It has been a very busy twelve months! I have moved from Denver, Colorado to Seattle, Washington, bought a house and remodeled a kitchen. Now I can put away my paint brushes and overalls and get back to my blog. I am incredibly excited about getting back into the kitchen.
Every summer I take a trip down to Portland to refresh and gain inspiration at the World Domination Summit. The best way to describe this event is 1 part Adult Summer Camp, 1 part TED Talks and 1 part Portlandia. This year my inspiration came as I was listening to a presentation by Elisa Blaha Cripe. She gave a fantastic talk about being creative and how she answers the dreaded question: “What do you do?” That’s a hard question to answer when your chosen vocation is not a lawyer, doctor, police officer, realtor or some other career that you see in TV or the movies. Her answer to this question is “I Make Stuff”. She gardens, crafts, takes pictures, cooks and writes. She creates ambitious goals and creates prolificly. In her current project, Make29 she is selling a new handmade product every month for a whole year.
While listening to Elisa I realized that what I really needed was an ambitious project that I could make the focus of this blog.
Now that I live in Seattle, I wanted to create a project that would allow me really do a deep dive and discover the gems in the Seattle area as well as expanding my knowledge of different ethnic cuisines. To do that I am going to embark on a Culinary Staycation. (I’m hoping a more clever title comes to me, but for now this will have to do.) Each month I’m going to be featuring the cuisine of a different region both on my table and on my blog. I’ll be posting here several times a week as I research and cook the various traditional dishes from the month’s destination.
My first destination on this journey will be Sicily, Italy.