I never get sick. But in Week Six, I got the flu. It hit me on a Thursday morning, and by lunch time I was in bed, as miserable as I can remember being in a long time. Not only was the process of being feverish and achey awful , the recovery period the week after was almost as difficult. I had no stamina, and I felt weak and not able to do as much as I normally could. No one talks about the flu recovery process, and I was not prepared….Read More
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
Guys, we got a plant. His name is Gary, and if you ask nicely, we will let you meet him. Gary lives in the Hurley House kitchen most of the time, but is brought to the front of the store regularly so that he can get his daily allowance of natural light. Gary is quiet and pretty easy going. We are doing our best to keep him alive.
I, on the other hand, am writing this post from my sick bed. I have been struck by something awful and flu-like, and I don’t care for it one bit. I have been in bed for two days, and I feel like it might as well be two weeks. My mind is going crazy, by body hurts, and writing this post is going to require a three hour nap to recover.
Here’s what we talked about this week…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
Every year, our family kicks off Chili season on Halloween. It is our inaugural launch into soups and stews, and no matter how warm it may be on October 31, we serve hot piping bowls of Chili before heading out into the neighborhood for trick-or-treating. My children have come to expect it, and I love the tradition….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