2011 isn’t really a year that I want to remember, but looking back on what I’ve posted – I have made some pretty yummy things. I’ve also been making lots of my old favorites – so I haven’t had as much new content on the blog this year.
I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my photography as I work my way though understanding my dSLR. I hope that 2012 brings many more delicious treats and healthy dinner ideas to share with you! Here’s a year-in-review of my favorite recipe (or recipes) from each month this year. I don’t know about you – but I can’t wait to ring in 2012!
January – Sponge Candy
Living in Buffalo, NY sponge candy is considered a staple candy. I’m glad I found a recipe that others can enjoy if they can’t get sponge candy as easily as I can.
My first and only (I definitely need to change that this year!) attempt at French Macarons. They were amazing and I was so happy they turned out so perfectly.
Thin crust pizza – I seriously need to make this again STAT. Crispy, chewy crust and so satisfying.
March – Chicken lo mein
This has become one of my go-to easy weeknight meals. I’ve discovered these lo mein noodles at my grocery store – and this meal is even easier since I just have to defrost the noodles and not boil them separately. I’ve made this meal more times than I can count – and I haven’t ordered Chinese take-out since!
I love anything cookie dough and I love anything ice cream – so this was a no-brainer. Almost too good to be true…
May – Meyer Lemon Cookies
I travelled for work a ton in May – so I didn’t do a lot of cooking or blog posting. But I did discover my love for Meyer lemons – and these cookies were a great example of a way to use them.
This is a family recipe that I’ve enjoyed my entire life – and finally got around to posting on the blog. I like to keep leftovers in the freezer and eat them straight out of the freezer – it’s a reese’s cup, but better.
July – Strawberry Shortcakes
July was my month of almost exclusive strawberry desserts – and shortcakes were my favorite way to enjoy them. It doesn’t feel more like summer than fresh shortcakes and fresh, local strawberries. Luckily I still have some more in my freezer to enjoy over the winter.
August – Lemon Tuna Pesto Salad
This is one of my husbands favorite pasta salads – fresh tomatoes, fresh pesto, tuna and lemon. It’s the perfect summer salad – I can almost feel the summertime heat just thinking about this dish.
These burgers were a surprise hit with me – and turned out to be one of my new favorite burger recipes. I can’t wait until its warm enough to grill outside again.
Peaches are my favorite fruit – so peach ice cream never fails me. The brown sugar was the perfect compliment to perfect summer peach.
October – Chicken with tomato-herb pan sauce
Just seeing this photo again made me add this on the menu for next week. I forgot how much we loved this and how flavorful it was with just a few ingredients.
November – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Easily one of the richest desserts of the year – but completely worth every.single.calorie.
December – Dutch Apple Pie
My new staple recipe for apple pie – I know I can never try another recipe after tasting this one.
Thanks for reading – and here’s to a great 2012!!!!