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Ten Things In 2012.

As 2013 rapidly approaches, we pause to take a look at our top food memories and discoveries of the year.

Jill: My itinerant adventures included a spring trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rice, summer visits to New York City and Cleveland (yes, a worthy destination) and a last-minute trip to San Francisco spurred on by World Series baseball. Below are a few things of note as I look back at the year that the world was supposed to end.

1. One-Course Meals.

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In 2012, I realized that while I may not be able to afford three courses of fine dining, I can create my own buffet of great eats by visiting several places for one course each. San Francisco was the perfect backdrop for this style of eating, and I found myself slurping oysters not once, but twice in the ten-day stay. The key, by the way, is to be upfront with servers from the beginning. And to tip a little extra before heading out for the next snack.

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Embracing Chaos.

I like to cook on New Years Eve, mainly because I’m selfish. (‘Tis the season for being self reflective, so why not be honest with myself?) I like to choose what I’m going to eat, where I’m going to eat and with whom I’m going to eat on this holiday, no matter how much work it requires. While I cringe at reading the starkness of that statement, I can’t help but admit that it’s at least 92% true. There’s a softer side to it, though: I love to entertain. I love to spend time around a table with friends, old and new. I love being at the table, together.

I was conflicted about what to cook for this past New Year’s feast, but only for a second. I knew that I wanted to do vegetarian fare and I was also itching to do something with the pork belly that’s been holding my freezer shelf intact for the past six months. (When pork belly is what holds a shelf up in your freezer, it’s time to hit Sears. Or wherever it is that homeowners buy appliances.)

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