Happy 2012. Reflecting on What I Learned in 2011 + New Years Cooksolutions

Happy New Year 2012

Soon, it will be 2012. I’m savoring the last moments with my Christmas decorations and the quiet calm in the house as the tiny lights blink on and off. As I take stock, it is truly hard to believe all of the things that transpired over that last 365 days.

MY Christmas

Through this blog in 2011, I learned so much about myself, about community, and about how to cook, write, and photograph. I learned that when I feel the need to make a change in the world, anything is possible if I reach out and ask. I learned that if I have a question, someone, or many someones will be right there to answer it. I learned that the best feeling in the world is when people tell you that your recipes are easy to follow and make them feel successful in the kitchen. I learned to make amazing pie crust and how to ditch my fear of poaching eggs. I learned that I am never done editing. I learned to say “no thank you” even when the opportunities sound really enticing, but are wrong for me. I learned to say yes, even when they big and scary, but are right. I learned that everyone loves cassoulet. I learned that the friendships I have formed through my blog, on Twitter, and at conferences are meaningful and real and make my life richer. I also learned to make sure that the immersion blender is totally unplugged.

MY Christmas

Who can say what life lessons I will learn in 2012? What I do know is that I have a lot to learn, an easy place to start is in the kitchen. Did you know, for example, that I’ve never made a Chicken Pot Pie? True Story.

This is a list of some dishes I intend to make in 2012. Some are simple, some not so much. If you’d like to follow my board on pinterest as I add more dishes and check some off the list and let me know if you make them too, that would be fantastic.

Petits Four
Pretzel Buns
Puff Pastry
Homemade Pasta
Chawan Mushi
Xiao Long Bao
Char Siu Bao
Homemade Butter
Chicken Pot Pie
Sourdough Bread- from my own starter
Roast Suckling Pig
Pate De Fruit
Mole Negro
Pullapart Bread
Bun Bo Hue
Egg Nog

Happy New Year friends. Here’s to a very happy, healthy, and love-filled 2012!

What did you learn in 2011? What lessons are you most grateful for? What do you want to learn in 2012?


  1. says

    What a great list and not just because you included a link to my bacon; although I have to say that it's one thing I learned to do in 2011 that is so memorable. Enough so that I cured and smoked almost 12 lbs of pork belly this year, cut it into 1 lb portions, vacuum sealed and froze it and shipped it all over the country to family and friends. Yes, it's that good.

    Beyond that? Making pull goat has to be right up there but I see some things on your list that I would also love to try. Mole for sure but really…how about a Roast Suckling Pigapalooza this year? :)

    Happy New Year!

  2. rosemarried says

    Happy New Year, indeed. What a year it's been! Also, every time I use my immersion blender, I think of you (as I look upon my immersion blender with fear and respect). And I definitely make sure it's unplugged! I love your blog, and look forward to seeing all the amazing things you create this year!

  3. says

    Happy New Year, Love!

    I took a Petits Fours class at Dragonfly Cakes in Sausalito last year. It was amazing. They still offer them and I highly recommend it. (You can read about it here: http://www.fullcircleadv.com/2011/02/valentine-pe… We ordered our corporate holiday gifts from them this year and I was once again reminded just how good they are. Nom.

    I cannot wait to read as you make your way through such a delicious list!

  4. says

    Happy New Year, Sabrina… Hope you get to do all of those and some more :) Hope to hang out more in 2012! Would like to come to the next blogher Food in Seattle but I'll have to see since there will be so much family and friend oriented traveling next year. Hope you make it to NC someday :)

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