Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hello, it’s me.  I know that I’ve been gone for a while, but I’d like to come back now.  Since we’ve last met, I’ve divorced, moved into a lovely home, learned how to bite my tongue (although it doesn’t always work), and found peace.  I’ve spent this past year tending to my children so that their lives wouldn’t be as fractured as I feared.  So far, it’s worked.  We are a happy, healthy, and calm household and I couldn’t ask for more.  I’ve experienced the love and extreme generosity of family, as well as the support and kindness of friends.  I’ve fallen in love with a man who is the embodiment of sweet kindness.   Mel Brooks may say that it’s good to be the king, but I’ve found out that being me isn’t so bad either.

So, with that being said, let’s get on with it.  The kitchen has always been my domain and I’ve ruled with a cast-iron pan.   Spring may be for love, but fall is for cooking and I am ready.  My beautiful Le Creuset is well-seasoned and waiting for a nice braise.  Chicken stock is ready to be reduced to demi-glace and the martinis have been perfected.    On my culinary to-do list is duck confit, the perfect ravioli, and a chewier baguette.  Oh, and to use the 3-quart copper pot that's been sitting on my shelf for a year.  Thank you for waiting for me, we’ve got some great cooking to do!