Saturday, December 31, 2011


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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  • 1

    Wishing you a very happy New Year, darling! It sure has been an exciting few months and I have no doubt that 2012 is going to be even better.

    December 31, 2011 10:12 am
  • 2
    Winnie said:

    Congrats on all the wonderful things that have happened to you this year Olga, and may 2012 bring even more good stuff!

    December 31, 2011 11:21 am
  • 3
    Robert S. said:

    All the best for, what will be, a simply amazing 2012 for you and Andrew.

    December 31, 2011 11:30 am
  • 4
    Laviza said:

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2012 with lots of
    Love peace and happiness. Thank you for sharing
    Your happiness and lovely events with all of us !!

    January 1, 2012 9:50 am
  • 5
    Rachel said:

    Just want to say that I made the rosemary gin fizz for my friends’ NYE party last night and it was a hit! I was making them right up until the gin ran out!

    Hope 2012 is as good to you as 2011 was, and more, and thanks always for the lovely writing, photos and recipes!

    January 1, 2012 11:04 pm
  • 6
    Kevin said:

    Nothing like some Rocky Mountain Oysters.

    January 3, 2012 4:50 pm

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