Top Posts of 2011

Strawberry Cakeradishes - first harvestGiant Chewy Chocolate Chip CookiesAsparagus and Gruyere Tart

2011 was a great year for us!  I harvested another 100 pounds of vegetables from my tiny city backyard, raised some cute chickens, moved to a beautiful town and met several new friends!  Its been a good year indeed.  2012 is going to be interesting, that’s for sure!  More to come about our plans for this year.  For now, onto other things.

Thanks to a nifty end of the year report that WordPress so graciously provided me I know that these were my most popular posts of 2011.

#1.  Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Yea, this is America, of course the chocolate chip cookie is the most popular.

#2.  Asparagus and Gruyère Tart – Oh so cheesy and yummy.  Asparagus season is in just a couple of months!

#3.  Red Lentil Dal – Wonderful for a stuffy head and nose.

#4.  Strawberry Cake – Perfect for summer parties… or to hoard for yourself.

#5.  No Bake Chocolate Tart – Written in 2010 but came up #5 for most popular in 2011.  I have to say its one of my favorite posts to date.  The tart is great too.

I have to add some of my own favorites to the list.  How about…

Eggs and Zucchini – this post made it onto!  Crazy right!

Plum Jam – Hands down, my favorite jam.

Camp Chicken and Corn + Camp Menus – I love camping.  I love camp cooking even more.  Add a bunch of rain for a real adventure.

Oven Fries – I love these oven fries.  I make them almost every week.

Pull Apart Cinnamon Bread – I have been craving this.  So perfect for winter.  Not so perfect for my after the holidays figure.

This year I have two blog goals.  One is to share more of the great lunch and dinner recipes I make on a regular basis.  I have loads of recipes that I make repeatedly from memory.  I want to get those written down for my family to have.  My dad often cooked from memory and its taken me 4 years to figure out a close match to his pinto bean recipe, which, by the way, I will be blogging about in the next week or so.

My second goal goes back to my original motive for starting this blog, which was to figure out and/or collect my favorite family recipes, like my Dad’s pinto beans, and blog them for us all to enjoy.  I would love to have enough for a little book of family recipes by the end of the year.  We will see!