We’ll Tak A Cup Of Kindness Yet

by Matt on December 30, 2006


It’s early morning, December 30, a bit chilly and the house is quiet and free of ridiculously tiny dogs running underfoot. It’s a good time to reflect on what a magical year 2006 has been, and a good time to wish you a very happy and healthy 2007.

How will you be ringing in the New Year? Big raucous festivities or quietly indoors with someone special?

Our tradition involves a quiet night at home with the pooches, some champagne, music and perhaps an old movie. I enjoy ringing in the new year with peace and quiet– every other time of the year is crazy enough!

(But that doesn’t mean I don’t step out on the porch to bang a few pots and pans!)

2006 couldn’t have been a more blessed year. I made new friends, both professionally and personally, with so many people around the world that are so talented and gracious that my heart has been touched forever. It was also the year that old friends I lost touch with appeared again – Meredith, Kate, Jesse, Mardi, Brian – all through blogging. You guys have all made me so happy!

I hope that 2007 brings you joy, peace and tons of love.  I hope that those living in the Middle East find a glimmer of peace, our men and women fighting a war come home safe to their loved ones, and that we put aside all our differences – black, white, gay, straight, Christian, whatever – and realize that we’re all just humans sharing a planet together.

As far as resolutions, why make something I know I’ll only break? But I do have goals: communicate more, learn to become a better photographer, do a cookbook, see my family frequently, challenge myself creatively and give back to others as much as humanly possible. If these excess 20 pounds around my midsection disappear, well, I’d be thrilled, but I’m mighty comfortable in my own skin and only wish to be happy, healthy and loved.

Here’s a big hug from me and my family to each of you around the world.

Un prospero nuevo año to everyone!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

melissa mcgee December 30, 2006 at 7:07 am

matt, i can honestly say i can’t remember a time when i read your blog and got a tear in my eye without laughing until this post. it was so sweet and thoughtful. i hope yours and adam’s new year is rung in with love and kisses and plenty of dogs – because that’s what you’ll be blessed with the rest of the year. happy new year.

peggy December 30, 2006 at 7:13 am

I’ve recently discovered your foodblog… and I enjoy it a lot! then, it’s a good day to tell you that and wish you a “bellissima” new year!
Tantissimi auguri!

JD December 30, 2006 at 7:46 am

Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2007 bring us good health, love, kindness and prosperity.

Chicken Fried Gourmet December 30, 2006 at 7:17 pm

Happy New Year Matt, I am glad I found your site which in turn inspired me to create mine.

Christine December 30, 2006 at 11:59 pm

I recently discovered your blog – I especially love all of your food photos! Very inspiring… I hope to get off my butt in 2007, dust off my camera and get back into photography. Keep up the great work! Happy New Year!

Homesick Texan December 31, 2006 at 8:04 am

Here’s a big hug back at ya! Happy New Year, Matt!

lobstersquad December 31, 2006 at 10:01 am

Feliz año, Matt! Your resolutions sound perfect, I hope you keep them all. Have fun.

nika December 31, 2006 at 12:42 pm

A ti tambien! Looking forward to a great new year!

Helen & Ben December 31, 2006 at 6:11 pm

Matt, you make us proud ! You were speaking in perfect sentences before you were three, your creative and witty writing comes as no surprise to us.
Here’s wishing You and Adam a Prospero Ano Nuevo y Salud !!

Helen & Ben December 31, 2006 at 6:11 pm

Matt, you make us proud ! You were speaking in perfect sentences before you were three, your creative and witty writing comes as no surprise to us.
Here’s wishing You and Adam a Prospero Ano Nuevo y Salud !!

bea at La tartine gourmande December 31, 2006 at 7:48 pm

Happy New Year Matt! I wish you the best. I have no doubt that your creativity will delight me in 2007.

anna maria December 31, 2006 at 8:20 pm

Thank you Matt for the beautiful wishes for all and thank you for being so funny and interesting and for your beautiful photos.
Wishing you and Adam a scintillating 2007! All the best to the doggies too.

ulterior epicure January 1, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Happy 2007!! Great to have found your blog.

angela January 1, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Happy New Year Matt, Adam, Bindi, Cholula and Moxie! Here’s to more good food in ’07…and maybe a visit!

christine (myplateoryours) January 1, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Happy New Year to you guys and the pups. Thanks for all the fun!

yazmena January 1, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Happy New Year Matt!!!! I do enjoy your blog so much. Here’s hoping that your resolutions and wishes for 2007 are recieved.


Kevin January 2, 2007 at 9:44 am

Ed and I wish you and Adam a very happy and blessed 2007! The inspiration, talent and kind-hearted values you share with us through this blog are such a fantastic benefit to all of your readers. Thank you for sharing yourself and I look forward to another year of purging snails, avoiding wayward wafts of durian fruit, and perhaps reading another letter to your mistress (Miss Burrata).

Rasa Malaysia January 2, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Best wishes for the new year! As for your goals, I can’t wait for you to have a cookbook.

Pille January 3, 2007 at 12:32 am

Happy New Year, Matt & co! Looking forward to your cookbook news – and your photography is already humblingly amazing (so curious to see how you can become even better:)

Kim Carney January 3, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Happy New Year!

Jeanne January 9, 2007 at 2:57 am

Become a *better* photographer? Why mess with perfection?!? Seriously, your blog has been one of my favourite discoveries of 2006. Your style of writing is great and the photography inspirational. I wish you, Adam, the dogs and your families all the best for the coming year – and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that cookbook!

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