Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Here's a sample of a few favorite foods I'm indulging in this New Year's Eve: Humboldt Fog Cheese, Cerignola olives, and slices of pear.

2006 has been a year of discovery and insight for me, like few that have come before. I'm certain this year will not fade in my memory, indistinguishable from the year-before or the year-to-come. This year has been one of many beautiful moments for me. Beautiful small moments. Moments where I've seen things I'd always been too busy to notice before. A year in which I've felt closer to my childhood self than ever before.

It's also been a year of cruel and painful realizations. A year that promised and delivered renewal, but was, perhaps, a little too dreamy, even for me, a daydream believer (the first record I ever owned) to believe in. A year that once seemed ideal (on a purely personal level), has ended in a strange No Man's Land of confusion and uncertainty. But, such is life.

The best thing about 2006 has been discovering and becoming a part of the food blogging community. The exchanges and connections with food bloggers local and around the globe has been an awesome experience. Writing this blog for the last almost-year has also been a wonderfully enriching and self-defining experience.

Thank you and a very Happy New Year to all of you who have shared this experience with me, and supported me with your comments and enthusiasm. You are the Golden Ones!



Blogger SusanV said...

Happy New Year to you, Catherine! I hope all your uncertainties are resolved in satisfying ways. Thanks for giving us your wonderful blog--it's been a real inspiration to me this year.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks, Susan. you're an inspiration to me too!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said...

Happy New Year Catherine! I would gladly try this lovely plate of cheese and goodies! Great choices!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Happy new year, Catherine. Cheese, olives, pears, and blogging -- a perfect combination!

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous piece of cheese! Happy New Year!

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you started blogging in 2006, I have had the fortunate experience of being inspired by you also. Happy New Year!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Ivonne said...


What a beautiful way to close 2006 and begin 2007! All the best in the year to come!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Tanna said...

Oh, Catherine you are right, this is life: both extremes and all the inbetweens. You are so right about blogging is so much more than I ever could have imagined. Wishing you all the best in balance and harmony.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Alanna said...

I suppose this is why they call it a "journey" ... even if some of us would simply like to know the direction we're pointed. Thinking of you ... may 2007 return your dreamy inspiration.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catherine: You can always count on me if you need anything.
Have a wonderful new year.
(Are the olives really that huge?) :D

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Here's to many more beautiful moments (food blogging and otherwise) in 2007.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Catherine. Happy anniversary to your blog. I really enjoy your blog and quite enjoy being part of this amazing food blogging community as well. Your blog always makes me feel less guilty about being vegetarian in a community of hard core vegans! So, thank you for being you and for enjoying cheese most of all! I think I share your love affair with pizza, so keep those pizza ideas coming sweet heart. Your post was so inspiring - I hope that you can continue to enjoy the everyday wonders and that all your uncertainties reveal certainties in perfect time. Hapy New Year.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Catherine! Lots of good food and lovely recipes for 2007.


4:58 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks to everyone for their inspiring comments! Yeah, its a whole new year!

Cookie - the olives are big, but they are somewhat out of scale in the pic.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous kathryn said...

Happy New Year Catherine and happy birthday to Albion Cooks - thanks for a year of recipes and writing and I look forward to more in 2007.

12:59 PM  

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