I've been in the kitchen a lot this summer. We've had several house guests and the most amazing farmer's market + the wonder that is LifeLine Farms--we buy their milk, butter, feta cheese, eggs and beef. It's all local, organic, free range and AMAZING. So it's been fun to whip up dishes that give me an excuse to use our not-China, serving dishes, and of course, the yellow Kitchenaid.
I've nearly mastered pate brisee (pastry crust without shortening, just butter), double crust pies and homemade bread (far less scary than I thought, just sorta takes some time).