I prefer to accept the lows for what they are - drowned in a bit of whiskey of course! For years, I've focused on the word Persistence, and it is my firm belief that this quality is the most important in relation to dealing with all of life's affairs.
Nevertheless, I can ultimately admit that this year was a positively huge success - and I am always amazed at what God continues to provide and teach me. Overall, it seems that when I lose my focus on him and try to force my own plans into action - things always tend to unravel. It's in the moments when I am completely trusting and working in the right direction that he reveals all of the goodness in the world.
January was a thrill! Coming off a nod from The New York Times for writing one of the year's best cookbooks, I was invited to join Kathie Lee and Hoda on the TODAY Show for a romantic cooking segment. They were hilarious, awesome, and . . . inquisitive! The segment turned out fantastic, but the most special part was having the support of my family and friends in NYC and everywhere else. In fact, this was the first time my parents had ever visited the Big Apple, and that was probably my favorite memory of this wonderful experience. Nothing makes life better than sharing great times with the people you love.
|Goofing around with Kathie Lee and Hoda.|
March - June seems like much of a blur to me now. After the success of my first book, I decided to sign with a great literary agent and try my hand again at the traditional publishing business. Well, my timing probably could have been better. The news of BORDERS closing and the increased popularity of digital readers sort of put most literary houses on hold for the time being. After spending months working out the details of my proposal, My agent and I worked diligently to find the right home - and we were close, but ultimately we decided to hold off for a bit and let the storm subside. It was disappointing - but I know it was also a smart decision. More on this in 2012!
|This keeps me awake while writing book proposals!|
|The beautiful, rolling landscape of PEI|
|Serving up hundreds of pounds of local, fresh ingredients.|
|My partner in crime|
September - lots of college football, and another trip up to PEI for the fall flavors festival. A special thanks to Mark, Ross, George, and Corey for showing me just how much fun PEI can be during the fall. Oh, and thanks to Charles for capturing pictures our street festival cook off where I showed islanders that charcoal - and local skirt steak - are king when it comes to building great flavors.
|Table side prep w/ Corey.|
|In the line of fire!|
|Enjoying the good life in Mexico|
|Jam session with the talented drummer/sous chef/groom.|
Turns out the next adventure came quickly. A 'side business' created with myself and two friends suddenly hit the big time! We found ourselves scrambling to fill orders to meet the overwhelming demand of our 'grassroots' fragrance - MOONSHINE; a gentleman's cologne. Turns out we were right - men like to wear cologne. But, we don't need a celebrity or a half-naked man to sell it to us. What a concept?
|MOONSHINE; a gentleman's cologne|
Cheers to you and yours, and wishing you all much success in 2012.