In Week Five, Ina released her eleventh cookbook called Cook Like A Pro. We celebrated by hosting our first VIP party for our sponsors. In my head, this was going to be easy. I would choose party food from the project and then make it, which would both serve food to our guests and cross recipes off the list. What I failed to consider was the increased work that comes with making increased batches of each recipe….Read More
In Week Four, I felt fairly proud of myself. I was doing it. I was working the plan, cooking almost every day, producing delicious food, and serving it to people I loved. I was full of life and feeling invigorated by the process.
Week Four also happened to be the week where I lost my ability to do it all….Read More
In Week Three, I found my stride in the kitchen. After a thirty-recipe, husband-out-of-town, dinner-party-hosting Week Two, this week felt like a cake walk. My body was feeling less sore, my emotions less erratic, my pacing more predictable. This week I really started having fun!Read More
In Week Two, due to some calendar complications, I was slated to cook thirty recipes. If you’re thinking thirty recipes sounds like a lot for one week, you would be correct. I could have chosen to change it, deleted a few menus, pushed some recipes into another week, but I am really trying to avoid messing with the schedule this early in the process. I powered forward….Read More
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
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
As I sit here, writing the last post before the project launches next week, I have a confession to make. I’m nervous. The nerves arrived on Friday afternoon. I couldn’t really catch my breath. My heart began pounding, my hands started shaking. It came over me like a cloud, and I couldn’t shake myself free.
It is Monday morning, and after a weekend with my family, a good night’s sleep, and all the healthy coping strategies in my toolbox…I am still nervous.Read More