Monday, January 2, 2012
Best Recipes of 2011: From Shortcakes to Shortstacks
Hello, hello, hello! I hope everyone had excellent holidays. You know what I did with my time off from work? Nothing. Nothing stressful, anyway. I stayed home, wore pajamas, ate lots of food, watched movies, and read books on the couch (with the dog) by the fireplace. It was the best ten days I've had in a long time. And now tomorrow I have to go back to work, which I'm almost completely ready for. Honest.
2011 was a somewhat challenging year for me, but it was a GREAT year for cooking. Here are my favourite recipes from this past year. I can't wait to start a whole new year of cooking, especially because in a few months I'll be in my new house cooking on my dream stove. But before we look forward, let's look back, shall we?
Last January I made a giant pot of chili and baked it in the oven with cornbread batter on top. It turned out to be one of my favourite recipes ever, which was a surprise since I've never been super excited about chili in any form.
In February I tried to imitate the squash quesadillas that the Man of Science and I ate just before we were felled by the dastardly flu during our vacation in San Francisco.
In March I made one of my most popular recipes ever, Maple Pecan Granola. It is the recipe I get the most in-real-life comments about. I love it when people enjoy the blog, but I love it even more when they actually make the recipes and tell me about it!
In April we had a party at our house and I experimented with some vegan club sandwiches. They were slightly more labour intensive than I'm used to sandwiches being, but they were perfect for the party and got great compliments from our guests.
In May I WON A VEGAN BAKING CONTEST! Yes, I'm still very proud. It was a stressful experience but totally worth it. I love winning. I know why people get so elated when they win a challenge on those cooking TV shows.
In June I finally conquered strawberry shortcakes. This is one of those recipes that I want to eat every single time I look back at the photos. It's the first recipe I'll drag out when strawberries are back in season.
In July I made some pecan tofu sliders which were fun and delicious. They've now become a major favourite here in my parents' house.
In August I got a pile of migraines. But also we celebrated our first wedding anniversary! And our fridge broke. Then I made some great pasta with artichokes and kale.
In September I made some oatmeal pancakes. They recipe is simple, but remains my favourite pancake recipe to this day. Also, we moved out of our house and in with my parents so we could demolish our existing (falling apart) house and build a new (much, much nicer) house in its place.
In October I, for the first time, failed miserably when it came to posting every day for Vegan Mofo. But I still gave you all this great recipe for my favourite salad dressing.
In November our CSA vegetable supply dwindled, and I finished up the harvest season with an amazing purple cabbage and apple slaw.
And in December I posted a bunch of links to the perfect vegan Christmas cookie recipes which I used to make my own giant supply of Christmas treats for giving away to loved ones. And for hoarding all to yourself.
Whew! I hope you enjoyed that. I know I did. If the links pointed you back at a recipe you'd missed and are now intrigued by, please let me know. And good luck to all of you who are dragging yourselves back to work tomorrow.
Happy Food Year!