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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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.