As we said farewell to 2013, we reflected upon all the delicious foods we've encountered. There were new things we were brave enough to taste, many we've shared with family, friends and partners, others we've indulged in, and some that maybe weren't as palatable as we may have liked.

Some we have to work hard to prepare, while other fortunate situations are handed to us on a silver platter. Occasionally, we may be limited to a prix-fixe menu, and in other moments we are given a buffet full of options.

Sometimes we are told things that have to marinate in our minds for a while; others are easy to digest. Some days we are forced to eat and run, and in other situations, we can sit and dine through many plates. Some things don't quite stay fresh forever, and others, like a good cheese, get better over time.

Life is full of flavor and we never know what will be brought to the table next. Whatever your traditions may be, or what meal you enjoy this evening, take a moment to be grateful for being able to satisfy life's hungers in oh so many ways.

Thank you for making "That's So Jenn" part of your lives. I look forward to all that is in store as we dig in to the next course together.

I wish you a New Year:

as bubbly as champagne;

as comforting as a bowl of chicken soup;

as healthy as a bushel of kale;

as exciting as a box of chocolates;

as sweet as honeydew;

as symbolic as birthday cake;

as meaningful as a family recipe;

as warm as a cup of coffee;

as fulfilling as a loaf of bread;

and as full of variety as the spice of life has to offer.

Cheers to beautiful beginnings in 2014.

Jenn Press Arata is a food writer and blogger. Visit her blog at She also can be followed on Twitter, @thatssojennblog.

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