Why I Love Being on Dish Duty

Why I Love Being on Dish Duty

Kate Gagnon
Jun 24, 2014
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Last weekend, my friends and I jetted out of smelly, hot, New York City in favor of some time spent in the country. Think poolside cocktails, afternoon naps, and walking through a creek barefoot. (Remind me again, why I am typing this in front of my creaky window unit AC in NYC?) The other main feature of the weekend? Unbelievably delicious food I had nothing to do with at all.

Having spent the weekend with this group of friends before, I knew from the get go that I'd be on dish duty. Never in all my years have I been so elated to be on dish duty for a group of nine people. Scrubbing crusty bits of delicious blueberry scones off a baking sheet, scraping Green Goddess dressing out of the blender, wiping spilled rhubarb shrub off the countertop — it was absolutely worth it, knowing my friends are just as obsessed with food as I am.

It all started a week before the trip with the most glorious thing I have ever been emailed: a shared Google document of menu ideas. (!!!) We're all great cooks, but I've got to hand it to my friends. They're seriously giving me a run for my money.

By taking a back seat for the weekend, I got to experience my other friends' favorite summer dishes or recipes they've been wanting to try out, without fretting about whatever contribution I was cooking up. My contribution = showing up with Whole Foods bags and a smile that said "take me to your dishes."

I'd reprint the two-day menu here, but honestly that'd just be mean right? Instead, you'll just have to take my word for it.

What are your favorite summer recipes to cook on vacation?

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