Happy New Years! Did everyone successfully bid the past 365 days adieu?…
The welcome sign for King Arthur Flour’s newly renovated facility
Where to begin.
I just finished up a three day tour with King Arthur Flour at their Baking Education Center where we dabbled in the basic arts of everything from yeast breads to pastry dough. To say this was a dream trip for me would be under playing the entire experience. I have been wanting, no scratch that, needing to learn more about the art of baking for some years now. It all began with a batch of homemade sourdough starter and grew from there, stretching so far as a dream to someday run my own boutique flour shop selling all forms of flour from the most common to the rarest artisan forms.
What an unforgettable food filled year it’s been! We marinated meats and slurped up soups. We concocted a few crazy condiments and baked up some seriously beautiful loaves of bread. Best of all we feasted on mounds of decadent and downright dazzling desserts. When the flour settled and the dishes were all cleared, what we found ourselves left with was a virtual cookbook chocked full of ravishing recipes, the likes of which my family would have never seen if it weren’t for this always appetizing never boring journey through the world of food blogging.
In the spirit of the upcoming New Year, I thought it might be fun to recap a few of the top dishes from the past 12 months. The new year promises to be one filled with many more savory sides, appealing appetizers and mouthwatering mains. Thank you so much for following along with me on this sometimes experimental, always 100% edible adventure. You all are the ship that guides me; I wouldn’t be here without my fellow foodie friends (yep, I’m talking about you).
Ask me what my favorite type of meat is. It’s ok, go ahead. That’s right, pork. Be it chops, ribs, bacon (oh lordy how I love bacon), or ham, if pig is being served at the table I’m all in. A few weeks back, The Motherhood asked me join them on a project in conjunction with Costco and The National Pork Board to share my love of the other white meat and help celebrate national pork month. How could I possibly say no?
Photo Courtesy of Yasmin Alishav
A wise friend once told me this: If you’re going to cook a recipe to share with others, by God, cook it with flourish. Well, get ready, because I’m about to join a new campaign that will have you running for your kitchen, inspiration in hand, with flourish to spare.
I am thrilled to announce that I am partnering over the next 10 months with MSN and Delish for “Kitchen Cookoff,” a new experience sponsored by Hillshire Farm! Hosted by food connoisseur and Sara Lee chef Jill Houk, the campaign launches in early November.
Get ready for cooking competition videos, cooking tips, recipes, and the opportunity to share your own cherished family dishes, along with the memory-filled stories behind them.
I’ll be talking about the campaign here for the next month and a half, and beginning in December, I’ll be blogging monthly on the “Kitchen Cookoff” site along with Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
I hope you’ll join me for a fabulous, food-filled experience. Oh, and bring your flourish, you’re gonna need it.
Note: I am working in conjunction with MSN.com and am being compensated for my time. As always all opinions and recipes are my own.
Being a mom to three boys, life can be a bit crazy at times; especially once the school year kicks into high gear. In addition to the daily fill of mandatory education, we’re running to swimming, first communion classes, Y-Guides and soccer. Some days the window for dinner can be pretty small. Despite all this, moms need to work with the time they’re given and if you ask any of us what we prefer, we’ll all tell you that we’d much rather provide our family with a healthy home cooked meal if given the opportunity.