The Best of 2012

I can’t believe my one year blog-aversary is less than a week away! You know what else I can’t believe… that I’ve stuck to last year’s New Years resolution for the entire year! That never happens. (Ask me to give up sweets, and I can only make it for an hour… tops!)

I started this blog with the intention of finally learning how to cook good food instead of just eating out all the time. I also fell in love with the idea of cooking and I wanted to try – and share – recipes that I love making, and of course EATING! Mostly, I just hated the idea that I would go through my new domestic life with no traditions. Meals are so intimately woven into the fabric of our lives, and I just felt sad that I had no signature dishes that I could be proud to make for company, parties, or get-togethers.

Not only has it been fun to get my hands dirty in the kitchen over the past year, it’s been incredibly rewarding too. For one, I got to eat some       ah-may-zing homemade dishes! (Collateral Damage: I may have gained a few pounds! Worth every one!) But also, I’ve gotten to know a network of talented, creative and all-around awesome food bloggers. I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has inspired me to keep blogging and keep cooking despite having a full-time job and a desire to enjoy life instead of sitting in front of a computer – or an oven – all day!

There have been many hits along the way, and well more that a few misses! I’ve tried to share all of my experiences as honestly as possible and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the good, bad and ugly right along with me. For what will likely be my final post of 2012, I wanted to share my absolute favorite dishes with you, and the dishes that have been the most popular on my blog this year! Who knew crockpot scalloped potatoes would be such a hit!

Without further adieu… here is my BEST OF 2012 list! And here’s to another 365 days of good eats!


Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Spring Asparagus Soup
Italian Spaghetti Squash
Smoked Salmon Chowder
Mojito Mini Lemon Lime Pies


Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Banana Gingerbread

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