As this year comes to an end, I guess it's appropriate to do one of these "best of" lists. But before I get into that, I need to get something out of the way - the notorious New Year's Resolutions. I know people's stance on the resolution vary across the board but I do set a few goals for myself every year. My goals for 2010 are... 1) Cook more vegetarian foods 2) Make the blog
somewhat worth reading/putting on people's RSS better 3) Regain lean body mass from last semester (10 lbs...*sigh*) 4) Continue my Les Halles Series and 5) Become a better friend, son and brother.
I hope the
people person(s) that keep up with my blog have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed spending time on it. Blogging is a lot of work but if I can put a smile on your face or "hey, that's pretty cool!" at the end of each post, it's all worth it.
Anyways...Listed below are some of my favorite/most requested recipes:
- Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
- These aren't exact clones to the ones you'll find at this popular seafood chain but it comes close. I don't go to Red Lobster for seafood oh no - I go for the sole reason of filling up on these cheesy biscuits
- Apple Pancakes
- The most requested recipe and food by friends. It's moist, filling and sweet. They're even good as snacks after they cool down!
- Korean Fried Chicken
- It's our secret recipe (not so secret anymore I guess). The perfect combination of sweet and spicy is mindblowing
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- It's an easy, fast dish that I cook on a regular basis. Amazing for cold days.
- Sticky Lemon Chicken
- My go to when I'm having people over for dinner. It's easy, looks fancy and costs pence to make. It's by Gordon Ramsay so you know it's good.
- Braised Short Ribs w/ Citrus Gremolata
- These tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs on top of some soft polenta = food coma. A lazy, weekend project that gets better as it sits in the fridge.
- Carne Asada
- Nothing like tacos on a weeknight as a quick, tasty meal. Marinade these overnight and cook'em up in minutes the next day when you need to eat. And you thought college students lived off Taco Bell (okay, this might be true for most...)
- Roti de Porc au Lait
- An easy, delicious recipe from Les Halles. Don't tell your guests how easy it was and be showered with compliments.
- Hot Chocolate Fondant
- Got a dinner date and you need a dessert to finish strong? Look no further. What girl doesn't like warm chocolate oozing out of a moist cake? You can thank me later pal
- Profiteroles w/ Chocolate Sauce
- I'm so damn tired of making these for holiday parties but they are requested so much for a reason - they're delicious. This choux dough is versatile so feel free to experiment by making eclairs, crullers, cream puffs, etc.
- Baked Alaska
- This is stupid easy (seeing a trend here?) but looks like you spent hours preparing it. If for some reason your date doesn't like chocolate (is there really a girl that doesn't like chocolate?) make this instead. This is also a great make ahead dessert for parties because it freezes well.
- Fresh Tomato Sauce
- Take advantage of this recipe once summer of 2010 rolls around. It's easy, vibrant and quick enough to cook on weeknights. Gordon Ramsay approved.
- Broccoli Soup
- You need 1 ingredient - broccoli. Perfect for idiots like me in the kitchen.
- Fried Tofu w/ Spicy Soy Sauce
- A Korean take on fried tofu. I know I make fun of vegetarians a lot but this is one dish I really don't mind eating. Gochukaru may be hard to find so hit up your Asian supermarket and buy the best kind you can.
- Blogs You Should be Following...besides mine (no particular order, non-ATL)
- Ambitious Delicious(ness)
- Esther is one of the first food bloggers I really got to know this past year. She's pretty much a jack of all trades in the kitchen (although she can't make rice...or so I hear haha) and her Korean recipes are definitely worth checking out
- Aside from the kickass blog name, Melissa has a wide variety of vegetarian recipes (I have way too many bookmarked) and some great photographs. I swear I'm going to cook more vegetarian stuff next year... Go and say hello!
- Food Blogga
- She's a Patriots fan like me so Susan automatically gets props from me but that aside, this is a great food blog. Her posts are light and fun and her recipes are great. I've made a few of her pasta recipes (not featured on my blog) and I've enjoyed them all. My favorite being this one here
- Kitchen M
- Em is a dietitian and food photographer from the Bay area. You can tell from reading through her posts that she spends a lot of time researching, prepping and writing for her blog. As expected of a food photographer, the pictures are gorgeous. Her mystery item series is a fun one to follow. I'm also convinced that she knows every single, odd ingredient you could possibly find in the world.
- Local Lemons
- This blog by Allison highlights taking advantage of local produce and making things from scratch. A lot of TLC goes into each of her posts and her cooking tips are so useful. The step-by-step photography is a nice touch to help dumb bloggers like me take notes.
- No Special Effects
- He's an MD, he's in his 20's like me, he's Asian (zing!) and this man can cook. Mark's a jack of all trades when it comes to cooking and if you haven't discovered his blog yet, you're missing out on some great stuff. His posts really display the great amount of work and attention he puts into each entry. I'm not worthy Mark. I'm not worthy
- Tiny Urban Kitchen
- If you're into this whole food blog thing, I'm pretty confident that you've been to Jen's site. Her photography? Amazing. Her recipes? Immaculate. Earlier this year, I was awared the One Lovely Blog award by Jen and I had one of those "I'm not worthy" moments from Wayne's World. Just being mentioned on her blog was a huge honor. Thanks again Jen!
I've learned so much about food and met a lot of great people this past year through food blogging. I hope 2010 is filled with more good eats and awesome people like yourselves just like 2009. Best wishes to all of you for the new year.