Wednesday, September 28, 2011

L'Shana Tova - Here's to another great year!

It's that time of year again - time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the next! Tonight brings the start of Rosh Hashana and as we move into the year 5772 there is a lot to celebrate.

While things posts might not have been appearing as frequently on the blog, it's been a busy summer and fall at Good Cook Doris. After taking a few classes and then applying, I was officially accepted into the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program at Boston University. This fall I'm taking my first class as an official student - Culture and Cuisine of New England. I'm excited to find out what New England cuisine is (if there is such a thing!).

This summer we also took a food-filled vacation to Vermont, Montreal and Maine for my mom's birthday (more posts to come soon).

There were trips to farmers markets, Sunday trips to the icy cold waters of the Atlantic, a trip home to St. Louis for a delicious visit, and two meat-filled summer cookouts with our new smoker.

The fall has brought even more excitement! We are in the midst of a total kitchen and bathroom renovation. We've taken everything out and are preparing to put in our new cabinets, floors, appliances and more! The progress is being documented and I will post progress reports as we go along. Here is a look at the Good Cook Doris kitchen that I've been cooking in for the past five years.

Here's a look at what is underneath!

And last, but probably most exciting about the upcoming year is another new addition coming to the Good Cook Doris kitchen.

If the picture doesn't give it away, in December the hubby and I will be welcoming a new member to the Good Cook Doris team! We are waiting for the arrival to find out if the newest addition will be a boy or girl. Either way, we expect (and hope) that the little one will share our love for food and cooking!

While we are microwaving and slow-cooking in our makeshift kitchen, stay tuned for more vacation eats, take-out tips, and some reposts of some fall favorites!

To celebrate the new year, here are a few fall posts for you to enjoy. L'Shana Tova!

Apple Kugel Muffins

Cranberry Apple Fritters (for Local in Season)

Will Drive For Food: A Fall Food Adventure

Kosher with a Kick: Pick up Kosher Wines at the Urban Grape

L'shana Tova to those of you celebrating!


  1. Congratulations! That is such exciting news!!

  2. OOOOH! Look at you having all sorts of awesome to celebrate!  I haven't seen you in a VERY long time and this kind of makes me sad :(  Congrats though!  You look lovely all mpreggers and smiley :D

  3. Congratulations on the baby, how exciting!  Careful what you wish for--a foodie kid gets expensive and demanding (but it's worth it)!  Our three little monkeys have expensive tastes, but we most love that they appreciate real food and know where there food comes from (in most cases, our fahm).  Thank you for the beautiful photo of our honey too. L'shana Tova!  We hope you can make it to Smaht Fahm Fe(a)st next weekend!

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  5. How exciting!  Congrats, Lara...

  6. Oh MY!!!! You have so very much to celebrate!!! Congratulations Lara!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!

  7. Congratulations and best wishes, Lara!

  8. Congratulations Momma!!! So happy for you!! 

  9. Congrats!  So many wonderful, exciting things waiting for you in the new year.  L'shana Tova to you and yours!

  10. CONGRATS LARA!!! you and the hubs are going to make wonderful parents!! happy new year!!

  11.  Congrats! You look absolutely fantastic, and I hope you are feeling well!

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