I’ve done recaps of my year’s most favorite recipes in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – finally the 2010 edition has arrived. I love the act of reviewing and going through a years worth of posts – it not only helps jog my memory of all the wonderful things I made this year, but it reminds me that I’ve got a lot more to learn in the kitchen. Instead of going month by month picking out the best, I’m just going to pick out my 12 favourites of the year and I hope you enjoy this look back as much as I have.
Lemon Meringue Pie. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love a good pucker and this pie is the perfect balance between sweet and tart. And it’s a bit of a show stopper too.
Grilled Scallop Ceviche. Years of watching Top Chef and wanting to try both scallops and ceviche, I tried my hand with this fantastic meal. It’s more of a salad full of citrus, red onion, and cucumber and it not only tastes amazing but feels down right virtuous. Win win!
Seriously Intense Cocoa Nib Brownies. It’s a serious title for a serious chocolate dessert. I can say this without reservation that these were the best brownies I’ve ever eaten.
Broccoli Crunch Slaw. I used to hate raw broccoli…not any more. This is a salad that gets repeated in our household often. Tossed with yogurt, dried cranberries, toasted almonds and bite from diced red onions, it’s a welcome sight on your dinner plate.
Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas. This was a true surprise for my northern palate. A slightly spicy chili gravy tops these bundles of joy. Lazy, hot summer days seem just within reach.
Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad. Another summer wonder! I ate this meal so many times this past summer and I’m sure I can bring it back using frozen corn for another hit this winter. If you haven’t made this yet, you are missing out. So good!
Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken. Organic chicken legs brined in yogurt, lemon and spices makes all the difference to this crispy not-fried chicken. This crust shatters like it’s been deep fried and seeing this photo again has me craving this dish all over.
Crunchy Sweet & Spicy Freezer Pickles. I just ate the last jar of these babies this past week and I’m so sorry to see them go. They were my pickle ideal: crunchy, spicy, sweet and gave a good pucker. The best part? No complicated canning required. Easy!
Simple Potato Salad with Lemon & Cumin. This was one of the most popular posts on my site for good reason. Lemony, earthy and bright and no mayo required.
Apple & Sour Cherry Pie with Crumb Topping. Did anyone say pie? This tasty beast was our Thanksgiving dessert and proved a worthy contender for best pie of the year.
Old Fashioned Ginger Apple Pandowdy. Looking for something homey and rustic? This fruit dessert loaded with ginger, apples and swimming in a heady robust sauce tastes like the holidays without putting on airs.
Welsh Cakes. These little bites of heaven are toasted in butter on the stove rather than baked like a scone. Tender, spicy and delicious they are perfect with a spot of tea and make a warm and filling breakfast.