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1. I’m really going to miss these guys.

2. Seriously, though, I’ve been trying to not have dessert every night and it is HARD STUFF. I just want something sweet constantly! Someone needs to come and lock my refrigerator shut.

3. Or I just need to stop baking. Ha. JUST KIDDING. #cantstopwontstop.

4. The.Boy and I are way behind in life, but we have finally started watching Scandal! We are exactly one episode in, but I think it’s going to be a new favorite.

5. Are you guys making resolutions? I tend not to, but I do kind of like the idea of using January 1st as an opportunity to reset. Really commit to going to the gym more, being the person who I want to be, getting organized. The usual kind of stuff. Maybe.

6. The one thing I know is that my food resolution for the year is to learn to cook Indian food! The real stuff. So many of the most important people in my life are Indian and I am totally enamored with the rich flavors in the food they make. Sometimes I think I was born on the wrong continent. I’ve bought a few cookbooks to help me, but if you have any recommendations, I am all ears!

7. You guys may have already noticed this, but the blog has gotten a lot more original recipe heavy these past few months. Every once in a while, I will still feature recipes from cookbooks or adaptations of things (mostly baking recipes, because for those you really always do need to start from somewhere), but I’ve really been making an effort to plan out an editorial calendar every month of original recipes and stick to it. Hopefully you’re into it, because it is definitely something I want to continue in 2015.

8. Speaking of which, if there are any changes you guys would like to see in the new year, speak now or forever hold your peace! You are a HUGE part of what makes Eats Well With Others so much fun, so if there are any types of recipes or posts that you want to see more/less of, I am officially taking requests.

9. Also, I love you.

10. Have a safe and happy new year!

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39 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. Oh, don’t even talk to me about dessert. I just can’t stop eating them.

    Which leads me on to resolutions. I am big time in to them, as I think it is nice to set goals. I just make sure they are realistic.

    Happy New Year 🙂

  2. I look forward to more Indian recipes. With my new pressure cooker, I feel like I should do more of that, too. I really like Raghavan Iyer’s cookbooks, both 660 Curries and Indian Cooking Unfolded. I think you have the latter. Happy new year, Joanne 🙂

  3. Haha! I seriously have so much dessert piled up, but I still can’t stop myself from making more. After all, it’s not January 1st til tomorrow! 😉

  4. debbie says:

    I have a sweet tooth also and it’s hard to resist all the cookies around this time of year! I love Indian and Middle Eastern food…my favorites after Italian food! Looking forward to more of your delicious recipes. Have a wonderful new year!

  5. <3 <3 <3 <3

    (also Scandal is amazinggggg)

  6. I’ve been doing a lot more Indian cooking this year, because the people Paul works with the most closely are Indian and he is jealous of their lunchboxes. What I have realised is that authentic Indian recipes tend to be much more subtle than I expect them to be. The masala will call for 2 cloves and 1 cardamom pod and that is genuinely all you need.

  7. Anne says:

    Looking forward to another year of recipes…and I’m always around to be your taste tester. 🙂
    Happy New Year!

    PS – Catch up on Scandal already!!

  8. Keep doing what you’re doing! Love it! Happy New Year!!

  9. Looking forward to the Indian recipes – such a big fan myself.
    Happy New Year!!

  10. Mira says:

    Desserts have been dangerous to me, but #cantstopbaking! Hopefully I’ll take a 2 week break from deserts in Jan. Love your original recipes Joanne! Happy New Year!

  11. Susan says:

    I don’t have the opportunity to stop and visit each post, Joanne, but just wanted to say Happy New Year. All the best to you and your new hubby in 2015!

  12. Happy New Year Joanne!! So glad to have connected! Also bake more, I like it when you bake 😉

  13. After-holiday-sweets are both the best and the worst. It’s so easy to nibble on a about…eight pieces of candy….while you’re watching TV or doing other odds and ends around the house.

  14. sandra says:

    Your hot and sour soup inspired me to make it myself for the first time – and it was fabulous!!
    I would like to see you make more dishes I usually order at restaurants but rarely think to make at home. How is that for a new year’s challenge?

