I try not to dwell on the less than positive, but I have to admit I am glad to see the back end of 2010. It has been a physically challenging year, as well one with a record number of dashed travel plans. On the brighter side, here are some of the highlights:

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH MY DAUGHTER AND FRIENDS
Jewels celebrating
COOKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES
At Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena with Chef Tal Ronnen
Phototasting
LOTS OF FINE DINING
Seared Tuna at Providence
Jan, Jewels, Karla, Miranda, and Grace
Dessert and Providence
INTERVIEWS AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Interview with Brad Boles from The Real Housewives of New York City
Community Cooking in Torrance with Tana Taylor
The Chronicles of Food with Marc Gomes and Joe DiMaggio Jr.
Community Cooking in Torrance with Maria Prekeges
Foodography for The Cooking Channel
FRIENDS NEW & OLD
Jewels with Maisy and Dee
FABULOUS PARTIES OUT ON THE TOWN AND AT HOME
Jewels, Ray, and Anthony
Jewels, Lorenza, Gina, Giovanna, and Nasra
Amanda Eliasch, Normandie Keith, and Jewels
ART EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH LUNCHEON
Lisa Borgnes-Giramonti, Claire Stansfield, and Julie Anne Rhodes
Alana Stewart, Marianne Williamson, and Cheryl Tiegs
FIREWORKS AND CONCERTS
Fourth of July
Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes
Rihanna
SYMPOSIUMS & AWARD SHOWS
Donna Karan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sarah Brown, and Arianna Huffington
Lourdes Diego, Lourdes Guttierrez, and Julie Anne Rhodes
CNN Hero Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow and Gerard Butler

LOTS OF NEW RECIPES AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Rack of Lamb with Cherry Pomegranate Sauce
Shhhhhhhh – you’ll have to wait and see!
When I look at it like this – I realize just how much I have to be grateful for! I can barely contain my excitement and anticipation of all the hope and promise that an entirely new decade holds. What were the highs of 2010 for you, and what do you look forward to in 2011?
A Happy, Healthy, Successful New Year to All!
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