Welcome to the first official Ina In A Year weekly update! It has taken me a little while to get my feet underneath me, to learn the rhythm of assimilating all of this cooking into my weekly routine, and to finally figure out what I want to write and share.
The good news? I have a lot to write and share. In fact, I can already see the potential for ongoing content that will come as a result of this project, long after the year is finished. My goal for these weekly update posts is to share with you a summary of how the week went, to list the recipes I cooked (including the cookbook in which they can be found), and to highlight anything notable that I learned along the way.
Choose your own adventure, and read as much or as little as you like. Let’s dive in! Read More
I am two days into the third week of this project, and only now am I taking time to pen the first “weekly update” post, and this isn’t even a “real” update. I had every intention of writing a summary post every Sunday evening, posting it on Monday morning, and allowing you, the reader, an almost-real-time account of the details of the project.
Three weeks in, and not a single word I’ve published.
I thought I knew what to write, what to share, what to list. I thought I knew what this project would be like. I thought I knew the story I wanted to tell.
But then, reality hit… Read More
We did it! Ina In A Year launched, and I am officially having the most fun. You made this week amazing by showing up online, in person, and engaging with me in spectacular fashion on social media. Thank you. (Spoiler: the ice cream never froze.)
I also feel like I am fully immersed in a crash course called How To Get In Over Your Head And Live To Tell About It. It’s fine. It’s going to be fine. I think it’s going to be fine. It will probably be fine. It’s fine.
Here’s what we talked about this week…. Read More
Whether it is a game-watching party, extended family for the holidays, a baby shower, or other celebration, opening your home to a large group can be fun if you let it. A home brimming with the energy of a large group is a rare gift to be enjoyed, if you know how to do it right. Planning for large groups brings with it certain hospitality challenges that require extra consideration. Each idea I share below is meant to set you up to enjoy your guests and the occasion as much as possible…. Read More
Today is the day! September 24, 2018. I start cooking all of Ina’s recipes today, and I am excited!
Today seems like a good time to share with you some of my goals for this project. So here they are, raw and vulnerable. Some of them are practical and easy to measure, some of them not-so-much, yet equally important to me…. Read More
This week felt like an eternity. A hot, humid, knock-my-head-against-the-wall eternity. It’s because I am all kinds of keyed up and tightly wound, ready for this flipping Ina project to start already. There comes a point where the planning, the preparing, the organizing, the promoting, the thinking…it all has been done, and it is time to act. I am ready to act. Hand me a prep list, and get out of my way. You might say my brain is fried, my emotions are running hot, and my opinions are a bit spicy this week. Thank you for bearing with me. Monday can’t get here fast enough.
Here is what we talked about this week… Read More
Roasting a chicken is a life skill I think everyone should master. There is something earthy yet elegant about the finished product, and no matter the occasion, a roast chicken is always lovely.
Would you like to hang out in the kitchen together and learn how to roast a chicken? Awesome! Let’s begin by answering a few chicken-related questions…. Read More
In preparation for the Ina In A Year project, I recently cleaned out my home kitchen. It was a long time coming, and the exercise proved beneficial to my head and my heart. I love being in the kitchen, but it’s been a long time since I have loved being in my kitchen.
When I ran Hurley House out of our home kitchen, every shelf, every drawer, every cabinet was in ship shape with no room for excess. Efficiency was paramount, and there was no room for fluff or exception. I quickly learned what was worth keeping, and what I could live without.
You might say the experience of running a growing small business out of my home kitchen for three years, coupled with my recent reorganization endeavor has been a good reminder of what can stay and what can go. Today I am sharing eight of my non-negotiable kitchen tools that I cannot imagine living without…. Read More