December has always felt similar to moving into a new home. We feel the end of a chapter upon us, which calls for a wrapping up of things, r
eflecting on where we've come from, and drawing up plans for new beginnings. After 20 plus moves in my lifetime, I've gathered some sage advice over the years. A friend once told me it is important to take something meaningful with you from your old home to your new home. I think the same could apply as we transition into the new year.
We can all agree this year was an especially heated one on many fronts. John Oliver did a hilarious job summing up it up for us. All joking aside, we can do ourselves a huge favor by taking some time before the ball drops to sit with our thoughts and reflect on what has been of service and that which we can let go of and leave behind. For some this may mean spiritual keepsakes and for others it may be something more tangible like a collection of recipes that inspired you.
As the year comes to a close I'll be taking some mementos with me: the knowledge gained from a Masters now completed, a growing network of personal and professional communities, the courage to try something that may be uncomfortable at first, and of course, some inspiring recipes (see below). I wish all of you a peaceful transition into the New Year and a very happy, healthy holiday!
These memorable recipes satisfied one craving or other, whether it was a warm dish on a chilly NY night or a moist, flaky pastry with butter.
Ultimate Winter Cous Cous (easy to make GF) by Ottolenghi
Mediterranean Fish Soup in Clean Soups (frankly, the whole book is mouth watering) by Rebecca Katz
Gluten Free Scones in Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich