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Lovely Internet 1.10.14

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1. This year’s Saveur 100.

2. Standing ovation to this man not just for being a good father but for getting on the soapbox and saying what needs to be said about the role men should and do play in modern parenting.

3. The Next Civil Rights Issue (not a pleasant conversation, but an important one)

4. Is the blog dead?

5. I made a turducken. It was kind of amazing, and kind of grim.

6. This is AMAZING. I want one.

7. Can you imagine eating any of these foods? Have you?

8. I found this book problematic in a lot of ways, but it’s worth the read for less than three dollars.

9. I’m generally pretty wary of doctors and medical intervention, but I do believe that vaccinations play an important role in the health (literally) of our society. This article raises some very interesting arguments.

10. A sad state of affairs.

Thanks for your patience as I took a little bit of a break from posting recipes to get through the holidays and the aftermath of the holidays. I’m wrapping up a big freelance recipe development project so I’m hoping to come back to reality sometime soon. I’ll be back this weekend to share Dan’s birthday cake!

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Lovely Internet 1.3.2014

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2. The conversation continues (I say, more butter, less anger)

3. All this week I’ve been feasting on collards, black eyed peas, and bacon (and a fair amount of bread dipped in potlikker). What are your favorite New Years traditions? We also did sauerkraut and kielbasa for Dan!

4. The Funniest Food Related Articles of 2013

5. Making the most of all of your vegetable.

6. I’m the first to admit being drawn to the Kinfolk aesthetic, but if you ever come to a dinner party at my house you’ll quickly learn that the only thing curated about my life is the art on the walls (and my degree in curatorial studies, perhaps)

7. At this time I have no interest in going gluten free, but this article was very interesting.

8. Well I can finally feel better about not being a germaphobe (and never using antibacterial hand soap).

9. A free class to help you reclaim your kitchen by my friends at GRUB

10. I can also now feel better about my complete failure to take multivitamins.

Be sure to check out our year in review and Best of 2013 posts!

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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a year in review, 2013

Dear 2013, I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave. Xoxo, Elena

It’s hard to express what 2013 was for me, personally. It was definitely not the easiest of years and some parts of it have left me so heartsick that I’m having a difficult time seeing it in a positive light. On the other hand, it was one of our best years ever. Confusing, I know. Here’s the breakdown:

personally, i:

– spent our first full year as north carolinians together with dan, a dream come true

– celebrated four years of marriage

– celebrated kaylee’s first birthday

– adopted a second (perfect!) puppy, river

– explored our new city

– have been overwhelmed and delighted with the friends we’ve made in wilmington

– celebrated my sister’s fantastic wedding in new orleans

– ran two marathons and a 21 mile trail race

– traveled all over the country for work and new opportunities

– wrote my first cookbook

– began working on my second cookbook

– continued posting on misselenaeous, a site that has been a fantastic outlet for me

– built a bountiful garden space in our front yard

– did a lot of diving and a lot of searching on the bottom of the ocean for megalodon teeth

– dedicated myself to regular yoga practice, something that has made me a more well rounded person

– built our first piece of furniture

– started to learn to play the banjo on the canjo that dan built for me

– watched dan’s enthusiasm for homebrew grow (much to my appreciation)

– enjoyed my first full year as a montessori preschool teacher

– put our guest room to work and hosted many, many, loved ones

– walked around the streets of charleston with my best friend wearing matching tshirts featuring an obscure gilmore girls quote

– cheered dan on as he ran not one but two 5ks in one week

– connected with amazing bloggers and writers from all over this state, the south, and the world

– said goodbye to two people who were very, very dear to me.

this blog has:

– celebrated five years of recipes, photographs, and food

– survived me writing my first cookbook

–  introduced  new series and partnerships with great success

– been nominated for prestigious awards, featured in exciting places

– cooked more than we ever thought possible

– talked to people far and wide about the history and heritage of southern cooking

– introduced a beautiful new banner thanks to our friend emily of em dash paper co

– juggled two twitter accounts in a dubious attempt to separate personal and professional (@elenabrent vs @biscuitsandsuch)

– preached the gospel of cast iron, full fats, and real foods

– dabbled in charcuterie (with hopes of much more to come)

– fully appreciated our new deep fryer

– connected with you all and had amazing conversations about food, family, life, and love

2013 in Review from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.

(music in the video by the incredible alabama shakes)

thank you, so much, for reading this blog, for making this space a beautiful and positive one. this would all be for naught without the support of the amazing people who read and share and love b&s. thank you thank you thank you, and cheers to a happy 2014!

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