2012 was a very good year in the FOODalogue universe. Lots of everything I love — food, wine, travel and, most importantly, they were shared with family and friends. Yes, it was a very good year.
Visitors to FOODalogue trickled in all year, leaving comments and supporting my passion for which I am eternally grateful. It really means the world to me.
In 2012, there was travel …
… and an inaugural cruise to nowhere aboard the brand new Celebrity Reflection.
There were lots of fabulous food, wine and art-related local activities in the foodie world of FlaLaLa …
There was yet another new camera, 2 creative photography courses, endless online sessions relating to photography and photo editing, and street photography expeditions out in the real world to practice …
Wynwood Walls, Miami
Domino Park, Little Havana (Miami)
And in the world of blogging …
Earlier this year I joined an online cooking group that takes ingredients to new and creative levels with monthly challenges.
The (reinvented) Green Bean Casserole (with parmesan bechamel + fried spaghetti)
Going forward in 2013, the group has rebranded and will be known as the Creative Cooking Crew and I will be co-hosting our future challenges with Laz of Lazaro Cooks.
I’ve also started 2 new websites devoted to my fledgling photography …
In closing, here are my wishes for 2013 …
May Republicans and Democrats learn to play nice.
May religion be separated from state.
May there be peace in the Mideast.
May everyone be tolerant of other people’s life choices.
May there be an end to cancer, Aids, hunger, intolerance,
and all the blights of the world.
And if not all of that works,
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
Thank you for your visits and comments in 2012!
Best wishes for the holidays and the happiest New Year.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!
I've always been a culinary improvisor which means I get my kicks out of recipe development. In the FOODalogue kitchen each meal is an adventure and the journey is as exciting as the destination. My favorite kitchen tools are imagination and intuition. I rarely look at a recipe, not even my own!
On these pages, I suggest food pairings and techniques to be experimented with...in your own kitchen...to your own spice levels...and to your preferred portion sizes.