the good winter

the last few weeks of 2010 brought along quite a few new favorite recipes: salted caramel cookies i could eat by the stack – with a hot glass of spiced cider nearby; a christmas chicken i will gladly carve up any time of year; fancy gougères (cheese puffs made with gruyère) that bake up hot and crispy straight from the freezer; and the best apple pie i’ve ever made (i ate three slices of it the first day).

those recipes will make their way here in time (stay tuned!), but today i am swaying easy into the new year with this song:



and thinking back on the blessings of friendship, family, and home. my love of food is only trumped by the richness of ways we enjoy it – around the dining table with mom, dad, and brother; in a crowded kitchen brimming with new friends and glasses of bubbly; wrapped up in blankets sitting by the window, looking out through rain-streaked windows at a bright gray sky… and feeling new.