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Lovely Internet 1.3.2014

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset 1. Best Southern Albums of 2013

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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Best of 2013

2013 was a wild year. Personally and professionally, it was a roller coaster. I’m thankful for so many things about this past year, but I won’t be sad to see it leave tomorrow. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorite recipes from this past year:

honey pie 1 Best Pie
Honey Pie

brussels sprouts 1

Best Use of Bacon
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam

salt packed fish 2

Most Impressive to Serve Guests
Salt Crusted Snapper
satsuma cobbler 1 Favorite Cocktail
Satsuma Cobbler

charbroiled oysters 2

Best Seafood
Charbroiled Oysters

new hanover

Best Series
Tasting North Carolina

bone broth 3

Most Nourishing
Bone Broth

Brunswick Stew 1

Best Stew (and also Recipe I Was Most Excited About Creating That Nobody Else Cared About But My Dad)
Stovetop Brunswick Stew 

blackened fish 4 Most Popular Main Dish
Blackened Red Drum

grilled peaches 7

Most Popular Dessert (and Best Road Trip for a Recipe)
Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

apple hand pies 4

Best Use of Biscuit Dough
Sweet Tango Hand Pies

the american cookbook

Most Exciting Project (and also The Project That Took Years Off My Life But I Happily Gave Them)
The American Cookbook

chipotle wings 3

Best Imitation of Our Favorite Restaurant Food
Honey Chipotle Wings

beignets 6

Best Pastry (and also Best Recipe That Also Marks a Major Family Event)
Beignets

blueberry cake 1

Dan’s Favorite Cake
Blueberry Lemon Cake

brisket 4

Best Meat Dish
Southern Grilled Brisket

Thanks for coming along with us, here’s to 2014!

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