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Hi readers!

Just a couple of quick items:

  • As you can see from the picture above, the lovely Jan should be receiving my Menu For Hope Big Ole’ Box of Sweets today, lucky lady that she is. Jan, hope you enjoy — and to the rest of you, hopefully you won something in MFH as well. I didn’t — just the chance to bake for a reader — but maybe next year!
  • I finally got my tush off the couch to create an archives page. This info is all available straight from the home page, in one of the sidebars, but now archives have their very own home. The link to the archives page is in that little navigation strip above my header, and you’ll see once you click on it that you can browse recipes by month and by category. Hope this feature is useful!
  • I’ve officially drunk the Kool-Aid, and am posting (very irregularly) on twitter. If you’ve got a strange inclination to know when I’m eating leftovers at my desk or dreaming of hot chocolate, check out my sidebar widget, where you can follow my tweets to your heart’s content.
  • Lastly, one of my new years resolutions this time around was to add new kinds of content to NDP. Nothing will replace the recipes, but I’m hoping to spruce up the site with posts on other topics. To that end, I would love your feedback on ways I can improve this site. You hear me out there? Yes, you! Please don’t be shy — NDP is only as good or useful as its readers deem it, and your feedback will really help me sort through new ideas and pick the agenda items that’ll be most useful, interesting, funny, tasty, etc. Do you want restaurant reviews (or gripes about waiters’ and diners’ missteps, of which I have many)? How about tips on getting sought-after reservations? Thoughts on eating locally, organically, sustainably, affordably? Ideas for using leftovers creatively? Advice on scoring the free appetizer that you really deserve when the chef accidentally slips some ham in your farmer’s salad? You name it, I’ll do it. I’m realizing that I have a bit of knowledge and a whole lot of opinion about many of these things, and I’d love it if you could help steer me in the best direction! If you’re too shy to de-lurk and comment, just send me an email: Rivka(at)NotDerbyPie(dot)Com. Would love to hear from each and every one of you.

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