In the food blogging world, December 31st is my favorite day of the year. More than all the seasonal summer recipes and the festive holidays sprees, I love the last day of the year. It’s the day when my Google Reader fills to the brim with “Best of 2012” blog posts, where all of my favorite food bloggers list their most popular, most delicious recipes of the year all in one convenient post. Then my bookmarks folder subsequently doubles in size and I have a whole new batch of recipes to try in the new year. It’s like another Christmas present!
So, in the spirit of my favorite food blogging tradition, I thought I’d do my own “Best of” post for the end of 2012. Listed below are my favorite recipes and fun food ideas of the past year, from hearty Chili Enchiladas to a Napa Cabbage Salad that got featured on the Kimchi Chronicles blog to the very popular and very rich Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshakes. Just click the recipe name or the photo itself to see the corresponding blog post.
Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshakes
Napa Cabbage Salad with Oranges, Spicy Shrimp, and Rice Wine Vinaigrette
December 31, 2012
December 28, 2012
I hope you all had a great Christmas and a lovely holiday season. For me, this year was actually a pretty unique one, with lots of surprisingly crafty and cooking-y bursts of activity. Thanks to a bout of a sinus infection earlier in December I really hadn’t been feeling in the Christmas spirit, which made me all the more pleasantly surprised by how nicely things turned out.
After the initial rush of helping pick out presents and wrapping ‘em all up, my real Christmas-y activities began a few days before Christmas with my cousin’s graduation. Getting to drive all over Houston and see the pretty decorations out and about really helped make the season feel special again.
December 5, 2012
(1) Simple is better.
This year was different. Rather than coat the turkey with a thousand different Italian herbs, stuff the cavity with exotic tropical fruits, and pipe my name in mashed potatoes on top (note: I have thankfully never gone this far), I opted for a beautifully simple bird seasoned only with garlic butter, salt, and pepper.
You and me both know that there’s no pretty way to photograph an entire roasted turkey, so that’s the best picture we’ll be seeing.
Beyond the turkey, I stuck to traditional sides and occasional, minute variations, which we’ll talk about in my next tip…
Posted by the lovely Koci on 12/05/2012