Sunday, January 1, 2012

01 January 2010 – Happy New Year!



Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Christmas was great for the most part, only a few "hard candy Christmas" moments. There was a lot of great food, dear friends and most of my adoring family. Of course, we all desperately missed my little sister, Stacy. So 2011 was a mixed bag, but 2012 is full of promise and hope. Here's to a great new year for everyone.

We spent the weekend in Atlanta and had some great food. On Friday we ate at Miso Izakaya on Edgewood. It is a great new Japanese "tapas pub." The steamed buns were phenomenal, especially the crispy duck buns! I was very pleased. On Saturday, we slept in but went to HobNob for lunch. It was okay, but we decided to go to the Zoo afterward. It was great fun and a beautiful day to see some amazing animals. After the zoo, we stopped by The Earl in East Atlanta Village for a burger and bloody mary. They have the best burgers in Atlanta, bar none! For New Years Eve, we went from Japan to Spain and dined at Barcelona Wine Bar. The tapas were delicious, but the service was spotty. Nevertheless, I have never had better Papas Bravas – amazing Spanish spicy potatoes! We rung in the New Year back at the W Hotel by watching the ball drop in Times Square and the fireworks around the Atlanta skyline. 2012, bring it!

The weekend was a last hurrah before a healthier diet and lifestyle in 2012. It starts tomorrow, so wish me luck. I will be turning 50 in a few weeks, so it's time to get back in shape. I'll keep you posted on my progress. My first New Years text was from my dear friend, Scott Skidmore. He wished me a Happy New Year and proceeded to tell me that I needed to check out Parade magazine this week because it had an article about Dolly Parton, including her recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. Scott suggested the dish would be a great candidate for Bill's Sunday Supper, so tonight's dinner is dedicated to Scott! Lifelong friends are few and far between, ad even though Scott is now living back in Greensboro, I know he is only a phone call or text away. Plus, he knows me well enough to realize that Dolly Parton's Chicken and Dumplings would be the perfect comfort food for the first Sunday Supper in 2012 and the last "less-healthy" choice before the diet begins. For dessert, I used some leftover Christmas provisions to make tiny pecan tarts.

So here's my hope for all of you in 2012, in the chicken and dumpling adorned lyrics of Dolly Parton:

"I hope life, will treat you kind,
And I hope that you have all
That you ever dreamed of.
Oh, I do wish you joy,
And I wish you happiness,
But above all this,
I wish you love.."

The Menu:

- Dolly Parton's Chicken and Dumplings

- Individual Pecan Tarts
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