... and I have nothing to talk about.
No, really. I don't cover politics here, and talking too much about my professional life would mean disrespecting a lot of peoples' privacy.
I've tried some new recipes, and that's what I'm choosing to remember as the calendar year winds down. I'm also taking occasional classes in Korean cuisine, which has been unexpectedly awesome. So, without further ado, the best new things I've made:
Kimchi Jeon from the NYT: crisp, spicy, not too greasy... exactly what I was looking for in a spicy kimchi pancake.
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from SmittenKitchen: easy, tasty, fairly healthy... a winner in all respects.
Goey Apple Pie from SeriousEats: I love cooking the apples ahead of time, because it means you can pull the pie out of the oven the instant the crust gets golden.
Bosc Pear Cranberry Orange Sauce from USAPears: easy, delicious, and not as intense as pure cranberry sauce. Nicole helped me make this and it was a huge hit at Thanksgiving.
Magic Apple Plum Cobbler from SmittenKitchen: easy, delicious, popular with the students
Sugar Cookies from King Arthur Flour: another thing I cooked with Nicole. These were tasty, easy, and gorgeous.
Spicy Garlic Eggplant and Ground Pork from TwoRedBowls: a bit of bother, but totally worth it on a cold day
Masala Chicken and Vegetable Stew (Nightshade Free) from NourishingMeals: I did an elimination diet this summer. It mostly just sucked, but this recipe was one of the few bright spots.
Shortcut Moussaka from the NYT: I love Moussaka but it's a ton of work, done the usual way. This was delicious, if a little too salty, and took only a fraction of the usual time.
Limeade from SeriousEats: this stuff is AMAZING! Totally worth the work, in my opinion...