A Few Good New Year Resolutions 2018

A new year brings new opportunities–such as finding more ways to have fun in the kitchen! So as you plan your new year resolutions 2018, consider the following list of possibilities. Unlike some lists, it’s focused less on restriction, more on enjoyment. Give yourself something to look forward to trying in 2019!

A few good new year resolutions 2018: for fun in the kitchen
Photo by Oskars Sylwan on Unsplash

A lot of people like to knock new year resolutions. Mostly that’s because they don’t stick. Google around: according to statistics all over the Internet, most people who set new goals for the new year won’t keep to them. Some resources say as many as nine out of ten people will give up. Nonetheless, setting goals and making resolutions is still a good idea, especially if you pursue a specific kind of change, that is, the fun ones.

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from the garden where I have been put

The following is the first of what hopefully becomes a regular, infrequent series on this site: personal essays relating to food themes. If you are a writer and would like to submit a contribution, contact me. Or, if creative nonfiction about food is not your thing, visit the home page for what else is new!

As a freelance writer and mother of two small children, I dwell in two dichotomous realities: the immaterial world of articulating concepts and the material world of childcare needs. My managers ask me to put ideas into sentences; my children ask me to give them something to eat.

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Inspiration List: November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving week! Whether you’re busy stuffing your turkey or traveling to where someone else is, here’s a little distraction for you. Below, check out the third in a series of monthly inspiration lists. (View past months: September and October.)

turkey veggie tray
Friends, did you know there’s an entire #turkeyveggietray hashtag on Instagram? The world can be an amazing place.

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4 Online Resources to Inspire You to Make Pasta at Home

When it comes to making pasta at home, there’s nothing like learning from the pros–especially the sincerely joyful ones. So below, find four wonderfully inspiring online pasta resources that will make you want to pile flour and eggs on your counter, too.

handmade pasta
Dried handmade pasta, ala Marcella Hazan’s method

If you’ve never made pasta at home, these zealous cooks will make you want to; or, if you whip up handmade noodles all the time, these passionate pasta-makers will feel like friends. Read More

Marcella Hazan’s Handmade Pasta Recipe

The 1992 cookbook Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is still an Amazon bestseller today. In it, Marcella Hazan has a lot to say about making pasta–some of it surprising. Whether you’re a pasta veteran or never considered the idea of making it yourself, here’s a look at the legendary Italian cook’s handmade pasta recipe and what it might be able to teach you!

what marcella hazan teaches us about making pasta at home
Fresh noodles made per Marcella’s formula, with only two ingredients: (semolina) flour and eggs

There’s nothing like a handmade pasta recipe to reignite your love of cooking. All it takes is a chunk of time in the kitchen and the simplest of ingredients to create the foundation for four-star dining at home! Read More