As this year comes to a close I wanted to take a step back and take a look back at the year that was and the journey to get to this point. As I look back I realize how much I need to be thankful for. Overall I have had a good year, even among all of the rough spots. This is more of a overall thing not just over the last year. I am extremely lucky to have a great support system around me. I need to first off thank my parents, I would not be where I am today with out them. They have been a huge help and an inspiration to me over the years and always supportive of me. There is no way I can truly thank them for all they have done for me.
Also my Grandpa. I know it has been a hard year for him with the loss of my Grandma. I don’t know if my Grandpa realizes how much of an influence that he has been not only in my life but also in my love of cooking. He created one of the best spaghetti sauce’s that I have ever had! He has a real knack in the kitchen with the amazing desserts and bread that he loves making. I just wish I was able to spend more time with him!
In this year I went out of my comfort zone and attempted to move to Maui as many of you probably know. Sadly due to some circumstance, that adventure did not work out. I am proud of the fact that I gave it a whirl and wish that it had worked out and I was sitting on a nice beach writing this.
I also want to give a big thank you to one of my closest friend and one of the only people I would ever want to open a restaurant with. My beloved Jodi. I don’t know that I ever would have ever made it through school without having met her. She is the one person that during school I felt I could talk to and to this day I wish I lived closer to her so that I could spend more time with her! One day I know we will be running a restaurant together.
I have been lucky enough to strike up a relationship with David from Polyscience, and I don’t think it is a mystery how much I love everything they make! I am seriously in love would cooking things sous vide and the Discovery Immersion Circulator that I recently purchased through him has been a real game changer. And I put it through a great work out at Christmas and was amazed at how it preformed. Now it is time to start saving up for my “Unicorn” and get myself the Polyscience Chamber Sealer.
I am also so thankful for the opportunity that I have been given by Sur La Table to teach cooking classes. I have always thought that teaching cooking classes would be a really fun thing to do, but I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do. There is nothing more satisfying than teaching someone how to make delicious food and the look on their face when they taste something they made that is delicious is priceless. Not only that but I seriously have the greatest boss, my Resident Chef Daisy! She has been so much fun to work for and with over the last half of this year. I could not be happier in my job there and cannot wait to see what the future holds!
There are so many people that I need to thank but I don’t want to ramble on and on. I am really looking forward to this next year and seeing what new adventures are in store for me. This blog has been a blast and I will continue to write and share. I hope that you all have a safe and happy new year. Please be responsible. Having fun doesn’t mean you need to risk your own life or others!