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 us...food-wise, 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?