Happy New Year!


HappyNewYearGood morning!

I hope your first day of 2014 is starting off right. I’m a big fan of new beginnings, so January 1st is one of my favorite days. Out with the old, in with the new; a clean slate; a fresh start; an opportunity to re-group, make new goals, and buy a new calendar!

I’ve been thinking a lot about A Passionate Plate for the last few weeks. Writing this blog has been one of my most gratifying experiences over the past few years, but in 2013 I just didn’t give myself enough time to cook, photograph and share my recipes.

Well, that’s going to change, starting now.

I will find time for the things I love this year, including cooking and photographing good, healthy food.  And, I’ve decided to take a new approach with A Passionate Plate in 2014. Each month I’m going to choose a cookbook from my own collection and share some of the recipes with you. Then, at the end of the month, I’ll give away a copy of the cookbook!

I can’t promise that I’ll be posting more than an couple of days each week or that my pictures will be perfectly lit, but I am making a commitment to get back to what I enjoy and to share it with you.

January’s cookbook pick: Hollyhock Garden to Table, by Moreka Jolar, Heidi Scheifley and the Hollyhock Cooks.

I love this cookbook because it is filled with creative, healthy and inspired recipes that are very simple and easy to execute. Most of the recipes are vegetarian, with options for making them vegan or gluten free.

Here’s what I’ll be making and sharing with you in January:

  • Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Molasses
  • Mushroom Soup with Roasted Cashews and Wild Rice
  • Palak Paneer 
  • Simple Roasted Cauliflower 
  • No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
  • Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Anchovies & Thyme
  • Cortes Clam Chowder 
  • Blueberry Polenta Pancakes 

I’m looking forward to a renewed commitment to more cooking and better eating, and I look forward to sharing these recipes with you this month.

Happy New Year!

– Mary


  1. Jeannie B says:

    What a great plan for 2014! Can’t wait for the caramelized onion pizza :). Is there a way for me to sign up for email notification when a new recipe is posted? Otherwise I forget to check the blog

  2. Siri says:

    Can’t wait- especially for the palak paneer!

  3. Exciting! Looking forward to seeing the recipes of the New Year. Hope you had a Happy one…my best, ~M~

  4. Caroline Ellison says:

    Sounds like a wonderful plan! I’ll look forward to getting some recipes that are both good and good for you. Can hardly wait for the roasted beets! Happy New Year to you and Joy.

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