December 31, 2014

It's rolling

Phew, it’s been a while. 2015 is around the corner, and it’s time we did some catching up, don’t you think? 

I’ve been busy offline doing something that Im almost afraid to utter out loud just in case, when I do, it will—poof!—disappear into the ether. I’ve been (unofficially) launching a business, friends. It’s a small offshoot of The Moon in My Kitchen that, going by the same name, does pop-ups and special orders and deliveries of baked goods to your (Bay Area) door. It’s in that “beta” phase that you hear a lot about when you live in the tech capital of the world. Right, something like that. 

My dear friend Carissa made me business cards, and then before I even really knew what I was doing—before I had the chance to talk myself out of it—I was popping up at art studios and salons, peddling pies and cookies all over San Francisco. It’s been wild. The craziest thing: Even though it’s exhausting (and I mean 18-hours-on-your-feet, no-sleep exhausting), I absolutely love it. I LOVE IT. That deserves some emphasis. Because we strive and we try and we hope that something will stick that we really love; that we could do for more than one minute before getting bored. 

In the meanwhile, I still have a lot of work to do to get things going. I need a commercial space (anyone have any ideas about that?). I need some time (I still have a full-time job: NBD). And of course, I need those ever-elusive financial resources to really do this thing (also, NBD!) But I love that it’s rolling, in however small a way.

Since we are almost at the new year, I thought I would do something a little different here. Something in the manner of ye old “resolutions,” but resolutions that we can really get behind. Recipe Resolutions: a list of recipes that I have been longing to make that I will vow, right here and now, to make in 2015. 

Away we go!

Recipe Resolutions for 2015

Panetonne: By next Christmas, I swear, I won’t need to stock up at Trader Joe’s.

Kouign Amann: I think I'll be stuffing mine with walnuts, apples, and brown sugar.

While I'm at it, I might as well try my hand at Homemade Croissants.

Homemade Pasta, too, because apparently the phrase “I don’t have a pasta maker” is not an excuse.

Everything that Emiko makes, but especially this Neapolitan Easter Cake.

At long last, Ricotta. It can go in that aforementioned Easter Cake. 

I want to spatchcock a bird without being afraid of spreading salmonella all over my kitchen. 

Noelle's bread makes me swoon. I think I'll try this No-Knead Oat Bread.

Cheese Straws!

These Apple Cider Cakes might help me with my annual longing for Apple Cider Donuts that hits in the fall, and they're prettier than donuts. 

Something delicious to do with the figs when they come raining down on us again in late summer. 

And finally, a Majestic Honey Cake, because someone just sent me 5 pounds of honey from his very own bees in upstate New York! (Lucky me.)

Happy New Year, my friends. It means the world to me to have you as readers, in the Instagram community, as email buddies who trade recipes, and so much more. Lots of love. 

Extra special thanks as I send off 2014 to Carissa, who always tells me she believes in me (and really does). And to Rob, for being there during all of my baking meltdowns. I love you to the moon and back. 


Photo Credit: The incomparably talented Michelle Ramin.