Thinking about spring during these cold times. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

Longing for spring during these gray days. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

Cleveland weather today is mild, uncommon for this time. We’re not in the throes of the current blizzard, but I’m still sick of this cold and gray. The kids are weary of school. I’m morose in my work, dulled by routine, longing for spring’s renewal. These carrots Donna shot long ago jumped out at me when I was going through some of her work and intensified the longing.

I’m in the final stages of finishing a draft of a new book about cooking (notice I avoid the term “cookbook”), the inevitable headache stage where I just need to get it done in order to leave it alone so that I can return to it and see it clearly.

As spring does approach and I long for maple leaves and vegetables, flowers, soft grass and humid air, I’m planning renewals of my own.

It’s time for a redesign of this site.

And I need to know what you—faithful reader and newcomer alike—find valuable here, what you like, what you’d like to see more of—Donna’s work? Opinion pieces? Recipes? Videos? Technique? What don’t you like?

And I’d love to know what kind of screen you are reading this on (I’ll bet it’s not on a phone—not that this site makes it easy for you to comment one way or another). One of the reasons for a redesign is the changing nature of media and the need to create a site that is pleasing no matter what you’re viewing it on, called a responsive site or responsive design.

But it’s also to keep things growing. Spring can’t come soon enough to Cleveland!

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