So here's a recap of the most popular posts of the year, the posts I think should have made it, and some other stuff. Thank you all for reading, making the recipes, inspiring me and giving me brainstorms, and for your sweet comments. Here's to 2013!
Most Popular of 2012
1. Pumpkin Fritters with Rosemary and Cheese
The reception these got blew me away. I was just playing in the kitchen and they weren't perfect, but I didn't know they would get so much attention. Still heartened to hear some people tried it and liked it.
2. Key Lime Cupcakes
Who knew key lime would be so popular? I tinkered with a lemon cake recipe and came up with this. Definitely a keeper.
3. Plum Skillet Cake
This was not only beautiful and rustic, it was delicious. Definitely repeating next summer.
4. Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
I don't like peanut butter with chocolate, but you guys really do! And so does Joe, who I made this for around Valentine's Day.
5. Flour's Country Ham, Cheddar, and Tomato Quiche
I think the tall, fancy look of this quiche garnered lots of views, but I also like it in shallow tart pans with a higher crust-to-filling ratio.
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My Notable Mentions
(In no particular ranking)
I learned roulades aren't difficult at all. And the light cake and whipped cream were nice complements for fresh summer fruit.
2. Braided Lemon Bread
Lemon curd and cream cheese are a match made in heaven.
3. Chicken Chile Relleno Pies
Deserved more attention than the little they got. Full of bold Southwest flavors, and the cornmeal crust is definitely different and so good.
4. Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches
Panko makes these magic.
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Restaurant Reviews I Most Enjoyed Writing
(A toss-up between the two)
I've been back several times. Their cheeses spoil you for supermarket varieties. Their sandwiches are two cuts above. They cut fresh samples of cheese to help you figure out what you want, and remember what you like.
The owner/chef is particular, and practices balance, creativity, and restraint beautifully. Outstanding hospitality, fantastic tagines, and amazing desserts.