Before I look forward, a look back at the twelve months that flew by in 2009.

January

beginnings of a blog :: hibernation :: Minneapolis winter :: continuing grad school :: General Mills :: brisk morning walks :: cheese hunting :: scones :: coffee treks :: céleri rémoulade :: Sarvecchio :: snickerdoodle gift :: crazy snowmen :: becoming a couple on New Year’s Eve/Day

February

frigid temperatures :: twice maple cheesecake :: hand-rolling pasta :: ravioli filled with Skye Gyngell’s chevre-roasted tomato spread :: mini muffins :: French chocolate granola :: funny squirrel antics :: seven days in Pensacola :: cheese fondue :: baking baguettes :: picking wildflowers :: lamb, lamb and more lamb :: swordfish in the fireplace :: walking along the Gulf :: sand nosedive :: bastilla :: my first ‘couple’ Valentine’s Day

March

seven days in Pensacola turns into eleven days :: jumbo, jumbo scallops :: bayou hikes :: roaring fires :: Pensacola Beach stroll :: Martha’s fri-tta-tas :: brownies still unconquered :: annual Louisville trip :: hotel lobbies :: ambience and grease in Schnitzelburg :: 100+ year old bourbon :: daffodils pushing up :: Sandy’s birthday :: gin & tonics on the patio :: farmers market-ing :: leaving Minneapolis for the last time

April

living with my parents again :: duck fat revelations :: Cedarburg :: panettone bread pudding :: embracing bacon :: Easter :: buttery brioche bread :: turning 25 :: air-mail NYT chocolate chip cookie gift from Pensacola :: taking the board exam :: becoming a Registered Dietitian [!!] :: Von Rothenburg fish fry :: Pensacola, part two – fourteen days :: attending classes while sun bathing :: testing out the smoker with salmon, tuna, beef flank steak, pork roast :: making bagels :: afternoon trip to Alabama :: farmstead cheese, jams, hot sauce and berries :: trying sushi with new friends :: touring the base :: teasing alligators

May

Big Lagoon State Park :: “Please, can I stay in Pensacola longer?” :: Brewers game :: Ukranian poppyseed cake :: Dane County Farmers Market :: gyros and gelato :: Mother’s Day lunch on the grill :: Milwaukee lake front strolls :: back to Minneapolis-St. Paul :: grad school graduation :: Muddy Pig :: Sebastian Joe’s and Isles Bun breakfast :: Lake Harriet :: Rachel’s birthday

June

Indian food awakenings :: Father’s Day antipasti :: spatchcocked chicken under a brick :: Meditrina :: driving with mom to Pensacola :: Blue Angels practice :: National Naval Aviation Museum :: packing his condo into a 26′ Penske :: convoy to Corpus Christi :: new apartment :: learning to be south Texans :: BBQ :: Mexican :: fresh jumbo shrimp :: chorizo :: Whataburger

July

San Antonio :: fireworks on Fourth of July :: tacos for every meal :: remember the Alamo :: appreciating van Gogh in person :: German sausages in New Braunfels :: running out of gas along I-10, vultures overhead, no water, 110°+ temperature :: Albuquerque :: petroglyphs :: another new friend :: Santa Fe :: posole :: Rio Grande Gorge :: Taos :: Palo Duro Canyon :: wine tasting :: no-knead bread :: dirt-cheap fruit :: calzones :: Dad and Sandy visit :: water garden :: South Padre Island National Seashore :: plane- and bird-watching at the wildlife refuge :: learning how to fly a plane [vicariously]

August

continuing the quest for the perfect burger :: 1960s meat grinder :: double chocolate sour cherry cookies :: final two Wheat Monkeys :: Peter Reinhart’s pumpernickel :: Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer ice cream attachment purchase :: pistachio gelato :: bird-watching in Port Aransas :: cooking Ethiopian :: embracing the town’s Mexican culture :: tostadas :: fried plantains :: chocolate chip angel food cake :: po’boys :: discovering the Mediterranean market :: many panzanella salads :: Packers pre-season opener and queso fresco :: iced coffee in the french press

September

falling in love with too many kitties at once :: breaking in the mortar & pestle :: wild mushroom risotto :: portobello swiss burgers :: nursing the flu-sick :: daytrip to Rockport :: Black Forest torte :: hand-rolled tagliatelle with lamb ragu :: new photo box :: brown butter blondies :: Oktoberfest once, and again with feeling :: Dad’s birthday

October

a blossoming garden :: coffee walks :: roasted banana ice cream :: tagine :: a whole ham in the smoker :: cherry lime scones :: deconstructed ravioli :: T-bones :: a visit from his parents :: moist apple cinnamon bundt cake :: touring the USS Lexington :: more plane- and bird-watching at the wildlife refuge :: Packers and snacks at the Pelican Lounge :: dueling pizzas :: Badgers, tamales and guac :: cribbage tournaments :: espresso vanilla bean custard :: back to the Cattery :: stuffing eight ball squash :: hand-rolled corn tortillas :: baked donuts :: carving pumpkins :: green papaya salad :: pumpkin seeds, pumpkin custard, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes

November

pumpkin maple mousse :: homemade bird [chicken + turkey] broth :: deep-fried game food :: La Michoacana :: Doc’s Seafood :: regretting those mesquite smoked oysters :: introducing him to falafel, madeleines and Seeduction bread :: English muffins :: patio toads :: USMC Birthday Ball and still more new friends :: papaya upside-down cake :: Cornish game hens :: another Pelican Lounge/Packer game outing, with sirloin burgers :: birding in Port A :: bacon-wrapped filets with chimmichurri :: Saigon Cafe’s pho and banh mi :: Fight for Preemies :: Thanksgiving supper :: two entirely homemade pies :: New Braunfels :: Naeglin’s Bakery :: weekend in Austin :: touring the capitol building :: LBJ Museum :: World Market flagship :: Town Lake Trail :: Texas Hill country wine tastings :: University of Texas :: Hut’s Hamburgers

December

sleet in South Texas :: antiquing :: new lovables at the Cattery, including Señor Poof :: sweet potato gnocchi :: deep dish pizza :: making fleur de sel caramels :: gingerbread house :: pomegranate feta burgers :: decorating the rosemary bush :: celebrating Christmas early :: Peking duck and moo shu pancakes :: Julia’s chocolate soufflé :: homemade Baileys :: Christmas comes early — pasta-making tools, new meat grinder, cookbooks, tortilla-making tools, and a digital SLR camera [!!] :: tomatoes and lettuce in the patio garden :: baking cookies :: flying home to Wisconsin :: snow! :: Christmas celebrations with family :: florentines :: flying to Kansas/Missouri for a wedding :: luggage lost and then returned, not before buying all new clothes for the rehearsal dinner and ceremony :: snowstorm in Kansas :: more new friends :: driving through Iowa :: staying the night at his grandma’s :: farm kitties :: lunch in Madison :: Cedarburg :: Tomaso’s Pizza :: Von Rothenburg parents supper [schnitzel night!] :: meeting more of his family :: ringing in the new year together with my parents :: Scattergories :: our one year anniversary

Couldn’t have been much better than that.

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