|"Fremont Mile Marker" by Joe Mabel (2006). |
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"But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew..."
-- Robert Burns, "To a Mouse"
You just never know where the road will take you.
My path merged with a couple of others over the last year and I find myself getting ready to return to school within the month.
Suddenly the world has shifted and I'm focusing on a new journey. That means, unfortunately, that this blog will be on an indefinite hiatus. I'll need to get through a rigorous 15 months of training, coursework and practicum starting in March. Ideally, I will land a job after that, and only then will I be able to take a look around and see what kind of time I'll have for blogging.
In the meantime, I am polishing up one of my novel manuscripts so that I can move it off my desk and (with any luck) into the hands of an agent or publisher. My work toward an Extra! Extra! cookbook and another recipe-related project are slow but steady projects that will have to take place in the background of my life for the next year, as well. But that's okay; I'm fine being the tortoise, rather than the hare, on these projects.
The Extra! Extra! blog has been a great project for me and, I hope, a useful tool and inspiration for you. I've learned a lot about my own cooking habits, become a better cook and hope to pass these ideas, techniques and traditions on to my children as they near college age. Even if I won't be blogging, I'll still be experimenting with techniques, tools, new-fangled and old-fashioned produce and growing and preserving food. I'll make sure and take notes! I hope you'll be doing the same.
Don't forget: this blog includes many recipes for seasonal cooking that never go out of style. I hope you'll use Extra! Extra! time and again for hunting out scratch recipes and have included a searchable section in the upper left column to help you find what you're looking for.
Keep cooking, everyone! I know I will (just put on a crockpot of beef stew this morning using all kinds of leftover vegies, including sunchokes, cabbage, and fresh herbs and leftover mashed potatoes to thicken it all... yum!).
Thanks to everyone who supported this blog, cheered me on, expressed interest in my ideas and shared what they knew. It's been a wonderful feast!