They’re Coming! A guest post about family and food from The Buffer Zone

Excited about my first guest blog, and inspired to make a few of the healthy recipes on Small Potatoes as soon as the triple chocolate caramel creme cookies come out of the oven!

Small Potatoes

Each month, Small Potatoes will be inviting a guest blogger to share  stories, recipes, and relationships to their food systems. Enjoy this first one from Diane at The Buffer Zone. Would you like a side of dysfunction with that turkey? 

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Diane, of  The Buffer Zone

Buffer  n. 1. Something that lessens or absorbs the shock of an impact.  2. A neutral area between two conflicting powers.

Buffer Zone  n. 1. Where you can hide when you realize the “conflicting powers” are your dysfunctional relatives.

Lately, I’ve been trying to follow a diet I like to call the “Don’t Eat Crap Diet.” You know, no processed foods, no Diet Coke, blah, blah, etc., which is why I check out this blog about eating locally grown, right-from-the-ground type food.  However, Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means relatives breaking our established Buffer Zone to join us for dinner…

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Getting Ready…

Changing it up here on The Buffer Zone Blog in between making a map of escape routes from the location where Thanksgiving dinner will be held, and getting ready to be the FIRST guest blogger on an award winning site.

Check back to see the blog post, and the new BZ layout after it’s completed. Meanwhile, if you are extremely nearsighted, enjoy this version.



And double “Whew.”

It took us 3 whole weeks to recover from Buffer Zone Day 2013. Wine and liquor bottles have been recycled, and you can once again find cheese at the local groceries. This year’s winner was truly deserving, and we can’t wait to see where they display their lovely, and oh-so-special trophy. Thanks to everyone involved for sharing their dysfunctional family stories and incidents, and for all the nice comments pertaining to this year’s Buffer Zone Day.

Schadenfreude is a German word that translated into English means ‘Fail-Joy’, or pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. If Buffer Zone Day gets any more schadenfreude-ish we will need to start dressing in lederhosen.

Every year, we strive to make Buffer Zone Day bigger, better, and more festive that the last. Frankly, we are a little stumped as how to top BZD13. Maybe we will have a contest for Buffer Zone Day 2014, open to everyone, with a spectacular prize for the best dysfunctional story or incident. We are still kicking around ideas, amusing ourselves in the process, so stay tuned to this blog.


Giddy With Excitement (And Now Hunger)

It is just two short weeks to July 31st, The Buffer Zone Day! Since, like us, you are probably writing down the items you need from the grocery store on the back of an empty cable service envelope, here is one of our favorite recipes to use for your own celebration.


One big hunk of any kind of cheese

Another big hunk of a different kind of cheese

Some amount of cream cheese

Chop cheeses into similar size chunks. Place in heat proof bowl and put in microwave or oven. Heat at whatever temperature you need, for as long as you need, to get it nice and gooey. Remove from microwave or oven, and place bowl on hot pad in middle of table. Dip anything edible into cheese and enjoy. Serving size depends on cheese hunk size, and how festive/stressed/intoxicated the guests are likely to be.

Be sure to share this on facebook so that you don’t forget the recipe.