Famous last words. On Sunday, February 1st, I thought to myself: Wow, I made it to February without getting a cold!  (Seems everyone I know had something in December.)  You know how this story ends, right? corn chowder If I'm just a little sick, I want to hunker down in the kitchen and cook and bake and stock up.  So I made a big pot of my Southwestern Corn Chowder on Sunday and have been eating it every day.  (Also some gluten free hamburger buns from my favorite cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking Classics. And some peanut butter cookies.) Southwestern Corn Chowder 3-4 slices bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 small poblano chile, diced 1/2 tsp. cumin 1 c. dry white wine 3 medium yukon gold potatoes, diced 5 c. chicken stock 3 c. frozen corn 1/2 to 1 c. heavy cream 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro Cook bacon in dry pot. Drain on paper towels. Add onions to pot and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and poblano; saute another 5 minutes. Stir in cumin, a dash of cayenne, and a little salt. Raise heat to high, add wine, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated (2-3 minutes). Add potatoes and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until vegetables are tender, 30-45 minutes. Stir in cream and corn. Simmer 10-15 minutes without letting it boil. Stir in cilantro and bacon before serving. - - - - - And as you may already know, my new year generally gets off to a slow start work-wise, which gives me extra time to think about the big picture for my year.  This year I've been dwelling on questions, such as: Do I still love what I once loved? Do I want to connect with lots of people or just a few people? If I no longer had my business, what would I miss the most? What does it really mean to commit to a daily practice? Sometimes the answers surprise me.  (And sometimes I just try to live the question itself.)  I hope to share more about these thoughts in Studio Yearbook Two (but feel free to share your own comments in the meantime!). - - - - - Lately, the kids and I have been listening to TED talks after school.  I always love a good presentation, but go in fits & starts when it comes to the conscious choice to listen on my own.  How can I bring that habit into my studio?  At lunch earlier in the week I listened to this interview between Krista Tippett and Mary Oliver - what an inspiring way to step up my game!
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