Looking back at the past year, I realize that when it comes to setting goals and resolutions, 2013 might be hard to top. At this time last year, I was getting ready to speak at the Cookbook Conference in New York City, a first for me. By July, I was hosting my own conference, the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando. Since then, there have been numerous speaking engagements, campaigns and partnerships that I could only have dreamed about just two years ago.
Our Sunday Supper Family continued to grow in leaps and bounds. We reached our highest audience ever on the week we hosted Sara Moulton around the family table, over 3 million followers. We continued to add leaves to our family table to accommodate our growing virtual family and were thrilled to launch our new on-line magazine during a special two year Anniversary Event. It was an honor to announce Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez as our Sunday Supper Movement Online Editor-in-Chief.
Yes, 2013 will be a year that I will never forget. I know that these goals would not have happened without the support of my family. As you can imagine, when you have a year that you set high goals, time together as a family is cherished more than ever. They have inspired me to go after my dreams every step of the way and those are the moments that I will never forget.
As we ring in the New Year, I am happy to announce that we are partnering with HSN to continue our mission of bringing families back to the table. Our goal for 2014 is to inspire families to not only spend time around the family table but to actually have fun cooking together. HSN is giving away 15 prize packs valued at up to $500 to inspire you in the New Year, and 3 will include a great array of kitchen tools and equipment to get you and your family cooking in the New Year! Check out the #Refresh2014 Pinterest board and enter here.
Here are my top 5 tips to help you cook together with your family and have fun in the kitchen:
1. Shop Together – Our family loves to wake up on a Saturday morning and head to our local Farmers Market. Many weeks we are inspired by local fish, fresh cheese, gorgeous breads and beautiful produce.
2. Let Everyone Take Turns — choosing their favorite meal. You will be surprised how everyone loves to get in the kitchen when they have a say in choosing their favorite cuisine. When our daughter is home from college, she loves coming up with fun and unique salads. This Red Cabbage Citrus Salad was a huge hit.
3. Break the Rules — Every once in a while, it’s okay not to sit in the kitchen. This is especially true at our home during football season. We tend to go a little more casual. Crock Pot Meals are perfect for Game Days! It’s a toss up between Spicy Portuguese Pulled Pork and Teriyaki Pulled Pork.
4. Recipes Inspired by Travel or Favorite Restaurants — I had the opportunity to travel quite a bit this past year. It was so fun coming home and recreating some of my favorite recipes from my travels and letting my family see different areas through food. This recipe for Stone Crab Scampi came about after we enjoyed our local Stone Crab Festival. We couldn’t wait to try making stone crabs at home.
5. Gather Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Teammates– It’s amazing how much fun it is to cook for a crowd. Reis’s Stop Light Salsa was the hit of our Cinco de Mayo Party.
Most importantly — create memories that will last a lifetime in 2014! We had so much fun in the kitchen with Vo-Vo making Chorizo Bread and listening to stories of baking when she was young and lived in Portugal.
What are your tips for getting your family cooking together in your home? Make 2014 the year that your family cooks together as a family. Keeping your New Year’s resolutions has never been so rewarding! We’re giving away 15 prize packs valued at up to $500 each to inspire you in the new year. Check out the #Refresh2014 Pinterest board and enter here.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HSN, all opinions are my own.