Make It So: Five Oh

Jean Luc-Picard had it right. If you’re going to boldly go where no one has gone before, you have to “Make It So.” No one is going to do the bold stuff for you — and why would you want them to? That meaty bold stuff is what makes all of the gristly bits palatable.

With that in mind, I set out to make this — my 50th year on the planet — all about making it so. In March, I told you about my 50 for 50 List, remember? Fifty delicious things to do before the clock strikes 12 on December 31: from BIG things like a 1. Cross Country Road Trip to sweet little things, like 40. Bake a Cake. From dreams that have been on my Bucket List for years, like 39. Visit MOMA, to new culinary experiences, like 23. Eat a Bánh Mì.

Today is a good waypoint, now 10% of the way along this journey! Including:

27. Make Ina Garten’s Roast Lamb
Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is my go-to food guru, and her Perfect French Dinner Party recipes for 4-Hour Lamb with Provencal French Beans did not disappoint.


4. Guggenheim Museum/Sylvia’s Soul Food
My friend Mary Anne and I have been talking about this trip for several years, and we finally set aside a gorgeous weekend in April for our NYC adventure. Sylvia’s was fabulous — some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had — and the Guggenheim was extraordinary. The exhibit of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ collective works continues to inspire me, now, two months later.



11. Write a Poem a Day for National Poetry Month.
Yes! A poem a day for a month. That’s 30 poems. Count ’em. Better yet, read ‘em! Click here.


8. Buy a New Camera
I have not had a “real camera” since I tucked away my trusty film Minolta ten years ago. And oh how I’ve missed it! This new one promises to be a good traveling companion, I can tell already.


20. Find Julia’s Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking
This gem arrived today, copper foil embossing on the front cover and everything. Can’t wait to try my first recipe! Any suggestions?


So that’s Five down and Forty-five to go…best we Make It So, don’t you think? “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

Writing & Photos ©2016, Jen Payne. Quote: J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.

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