2010: a great year.


Happy New Year, everyone!

My oh my, what a year this has been. So many good things: a new niece, a new brother-in-law (from Sudan), a new place to live, and more. It was crazy, and busy, a happy, and good. My cup overflows.

In addition to all this goodness, I realized this means that I’ve been writing on this here food blog for over a year. It was on Christmas last year that Nich gave me a digital camera and filled my stocking with spices, chilies, vinegars, truffle oil, and more. He gave me the tools to start the blog I’d been dreaming up – and so I did just that. Its just been a year, and in that time I’ve posted 77 different blogs. Seventy seven! Holy smokes, I’m pretty happy about that (if I do say so myself). I have had more fun with this blog that I could have ever dreamed, and I look forward to future food adventures.

So, this isn’t necessarily a ‘Best of 2010′ post, but it is a roundup of a few of my favorites, as well a random compilation of things I feel compelled to share. I do hope you enjoy!

I don’t want to admit that some of my recipes are better than others. So, I won’t. You can make them an decide for yourself which is best! However, I will tell you the recipes that I would call my personal favorites. I would only say these 6 are my favorites simply because I find myself going back to them time and time again. They are as follows:

1. Raw Kale & Apple Salad – I could eat this every day. Honestly, I make it at least once a week and my body loves me for it.
2. Free Form Artisan Bread – I didn’t know that making bread from scratch could be so easy. And so good.
3. Olive Oil Rosemary Cake – This is my favorite dessert, hands down. It is subtle and simple and not too sweet. And, of course, it has rosemary in it so that makes it automatically awesome.
4. Vegan Caesar Salad – No, I am not a vegan but this salad is so good that I often make it instead of a normal caesar. I love it.
5. 24 Hour Dill Pickles – These are absolutely addicting. And if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know how I feel about all things pickled. Nuff said.
6. Thomas Keller’s Salmon Rillettes – I feel that you can’t go wrong with any of Thomas Keller’s recipes, but oh how I love this one. This is essentially a buttery salmon spread. It is amazing, go home and make it now. :)

And now for some random thoughts on this last year and hopes for the coming year:

*New Years resolution #1: Make more recipes from 101 Cookbooks. I love everything on that site.

*This year, I want to learn to make authentic Shakshuka. I just had it the other day at Tasty and Sons, and it was amaaaaaaaazing.

*I look forward to being a part of various cooking challenges, blog groups, and other things that force me to think creatively (and ultimately make me a better cook). I look forward to the Velveteer challenges in 2011, various recipe swaps with Burwell General Store, and getting plugged in with the Sustainable Food for Thought gals (and attending their events).

*I MUST learn to make Black Mole. And tamales, for that matter.

*I plan to expand my garden this year, and plant a zillion good things: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, snap peas, carrots, beets, chard, kale, onions, garlic, etc…

*I want to go to France and Spain this year. Tour de wine & cheese? Yes, please.

*I resolve to open my home to as many people as possible, cook meals for friends (and strangers), and use the resources I’ve been given to serve others.

*I want to make these, and this, and this, and this, and this.

*p.s. I just made this salad from The Smitten Kitchen (at Mari’s recommendation) and it was awesome. This will be a staple in 2011.

Most of all, this year, I hope to live a life that is simple and meaningful. I hope to be a good wife, a good daughter, a good sister, a good aunt, and a good friend. I will continue to seek out healthy and whole foods, and recipes that reflect my commitment to these types of foods. I will do my best to support local business.

As I said earlier: my cup overflows. As I look forward into this new year, I pray that I can use the resources I’ve been blessed with to be a blessing to others.

I wish you all the best in the year to come. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to more culinary adventures in 2011!

4 Responses

  1. Very sweet! So nice to know more about you!

  2. What a prolific year! The kale apple salad absolutely jumped off the page at me, too, it’s such a wonderful dish. I look forward to trading recipes with you in 2011 and I am very glad we “met”.

    I still am waiting to try your mustard recipe, and the pickles!

  3. Mari says:

    Mari MUST be invited over for the following (no ifs ands or buts)
    Quinoa/Beet pancakes
    BLACK MOLE!
    Beef Braised in Coconut Milk
    When you go to France and Spain.
    (I’ll help cook…or just eat and learn. And I’m a GREAT travel companion)
    Looks like we got breakfast, lunch, dinner, and vacation all figured out!
    I will, of course, bring wine.

  4. katvetrano says:

    I’ve made that 101cookbooks recipe for the Harissa Spaghetti..heavenly!

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