Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Favorites

Bring it on, 2011!

I polished off 2010 with three days of traveling, gabbing, feasting, and laughing with my dearest college girlfriends. Traveling from five different states, we convene each year for our annual catch-up reunion: we sleep very little, talk round-the-clock, and eat copious amounts of delicious food.

I was dying to share a recipe with you for Toasted Almond and Lemon Brie, but we devoured it too quickly and I was too busy taking pictures of the girls to worry about photographing cheese. Unfortunately, I'm now realizing I can't I gush about the recipe without pictures for you to drool over.

Due to my food photo delinquency, I'm forced to kick off the new year with a "Top 10 of 2010" post. I know 2010 is history (yesterday was so long ago), but let this be a reminder of all the good things 2010 brought, that is (I'm not about to touch on such 2010 benefits as Lindsay Lohan entering rehab, or the entertainment value that an additional season of Jersey Shore provided).

APPETIZER: Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese--Perfect for an eating-at-your-desk lunch. Perfect for a fancy dinner party appetizer. This recipe satisfies your craving to feel like a posh-and-cultured Foodie...with only 5 ingredients and very little time.

FAVORITE MAIN COURSE: Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna--This filling main course is chunky with vegetables and tomato-based (forget the white creamy stuff that often characterizes restaurant interpretations of spinach + artichoke). With feta cheese sprinkled on top, you can't go wrong with this company-pleaser.

FAVORITE SIDE DISH: Butternut Squash Risotto--Roasted butternut squash, paired with peas and toasted walnuts, resulted in this creamy, autumn-happy risotto. It was my first risotto recipe, and I highly doubt I'll ever try a different one. I've found my golden child.

FAVORITE DESSERT: Brownie Pudding Cake--It's true, friends. This dessert simply takes the cake. It's my new favorite dinner party treat, and I expect it to re-appear several times throughout 2011.

FAVORITE BREAKFAST: Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns--Just when you thought it didn't get any better than a warm, yeast-based cinnamon bun for Saturday morning breakfast, I went and added pumpkin (and reduced the fat and calories!). This continues to be Adam's most-requested breakfast favorite.

What was your favorite part of 2010?


  1. My favorite part of 2010 was finding your blog :) It has provided me with many yummy meals!

  2. Hi there, Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.. what a great list you have!

  3. Love this! It reminds me of the great recipes you have made and what I need to make ASAP!

  4. so much deliciousness! Hooray for a new year of yummy, healthy food! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. Happy New Year, lady! I would have to say that my favorite part of 2010 was getting a body that could actually DO things. Innovative concept, no?

  6. It all looks so delicious! I don't know how I missed your Brownie Pudding Cake- Yum!

  7. Oh funny, we had a toasted almond lemon brie at Christmas. It was gone in less than 2 seconds and my tummy jiggles were not happy about almost an entire wedge of brie. However, it tasted amazing.
    Sounds like a fun way to bring in the new year!

  8. Here's to another year of tasty eats! I hope 2011 is a wonderful one for you my friend!

  9. Gah, I need to make that brownie pudding cake! And the lasagna, risotto, pumpkin rolls...thanks for the reminder! :) Your blog is such an awesome source of yummies. Thanks for all that you do, and Happy New Year! :)

  10. that pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe might have been my favorite part of 2010 ;)