2011… A Year in Review

Wow, another year here and gone! It’s amazing how the older… ahem, more mature I get…the faster the years just roll on by. 2011 has been such a wonderful year for my family and I! Starting with the celebration of my 10 year wedding anniversary with that wonderful man of mine! Then there was that happiest most emotional day when my best friend delivered her beautiful baby boy Alex and turned her family of three into four, and who could forget when Simply Scratch was blog of the month on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? How. Cool. Is. That?! The icing on this cake {or year} of awesomeness was becoming a Tasty Kitchen contributor, to be among some of the best of the best on TK is truly an honor! Whatever’s next… BRING IT ON!!

I’m super excited for 2012 and all the possibilities that comes along with it. A two-year bloggerversary… a blog re-design, but most of all I’m excited for another whole year of delicious recipes! This weekend I’ll be ringing in the New Year with my friends in the ER, but before I go I wanted to share with you… the top “most viewed” and a few of my personal favorite recipes of 2011.

Drum roll please….

Parmesan Garlic Bread
{Who needs the frozen kind? This bread is my most viewed recipe at 727,018 views and still going strong!}

Bacon Potato Hash
{It’s what’s for breakfast!}

Peanut Butter M&M Pretzel Kisses
{Salty, sweet… my life is complete… hey that rhymed!}

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
{Jalapeno popper in grilled cheese form… seriously! This sammie was hot like fire on Foodgawker!}

Homemade Barbecue Sauce 
{Better than Sweet Baby Ray’s fo shizzle}

Creamy Lemon and Chive Farfalle
{A boozy pasta dish! You may have seen this here}

Italian Pasta Bake
{Quick and easy… that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Salty Pretzel Crust
{Do I even need to comment? The title says it all}

Banana Bread… A New Twist on an Old Recipe
{roasted bananas, streusel topping… dear lord!}

Lemongrass Bars with Coconut Shortbread Crust
{ Bon Appétit featured/linked this post on their online magazine… it made me feel slightly famous!}

I think it’s safe to say… pasta, cheese and baked goods is where it’s at.

Please be safe and have a blast ringing in of the New Year! I love you all!

Happy New Year!!

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16 Responses to “2011… A Year in Review”

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    Jennifurla — December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Your pics make me need one of each – Happy New Year

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    Aarthi — December 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    yummy collections…It makes me drool..Wish u & ur family and very very happy new year..

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    Brittney — December 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I made the Creamy Lemon and Chive Farfalle this summer and it soon became one of my favorites! I LOVE that recipe!

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    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — December 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I love your year in review. It's so fun to look back on all you have accomplished, and for you it was a salted, chocolaty comfort food bliss! Love reading along.
    Happy New Year!

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    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — December 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Lemon grass and coconut shortbread? Are you freakin' kidding me?! Can I just hug you? Because coconut is my kryptonite.

    I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to know you this year, you've been an immense help and inspiration. Can't wait to see what the next year brings for us both! Thank you, Laurie. Really, really. ~Megan

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    Tina — December 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    You have had an amazing year and I am glad that we became freinds this year. This reflection of your delicious creations in 2011 does prove that you are a talent and vital part of the blogging community. Have a wonderful New Year!

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    Emily — December 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my the Parmesan bread and the pretzel crust bars. I cannot decide which one I like more. I kind of think the two together would be the best dinner!

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    Katie — December 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    i love making peanut butter and m&m pretzel treats… they are so yummy! beautiful post with so many delicious recipes!

    happy new year to you and yours!

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — December 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    FANTASTIC round up. Happy New Year, lady!

    Oh hey, let's meet next year, 'mkay?

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    You're on Bev… let DO IT!!

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    Ramya — January 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Happy new year…awesome pics and recipes

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    Maria — January 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Love them all, especially the chocolate chip pretzel bars! Mmmm! Happy New Year!!! xoxo

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Happy New year! What a great lineup! Your photos are always stunning!

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    kate — January 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Everything looks amazing! Congrats on all the wonderful things that happened for you in 2011…hope it just gets better in 2012!
    Happy New Year to you + your family!

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    kale @ tastes good to me! — January 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The lemongrass bars look INSANELY delicious. And beautiful!

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    kita — January 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I realized about half of the way down I needed to stop thinking that I have to make ooh that and ahh that, and just have to make the whole darned list! Beautiful year in food and blogging with you!

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