BitterSweet

An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked


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Photo Friday: Sweeping Landscapes

As I find myself with more photos than I know what to do with these days, I thought it might be fun to institute a weekly round-up of a few favorites, sans commentary. The theme will change depending on what caught my eye in the previous days. Let me know what you think of the concept, and if you’d like to see more Photo Fridays in the future!


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Adjusting to Island Time

What do you call a trip that’s not quite a vacation, not entirely business, and lasts for a whole month? No, this isn’t a riddle, this is what I’m trying to figure out! I’ve made the leap over to Hawaii in hopes of weathering the worst of winter in a tropical paradise, and it’s wonderful, disorienting, dizzying, and exciting all at once. Never fear; regular posting will resume shortly, as soon as I adjust to island time.


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Take Your Best Shot

On the cusp of another new year, it’s hard to imagine where the last 365 days could have possibly gone, no matter how thoroughly they were lived. Reflecting back on 2013, the temptation to sum up all of the most brilliant aspects into one neat little package is high, and yet the results always feel inauthentic at best. Who can really quantify the “best” of anything when there are so many muddled moments inextricably mixed in? What was your favorite recipe? Your most rewarding project? Your greatest victory? Even as I reflect back, pouring over the contents of my hard drive and all the fine details lost to a poor memory, I struggle to find answers.

Lest this sound too morose, fear not! It was a banner year for me, an excellent and joyous year overall, filled with greater successes and stronger friendships than I could have ever hoped for when the clock struck midnight 52 weeks ago. I just know that I could never do all of those things justice though a top-ten list or whirlwind round up, forced out at the last minute.

Instead, I find myself drawn back of course to a more recent event, still fresh in mind, that points to new possibilities in the future. Car photography is not a niche I ever considered, not once, and would have never even attempted without the prompts of a homework assignment. Despite all my misgivings, the results remain one of my top photos- A shock, considering that for once, there’s absolutely no food involved!

With that, I look to the future, planning to explore this new world of possibilities further, along with all the other tasty ventures that have serve my camera (and stomach) so well thus far. Let’s not wrap everything up and tuck it away on a high shelf, starting again with a clean slate. Take all those experiences and move forward with them, stronger, wiser, better prepared for 2014. May it be the best year yet, only to be topped by its successor.


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Leftover Links

Another day, another delicious project! Although the blog hasn’t exactly been a hub of activity lately, the kitchen is another story. Churning out recipes and photos at every turn, fresh assignments for other outlets have kept me busy lately, but with less to share in this space of my own. Happily, many of those features are now hitting the internet, so it seemed like as good a time as any to round them up and share what I’ve been working on…

I make no secret of my strong bias towards all of Nava Atlas‘ unbeatable creations, but it’s been an absolute joy to continue our partnership beyond her forthcoming cookbook. Essentially cooking my way through the archives of VegKitchen, I’m proud to report that the Thanksgiving selections in particular are now lavishly illustrated, with photos that will hopefully inspire and entice in equal parts. From main courses to sides to sweets and beyond, there’s everything you could need to prepare for the festive meal, and I can vouch for the flavor of each and every one of them.

In case that’s not enough dessert for you, I also shared a super-simple No-Bake Apple Ice Cream Pie over on Go Dairy Free. Use a few store-bought shortcuts and whip this beauty up in mere minutes, or go all the way with homemade components; you can’t lose with either approach, and the results are guaranteed to impress.

Hitting newsstands and mailboxes shortly, you’ll find these Caramel Apple Crisp Cupcakes stashed within the pages of the November/December issue of VegNews Magazine. Lavished with ribbons of salted caramel sauce and a crown of caramel frosting, the tender, lightly spiced apples within never had it so good. Who said the cupcake trend was over?

I’m delighted to announce that Vegan Desserts is finally available for purchase again, now in its second printing and paperback format! In case you missed out on the first round, you now have a chance to enjoy all the same tried-and-true recipes, but now with fewer errors and two additional photos that were originally omitted. Not to mention, an even further reduced price over the hardcover version.

Finally, for any local readers, I want to point your attention to the Small Business Saturday event at the Fairfield University Bookstore on November 30th, where eight local authors will share their favorite books- Myself included! Get your cookbooks signed to give as gifts, if you can bear to part with them, and taste some samples of the recipes within. Hope to see you there!

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