Can you believe that 2010 is already over? For myself – 2010 was a year filled with happiness, sadness and everything in-between. I am really looking forward to the new year and what it means for me and my family. I’m not too into making ‘resolutions’ – but I definitely have goals set for myself to accomplish in 2011. One of my main highlights of this year has been the joy I have gotten out of this food blogging hobby of mine. I joined the Daring Bakers and made some desserts that I never thought I would ever attempt to make. I got a new camera – and am working on improving my photography skills, both personally and for the blog. I have enjoyed each and every one of your comments or kind emails on my blog – it really is humbling to know that people read and enjoy my posts.
And now for a year-in review of sorts – I am going to post a link to the favorite recipe I made from each month over this past year. I am going to try my hardest to not post all desserts.
January – Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders
These are still one of my favorite easy treats – and a much healthier version than something you would get from a fast food place. The super crunchy coating tastes like it was fried, even though it is baked. YUM!
February – Samoas
This is easily the most popular post on my blog – thanks in part to a link on Mother Nature Network. But it is also for a good reason – Samoas are one of the most popular girl scout cookies – and everyone wants to enjoy them during the time of year when they are not available. I love this easy bar version – I was amazed at how much they tasted like the real thing – I need to make these again soon.
March – Pork Tostadas
March was a tough choice – I made several of my favorites (check out these Greek Turkey Burgers, Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies and Tin Roof Ice Cream). But these pork tostadas earned the top spot – they were the biggest surprise for both my husband and me – so flavorful and delicious. Worth every bit of effort – I can’t wait to make them again soon – I’ve been on the hunt for queso fresco and if I find it – I’m making these stat!
This was an easy choice - you cannot beat the perfect, classic chocolate chip cookie. And the bonus is that they are super easy to whip up. I have made these many times since I discovered this recipe – and you can never grow tired of perfection.
Hands down this is my favorite ice cream recipe of the year – I love chocolate and strawberries and adding ice cream to the mix makes it even better. If you make one ice cream recipe next summer when strawberries come into season – make this your choice.
June – Summer Pasta Bolognese
Once zucchinis and tomatoes start coming into season – this is the first dish I turn to make. It is super easy to whip up and healthy too. It’s the type of dish that when I’m full – I could still eat more because it’s so tasty – and that I have no problem eating leftovers for lunch for days.
July – Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
I definitely have a cupcake addiction – I like them so much better than eating a piece of cake – no utensils needed and everyone gets the same size piece. These lemon meringue cupcakes were so cute and fun to make. And any recipe involving a kitchen torch is all right with me.
August – Buttermilk Waffles
August was a hard choice since I love fresh, local summer produce. But these buttermilk waffles (topped with fresh local blueberries, of course) are probably the most repeated item I’ve made all year. Once I found this recipe – I was craving waffles every weekend. In fact, we just had them on Christmas morning and I want them again already.
Ok – I couldn’t choose just one for September. Peaches are my absolute favorite fruit – so I had to pick something that I made with peaches. And I could not let this best-of post go by without including the infamous Oreo cupcakes. They are both too good not to give a second look at!
October – Apple Cider Doughnuts
One of my favorite Daring Bakers challenges from the year. I’ve never attempted to make my own doughnuts before – but they are amazing. They actually turned out to be much simpler than I thought – but worth all of the trouble. Perfect for a fall get together to celebrate the season.
November – Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
My favorite macaroni and cheese recipe of the year. The butternut squash adds a flavor that is so perfectly balanced with the cheese. It’s actually a very simple recipe to mix up – I can’t wait until next fall to make this again (or I bet I can still find some squash at the store and make this sooner).
December – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
In December I only posted 4 non-dessert recipes – so I obviously have been baking up a sweet storm. But this pie is hands down the winner for the best of the year. Graham cracker crust, homemade caramel, apples, cheesecake and fresh whipped cream – yes please!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my pick of the best of 2010. Here is to a another year filled with yummy treats and healthy dinners in 2011!