What did I cook? I made cheese, fermented stuff, and explored challenging ethnic cuisines. I took a stab at bread making and foraged for spruce and fir tips. My posts followed the seasons with recipes from beet soup in February to winter squash in November, and my most recent posts on turnips. I scored big at the State Fair of Oregon. Search 'state fair' on this blog for more information on the stuff I made.
Cheese: Curds, cheddar (which really blew -- it was nasty -- but more on that later), ricotta salada, paneer, mozzarella, queso fresco and a few others.
Ethnic: Jook (congee) rice porridge, za'tar (spice blend for lamb riblets), Ethiopi an (including injera bread), pirogi, German potato bread, Korean kimchi.
I also made a lot of sweet and savory pies. I think I can now make a pie crust in my sleep ;-)
Personally, I broke my foot on Christmas Day, 2010 and spent six weeks cooking for the neighbors who made my convalescence at home (in my second floor apartment) possible. Many thanks to the dog walkers of 2190 W Burnside!
In the spring, I broke up with my boyfriend of three years. We had a lot of fun, but both of us needed to move on. Now I run into him on OKCupid which I think is a riot.
Speaking of OKCupid, I met a plethora of fantastic men on the site. I started dating in August and after a few disasters* started seeing Jay, Spike, Jason (now lovingly known as The Swan), and another new friend known as TW. It's been a good year for Loving Me Up. 'Nuff said.
Spike moved in a few weeks ago and Oh, he is also a fabulous cook. Very much my equal in the kitchen. And a bread baker (I love this shot of his hands at work). I didn't expect to fall so hard for him but we're a 99% match on OKC so I guess it's not unheard of.
I see Jay whenever I can. Right now, the guy is is kicking cancer's ass -- he's talented, healing and sexy/smart. Actually, all the guys I fall for are super smart. I like that in a man.
I got a little promotion at work. From line cook to lead line cook. It's not a big deal, but I was still pretty darned proud. I love my job at the Deschutes Brewpub in the Pearl (Portland). I work with amazing chefs and talented cooks. And it's a good company, they treat us well. Here's a photo of the other lead line cook, Andre Duby, and I goofing off.
Earlier this year, I cut off all my hair. I also got a new tattoo and am getting my nose pierced next week. All very exciting.
May the New Year bring health, joy and good food to all.
Nancy. The Jersey Girl In Portland.
* There was one guy who started crying when I asked how long he'd been divorced. Oh, and another guy who got to the restaurant 30 minutes late, unwashed, and talked mostly about his ferrets.