Counting my Blessings: A Year in Veggies–Plus a Book, a Blog and a Best Friend, too

I have everything in the world to be grateful for and nothing I dare complain about as 2010 turns into 2011 tonight. It was a year of firsts for me: I launched my first website/blog in February (hello sixburnersue!); my first cookbook, Fast, Fresh & Green, was published in April; and Roy and I sold our first vegetables out of our first market garden in June. Plus, in September we moved into an old farmhouse—something I’ve always dreamed of (literally—I’ve had visions in my head of just this kind of old place). Who knows how long we’ll be in the house, but for now it feels just right.

But there’s one thing that’s not new this year, and it’s the thing I think most about (and am most grateful for) every year on this day. Because December 31 is my best friend’s birthday. Eliza (who I call Lou because it rhymes with Sue—something we schemed up as kids)  lives in York, Maine, now, but we grew up together in Washington, D.C. I, in fact, was waiting for Eliza when she came along six months after I was born. Our Moms got to know each other while they were both pregnant and became good friends. As soon as we could sit up, they plopped us on the floor together, and we haven’t stopped giggling since.

Over the years, wherever we’ve lived (New York or California, Rhode Island or Colorado, Boston or Washington), we’ve never lost touch. Eliza has been my number one supporter through many crises—she is patient and understanding and the most people-smart person I know (she’s got more friends than I can count and she’s a great mom, too). And, guess what? She’s a great cook! Just a few months ago she agreed to be my chief “citizen” tester for the new book, so I am particularly grateful for her help just now. (And for Chip, Nathalie, Katie & James’ tastebuds, too.) So I’m taking the opportunity today not just to celebrate a wonderful year (the pictures tell the story), but a wonderful lifetime of friendship, too. Happy Birthday, Lou (aka Eliza Peter)! Now, what would I do if my best friend didn’t like to cook?!!!

8 thoughts on “Counting my Blessings: A Year in Veggies–Plus a Book, a Blog and a Best Friend, too”

  1. Wow Sue, Thanks!! Love those pictures…you’ve accomplished a tremendous amount this year, Congratulations!
    PS The short ribs came out great. Wish you could have been here with us. Happy cooking. xo

  2. What a great year for you, Susie! And there’s more to come. Life is great, no doubt about it. Happy, happy new year and see you in Montana when you can break away (Roy will love it). I’m thrilled that we’ve reconnected after all these years. Who woulda thunk?

  3. Hey Lou, Happy 1/1/11 — We’ve just come from the alpaca farm and a walk around the pond…Hope you all are having a great day and so glad the short ribs came out well!

  4. Hey Andra–I saw it was Dan’s birthday, too, so wish him a happy one…yes, life is good….My literary agent sent me a New Year’s ecard this morning with a quote from Joseph Campbell–“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” …so true! all the best to you all

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