Today my humble blog celebrates its first birthday.
You, dear reader, have really made my blogging year a true pleasure. You have shared recipes, given advice, actually made some of my recipes (this one was the most popular), and some even showed up at my house for a class. You have commented. You have endured my bad photographs. You have happily accepted containers of leftover blogged dishes, and in some cases sat down at the initial taste testings. You have been unflinchingly honest. You have come into my kitchen and cooked with me.
One cannot cook with local foods without ... local foods. I am constantly thankful for our many local farmers' markets, growers and producers, and especially for the indispensable gift of our local Winter CSA, happening again this winter.
This recipe was in the works last winter when we lost my Dad. The comfort of robust, home-cooked food at a time like that cannot be overstated. I am thankful for my family and friends, and give special accolades to my mom, whose influence on my life with food has for years nourished not only my love of the fresh and local bounty around us, but my creativity and spirit of fun in cooking and trying new things.
Thank you, every one.