December 25, 2010
Things I like to do at Christmastime: read “The Gift of the Magi,” enthusiastically sing Christmas songs, carols, & hymns, bake things I think Jill’s daddy would like (this year, pecan pie with a butter/lard crust and a sorghum/bourbon filling), and sort through the past year’s letters and journal entries reminding myself of what’s transpired, the milestones, blessings, changes, subtractions, sadnesses, and additions.
In my world, 2010 has yielded two weddings, one funeral, some incredible concerts (Robert Plant! Patty Griffin! Local Natives! The National! Iron & Wine!), play time in New York and Chicago, and Lord knows how many hours in the kitchen.
Jill and I signed fancy paperwork (nothing says “Let’s Stay Together” like Durable Powers of Attorney), took a long-overdue vacation to Mexico, adopted a sweet kitten, and welcomed some incredible new people into our lives.
And always, one constant, this virtual place and you very real people out there, reading. Thank you for your presence, it truly is a gift.
This was Blue Jean Gourmet’s first full calendar year of existence, so it was fun to comb back through and choose a favorite post for each month. Some I chose for the recipe itself, others for the slice of life the blog post reveals. All show off Sonya Cuellar’s mad photography skills.
I hope you’ll enjoy combing back through these twelve, and back through your own memories of this year. Merry Christmas, all!
JANUARY—CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS
APRIL—RADISHES, TWO WAYS
JUNE—PEACHES, THREE WAYS
JULY—MY LIFE IN OKRA [guest post by Jill]
AUGUST—TOMATO CORN PIE
OCTOBER—CARAMELIZED ONION TART
DECEMBER—MEYER LEMON THUMBPRINTS