We kept it simple for the celebratory year-end Chou Doun: oysters and champagne! Heidi chooses to serve them with her homemade red wine vinegar (I was too nervous to ask her to share her secret recipe . . . maybe next year).
I hope 2013 has treated you wonderfully. If it hasn't, you're still in luck because tonight is about looking forward and bringing in 2014 with a big ol' bang. Whether that means partying in times square, toasting at a local bar or cuddling up on the couch with a pint of ice cream and a good (or shitty) movie, be sure to celebrate all the GREAT in your life—and don't tell me you've got nothing, there is always, always something. No? Look closer.
As far as the future goes, I've got my fingers crossed in hopes that the new year fulfills all your needs, wants, dreams, wishes, etc.
One thing that was particularly awesome in 2013 was the growth in numbers of you, my JASPR readers. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you, as amongst many other things, you give me a reason to create.
And for the first time in this blog's (somewhat brief) history, I have the opportunity to thank my contributors who have been an enormous help to me throughout 2013 to keep the blog content flowin'. Peter Larson, Dana Sobota, Paul Sobota, Erica McKeehen, Heidi Robb, Emily Metzger—you're all incredibly badass and talented and nice and generous and . . . . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR!