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Hope everyone having a most wonderful day of the year wherever you find yourself.  Merry Christmas!


The Cuban Table


It’s hard to believe, but my blog turns four years old today.  I usually look back in my anniversary posts, but I have some really exciting news that’s all about moving forward.  A little more than a year ago, I started working on my first book proposal in collaboration with the amazing food photographer Ellen Silverman.  Many, many, many drafts later…it was acquired by St. Martin’s Press, and, if all goes well, The Cuban Table will be published in the fall of 201

My family and friends have been incredibly supportive, but I have to thank the proposal’s fairy godmothers – Isabel, Harriet, and Meg (who I just realized have actual fairy-type names) – for seeing us through the process.  Until now, its only existed in a maybe-hopefully-someday part of my life.  Now that it’s happening, I can barely keep my heart in my chest, my head on my shoulders or my feet on the ground.  It’s hard to imagine where this will take me, but then I couldn’t have known four years ago that a post about wanting to eat my Christmas tree would have brought me here.

Holiday Cookbook + Apron Giveaway


A few weeks ago, I decided to make Cannelle et Vanille‘s Aran Goyaga’s Swiss Chard, Pear and Gruyère Tart from her new cookbook, Small Plates and Sweet Treats.  I’m not sure how to describe this beautifully photographed book except to say that it glows.  It actually glows. Read more

A Moment We All Needed

I don’t usually address national news on this site.  It’s not that kind of forum, and I’d never want to trivialize a serious event.  On Thursday night, I was writing about the busyness before the holidays to post the next day.  Of course, for me, like many of you, the clock stopped on Friday morning when I heard about the tragic events in Newton, Connecticut.  Starting up again has been harder than I imagined, and impossible without acknowledging what we’re all feeling – heart broken.  In these situations, you’re never quite sure where relief will come from, but I thought the opening of Saturday Night Live, broadcast last night, was lovely and worth sharing.  If you’re looking for ways to help the victims of Sandy Hook, please click here for more information.

Catching Up in December


How did it get so late so soon?  It’s night before it’s afternoon.  December is here before it’s June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr Seuss

At first I thought this quote perfectly captured the short day anxiety I’ve been feeling this winter, but really, it sums up my whole year.  Case in point – this should have been my catching-up post for November.  Not that I’ve been wasting time.  This month, I was thrilled to be part of SAVEUR’s 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar.  It’s full of amazing recipes, and I loved flipping through the cabinets and looking under the lampshades for more suggestions.  If you prefer musical advent experience, the New York Magazine Les Miserable Advent Calendar is a second (albeit close) favorite.  Here’s a quick list of links that may tell you where the rest of my time has gone. Read more