(Clearly this is an out-of-season, not exactly recent picture, but it's all I had!!)
In case you haven’t been with us since the beginning – and let’s be honest, at the beginning most of my readers were related to me – I wanted to share with you some of our favorite recipes from the past year. These are recipes that we’ve loved enough to make more than once (something that doesn’t happen too often), recipes that changed our thinking about certain foods, and recipes that got rave reviews from our family and friends. I hope you enjoy them as much I we have.
One Year Ago: Lemon and Almond Biscotti; Quick Coq au Vin; Brazilian-Style Fish Stew; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic; Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Crisp
On the Sweet Side…
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies – Hands down, my favorite cookies from the past year. ‘Nuff said.
Cheesecake Brownies – We love them. Our friends love them. You will love them.
S’mores Cookies – So easy to make. So fun to eat. No campfire required.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes – A lot of work, but the most fun cupcakes I’ve made to date.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins – A little sweet, a little savory, a lot delicious. (And healthy, too!)
On the Savory Side…
Brazilian-Style Fish Stew – One of the first recipes I blogged about and one of our absolute favorites. We’ve made this numerous times, for ourselves and for company. The flavors are unlike anything else I’ve ever made.
Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken – The recipe that made me fall in absolute love with my Crock-Pot. Five minutes of prep in the morning is all it takes to come home to a delicious dinner.
Risotto with Spicy Garlic Shrimp – My first major attempt at risotto. The shrimp are crazy good.
Roasted Broccoli - Try this recipe, and you will never boil broccoli again.
Swiss Chard with Feta and Pine Nuts – This recipe turned Swiss chard into one of my favorite vegetables. I make variations of this recipe often.
Buttermilk Drop Biscuits – So simple. So tender and flaky. Positively dreamy.
Rosemary Foccacia – Not really a traditional foccacia, but so easy, and so tasty. Perfect for dipping into olive oil or serving alongside your favorite pasta dinner.
Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette – My first attempt at savory pastry. The results were perfect and the flavors in this dish are incredible. Perfect for fall.