December 31, 2012

Top 10 Recipes of 2012

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

Funfetti Shake
Gimbap (김밥)

Gimbap
Napa Cabbage Salad with Oranges, Spicy Shrimp, and Rice Wine Vinaigrette

Napa Cabbage Salad

December 28, 2012

Christmas Snapshots

watermarked christmas tree
Hey guys!

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.

cityscape
christmas lights 2
christmas lights
palm trees

December 5, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving: Lessons Learned

 

(1) Simple is better.


As a foodie, I constantly have to restrain myself from going overboard on any major holiday, but Thanksgiving makes it an especially difficult task. There are just so many options! So many herbs, spices, and ingredients to explore! The problem is, however, that if every Thanksgiving dish on the table is unique, edgy, and unexpected they all lose their impact. Nobody knows where to focus and, as a result, all of those star ingredients and crafty new techniques get tragically overlooked. It’s a mistake that I’ve made several times and an experience with which I am familiar.

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.

turkey
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…
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