Happy New Year everyone!
We’ve been less than vocal lately, I know. First it was a fantastic trip back to New England to visit family – filled with laughter, love, a bit of snow, fried seafood, and North End delicacies. Next we both succumbed to winter colds, mine only five days before Christmas. When the exhaustion wore off, it was time for more family to come visit us for Christmas – fried pizza parties, sushi, a deliciously indulgent evening at Tidbit Bistro, and then two full days of cooking for Christmas. Everything was perfect, though I wish I’d taken a moment to snap a photo of the aftermath in the kitchen on Christmas Day. It was truly momentous. There were too many grey days to count in the last half of 2010, yet 2011 has come bursting into being with bright blue skies and gloriously inviting sun.
It seems fitting, somehow. For many, 2010 was a hard year. Whether it was the economy, the weather, or other challenging aspects of life, I know very few who would say that 2010 was a spectacular year. I won’t spend this post complaining, because really, it doesn’t help the situation and I’d much prefer to focus on the positive, but I will summarize 2010 by saying that it was a year of growth, stress, and challenges. We survived and I believe we are better for the experiences, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look at 2011 with the hope that like the sun that streamed around my curtains this morning, the year will bring warmth, happiness, and light in many forms and to many people.
Here at Cook Local, we’re planning on having a lot more fun this year. We’ll still be providing recipes, at least twice a week, but we’re going to be spending more time playing around with new recipes that might not always make it to the blog. We’re also hoping to do more preserving. One of our Christmas presents this year was a pressure canner, and we’re hoping to have lots of fun with that this year. We’ve also purchased a fourth raised bed to expand our gardening even more. We’ll be publishing our CSA guide again this spring, though I don’t think we’ll be signing up for a CSA ourselves this year since we have all of that wonderful gardening space. If we do sign up for a CSA, it will be Growing Washington’s Fruit CSA or Tonnemaker’s Canning/Bulk CSA.
We’re also hard at work on an iPhone application for our sister site, Seasonal Cornucopia. We’re only in the spec-writing phase now, but we’re hopeful it will be out sometime this summer. Android and Windows Phone 7 users, don’t despair. We won’t forget about you either, but those applications might take just a little bit longer.
You’ll also be able to find some new features popping up on our website soon. We’re expanding our Ingredients pages to include a wide variety of seasonal produce. As part of our work with Seasonal Cornucopia, we’re hoping you’ll be able to find a new and unfamiliar fruit or vegetable at the farmers market, look it up on our site or our iPhone application, and figure out what to do with it.
Last, but not least, don’t forget that we’re on Twitter and we’re happy to answer any cooking or seasonal food related questions you may have. Welcome to 2011!
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