These threshold days of ending one year and beginning another are often times of reflection. As we slowly enter 2021, most of us are still in hunkering down mode. And yet with more light each day, new possibilities, like hope, present themselves.
On the last day of 2020, I received a few newsletters that planted some seeds for future inspiration. I’d like to share two with you.
1. There is a cheese shop in Madison, Wisconsin, that we love—Fromagination. I just received word that it is now offering on-line Zoom classes about cheese and its many accompaniments.Cheeses are shipped in appropriate insulation and voila! Good nibbles and good learning. One can take a series of classes or just one class. Classes include topics like “Create a Great Cheese Board,” “Cheese and Chocolate: Rich and Romantic,” and “Wisconsin Best-in-Show Cheese.” Sounds fun!
2. Dianne Jacob (diannej.com), a food writer/coach/teacher/editor (she edited my family cookbook), has a bi-monthly newsletter that always includes incredible lists and reviews of cookbooks, cooking classes, and other culinary tidbits for foodies everywhere. She also offers great classes in cookbook writing and is the author of an excellent food writing guide called Will Write for Food.
I’ve also just started Deborah Madison’s memoir called An Onion in My Pocket. So far, I’m loving it. I’m learning about her birth family’s farming history and the different views of food each of her parents had. I’m looking forward to reading about her experiences as a Buddhist priest, an omnivore, and a contributor at Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Greens in San Francisco. (Her cookbook Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone provided a simple and good recipe for our first ever Fried Green Tomatoes.)
So, dear 2021, with each lengthening day, may you unfold as a year of health, inspiration and hope. We all need it.
Happy Healthy New Year, all!