A coworker brought in this flan cheesecake for a dessert auction during our recent United Way fundraising campaign. I have to tell you, competition for this particular bit of deliciousness was fierce. But I won. Yes! Then I put it in the advertising department for all to enjoy … and it was gone. I did get a sliver … enough to confirm that flan is my new favorite.
Robin and Jill take a break in Melissa Labberton’s fall garden. Photo by Jill St. George.
Sometimes change is hard, but in life — and in the business of publishing — it is also inevitable. That makes it no easier to see our consummate coordinator (and crafter!), Jill St. George, leave her editorial post at Yakima Magazine after this issue. Jill is seeking a broader professional experience and will be transitioning not too far from home; in fact, she’s joining the advertising team at the Yakima Herald-Republic, where she’ll put her formidable skills to work.
But we’ll miss her on these pages: Jill’s optimism, creativity and style have been apparent since the day she joined Yakima Magazine in 2011. Jill is one of those people who is both capable and fun. She leaves big shoes to fill.
“After two years with Yakima Magazine, I must bid my farewell to take a leap in a new direction,” says Jill. “It has been such a joy to be a part of something so wonderful in my hometown. From the unique experiences — say, shooting my first muzzleloader at an elk camp — to the amazing people I’ve met along the way, this opportunity has been irreplaceable.”
Although we think Jill is irreplaceable, too, good things are on the horizon for Yakima Magazine. We’re excited, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, Jill and I both hope you enjoy this Entertaining issue as much as we have enjoyed creating it. In it you’ll find holiday drink ideas, fun ways to spend a weekend this season and crafty decorations for your home. Don’t miss Wendy Warren’s feature on gourd art (there is such a thing!), a look inside three homes decorated for the holidays and a heartwarming feature about folks who help bring music to seniors in the Valley. And there’s much more.
I love to hear from you, so don’t stop sending emails with ideas, comments and suggestions. Make sure to stop by yakimamagazine.com’s blog, From the Notepad, which is updated regularly.
So from both Jill and me, happy holidays, Yakima. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!
Tim Young tastes wine at Knight Hill winery during the Thanksgiving in Wine Country event. Photo by Andy Sawyer.
If you’ve yet to add Thanksgiving in Wine Country to your holiday weekend traditions, you might consider tasting to fight hunger. Wine Yakima Valley has partnered with KIMA TV and Northwest Harvest to help fight hunger at participating wineries.
The Taste to Fight Hunger event takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Yakima Valley’s Wine Country. Tickets are $30, which gives you special discounts throughout the weekend, waived tasting fees, and reserve and specialty tastings. Tickets to the event are available at wineyakimavalley.org.
Throughout the weekend, more than 40 wineries will open their doors for tasting – offering homemade foods to taste with new releases, and for wine pairings.
Whether you choose to taste to fight hunger, or taste for fun, Thanksgiving in Wine Country is always a great time.
Missy's Triple Chocolate Fudge.
Awhile back, the Herald held a dessert auction as part of a United Way fundraiser. Participants donate everything from flan to fudge, and then employees bid on the ones they want to take home with them. And since we happen to have some pretty good cooks around here, we raise a good chunk of funds for the organization.
Wanna make them even more delish? Add fried sage on top!
I’ve talked before about how, a couple of years ago, one single cookbook saved my family’s evenings (and, I joke, my marriage). The cookbook, The Best Simple Recipes from America’s Test Kitchen, is a fairly expansive volume of delicious recipes that are VERY easy to make. And I am an unabashed advocate. I love running home after work and having, say, strip steak with Chinese Five Spice powder and ginger butter on the table in about 45 minutes. It’s SO much better than the regular go-to’s we used to make for lack of more creative options.