Posts Tagged ‘New Years’

Drum roll please!

Here are the posts of 2011 that stood out above the crowd, click the images to go back and read if you missed them…

What’s In a Name?

2011 started out with a bang!  This post was Freshly Pressed in January last year and I was shocked that a little controversy around the kitchen table is what WP picked to spotlight my blog.  Bizzare.

 Sunday, Muddy Sunday

Ha ha!  I remember that day.  Little Sister made quite a mess with the rice.  Fun times.

Mint Chocolate (Zucchini) Cake

Fresh mint from my garden, mmm.  Oh and chocolate of course!

Your (Diet) Soda Is Killing You

A recent post that caught a lot of buzz.  I’m working at irradiating soda from the house, but the darn stuff has legs of its own.  Fizzy water with lemon or raspberries sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it?

Olive & Orange Bruchetta

This was a Food52 contest entry, sadly I didn’t win (as usual).  Maybe that should be added to the goal list for 2012…

Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

A farewell gift for my Dad when he visited us last year.

Doctors to prescribe string beans to kids?

A rant after hearing a piece on NPR while driving home.

Breads: Finnish Nissua

I started dabbling in my maternal heritage and picked up some Finnish cook books to help me rediscover part of my ancestors.  This was also the lightbulb, or ah ha bread that took me down the path to open a home bakery as a side job.  I wanted to do something I was passionate about.


Breakfast Tacos

Speedy No-Knead Bread

A recipe I came across at Food52 from one of the gals who run the joint.  If you want to make your own bread, this is a good starting place.

 Foodies for Farmers

I have a soft spot for farms, animals, and gardens.  It’s what I grew up with (and hated sometimes) but come to appreciate my roots.  I shop at the local farmer’s markets as much as I can afford to and look for local brands at the store (although Canadian products will trump anything, if I can find them).  This post was in support of another blogger and to promote the cook book I submitted recipes to.

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Peace Love and Healthiness in 2012! 

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There seem to be several schools of thought when it comes to what you should be pouring into those wine glasses.

Between what I’ve been reading/watching all over the internet, and asking the vendors for suggestions in the store (when desperately trying to figure out what wine should be used in and with a cassoulet), there is a list that I’m trying to memorize.

  • Ham -> prosecco (light, slightly sweet and fizzy – also cheaper than champagne)
  • Turkey -> chardonnay (crisp and light)
  • Pork (loin or chop) -> riesling (dry)
  • Lamb -> syrah ( or a red wine with peppery notes)
  • Beef -> cabernet

This list is literally a sticky-note tucked away in my wallet, so that I appear to know what I’m looking for when shopping for wine. It’s hard to tell what makes a good wine worth buying, I’m not an avid drinker by any means, and actually only indulge around the holidays. (I didn’t even go out for a margarita on my 30th B-Day) Maybe because the holidays call for finer foods, thus a finer drink. A beautifully crafted tenderloin deserves something more than punch or iced tea.

What will you be serving for gathered guests this holiday season?

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The holidays are fast approaching and I will have a whole week off of work.  This only means one thing: time to play in the kitchen!

I’m looking for a challenge, or a few since I’ll have more time to cook.  What do you want me to cook?  I need a “secret ingredient” or your favorite food.

I’ll be waiting for your input until Christmas, then choose and cook them over the break.  Sounds fun, eh? 

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