Momentous Crumbs of 2007
As 2007 comes to a close, I will take time this week -- as I like to do -- to reflect on the past 12 months of my life, my kitchen and the community at large. The milestones of any given year are unique to each one of us, because we are all writing our own life stories -- but they are also shared because at any given moment at any GPS location, someone is experiencing birth, death, joy, sadness, love or anguish. Someone somewhere is also stirring a pot, or boiling water for tea, catching a bag of rice dropped from a UN helicopter, peeling a mango or praying for rain so that the crops can grow. Food is yet another other link in our chain of human experience that makes this world very small and all of its human snowflakes so very interconnected.
And so, in reviewing my own life story this year -- one of new beginnings, sudden endings, reunions and painful uncertainty -- I must also look at what's happened in the kitchen, where nothing ever stands still. Herewith, a snapshot from this year's Mighty Appetite, a smorgasbord of new adventures, ingredients and techniques, lessons learned and old favorites resurfacing for good measure. Please share your culinary highlights of 2007 in the comments area below.
February brought snow and ice, but it also gave me reason to rejigger two staples of the party snack tray -- queso, sans Velveeta and onion dip outside of that Lipton's box. And as a bride gearing up for her nuptials, I got poetic about red velvet cupcakes.
May meant trying my hand at Jamaican patties (both meat and veggie fillings included) and celebrating the arrival of local romaine lettuce, which translated into many servings of table-side Caesar salad.
In June , I traveled to New Orleans, where I volunteered as a chef with CulinaryCorps and had my mind and heart expand and contract over and again. This is where I learned many recipes for humility and passion for living.
By Kim ODonnel |
December 27, 2007; 10:55 AM ET
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