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Back in February, I was contacted by the folks over at Mommy Page and asked if I would be willing to do an interview for their site. Even though I'm not a "mommy" I happily obliged. Today is the day the interview is finally live! Head on over to Mommy Page and check it out!
Another year has come and gone, and quickly at that. All in all, it was a pretty good year. We moved into our dream home in January and have been enjoying all of the "firsts" we share here; first holidays, first garden, first paint jobs, first leaking roof (well maybe we didn't enjoy that one). We've met some great people since we've moved in and we are so glad we finally have a place to call home. This past summer, Joel and I were reminded how much fun we could have on a road trip when we drove up to New Hampshire and Maine for a long weekend. This was also the year I tried to kick myself back into shape. I started running more regularly and traveled to Erie, PA in the fall to run a half marathon with a friend. Perhaps the most exciting thing that happened to our families this year was when our nephew Parker was born in August and our niece Lucia was born in October! While it was a great year, I am eagerly looking forward to 2013 to see what new things it will bring!
As I've done the last few years, I want to share with you my favorite dishes that Joel and I enjoyed throughout the months this year. What were your favorites?
JANUARY: Roast Beef, Arugula, & Shaved Parmesan Sandwich with Garlic Aioli. This simple sandwich was one Joel picked and we couldn't have been happier. We've enjoyed it many times throughout the course of the year.
FEBRUARY: Vanilla Creme Brûlée for Two. We aren't much for celebrating Valentine's day. We opted to stay home and make a nice meal, complete with this dessert. We were both stunned by the results!
MARCH: Butternut Squash Enchiladas. Dubbed "magic" enchiladas by my sister-in-law. I think that name says it all.
APRIL: Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos. You can't go wrong with a giant, creamy, stuffed mushroom!
MAY: French Macarons with Nutella Buttercream. What a fancy cookie. An intricate process, but totally worth it!
JUNE: Rajas Poblanas. Joel took the wheels and posted a series of guest posts, which he kicked off with this quick and delicious meal.
JULY: Mocha Granola. I loved this, but Joel didn't really eat any. Bonus-the one and only picture of mine to be accepted to Tastespotting!
AUGUST: Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, & Goat Cheese Tacos. A Pinterest find, and a very quick and easy meal.
SEPTEMBER: Grilled Garlic & Herb Bread. A concoction created entirely by Joel to use up some of our garden's herbs. We've enjoyed this many times since.
OCTOBER: Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce. My first post for First on the First. What a delicious new group to be a part of!
NOVEMBER: Ad Hock's Chicken Pot Pie. We've both developed a little foodie crush on Thomas Keller. Everything about this dish was amazing. We are looking forward to many more of his meals with our ever-growing TK cookbook collection!
DECEMBER: Momofuku Chicken & Egg. I enjoyed this at David Chang's restaurant in Toronto, and since have enjoyed it twice at home. Simple and delicious!
Happy New Year!
While reading through all of the RSS Feeds that I subscribe to over this past holiday week, I came across a post by Amanda at Tales From a Kitchen Misfit that really caught my eye. Amanda is hosting an Online Bake Sale to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. What a brilliant way to raise money, because who doesn't love baked goods? And when you are helping a good cause, those baked goods seem to taste just that much sweeter!
I've never been involved in any online bake sales before, but after seeing this, something told me that this would be a great way to kick off 2012! I am making 1 dozen Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins. They are super delicious! :)
*If you would like information about donating a baked good, check out this page.
*If you would like to see all the delicious treats that will be available to bid on, check out this page.
*Bidding begins on January 22nd!
I have mixed feelings about 2011. It started off pretty bad, when my father passed away. As the year went on, though, it got better, and ultimately ended on a high note. My brother, cousin, and best friend each got married, Joel finally got his dream job, and we bought our first house (which we are eagerly awaiting our closing date….Friday the 13th can't come soon enough!). All in all, I'm ready for 2012 and excited to see what it will bring. At least I know that it will start on a high note!
So now, as the end of the year is here, just as many other bloggers have done, I'd like to reflect on my favorite recipes of 2011. What were your favorites?
January: Though the circumstances around this dinner were sad, this Chicken Pot Pie brought us such comfort in a time of sorrow.
February: I love Nutella, but it can be expensive, so making my own not only satisfied my taste buds, but also my wallet!
March: A tough month to choose. But my favorite may be the Guinness & Onion Soup. Like french onion, but better!
May: I enjoyed eating these Shrimp Tacos on my patio in the first few awesome days of spring.
June: This Avocado Sandwich quickly became a summer-time staple in our house. So simple, and so good!
July: A copy-cat Sesame Cashew Noodle Bowl was a very pleasant surprise, since we guessed at the ingredients!
August: I couldn't choose between two for this month so I'll just pick both!
How could I not post my brother's Wedding Cake? I was very proud of this accomplishment!
September: These Drunken Noodles were spicy and delicious!
November: These Chicken Parm Burgers were a great
December: Beer & Brown Sugar Kielbasa is sure to please any Octoberfest crowd!