I know that I suddenly disappeared about two weeks ago – all is well and I’m glad to be back. Where have I/ we been?
We’ve been here:
I know that’s a little obscure on the surface, so let me dive a little deeper: that’s a photo of a spreadsheet with 56,000+ cells of data (i.e. I’m not counting the blanks). It took about 6 weeks to create and I had to give in to allow it to take over every free minute (quite literally) so that I could get a handle on organizing recipe testing for our upcoming book.
I’m really excited about the book and believe it will be incredibly easy to follow – but it’s a nightmare to coordinate testing! The book takes a look at large spectrum of preserving and cooking (from making booze to air drying vegetables) that create a challenge when assigning recipes for testing!
We’re in the final process of sending recipes (the remaining are all late-harvest ingredients which I expect to finish in the next few days though I keep thinking I’m going to finish ‘tomorrow’ and, even with 10 hours of work, it doesn’t happen) to the initial group of testers. If you applied to test and haven’t heard anything yet know that I’ll be in touch with some fall recipes in the next few weeks once I see which recipes have been tested and which ones still lack volunteers.
I can’t say this enough: we’re incredibly fortunate to have the support of the people we do. Emails have been coming in from around the world as people ask questions and share their ideas. It’s slightly overwhelming but only because we both feel so unbelievably supported by so many. I’ve run out of words to say thanks but there are moments that I can barely sleep as I reflect on the good fortune that so many are bringing through their help. You will make this book better than I/we ever could alone.
I believe I’ll be back to regular posting as of this week as well. I may miss a day or two in the coming month but things are already feeling much more manageable (though we do have 150 recipes to make as we prepare for photoshoots for the book!)
We’ll also have some really exciting news to share later this week about the Big Outdoor Kitchen Party.