We’re in the midst of preparations for our New Year’s Eve celebrations, i.e. our annual evening-long cooking-and-eating fest, but I wanted to drop in and wish everyone a wonderful 2014! The menu tonight is shaping up to be one of our best ever, and because one of my goals for this coming year is writing more here, I’m hoping I’ll be actually sharing it here very soon.
Over Christmas my brother observed that I’ve been asking for (and happily receiving) many more cookbooks over the last few years and that we’ve probably amassed a pretty sizable collection by now. Michael immediately started doing a mental calculation and estimated that we have about 70, and when we got home and I took an inventory…and I counted 67. Damn. Yes, that number includes books that are no longer in regular rotation such as the bargain-bin specials I would pick up at Borders way back when, but it was kind of shocking to realize how many we had at our disposal.
I’m sure now that my reticence to write was influenced by the sheer volume of food we were making this year; now that I’m much more comfortable in the kitchen on my own, our weeknight meal game has been elevated. (I mean, yesterday we made trout almondine with a crostini slathered in chili butter and topped with pancetta.) So in figuring out ways I could write more without having to feel compelled to write about every last meal, I’ve decided to introduce a new segment in which I share some of the dishes we’ve made from a cookbook on our shelves. I don’t want to consider it a strict review, but more a reflection of the cooking experience while sharing some of what we’ve made. And as you can see in the first photo, I’ve flagged quite a few recipes in our latest acquisitions alone.
(OK, maybe you could call it a cookbook review. Regardless, it’s a way for me to shake things up and think a little differently, and for now, that’s enough.)
And with that, I must finish up my last-minute preparations for tonight. Here’s to a productive, creative, and delicious 2014!