Eleven from 2011

by kitchenarian on January 14, 2012

I usually spend the month of January looking back at favorite posts from the previous year, and more importantly, looking forward to the new year with plans of what I hope to accomplish. This post is all about reflecting on 2011. As I have reviewed the 140 posts that I wrote during 2011, I have smiled a bit and cringed a bit. Why did I say that? Did I really think that was a good picture at the time? Haha, oh well, we’re all friends, right?

Here are eleven posts from 2011 that I chose to share with you again:

Coffee and Kahlua Popsicles – This was a fun post. Obviously making popsicles does not require a great amount of cooking talent, but I had such a great time photographing this. I used my light box which I occasionally do when outdoor conditions are less then favorable for taking pictures with natural light. I was thrilled when Yummly picked up the post and featured it.

Mile High Boston Cream Pie – My One Year Blogiversary post! What else is there to say?

 

Monday’s Muffin Series – I began this series in February 2011 when I was looking to incorporate a weekly feature into my blog. I have had such fun baking muffins and sharing them on Mondays.

 

Capresto! – This was fun to make and even more fun to photograph. I was thrilled when this photo was featured in foodgawker, tastespotting and tasteologie! Does this mean that one day I might consider myself a semi-decent, half-way photographer? Photography is the one thing causes me the most pain and gives me the greatest joy, sometimes all in the same day!

 

French Friday’s With Dorie – Beggar’s Linguine – I was challenged and constantly surprised last year as I cooked from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook. This one recipe in particular is an absolute favorite. Who knew that pasta, nuts and dried fruit could be so amazing. Oh yes, did I mention that it’s coated in browned butter. I still drool when I think about it.

 

Pimento Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Panini – Guest Post – When one gets asked to guest post for A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis, it is a big deal! I think I spent more time trying to decide what to make than it actually took me to make it.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie – Last year, a fellow blogger suffered a great loss when her husband passed away. Jennie asked that people make a peanut butter pie, her husband’s favorite dessert, in honor of his life. The response from the community was amazing as 1000’s of peanut butter pies were baked and posted by people all over the world. What an amazing community I am part of.

 

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies – This was a post by Sous Chef during one of her breaks home from school. I love reading her posts. While Sous Chef  juggles school, travel and all that keeps a college student busy, she remains an integral part of The Kitchenarian blog. I am so happy when she has time to bake up a delicious treat and share it here.

 

The Greek Festival – This post took a look at a popular food event in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I don’t often write about the city in which I live, but I enjoyed focusing on this very popular local event. I hope to publish more posts like this in 2012.

 

Vegan Week – Yes, if you missed, I was a vegan for a week! With a lot of help from my foodie friends, I adapted a vegan lifestyle for seven days and wrote a post each day on my experience as well as featuring some wonderful guest chefs. I learned so much and discovered some great new recipes that week. This was a project that I was quite proud of.

 

Cinnamon Blondies – According to Google, this has been my most popular post for most of this year. This was my third Top 9 recognition from Foodbuzz in March of 2011, but the most exciting part is that it became part of foodbuzz’s photo that linked to their daily Top 9. How lucky can a girl get?

 

Thanks for taking a look back at 2011 with me. It was a great year! I am looking forward to 2012 with all the opportunities that a new year brings.

The Kitchenarian

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JL goes Vegan January 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

What a delicious year! I loved your vegan week, too (and not just because I guested!) as it introduced me to some yummy new recipes. Thank you for that!

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kitchenarian January 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

Thanks JL! I had such fun partnering with you on this project.

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

A wondeeful 2011 for sure!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

And wonderful too 😉

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kitchenarian January 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

{{hugs}}

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Kim Bee January 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Do you want a house guest? I’m a good sampler. Seriously! Will work for food.

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kitchenarian January 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

Haha! Too funny. It’s a bit crazy around here, but I would love someone who doesn’t complain that the food has to be photographed before it can be eaten! 🙂

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Liz January 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Oh, my gosh, you’ve had a great year! So many winners. I hear you on the photography…time to dig out that copy of Plate to Pixel that I’ve never finished! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend~

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kitchenarian January 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

Liz, Thanks for the nice comment. I would love a copy of that book! It has been on my “to read” list forever.

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Cynthia Briggs January 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Kitchenarian for the 2011 review. We are new Twitter friends so I missed most of your posts last year. Everything looks nummy! Will have to surprise a visiting friend from Seattle with the Capresto! Its presentation is beautiful, plus made with ingredients she loves.
Cynthia Briggs
Houston, Texas

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kitchenarian January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks for reading Cynthia!

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Toni from Boulder Locavore January 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What a delicious walk down memory lane! My mouth is now watering (seriously). I laughed at your comment about guest posting for Chef Dennis (who could not be nicer); I too was more focused on that then anything I can remember (other than what outfit to wear when going to see Oprah). You have brought such panache, beauty and professionalism to our craft, I feel so fortunate to have connected with you early on. Can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring on your blog!

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kitchenarian January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

Thanks Toni! Truly one of the best things about having this blog is all the friends I have met along the way. I feel like we started this adventure together! I am so thankful that you take a pause from your beautiful blog and still check in to see what I am up to. Happy New Year!

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Magic of Spice January 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What an amazing delicious year! I must check out that Popsicle post 🙂

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