This year I had the opportunity to visit with two different families over the holidays. I spent Christmas in Roselle, New Jersey and New Year's in Hockessin, Delaware. It was great to get away from Philadelphia and visit some really good friends for a change. The highlight of my winter break was starting a family oral history project, having really amazing food and making new discoveries such as:
- Creamed onions, which I actually had a hand in making
- Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake
- Wild Rice Salad
- Freshly pounded pomegranate juice, which I used to make sangria
- The cookbook Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine
- Simon Pearce
I had the opportunity to be in the kitchen with other people who love to cook and have as much passion for food as I do. It was such a great experience that I resolved to spend more time cooking with other people in the new year. I have also resolved to spend more time enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
2010 was not my favorite year, by far. I had a lot of ups and downs mostly due to living in Philadelphia. However, I managed to remain optimistic and hopeful. The new year will be spent enjoying life and cooking even more. To anyone reading this, a joyous Happy New Year to you and yours!