Happy New Year 2022 to all my blog friends!
|2021: The year of Brood X Seventeen-year Cicadas! Here: cicadas on a kitchen towel.|
|Also this year: more vegan and vegetarian cooking.|
Here: potatoes, cauliflower, and peas in vendaloo sauce.
I hope your year in 2022 will be better than the end of 2021. If you celebrate New Year's Eve, I hope you have some lucky foods like Hoppin John (lucky in the South) and herring (lucky in Norther Europe, which is what we had a year ago). For more info on this, see my post from last year: "What to Eat for New Year's Good Luck."
The year 2021 was much more varied than our locked-down 2020. We started going places as soon as we were double-vaccinated in March. Here are some highlights of year, with the emphasis on our travels and our favorite food experiences.
January, 2021: Michigan
|Curbside pickup from the great store By the Pound -- how we lived during the long Covid lockdown.|
We hope things don't get that bad again, but who knows?
February, 2021: Michigan
March, 2021: Fairfax, Virginia.
|Finally: we left Michigan! In Fairfax, Alice and Evelyn made TikTok pasta: Feta cheese and |
cherry tomatoes to celebrate our first trip after receiving our second Covid vaccine.
The dish was very famous for just over 15 minutes!
April, 2021: West Lafayette, Indiana
May, 2021: Birding in Southern Arizona
|We loved the Mexican food, as well as the birds, during our birding trip in southern Arizona.|
June, 2021: Fairfax, Virginia
|Back in Fairfax for Alice's high-school graduation. We celebrated with a barbecue.|
July, 2021: Iceland
|After a long, cold ride in a Zodiac boat, we were served hot chocolate by some "Vikings."|
One of many food highlights on our circumnavigation on the National Geographic Explorer.
August, 2021: Bar Harbor, Maine
|Which Maine specialty is more photogenic -- blueberries or lobster?|
We ate lots of both on our 10 days in Bar Harbor.
September, 2021: Michigan
|We didn't go far in September, but Elaine and Larry came to visit us, and she brought the ingredients for|
another fabulous apple pie.
October, 2021: Oregon, Washington, Idaho
|Traveling on the National Geographic Quest, we saw the beautiful Columbia and Snake Rivers|
of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. On our last full day we visited some Idaho wineries.
November, 2021: Thanksgiving in Fairfax
|Duck, dressing, gravy, squash bread, cranberries, vegetables, red wine!|
|It’s been a year with some great apple pies!|
Thanksgiving dessert was Alsatian Apple Tart.
December, 2021: a month at home
|The day before Christmas: Eggs Benedict by Miriam, Alice, Evelyn, and Tom.|
|Update: Our New Year's Eve dinner: vegan Hoppin John with cornbread for luck in the new year.|
Happy New Year! As Dave Barry says: "Nobody knows what 2022 will bring. Will it suck as much as this year? Will it suck more? Or will it suck a LOT more? These appear to be our choices." (source)
Blog post © 2021, mae sander.