I have been staring at this screen for the past hour trying to figure out a way to sign off for the year, but what I want to say is pretty simple, so I think I’m just going to come right out and say it: Thank you. It never ceases to amaze me how engaged the DALS community is, and I am so grateful for yet another year of your support — whether it’s your book purchasing, your blog comments, your instagram likes and emojis, your personal emails, your pork ragu love letters. In a year of tough headlines, I hope that this blog has been something of a respite for you (it certainly has been for me) and I’m happy to say that there’s a lot to look forward to in 2015, including a cool little DALS re-design, a five-year anniversary celebration (!), a recipe that is threatening to strip our pork ragu of its Best Dinner Party Dish title (for real), and a new book coming down the pike that I could not be more excited about.
I’ll be back in January, but in the meantime, here are a few posts you might like to revisit over the holidays while we’re gone:
Classic Christmas Cookies (shown above); 21 Rules for Entertaining; Pomegranate-Braised Pork with Cabbage (not really holiday, but we’re having it tonight); Last-minute gift ideas; A perfect apres-ski vegetarian dinner; And another one that is decidedly not; Family-friendly restaurants in NYC; A quickie back-pocket quiche for Christmas morning; A healthy, satisfying soup to keep on the stovetop on feast days (to keep you from filling up on junk); A cocktail that will help you survive any level of family dysfunction; My dad’s trick for staying in control amid the holiday chaos; finally #49 on this list.
Love, Jenny & Team DALS
What was that? Did someone say New Year’s Resolutions? Better family dinners? Have I got a book for you!
Happy New Year to you! How has it been 5 years? Now that I think about it, my son was 4 when I found your blog and I thought I’d never see him eat dinner with us at the table for more than 2 minutes. Now he is making dinner FOR us. My how times change. Cheers to you, DALS, for that all you do. Mwah!
Happy holidays! I love your book and your blog. All your recipes are the best.
@amanda – That’s amazing. I would love to know what he’s making! And thank you @Christina, happy holidays!
@Jenny, his two favorites to make are from Time For Dinner – bacon-wrapped fish nuggets and the dark horse recipe that we thought would be “um, that was interesting” turned out to be fabulous – creamy chicken with shallots. He has marked so many recipes to make from that book alone, he could feed us well into May. Thanks for that book and the others that followed!
Happy holidays to you and team DALS! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years-I remember finding you several months in and catching up in one reading one Saturday night. Hooked ever since, and thankful for everything you bring to us. Looking forward to all that comes next!
Hooray! Happy holidays, Jenny and crew!
Merry Christmas! I’m thankful for what you share.
Happy Holidays! A simple thank you doesn’t seem sufficient because your books have really changed my cooking repertoire and I am incredibly grateful. The chicken parm meatballs are delicious and I discovered that my family likes sausage. Who knew? I wish you and Team DALS a wonderful 2015. Can’t wait to read what’s next!
Thank you @Bea, Caitlin, and Traci – that means a lot!
We love the Christmas cookie recipe. We have also made them for lemonade stands and just about any other occasion that calls for a homemade sugar cookie. Delicious.
Once again you have saved the day. I was scrambling for some rainy day activities and thought Santa cookie baking was going to be too complicated, but your recipe looks simple and delicious! Thanks Jenny !!
You are an amazing inspiration, I love your blog posts!
I just came to your blog today to look for the Christmas cookies recipe and here it was waiting for me on the front page. It’s been a tradition to make them for the past 4 years right before Christmas so that there are a few left for Santa!
Thank you for sharing your love of food, books, and life with all of us. Happy Holidays!!
Wishing your family the happiest of holidays! Thanks for staying so dedicated – can’t imagine my recipe repertoire without DALS!
i brought my raggedy copy of DALS to my in-laws’ for the holidays and everyone laughed at its over-used condition. and then i made the chile. blew them away! my SIL got a kick at the direction for cinnamon in the chile recipe (it being “crucial”), then she agreed it was!! Cheers! Happy New Year!
Got the Playbook for Christmas and had lots of fun making the wonton raviolis and loved the miso salmon!
Love this book (and your first one too!) – I used it for a book exchange this holiday and it was a big hit!
It’s a happy new year for us for certain — thanks to what I learned from DLS: I don’t mind making dinner, I hate DECIDING dinner. Now, with a plan put in place before grocery shopping (I know, obvious, right?) the decisions are made and the execution is simple. Thank you!
Made this chili this past week and it was terrific! Thank you!