Happy New Year to all of you who read this blog and especially to those of you who take the time to leave a comment. It never ceases to amaze me how large and how far-reaching the food blog community has become and how generous so many of its members are. A couple of days before Christmas I received a package in the mail from Joe of Italyville.com, just for submitting a recipe to his virtual Seven Fishes Christmas Eve feast. Joe, a handsome young guy with Calabrian roots, (simmer down ladies, he just got married) tries to uphold the Italian traditions of his parents and ancestors in his terrific blog. The package he sent from his home in Massachusetts included some of his homemade roast peppers, a panettone, Italian hot chocolate mix and torrone. Then Claudia from Journey of Italian Cook, sent me this award that I will proudly sport on the side on my blog. Claudia, who is also of Italian descent, is a playwright who lives in Minnesota and also writes about food for the Minneapolis Italian Food Examiner. Thank you Claudia. Mother Nature was also generous to us a second time this month and left us with a fresh coating of snow for New Year’s Eve. I’ll leave you and 2009 with photos of a snowstorm that hit us the week before Christmas. Maybe we don’t have the warm ocean breezes of Miami or Honolulu, but then again, who can complain when you can chill your champagne in newly fallen snow, and the beautiful vistas to enjoy a bit of cross-country skiing are just a hop, skip and a jump from your home. Buon Anno a tutti! Happy New Year! Buon Anno!