I've been in a MAJOR cooking rut. I know very well that the insanity of the last few months has a great deal to do with this, but I've been struggling to find inspiration as well. Much like the world of design blogs, I feel the number of cooking blogs has become overwhelming - and like so many of you - when over-stimulated by everything on the Internet - I tend to simply checkout and retreat from digital media. Then the new issue of Bon Appétit arrived. There is a fantastic story written by Jenny Rosenstrach about family meal planning. I became familiar with Jenny's book Dinner: A Love Story when it was released because one of my closest friends photographed its beautiful pages. Jenny's blog was something I immediately bookmarked then - and like so many things I bookmark, got buried. The story in BA refreshed my memory and it's exactly what I needed to kick-start my oven. With horseback riding and soccer 5 days a week - I really need to get back into a routine. Do you have a quick favorite for those crazy evenings?
I'm also finding myself re-inspired by local dishes here in Asheville. I shot another story about our little mountain town for Food & Wine last month - you can peek at it here and above are some of the outtakes from that shoot.
Finally - the winner of Crackers & Dips. Thank you so much for sharing your stories - I absolutely loved reading them. And while it was incredibly difficult to choose among my few favorites - ultimately, Sam of Elephant and Walrus stole my heart with her tale of her first magical date with her mister. Drop me an email Sam and I'll get that book right out to you - wishing you many more years of "cracker-time".