Oh, wait, it's coming back to me. Exercise. Knit. Read more books. Ah well. Who needs that stuff when you have a food blog? Because, let me assure you, knitting offered me neither the opportunity nor the motivation to:
- Interview the legendary Alice Waters and the toothsome Curtis Stone
- Pick the brains of master chefs (Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger), food styling pros (Susan Spungen), food TV stars (Darrell "DAS" Smith and Jeffrey Saad) and cookbook authors (Lucinda Scala Quinn)
- Decorate cakes with Kelly Ripa and Buddy "The Cake Boss" Valastro
- Develop original recipes for brands like POM Wonderful and Nestlé
- Audition for a national TV show
- Get featured on the radio (twice!) talking about pie and my grandmother's rugelach
- Inspire my kids to write their own recipes (like Weston's guacamole and Emery's avocado hand tacos)
- Organize a group of kindred spirits (Food Bloggers Los Angeles)
- Conquer my fear of pie crust
- Indulge my fascination with fungi (Trufflepalooza 2009 and 2010)
- Improve my photography (from terrible to not bad)
To those of you who are reading this but have never let me know who you are: Thank you. I'm grateful for the time you spend here and look forward to getting to know you in the future. And to those of you I do know: Thank you, too. You have made my life considerably more rich in the past two years. I feel lucky.
Okay, no more sappy stuff.
Enough of what you've done for me. Now here's what I'm going to do for you.
Leave a comment below by 5pm on December 24, 2010 telling me what recipe you'd like to see on my blog in 2011. (I'm crowdsourcing.) Two randomly selected commenters* will get to choose one of the following:
- A batch of my famous brownies (the people in my office will tell you how fantabulous they are)
- An apple cake (ditto the office thing)
- Some Meyer lemons from my backyard (although you'll have to wait a few months until they're ripe)
* U.S. residents only, please and sorry. I have no idea how I'd ship any of the above out of the country successfully.