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A January Letter from the Editor: The January Jumpstart You Need Right Now

updated Jan 12, 2021
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Welcome to January, and boy it’s been a doozy so far hasn’t it? Historic events aside, the outlook as we enter 2021 is “more of the same.” More of the same quarantine, caution, closed-in time at home. This on top of the gray days of January feels a little bleak; can you relate? 

As we enter January at Kitchn we’re realistic about what a long year 2020 was, and how difficult it can be right now — the peak comfort food season! — to feel excited to cook. So we’re plotting to tantalize you with the most tempting comfort food we can find. We have a series of love letters to comfort food starting this week. Cabbage is a bit of a quiet star this month (see: this soup, and this fried number.) We also have an entire week dedicated to garlic at the end of the month. (When the sun is gone, turn to garlic, I say.) And we’re trying out some fresh ideas (novel, even) to get you excited to spend more time in your kitchen (hint: I’m pretty passionate about the enneagram). 

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So that’s a little taste of what we have coming. I hope you find it delicious. 

For me, personally, I have been thinking a lot about quietness and what is, in some ways, a gift of a quiet winter with my family. We aren’t going anywhere, we aren’t seeing anyone. My main objective is to stay safe and healthy. What does that mean for cooking? It means cooking through my freezer, frugally, but also doing things that delight my kids, like turning leftover holiday puff pastry into mini apple pies for them. When I’m feeling blah, there’s nothing so motivating to me personally as making a little bit of magic for them. 

But it also means some long-overdue kitchen cleanup, like reorganizing the pan drawer that is getting on my last nerve and moving my Instant Pot somewhere functional. And for that, in case you too have some little things bugging you, friends, I have just the thing: Our January Jumpstart, a four-week mini-series to easily fix a few things around your kitchen in about 30 minutes a week. This isn’t a full-blown kitchen revamp (I mean, who has the energy?) — just a little friendly companionship and encouragement in fixing the easiest things to make for happier cooking. I hope you join us; I swear it’s easy. (All we ask you today to do is look at your kitchen, and make a list. That’s it!) 

I hope that you find something really delicious and comforting to eat this month. Big hugs and good wishes to all of you as we embark on this new year together. 

A few more things I found enjoyable:

Credit: Rachel Barehl

Wishing you warm sweaters and hot soup, 


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