 cut sheets of phyllo. On one half spread the pesto on top of the brie and sprinkle the tomato. Bring all the edges of the phyllo to the middle and twist them around to cover the entire piece of cheese, securing the dough together. Lightly brush outside with butter.

On the other half spread the honey on top of the brie and sprinkle the walnuts. Wrap the brie as above.

Place on Pam-sprayed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 before serving. Serve with small slices of French Bread.

2 thoughts on “Packing My Bags

  1. Melanie

    you sell yourself short…i find that you are often the funniest person in the room. and we have some hilarious friends. i am so excited to have you back in the ‘nati again!!

  2. kristi

    i couldn’t agree more with Melanie, and i admire you so much for doing the second city thing – i would never have enough guts to do that.

    I haven’t been to the blog in a while, but you have posted some great stuff, i love this brie appetizer!

    I am so happy for you, mia, and quinn on moving back to ohio! even though you will be farther away, i think we will actually get to see more of each other that way 🙂

    good luck packing and moving, hope to see you soon!


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