I feel about as brain-boggled as I did when I tried to write my first aimless post. This may have something to do with the emotional strain of having one's father in the hospital for 2 weeks after having a lung transplant (thank you, Agent Orange*) after a decade of waiting, the lack of sleep that goes along with that, and finally, fighting the flu, which makes everyone brain-dead.
* (read: F^ck You, Agent Orange)
But my dad got to go home last night! And my flu has just shifted out of the body-ache phase, so everything is lookin' pretty good. I may even celebrate with a glass of wine tonight, flu be damned.
All this means is instead of a spankin' new post, I'm going to link back to some of my favorites from the past year. These are not necessarily my wittiest or most well-written posts. Rather they are dishes I really enjoyed making, but especially enjoy eating.
Maybe some of them you missed along the way...
I forgot that I used to write instructions to the right of the photos. Maybe that was because my photos were so poor. Bleh.
The orzo, however: not poor.
Pan-Seared Duck with brandied plum-cherry sauce
I was just so proud of myself for getting this right so I could have a favorite dish at home whenever I wanted.
French Onion Soup
Tangy Asian Chicken Thighs over quinoa with glazed carrots.
I now interrupt my scheduled recipe recap for some Food Porn, because it's that good.
Stuffed French Toast made for the hubs on our anniversary last summer.
Roasted Squash Polenta w/ Sage-Pistachio Mascarpone & Porcini
Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
The Best Roast Chicken
Except that it made My First Thanksgiving turkey an unequivocal hit, and yes that's a picture of the turkey, not the chicken.
The turkey was prettier.
Well, looking back at my earliest posts certainly made me notice how my formatting has changed. And the photography. (Hopefully that will continue to improve, but as I don't have room in my NYC apartment kitchen to build one of those fancy "light boxes" it's all just going to have to suffice as is.)
Seriously tho, I'd like to thank everyone who stops by here and bothers to leave comments, because I really do appreciate it. This whole blog started because friends kept asking me "How'd you make that?" when I would only update my Facebook status with what I was cooking. So, yes it was born out of a personal passion for food and cooking, but it was also to help others and make other people happy.
And I hope I've done at least a little of that in the past year.