It feels surreal that tonight we’ll be saying goodbye to 2010. Time certainly flew by! I know it’s cliche to say so as I find myself feeling like each coming year passes faster and faster, but I’m still amazed by the fact 2011 is almost upon us. Before the year is out I wanted to recap some of my favorite posts of this year. I really enjoyed making and eating these dishes and hope you’ll enjoy them too.
I don’t know that I’ve ever strongly identified as a BBQ girl, but with enough of this pork, I am sure that could change. Lightly sweet and deliciously full-flavored, this pork would be perfect at the center of the plate if you have a Superbowl party around the corner. I especially love the hint of sophistication and subtle fruitiness the hard cider adds.
With it’s creamy texture and cheesy taste this soup easily won me over. The lower calorie count certainly didn’t hurt either, making it the perfect soup for anyone who wants to lose a few pounds in the new year without deprivation.
For me no list of favorites would be complete without at least one recipe for mac and cheese. What can I say, it’s one of my weaknesses on a plate. This easy version brings the flavors of a Cuban sandwich to my favorite cheesy casserole. You may be doubtful of the pickles, but trust me on this one, it yields craveable perfection.
I like to think this recipe is the elegant side of oatmeal. Orange confit (or orange marmalade if you want a shortcut) and vanilla bean make for the sweetest of marriages. This brunch dish is so divine it even got a mention on The Huffington Post.
Few dishes balance timeless elegance and ease as well as gougeres. These cheesy puffs look far more complicated to make than they really are and taste amazing.
This pasta with cheesy pink sauce is another quick and easy recipe that tastes anything but. Fresh tomatoes and goat cheese make this more special than your run of the mill tomato sauce.
This recipe has everything you love about potato pancakes with one major addition – bacon. It infuses the apple chutney with delicious pork flavor and makes these potato pancakes absolutely addicting.
Not being a morning person, I don’t cook a real breakfast often. But when I do, I try to make it extra special. Tomatillo salsa gives these breakfast tacos so much flavor that even meat lovers will enjoy this vegetarian dish.
Chunks of sweet apple give this tuna tartare a twist and fresh wasabi takes it over the top.
These ravioli combine sweet crab and creamy, tangy goat cheese for a pasta dish worthy of a special occasion. I dressed them with a light white wine sauce so the crab and cheese flavors really shine.
Thanks for letting me relive these delicious meals with you. And now I am curious, what are your favorite meals from 2010?