Meet the Contributors for 2012

I do the majority of the writing and recipe development in this little corner of the web, but I am supported by a talented and diverse group of seven individuals who lend their voices to this space every Wednesday.

Each contributor to Simple Bites brings something different to the table, expressing different styles, voices and opinions on everything from kids to canning. They’ve written some of your favorite posts this year and continue to submit relevant, engaging and insanely useful content. I’m so fortunate to have each of them.

Here are the contributors for 2012. These folks know their stuff, and I couldn’t be happier to be their editor. Head to my Contributors page to read more of their bios or follow them on twitter.

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Creamy Orange Cardamom Curd Recipe

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

I was born in Southern California and spent my first nine years living in a little town called Eagle Rock. We had guava trees in the front yard and towering palm trees in the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the curb.

Nearby, my grandmother grew Meyer lemons and had a four foot high hedge of rosemary. Of course, in those days, I had no appreciation for absurd bounty that grew all around me. I longed for winter and days of heavy, deep snow.

These days, I’m quite contentedly tucked into a life in Philadelphia. We get more than enough snow to satisfy my longings, but in true grass-in-always-greener fashion, I miss the warm winters of Los Angeles and all that gorgeous citrus.

While I can’t beam all that sun my way, I can still get the citrus. I buy box upon box of those easy to peel clementines. I order Meyer lemons direct from Florida. And I make jars of Orange Cardamom Curd as an occasional treat.

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My Intentional Food-Related Goals for 2012 (Q&A)

Happy New Year! 

I don’t buy into all the dietary hype that rolls around in January. I’ve never had a gym membership, and I don’t diet, period. However, after the holidays, my body starts craving winter salads and hearty soups and I naturally turn to common sense seasonal eating in the New Year.

I think most of us do, whether we are health conscious or not.

The start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on past eating habits for the future. That’s what I’d love to discuss today.

January is also an ideal time to set a few goals for intentional healthy eating for the year. Below I’ll share mine, and then I’d love to hear yours in the comments.

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A Year in Review: Top Posts on Simple Bites

Tomorrow at midnight, we’ll ring in 2012 and a whole new season of blogging here on Simple Bites. I’ve got so much in store – new series, fun tutorials, health tips, and plenty of recipes – and I can’t wait to get started!

Just for fun, however, let’s look back at the year that was 2011 here on the blog and some of the popular articles from the 200-or-so published posts. [Read more…]

Ringing in the New Year with Kids (Recipe: Pomegranate Sparklers)

The standard New Year’s Eve depiction features fancy parties, champagne toasts, and fretting about who is going to pucker up with you. But for those of us with small children, ringing in the new year often comes long before midnight. However, despite early bedtimes, you can still make the turning of the calendar a special event at home.

On Monday, Aimée shared many ideas for entertaining on New Year’s with ease. Those parties can easily be adapted for a family event, but for a more kid-focused bash, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a special evening interwoven with learning and discovery.

From ocean to ocean, each country celebrates the coming new year in a different way. Incorporating traditions from other cultures will amp up the fun and spark curiosity – and who knows, perhaps you’ll decide to continue a few of those traditions next year! [Read more…]