A year ago, Georgia and I made a pitcher of lemonade that would change our lives. Yes, that sounds quite dramatic; but it’s true. That pitcher of lemonade, as you may remember, if you’ve been following us since the beginning (thank you!), was our first foray into the world of food creation as a team. Neither of us had planned to start a food blog, but we did. I had brought my camera to Georgia’s that day and began messing around with it, trying to be “artsy” with my photos of squeezed lemons and the ubiquitous mason jars we used to serve the cool beverage. After a short discussion about the possibility of food blogging, we agreed to create our own food blog. The name came to us quickly. We wanted something fresh, something creative. “Remember,” I began warily, “when we were in kindergarten, picking strawberries in my garden, and my dad said that it was the ‘Wright time for a Schnack?’” Well, once we realized the ingenuity of that phrase as applied to a food blog, there was no turning back.
Who knew that eleven years later, Georgia and I would be still be friends, using the moniker for a food blog, and that our first creation would be minted strawberry lemonade. Life is strange sometimes, isn’t it?
This year of blogging has strengthened our friendship, which I am so thankful for. Whoever said that there’s nothing like food to bring people together hit the nail on the head. I feel that we have both grown as people and as artists. Our photos, once pretty terrible, have become significantly better—though we are still developing our food styling and photography issues and know we have a long way to go until we can reach the professional level of some of our favorite food bloggers. We’ve had some minor disagreements about what’s going to taste good (though I often pressure Georgia into giving in and letting me try something ridiculous). We’ve learned that cooking takes time, tripods are your friends, it’s not possible to leave Whole Foods without fancy chocolate and it’s best to read a recipe entirely before starting to cook. But above all, I think our first year of blogging has been a huge success. We have no idea what the fall will bring, when we go our separate ways (Caty, to college in New York City, and Georgia, to Spain and college the following year), but we can assure you that Wright Time for a Schnack is not over. Never in a million years did Georgia and I think our blog would be as successful as it is. Thank you, everyone, for following our blog, trying our recipes and giving us your support. We truly appreciate it.
To celebrate our blog-iversary, we decided to make mocha pudding. This is actually the second time we’ve made pudding from scratch in the last couple weeks—we had a patriotic pudding pop experiment for the fourth of July that unfortunately did not freeze in a timely enough fashion to make it to the blog. This mocha pudding is just as (if not more) delicious, however, and made the perfect decadent dessert to round off our year of blogging with. It’s the kind of concoction that brings the table to a happy silence as it is joyfully consumed.
Happy one year, blog. Stay sweet, everybody!
Adapted from Endless Simmer
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Combine cornstach, sugar, salt, milk and espresso powder in a heatproof bowl and whisk vigorously until combined.
- Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (do not let the bowl of pudding touch the water) and cook, whisking frequently, until thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in vanilla and chocolate. Serve warm or chilled and top with whipped cream, if desired.