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GATHERING AROUND THE HEARTH
As Ohioans, we know all too well that after the excitement and festivities of Christmas, January blasts in with blowing snow, frigid temperatures, and days where it gets dark by 5 p.m. Even in normal times, it’s enough to make you think that bears might be onto something with that hibernation thing. Despite it all, I often find myself feeling thankful for January’s wintry assault because it reintroduces me to an enduring comfort — having a fire in the fireplace. Flickering flames, embers glowing red, the aroma of hardwood smoke filling the air, the crackling and popping of the burning logs; there is nothing more soothing than a fire. Feeling the warmth on my cheeks, I am transported back in time to my childhood. Living in the country, January days would include doing our chores to take care of the cows and horses, as well as sled-riding and snowball fights. And then, after the dinner dishes were dried and put away, my brother and sisters would gather around the fireplace, usually with a cup of Mom’s hot chocolate with marshmallows on top. Then my mom and dad would take turns reading aloud. Looking into the fire, the heat warming cold fingers and toes, I would be transported into the story, my imagination painting the scenes as they were read. My parents would
have to fend off our clamoring for “just one more chapter please” as we were rounded off to our beds. Some of my fondest memories of Hillary and me raising our family are lying on the floor in front of a fire blazing in the fireplace and our three kids on the couch cuddled under a blanket, all of us listening intently as Hillary read the “Harry Potter” books with special voices for each of the characters. When we bought our building in Ontario to convert into our law office 18 years ago, it felt like a good omen that our conference room had a fireplace. To this day, when the winter wind is blowing, we sit down to meet with our clients with
the flames from the fireplace creating a warm and welcoming place. Sometimes making a fire is not practical — no wood, no matches, no fireplace — but no problem! I just discovered we can turn our TV into a fireplace. Netflix has an entire hour in high definition of a fire burning in a fireplace on the ready any time we need it. So, this January, when old man winter comes knocking and we wait for the COVID-19 vaccines to roll out, I will be grateful for the simple pleasure of a fire in the fireplace, and I hope the same for all of you and your families.
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INSPIRATION CORNER It’s the start of a new year, and 2020 was a rough one. For many of us, getting through last year took fortitude, resilience, and determination. We took encouragement and comfort wherever we could find it. For 2021, we decided to start a new column in our newsletter, where we will share a favorite quote from someone who inspires us. The inaugural quote is from our dear friend and client John Montgomery. John is someone who handles himself with grace and courage. For John, the glass is always half-full. He is sincere, spiritual, and compassionate, and his good humor is contagious. John finds comfort in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
DON’T GET LOST IN THE SAUCE The 4 Best Cooking and Travel Shows Streaming services are booming right now, and there’s no shortage of entertainment between HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, and more. But the important question is this: What are the best binge-worthy cooking shows? Here are four streamable culinary shows you’ll love. ‘The Chef Show’ Get cozy at home and turn on Netflix to watch Chef Roy Choi, the man responsible for bringing the food from the movie “Chef ” to life, on “The Chef Show.” You’ll get incredible home-cooking tips while enjoying appearances from your favorite celebrities, like Tom Holland trying oysters for the first time. This show travels all over the world to explore recipes and honor the tradition of sharing good food. Four seasons are out now! ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ If you’re not familiar with the late Anthony Bourdain, you’re missing out on one of the most influential, internationally lauded chefs of the past few decades. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” one of his longest-running TV shows, filmed 12 seasons over seven years, and all 12 seasons are streaming on HBO Max. The show follows Bourdain as he travels and discovers little-known places in order to celebrate diverse cultures by exploring their food and dining rituals. ‘Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted’ Want something a little more recent? Hop on Disney+ to watch Chef Gordon Ramsey of “Hell’s Kitchen,” who has seven Michelin stars, leap out of helicopters to take some of the most epic adventures you can imagine — ranging from the icy waters of Alaska to the plains of New Zealand — all while learning to cook local food along the way. The latest two seasons are available right now! ‘Great Chefs of New Orleans’ Whatever your favorite cooking show may be, it was likely influenced by this classic. One of the oldest cooking shows in the U.S., “Great Chefs” has aged like a fine wine. In this series, you’ll meet some of the best chefs in New Orleans and learn how they create and prepare an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Two seasons are available to Amazon Prime members!
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January sixth, nineteen sixty-seven Welcomed to earth a little slice of heaven To Jack and Lenore, your arrival a surprise A bubbly personality quick to arise A fiery spirit, a brilliant mind It soon became clear you were one of a kind An all A student, no easy feat On the playground racing every boy you could beat Off to OSU to pursue a degree, To major in pre-med or fashion maybe? A talented writer of essays and prose An English major you finally chose
Fireside Hot Chocolate
After undergrad, what to do next? Something stimulating, challenging, something complex You could have done anything and had great success Accepted to law school, you continued to impress Mother of three and loving wife, too For your family, you are the glue Entrepreneur and attorney, to boot You can do it all, this is not in dispute A talent for baking you needed to share, You opened your own cafe and didn’t stop there Catering parties, making cakes for friends Your gourmet cooking deserves commends A passion for fitness, you like good competition Exercising has become a family tradition Tennis, aerobics, marathons, and hikes Yoga, kickboxing, and now your Peloton bike
• 6 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
• 4 tbsp granulated sugar
• Pinch table salt
• 1 cup water
• 3 cups low-fat milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup half-and-half
1. In a 2-qt saucepan, whisk together cocoa, sugar, salt, and water over low heat until smooth. Simmer, whisking continuously, for 2 minutes, making sure whisk gets into the edges of pan. 2. Add milk, increase heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally with whisk, until steam rises from surface and tiny bubbles form around edge, 12–15 minutes. Do not boil.
Stylish and trendy, a keen eye for design Always put together, dressed to the nines A fountain of youth, you’ve seemed to obtain Your ageless good looks and beauty remain Your sense of humor is your special gift The perfect combination of hilarity and wit
You always know how to make us laugh out loud This is perhaps what made your parents most proud A force to be reckoned with, fierce, strong, and fair, Yet compassionate and loving, qualities quite rare By so many are loved, cherished, and admired May your joie de vivre continue to inspire Happy birthday to you, our sweet Hill This year we hope all your wishes are fulfilled We are so lucky you were born and to have you in our lives May you continue to flourish, succeed, and thrive!
3. Add vanilla and half-and-half and divide
between four mugs. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice: whipped cream, marshmallows, Nutella, salted caramel sauce, milk chocolate shavings, candy canes, flaky sea salt, toasted coconut, and/or gingerbread cookies for dipping!
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
Gathering Around the Hearth
Don’t Miss These Cooking Shows! Inspiration Corner
A Poem for Hillary Fireside Hot Chocolate
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