This blog has sort of evolved since its inception on March 29, 2010. What started out as an adventure and challenge to cook my way through a classic Italian cookbook didn't take too long for Italian food to become a bit boring and a bit expensive. After all, I love me a good enchilada!
So, The Culinary Enthusiast evolved. And evolution is good. Because life is too short to limit my tastebuds to tomatoes, basil, and pasta (even though I am passionately in love with all 3!)
This blog post is all about my Top 10 favorite recipes of this year (or 9 months, I guess!). I didn't put my list in any particular order. What is your favorite recipe from this blog?
pasta this year. It doesn't get much better than that. I loved how making pasta involved my whole family and loved sitting down together and enjoying a delicious meal. I also loved that pasta-making sparked a sweet new friendship with Laura.
Margherita pizza is classic. Simple. Delicious.
Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Garlic, and Parsley, and Linguine Carbonara, and Orzo with Sausage, Peppers, and Tomatoes. All delicious. All easy and simple.
Easy Chicken Enchiladas! (I will make them again soon and post a new picture!)
Snickerdoodle cupcakes must make this list. And really, they need to make your list! Heaven meets Heaven. You know?
fresh, homemade pita bread. I haven't bought pita bread since! If you haven't tried making pita bread, you should consider putting it on your 2011 Resolution list.
Coffee ice cream. Knowing me, big surprise, right?!
spanakopita. Buttery, flaky, salty....next to Italian food, ice cream, yeasted breads, coffee, it is the perfect food. My kids loved it.
lemon bars are to die for. Sweet and tart at the same time. I will be making these again and again.
buffalo chicken chili mac. I made it twice in about 2 weeks' time with the request to work it into the menu rotation regularly. It made a lot, which was perfect for leftovers for a couple more meals.
Now, as a disclaimer, it was hard to choose and limit myself to 10 favorite recipes. Because this year, I learned to make cheese, learned to use the grill, cooked lentils for the first time, made oatmeal in the crockpot, made apple dumplings, and ventured a bit into the world of candymaking. A lot of culinary feats were achieved in 2010! (For the sake of ease on my part, I didn't include links to the above recipes. You can use the search bar on the side for the recipes that are of interest to you).
I am looking forward to what 2011 brings out of my kitchen. Truthfully, I'm not even sure how to speculate what I would like to cook. But I know I'll be cooking, and I know I'll be sharing with you.
But I wonder what you would like to see? What interests you? What are your thoughts about this blog design? What works for you and what doesn't work? I would love for you to leave a comment letting me know your thoughts about The Culinary Enthusiast.
Three cheers to 2010! Three cheers to 2011! Happy New Year!