It’s a Christmas miracle!
I’ve been talking about launching a podcast for years, and I finally did it – it’s done, it’s up! Anna Olson was in town promoting her new book, Set for the Holidays, last month, and I knew that she a) would be a perfect first conversation for the kind of podcast I had in mind, and b) totally up for sitting down for a chat with me. And! As a bonus, it was Christmas, which meant a self-imposed deadline: after recording it, I’d have to get it up before the holidays. It was a steeper learning curve than I thought – beyond the editing itself, which involves multiple tracks, smoothing out hot posts and awkward cuts, balancing the EQ and all that jazz, it weirdly enough is not as simple to upload a piece of audio as it is to post a video on YouTube. We talked to some pros who were far more elaborately set up than we are (Garage Band on my laptop) and took pages of notes (which I now can’t decipher), and we (Mike and I) have kind of figured out the editing and EQ and MP3 files, RSS feeds and all the technical stuff that goes on behind the scenes that I’m blissfully unaware of when recording things over at CBC. (I’m also not used to being on the interview side of the conversation, and hopefully I’ll get better at that!)
I’m positively giddy about this.. my stomach is doing backflips, and I can’t believe I can finally scratch LAUNCH PODCAST off my years-long to-do list. We’re getting started on the second episode over the holidays, before we forget all the stuff we’ve learned.
And so! Drumroll please… I give you episode 1 of Crispy Bits: the Podcast, with huge thanks to Anna Olson for being the very best guinea pig I can imagine. She’s as lovely and genuine in person as she is on the air, the perfect combination of smart, knowledgeable, friendly and funny – I wish I could do every episode with her. And I was so in this new zone that I completely forgot to take a photo with her, so I dug one up from when we went for drinks when she and her husband Michael (who is equally awesome) were in town for a wedding over the summer.
And! She has a new cookbook out, Set for the Holidays, which has been on crazy sale this season, and which is full of recipes that are perfect not only for the holidays, but year-round. I’ve already made her raspberry wreath three times (!!) and adore it – it’s like a round babka, with the potential for so many different fillings. Raspberry is perfect though, and she suggests freezing it ahead and letting it thaw on the countertop in the morning (or overnight) before sliding it into the oven. It’s a tad messy to make, but know that no matter how it turns out going into the pan (which can be a pie plate or other baking dish if you don’t have a cast iron skillet), it will look fabulous coming out. As is my norm every December, I made the drizzle with eggnog. Happy Christmas, everyone! Thanks to Anna for making this one even merrier! (You HAVE to hear what she did when extra people showed up to their Christmas party last year! Two words: TRIFLE BUFFET.)