September is a very good time to reflect. It's not only the back-to-school-ness that makes this so, but also the closing of one season and the beginning of a new one, the need to buckle down on the making of school lunches, the rush of exciting new things (cauliflower and plums and leeks) into the markets. A newness that makes us think about the tools, tricks, and learnings we're taking with us. This September in particular is a good time to think about these learnings, or "small victories," as author Julia Turshen calls them. Her cookbook, also called Small Victories, comes out September 6th (that's tomorrow!).
We asked for you to show us your best small victories on our iOS app, (Not)Recipes—and now we're feeling very inspired. Here are just a few of the the posts that stuck with us:
Congrats to our winner, who taught us a new trick for getting fudgier (versus cakier) brownies:
A way to preserve the season (and enjoy little sips of it the rest of the year):
A solution for a packed-to-the-gills crisper drawer (and the "what's for dinner?" question):
A reason to make a giant batch of pie dough and freeze it for rainy days (i.e. last-minute galettes):
A tool that does double duty as vessel for marinating and grill weight:
A not-too-sweet truffle that's vegan to boot:
A use for not-great cherry tomatoes (and a way to spiffy up a loaf of focaccia):
Proof that working with what you've got can lead to something very delicious indeed:
The discovery of a tool that's been under your nose all this time:
What small victories have you come upon lately? Share your new wisdom in the comments.