Writes and Reads 2013

Writes And Reads 2013

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Here we are at the cusp of another new year, looking back at the 12 months we’re finishing as much as we look ahead to the 12 we’re about to begin. We’ve been given another year of life, and, with it, joy and sorrow, expected and unexpected, old and new. We’ve changed. That’s one of the things I’ve thought the most about as I’ve read through archives from 2013—how much my heart and head have been shaped and transformed through the things I’ve read and experienced this last year, how they’ll continue to change in what comes next. And in that spirit, here are some highlights of words we remember when we look back:

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Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta and Sautéed Apples

Buckwheat Crepes With Honeyed Ricotta And Sautéed Apples

Buckwheat Crepes

Good morning, guys! Well, I say good morning, but, technically, it’s about 11 AM over here at my parents’ place on the day after Christmas. While I am freshly showered, I am also typing these words from bed, so morning seems appropos. This is a lazy morning, the kind with little on the day’s docket, the kind that define the term “holiday” to me. I love mornings like these—slow breakfasts, unhurried schedules, time to sit and think. And I figure as long as I’m sitting here thinking about mornings from here in my old room, now might be a good time to talk about Megan Gordon’s new breakfast book, Whole-Grain Mornings, and about the first recipe Tim and I made from it: buckwheat crepes.

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Tricolor Christmas Cookies

Tricolor Christmas Cookies

Tricolor Cookies / FoodLovesWriting.com

A few Wednesdays ago, sitting at our weekly dinner with Tim and his brother, Nate, I quizzed them about their favorite Christmas memories. Tim and Nate are two of three children, their older sister still in Ohio with her husband and three kids, and, as two boys only 13 months apart, they shared a room until the day she left home, when they were ages 16 and 17. They stayed housemates, first in Ohio, then in Tennessee, until the day Tim and I got married and he moved out to live with me. So I like asking them together about their childhood because, in the way that your best friend remembers things about that summer road trip that you forget, the two of them round out each other’s stories. “What were some of your favorite Christmas foods?” I was asking the two men that people still call by each other’s name. Tim said pasta. Nate tried to think. But before long they were telling me about the piles of cookies their mom made every year, from cathedral cookies (marshmallows peek out between layers of cookies, creating what looks like stained glass) to kolachkys (a favorite in my childhood, too) to what Tim referred to as “color cookies,” something I’d never heard of before.

“You remember them, Nate, the ones that had food coloring in them? Red and blue and gold and green?”

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Winter Lettuce Salad with Roasted Peppers and Feta

Winter Lettuce Salad With Roasted Peppers And Feta

WINTER LETTUCE SALAD / foodloveswriting.com

I have to start this post by saying thank you for your comments on the last one. You were all so kind! While we knew it would be fun to share the news about the cookbook, we didn’t know it would be that fun. You doubled our joy! You offered to recipe test! I have long believed that blog readers are the unsung heroes of the Internet, the ones who give without expectation, who often listen without being heard, and I want you all to know that we think it’s really something. You’re really something. Thank you. We hope we can create a book that will truly delight and inspire you and celebrate the beauty of what we have found to be a treasured grain. We hope when you hold copies in your hands next year, you’ll know we made this book for you.

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News! and Call for Recipe Testers!

News! And Call For Recipe Testers!

Update, March 2014! We turned in the manuscript last month (hooray!) and so we’re no longer in need of recipe testers. Thank you all so much for your interest!
decembernews

We are writing a cookbook, and writing that sentence is both humbling and shocking because it doesn’t feel real. We are writing a cookbook. (!!) We are people who delight in food, just like most of you are probably people who delight in food, but truthfully the idea of publishing a cookbook was not something we had planned. As you know, this has been 2013: The Year of House Hunting! And sometimes, 2013: The Year of Unexpected Travel! It’s been a year of enormous gifts and real disappointments. It’s been a year of settling into marriage, feeling more comfortable in it, then looking at each other and thinking, Hey, can this sweet life be real!? When the opportunity to pitch a cookbook came our way, like so many other providences before it, from a Hawaii honeymoon to a place to live, we didn’t quite believe it. In fact, despite the fact that we’ve known about this project since September (!!), it’s felt so unbelievable, we haven’t said anything about it here until now. We are not impressive people, I promise you, so despite all the temptation in my heart to let you think we’re getting this opportunity because we’re awesome, it’s just not true. What is true is that we are full of mistakes and failures and misunderstandings, and yet here we are, learning and growing and getting to do something we don’t deserve. It’s such a gift, a grace upon grace, such an opportunity to be stretched and to see how much we have to learn. And right now, as we are almost halfway into our deadlines, as we are eating our weight in einkorn and feeling like we’re ready for a vacation, I need to type this all out here, if only to remind myself. We are writing a cookbook! And now here, for you guys, is the full scoop:

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