Sunday, January 22, 2012

2011 Recap: Reader Favorites

My friends, here are you favorite recipes from 2011.  Sure, the photos aren't always the greatest but I'd say these are reader tested and approved so enjoy!

Also, checkout my personal favorites from 2011!

#10: Handheld Breakfasts Two Ways (French Toast Cups with Sausage and Apples; Savory Breakfast Muffins)

#8: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

#6: Blooming Onion with Dipping Sauce

#5: Football Snackadium

#3: Metamucil Pineapple Orange Smash Smoothie

#2: Chinese Scallion Pancakes and Asian Beef

#1: Singapore Mei Fun (Chinese Curry Noodles)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hi friends!  I hope that you left 2011 in high spirits and are ready for an even more fabulous 2012.  As I'm sure you've noticed, I've been a bit absent again lately.  This time, I blame being out of town and the craziness that is the holidays.  Soon, I hope to share with you a roundup of your favorite recipes from 2011 as well as my personal favorites.  I'll also look back at my 23 Things in 2011 list to see how I fared...a little nervous about that one, actually.

Also, fair warning: I'm probably not going to be able to post as least at the beginning of the year. I'm taking on a new role at work.  I'll have a steep learning curve to deal with and my wonderful 2 minute commute will be turning into a 30 minute one (without traffic).  Sadly, this means more time on the road and less time cooking and blogging.  I'll do my best, though.

Another change to expect on my blog this year is the types of recipes that I hope to be sharing.  As part of his 2012 goals my husband would like to embark on The Belly Fat Cure diet by Jorge Cruise.  Since I am the one that makes all of the food for our family, I guess that means I'm going on it, too.  And, as my readers, so are you ;).

The premise is that you follow the rule of 15/6...or limiting your diet to include no more than 15g sugar per day and 6 servings of carbs (1 serving = up to 20g carbs).  To me, I think the hardest part will be to limit the carbs...I just LOVE carbs.  But, since sugar also seems to be hiding in practically everything, that could actually be the more challenging aspect of maintaining the magic S/C ratio.  I signed up for Jorge's free newsletter which includes free recipes and weekly menus.  His brother and mom have the The Belly Fat Cure book which also has tons of appetizing looking recipes which makes me think it's not so bad and quite possibly, WE CAN DO IT!  I also will be using the website Skinny Taste.

Do you have any other recipe resources that you'd recommend?

Dinner Menu for 1/2/12 - 1/8/12:

2011 Recap: Personal Favorites

Yes, I'm very late to posting this recap this year but I did give you fair warning, did I not?  As expected, transitioning to a new role at work is hectic and to top things off, Chris and I decided to book a last minute Antarctica.  Not joking.  Given I love to plan and plan and plan some more I sometimes wonder what I was thinking to book such a HUGE trip with under 60 days to prepare for it.  Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited, though!

Anyway, I'd like to share with you my favorite recipes from 2011.  And then, check out YOUR favorites, too.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

January: Stovetop Mac and Cheese

February: Candied Orange and Walnut Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

May: SweetFire Chicken 

August Part One: 5-Minute (Healthy) Chunky Monkey "Ice Cream"

August Part Two: Grilled Maple-Chili Salmon

September Part One: Foil-Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn

September Part Two: Homemade Samoa Cookies

November: Roast Beef with Onion Gravy

December: Peanut Butter Cookie with Salted Peanut Caramel