Best Of 2011: A Random List

I don’t think I’ve ever done this before!

Favorite Moment In Time

I taped it. Only I didn’t know it would become a favorite moment. It was taken at 5 AM on February 21st, 2011. Toby and I were waiting for a car service that would take us to the hospital in order to welcome Elliot into the world. He was already two weeks late. I’d been having contractions all night long. We were about to meet our second son! Everything was perfectly still and eerily quiet. I felt at peace. So I shot a few seconds of what that morning looked like.

I could have stood in that moment for a while.

Anyway, here’s that video:

Favorite Recipe

Galette dough. I chose this because of how versatile it is and how often we use it at our house. It works with both sweet and savory. We’ve filled it with apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, sweet cheese (like a danish), ricotta and broccoli, veggie meat with onions—just to name a few. It’s amazing. And it lasts for two days in the fridge. The recipe listed below makes five, decent-sized galettes, so feed your family or yourself for days.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 10.5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/5 ounce of sugar
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce water

Prepare using flaky dough mixing method.

What does that mean? Well, sift all your dry ingredients together. Cut cold butter into small cubes. Rub the butter into your dry ingredients. Keep it visible! You want to see chunks of butter. That’s what makes it so damn flakey. Add eggs and water, mix it up. The dough should look messy. Form it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

When ready, cut up into 4 ounce pieces. Roll each one out. It can and should look rustic, so don’t bother forming a perfect circle. Add your filling, fold the sides up over the filling leaving an opening. Coat the top with a layer of milk. I use a pastry brush, but you can use whatever you want, even your fingers. Finished piece will look something like this:

Favorite Post:

Probably this one. I had been writing that in my head for months. And I was quite pleased with myself for actually taking “pen” to “paper” finally. :]

A Few Of My Favorite Tweets (in random order):

Favorite Tweeter:

Discount Dracula. She makes me laugh almost daily.

Most Played Band:

Okkervil River. I have worn this band out. They are often my running partner. (Along with Marc Maron and his WTFPod.)

Favorite Movie

I don’t get to see many movies anymore, and this year was no different since we had a newborn around. But I did see a few! My favorite was probably Melancholia. I don’t know. It was just so damn haunting! Not a film I’ll shake anytime soon.

Favorite Photo:

Favorite Accomplishment:

Dudes, I had a baby AND I graduated from pastry school. And if you missed my final cake, come check it out. I was pretty proud of that, too.

2011 has been a pretty kick ass year. If 2012 is even half as awesome, I’ll be happy.

Much love to you all! Happy New Year!


  1. Best random best of list ever. Happy new year!


  2. We saw Okkervil River down in Seattle this year, and it was easily one of the best shows of my life (despite the drunk 21 year old next to me, who my husband nearly got into a fight with…). And WTF often accompanies me on my runs (and commutes) as well. Great listening material.

    Happy New Year to you and yours! I ordered some of your lollipops for stocking stuffers for the family, and they were great hits! My dad loves anything with a bacon flavor in them (though, the Wyoming came out in him when I informed him that I, the vegetarian of 14 years, could also eat them).


  3. This is a fantastic list. Happy New Year to you and your family – here’s to a fabulous 2012!


  4. I can’t wait to try the galette recipe!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!


  5. I love this post!

    You have, indeed, had a great year. May the next one be EVEN BETTER!

    Lots of love to all of you,



  6. Happy new year!
    I love this post.

    And, btw, is it possible for us crazies on the iceberg to get some lolipops yet?


  7. Love that picture of Emory! Nice post, Happy New Year!


  8. Do you bake the galette?


  9. ha! Oops! Oh yes, absolutely. Bake it for however long you’d like. I usually eyeball mine. They’ll bubble and bake. It’s awesome.


  10. I can’t wait! Looks so yummy.


  11. I’ve thought this before: the photo of your son with his new baby brother is priceless. The expression, the soft blue, brown and ochre colours that all seem to relate, the framing (feet not cut off). It is a beautiful moment.


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