This was the last “real” week of the project in regards to the cooking. I hosted the final Ina Lunch at Hurley House, and in a moment of sentimental nostalgia, as I looked around the store and saw every chair filled, I took a panoramic video. It was a weak attempt to capture the energy and electricity filling the space….Read More
I can feel the end. I can taste it. It’s so close, I think it’s already here. My days feel like I am coasting downhill, gaining momentum. The finish line is in sight, and I know I will get there. The fear of “Will I make it?” has transformed into “I’m going to make it!”. There is a calm surrounding me that feels equally reassuring and unnerving all at the same time….Read More
With our new horizons fast approaching at Hurley House, my time this week began to center around creating the infrastructure necessary to launch our new social media channel, the Lunch Party, and the Hospitality Hotline. It was a lot of work, with so many details I had to create a chart to keep it all straight….Read More
As I end the Ina In A Year project this week, 963 recipes later, I am here today to propose a scandalous truth for you to consider.
The hardest part of cooking isn’t cooking.
Have you ever watched a cooking show? Or perhaps you’ve seen a 45-second cooking segment on a morning show? Or one of those fast-motion 10-second meal prep videos on social media? Whatever the format, the idea is the same. Someone walks up to the stove….Read More
August came and went in a whirlwind. It’s technically still summer, but it feels like August is all about school. My high schoolers had weeks of school-related camps before the first day ever began. We shopped for shoes and supplies. We figured out what lunches would look like this year. We set our alarms earlier. And we did it. We are back to school. Along the way, I discovered a few new things that have quickly become favorites!Read More
For a solid year (and more, if you count the months of planning and preparation), my life has centered around cooking all 963 of Ina Garten’s recipes in 365 days, and documenting the process along the way. I knew the end would arrive, but it wasn’t until very recently that the end was near enough for me to feel ready to ask the question, “What’s next?”
Today, two weeks from the end, having asked and answered…Read More
One of the best places to practice hospitality is at your own dinner table with your own family or group of close friends. I like this approach because the stakes are relatively low. It’s a Wednesday night. No one is expecting candles and caviar.
If your family is like mine, they just want to not be hungry by the time they leave the table. I find I can…Read More
This week was a whirlwind, but a welcome whirlwind. After a summer of slow-burning stress and slogging through each week, the activity returned in full force this week to both our family and my business….Read More