Now, here's my look back at my favorite recipes from 2011.
Cashew chicken korma: While this does happen to be one of my most viewed recipes, I think it is my favorite from January because it was one of my first attempts to make my own Indian food. It was delicious and I really should make it again!
Eggplant involtini: This Mario Batali recipe is a delicious way to enjoy eggplant. Plus it's really easy and makes a great dinner with a salad. We do try to eat at least a few vegetarian dinners each week and this one is perfect.
Turkey sloppy joes on cheddar and scallion biscuits: I'm cheating a little on this one because these are two separate posts, but they do go together. These sloppy joes are absolutely delicious and the biscuits are even better. We like to eat the leftover biscuits in the morning for egg sandwiches. I love taking a recipe that I grew up with as a kid (and out of a can) and making it from scratch. Not only is it healthier, but it tastes way better, too.
Brazilian shrimp stew: I remember this stew fondly. It was fiery and sweet at the same time. Full of plump and juicy shrimp, this dish is sure to please any seafood fans out there. Plus, it's quick and easy and we all need dinners like that in our arsenal!
Chickpea and eggplant phyllo tarts: I'm picking these tarts for the month of May because they were my first experience with phyllo dough. I was always intimidated by it and I must say that although it was a bit tricky at first, these tarts were lovely and delicious. I like when I have a recipe that challenges me in some way or another.
Five bean salad: I know what you are thinking... bean salad? really? But, yes, really. Bean salad is something that you've likely encountered at potlucks and picnics in your life. I've always enjoyed bean salad, but hadn't had it in years. This past summer, I decided to make it using fresh green beans and low-sodium organic beans along with lots of fresh onion and celery. It was delicious. I can't tell you how many times I made this salad last summer (and even got requests to bring it to picnics). I never tired of it either!
Currant and ginger scones: I picked these scones for July because they were my first attempt ever at making scones and also because it was the first time I ever used fresh currants (they were available for one week at the farmers' market!). The scones turned out nicely and the currants were delicious!
Galumpkis: I think these are my favorite recipe from August mainly because I found a handwritten recipe on a piece of paper in an old cookbook from my husband's grandfather who had passed away the year before (right about this same time as this post). I wanted to make galumpkis but couldn't find a recipe that sounded like I remembered them as a kid... then the piece of paper fell out of a book and the rest is blog history. Plus, they were super good!
SeptemberBuckwheat pancakes: I liked these hearty and rustic pancakes a lot. I think I was gravitating toward picking this recipe not because it's overly exciting or creative, but because pancakes are one of my favorite things to make. I didn't make all that many new varieties in 2011 as I have in other years. Note to self for 2012: more pancakes.
Apple crumb tart: This month had a couple recipes that I really loved... I chose this tart because it is like an apple pie and an apple crisp all in one, which is wonderful. Plus, fall is my favorite time of year and when I read this recipe it reminds me of crisp leaves and apple picking with the family. I love recipes that remind you of events and people in your life, which this one did as soon as I saw it.
Now, Mr. Savory Moments wanted to give his input on his favorites of 2011, too. So we went through each month and these are his picks. Since he is the official taste tester of everything, I value his opinions. Plus, it was fun to see if we picked the same thing or not (mostly not). These are my husband's favorites for each month:
January: Pecan-crusted chicken
February: Roasted sweet potatoes with spinach and cranberries
March: Cheddar and scallion biscuits
April: Brazilian shrimp stew
May: Chickpea and eggplant phyllo tarts
June: Potato and Swiss chard hash with eggs
July: Korean marinated beef lettuce wraps
August: Stewed okra and tomatoes with andouille sausage
September: Zucchini bread
October: Roasted chicken thighs with garlic cloves
November: Pumpkin gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce
December: Sweet and spiced glazed mixed nuts
Thank you for reading and I'm looking forward to cooking and blogging all sorts of new recipes in 2012! I've got my new camera and three new cookbooks from Christmas to help me get started!
I wish all of you a Happy New Year!