2021 has been a rollercoaster of a year for myself. Lots of good and a little bit of the bad had happened, but I have learned alot from my life and cooking experiences that made 2021 unique and special. This was the year of growth: I had upgraded from my point and shoot camera to a fancy DSLR, I took an awesome food styling and photography class with Matt & Adam, I made my first cooking tutorial video, my husband and I traveled to Italy, I attended my first Foodbuzz conference and my husband and I are expecting our first baby (aka cookie) next year. 2021 has been pretty fantastic I must say and 2022 is already looking very promising as well. I thought the ideal way to finish the year was to highlight my favorite 11 recipe posts from the year. I can’t thank my fellow readers enough for following along on my culinary journey on this blog. I love sharing recipes, taking pictures of food and the challenge that I give to myself to make some of these dishes. Thanks again for making 2021 a fantastic and wonderful year because I can’t wait to share more recipes and posts with you in 2022!
Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce – My fave appetizer to serve during football season. I must make these more often regardless of football season. The crispy chicken wings had a honey chile glaze paired well with the chunky blue cheese yogurt sauce…finger licking delicious!
Carnitas Tacos con Salsa Verde – This was served at Superbowl at our house and perfect for entertaining a large crowd. There is nothing like these street-style tacos and a great way to use an inexpensive cut of pork shoulder to serve plenty!
Meyer Lemon Macarons – My first attempt at making macarons were a success with this recipe, and I have made a couple other batches. Yet, nothing has tasted as sweet and perfect as these macarons. I loved the sweet and tartness from the lemon curd in these beautiful cookies. Plus, these macarons were the first recipe that I photographed using my new DSLR.
Carrot Cake with Marshmallow Fluff Cream Cheese Frosting – Lorenzo’s birthday cake was one of the prettiest cakes that I had baked this year, and despite the loss of his grandfather right before his birthday. We still managed to celebrate his birthday in a small gathering with our friends. It was a memorable celebration and one of the tastiest cakes from the year.
Fish Tacos – Tacos are a favorite dinner option at our house, but fish tacos were more apparent this past year as this was one of Lorenzo’s favorite ways to enjoy fish. These are simple to prepare and we even enjoyed this meal for Good Friday with the family. The pickled red onions are a must when eating these fish tacos, too!
Thin-Crust Pizza – One of the most sought out recipes that I scoured after returning from our travels to Italy was how to make Neapolitan pizzas at home. Italian pizza has ruined me for all the other pizzas that I will ever come across. This thin crust pizza has the perfect crispy crust and a couple simple toppings (tomato sauce, garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil). Whenever I’m missing Italia, I make this recipe. It hits the spot everytime.
Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhini) – One of my favorite ethic cuisines has been Indian food, and this is one of my favorite dishes to order. The tandoori spiced chicken is coated with this addicting butter, yogurt and tomato gravy on the chicken that makes you moan in glee. The garlic naan and basmati rice are a must when enjoying this dish.
Tomato, Mozzarella and Asparagus Salad – One of my favorite salads to enjoy whenever I had a foodie hangover weekend. I loved enjoying my summer bounty of tomatoes and the garlic-herb dressing over the mixed greens. Plus, it was a wonderful addition to my Meatless Mondays meals that I started doing on a regular basis. You can always add some grilled chicken/shrimp/beef if you are looking for some protein.
Buffalo Chicken Tacos – The highest click-worthy recipe on my blog and everyone has loved this recipe. What’s not to love about this meal, it’s a favorite finger-licking appetizer made into a meal. Buffalo chicken all rolled up in a taco. It’s smack-tastic and madly addicting.
Salted Caramel Apple Bites – I participated in my first virtual baby shower and made these for the lovely mama-to-be Amy from Sing for Your Supper. I understood her need for some things sweet and salty and made this beautiful bites in honor of her baby shower. I need to make these again because I’m finding that my sweet little cookie loves everything sweet and salty, too. Pregnancy cravings are hard to fight off and these are a delicious cure.
What were some of your favorite posts from my blog? I would love to hear from you! Have a safe and wonderful New Year!!!