  15. I’m definitely a fan of the original recipes – and will happily look forward to Indian ones going into 2015!

    Wishing you a very happy new year Joanne, and a really great 2015.

  16. SallyBR says:

    I’ve noticed the move to original recipes – you are safe with me, anything you want to talk about and share, I am game

    go with your heart, and that is pretty much the “right path”

    Happy New Year!

    (we are probably doing absolutely nothing “special” tonight… isn’t life grand?)

  17. Isn’t post-wedding life fun? All of a sudden you have TIME for things like WATCHING SCANDAL, and you totally get what people have been talking about. Don’t stop baking, or eating delicious treats, please! I love all the desserts you share here 🙂

  18. Oh, yes, do learn to cook Indian cuisine – you will love it there are so many vegetable dishes which are sooooooooo delicious – I love it and cook it regularly. Happy New Year to you and The Boy:)

  19. I have such good intentions of eating a bit more cleanly now the holidays are behind us, however, the amount of leftover chocolate, pie, cheese and wine left in my house is really tripping me up…
    🙂 Looking forward to more recipes and ridiculousness in 2015 from you! Happy New Year!!

  20. My new years resolution last year was to floss every day, and I did it!! I was SO bad at flossing, I barely did it once a WEEK. I would suggest it to anyone because it’s now an awesome habit that I just CAN’T go to bed without doing now.
    Anyways. I need to watch Scandal. And good luck with the dessert thing. I might try that, but it sounds HARD!

  21. Sarah says:

    I’m loving the many original recipes recently. Keep it up! 🙂

  22. P says:

    Love ya too Joanne 🙂

    Happy NYE!!!

  23. Hotly Spiced says:

    That sure is a lot of sweet things but I can attest to things being no different in my kitchen. So many boxes of chocolates and nougat and mince pies and Christmas cake and shortbread and panforte and chocolate cake etc, etc. I don’t know how I acquired it all. I love your recipes and look forward to seeing more in 2015. Happy New Year to the Newlyweds xx

  24. Beth says:

    Happy New Year, Joanne! No changes – your blog is perfect the way it is.

  25. I’ve just given up on giving up sweets. You are much stronger than I, girl! Happy new year, Jo!!!

  26. Pamela Hayward says:

    Happy New Year to you too from a hot New Year’s Day. Indian food is wonderful – especially vegetarian. Have recently returned from Sri Lanka (a food related trip) and love all the herbs and spices. And there are some great desserts too!

  27. The only recommendation I have is to make your Site tablet friendly so that I can pinch and enlarge the text. I’m starting my no alcohol during the week resolution from when we go back to work. All in preparation of being able to eat sweet things in Paris. Wishing you abundance of all you need in 2015!

  28. Happy new year, Joanne! Cooking Indian food sounds like a fantastic food resolution. I think mine is to cook more Middle Eastern food in the new year.

    Anyway, hope you had a fantastic new year’s celebration!

  29. Happy New Year, Joanne! Those treats look amazing. I seriously need to start watching Scandal. There are just so many good shows to watch!

  30. Happy New Year! Here’s to another year of fabulous recipes (and I’m not quitting nightly dessert ;))

  31. Wait, is one not supposed to have dessert every night? I’m very confused! LOVE YOU

  32. Meg says:

    Happy new year! Yay for original recipes — love your take on food. I love adaptations too, of course, but your creations are fabulous!

  33. Betty says:

    It’s hard to get good Indian food where I live- I’d love to learn more about cooking it myself. Happy 2015! 🙂

  34. Kelly says:

    I love your original recipes, they are always so creative and full of flavor! Learning how to cook Indian food sounds great! I have only made a few dishes at home and would love to branch out more too. Happy Happy New Year, Joanne!

  35. I’ve been into more original recipes lately, too. It’s so much fun!! I love seeing what you come up with. As for Indian food, I highly recommend 660 Curries by Raghaven Iyer. It changed my life!!

  36. Johanna GGG says:

    happy new year – I find good home made indian food amazing but so much work – I admire the bloggers who are really good at it. I love your home made recipes – just keep filling your savoury dishes with veg and your sweet stuff with chocolate and caramel and I will be very happy.

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