Cozy lunch

I’m writing this in my future brother-in-law’s apartment while everyone is still asleep. Not his future apartment. The apartment is current. He is my future brother-in-law – in six months he will be one. We’re in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a New Year’s Eve wedding – whee! 2012, we’re going to be greeting you with flutes full of champagne, all dressed up.

2011, you’ve been an amazing, beautiful, generous year to me. A career switch and an engagement – amazing!

I did a complete 180 and went from working in finance to really, honest-to-goodness, no reservations, trying to eke out a career as a food writer and a recipe developer. And it has sort of been working! Hooray! When I was leaving my job in late January, I was really, truly scared. I felt like I was taking a leap into the great unknown. But despite my fear, despite not knowing what the future held, I felt a sense of elation, not dread. Right around the same time, Andrew had moved in, and we were settling into a real pattern. We were building a home together; a life.

Waiting on soup dumplings with @afreedma #iphonography #jewishchristmas

And then, the day before my birthday, Andrew proposed, which really was the most amazing, lovely thing that could’ve happened. I’m still aglow, many months later. 2012, we hope you’re ready for our wedding. There’s going to be much merriment and jubilation!

I really wanted to leave you, 2011, with a recipe. I owe you, and you readers, at least that much. But somehow December spun wildly out of control. But in a very very good way. I promise to deliver some good news in 2012. For now, let me leave you with a handful of favorites from the year – the ones I returned to more than a dozen times. Happy New Year to you all! See you in 2012!

Um, no thanks?

Tuscan Kale Salad with Pecorino

Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk

Coconut Ginger Fried Rice

Salad Olivier

Coconut Green Curry Mussels

Fried Chicken

Lobster Rolls

The Stone Fence (Plus!)


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