Tuesday, January 3, 2012
100th Post, New Year, Favorite Recipes -- Welcome, 2012!
I hope my recent absence from the blogging world hasn't lost me TOO many of my loyal little circle of readers. As per usual, my kitchen time is small, my camera woes have only recently been remedied, and my free time is depleted thanks to being in two plays and trying to keep as interesting a social life as possible for a post-grad 20-something. In addition to the holiday season being busy-as-always, I had a terrible tumble down a flight of stairs right before Christmas that left me immobile and bedridden for three days, and on crutches just shy of a week. Despite the fall, I propped myself up on a kitchen chair and made Christmas cookies anyway. I cannot be stopped!
Oh, readers, what a year it has been! You've been with me through two (possibly three? we'll see I suppose!) relationships and two breakups, some crazy weather mishaps, my first tattoo, some plays, a new job, some travels, some major life realizations and epiphanies, and my first tiny dip into the world of recipe development and food blogging.
Thank you, all of you, so much. Your kind words and encouraging comments make me smile. Part of my New Years Resolution this year is to really focus on developing my craft--writing, whether or not it will ultimately pertain to cooking in my "real life" is yet to be determined--and not neglect this little blog any more than I have to. I love writing, I love cooking, we'll see what comes of it.
Nachos and Breakups
Probably my favorite and most insightful post. The worst break-up I've ever gone through may have been the best thing to happen to me this year--not because I lost someone I loved due to things I could not control, but because I came out the other end a stronger and more independent person. I did not succumb to my usual starvation techniques as coping mechanism, but rather used food as the inspiration to find my own happiness. This was probably my most soul-searching event this year and it helped me start to take the steps to make my life exactly what I want it to be.
Remembering My Father and Cooking Fish
My father was my best friend and I remember him with so much love--but he was a terrible, terrible cook. Somehow fish was the exception to this rule, so for what would have been my dad's 51st birthday I honored his memory by making my very first fish dish.
Roasted Beet Gnocchi
I just love beets. And I was quite proud of myself for coming up with goat cheese as a suitable accompaniment for this handmade gnocchi, with a balsamic reduction on the side.
Flourless Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Probably the best dessert I've ever made, and it just happens to include my favorite vegetable!--even though you can't really taste it in the end result. Delicious, gluten-free, and seriously indulgent.
The Best Thing I've Ever Made
A seemingly innocent Pampered Chef recipe resulted in a fantastic and flavorful dish I made on a whim one night. I need to make this again sometime...
Mother's Day Dinner: Mediterranean Skillet
For Mother's Day my mom had one request: I make dinner. I told her she could choose whatever she wanted me to cook, and this was the result. A lovely shrimp pasta with goat cheese subbed in for the feta as per my mom's request.
Quick and Easy Thai Dinner
I look back on my time at the Lisa Ekus Group with much love. Upon leaving I was given free reign of the Cook Book Room and took many, many samples of cook books by authors Lisa and her crew represent. This was a meal I made from Nancie McDermott's book, Quick and Easy Thai. I actually met her during my internship and she was just a fantastic lady.
I get excited when I can cook things that shows like Top Chef deem "difficult" so imagine my surprise when my first attempt at Risotto had so much success. I love lemon and the bright, summery flavors in this risotto are just great.
First Attempt at French Macarons = SUCCESS
Another "difficult" recipe that I nailed on my first attempt. I was endlessly proud of myself for this one and it remains one of my favorite posts.
Chill Out and Have Some S'Mores
Almost as good as the break-up post is the near-breakdown post where I succumb to some feelings of the true Quarter-Life Crisis then eat some s'mores bars and feel worlds better.
Thanks for a great almost-year, everyone! I hope to bring more fun recipes and personal essays to this blog in the coming year, and I hope you'll stick around to see what comes of it. Much love to you all, and Happy New Year!
P.S. Even if I'm away for longer bits at a time, you can usually find me on Twitter, Facebook, or my Other Blog. See you around!