I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July! I know I did. Despite some of the major frustrations experienced the day before. I woke up the morning of the 3rd refreshed and ready to have a productive day. My to-do list included cooking and photographing five recipes, cleaning the house for a 7:30pm dinner party, then preparing some ceviche to have out just before my guests would arrive.
As I was finishing up this soup (recipe 2/5 for the day), I opened the cabinets under my sink to find one of my pipes leaking all over the various odds and ends stored within. For those of you who may not know, I am quite challenged when it comes to home maintenance and handy work. After emptying a seemingly endless stash of wet cleaning products, bottles, bags and towels, I decided to try to fix this issue myself. With a squeeze-tube of silicone in hand and flashlight in mouth, I made my way below. I really should have taken a picture of my “fix.” Just imagine globs of white silicon dotting pipes haphazardly mummified in tattered duct tape. Utterly frustrated, I sat on my kitchen floor defeated. And guests were arriving in four and half hours. Continue reading for the rest of my story, plus a delicious recipe for Squash Blossom Soup.