2011 was a good year. I finished school, started my career, and got to witness the birth of my beautiful baby nephew, Jack. I also decided to start this food blog back in July. I’ve had a lot of fun making new things in the kitchen and writing about some of my most treasured recipes over the past five months and I’m excited to keep on chugging right along through 2012. This past week, I’ve seen some other food bloggers out there that have been doing a review of their favorite 11 dishes from this past year (Prevention RD and Alida’s Kitchen) and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun to look back and pick my personal favorites.
Happy 2012, everyone! I wish you all a fun and safe holiday weekend.
Here are my top 11 favorites for 2011:
Caramelized Onion Rolls Made from my favorite artisan bread dough, these rolls combine a deliciously chewy bread with gloriously caramelized onions.
Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Cream Cheese Filling Moist and flavorful pumpkin cake with a rich cream cheese filling. A perfect dessert for Autumn.
Sweet and Spicy Chili Our favorite chili that gets better and better as it simmers. Pair it with a slice of cornbread and you have comfort food at its best.
Baked Garlic Fries The lightened up version of the real thing and you won’t even miss the deep fryer.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Pumpkin and cream cheese in a just-right handheld cookie form. I can’t wait to make these again next year!
Buckeye Cupcakes Dark chocolate cake. Peanut butter filling. Rich chocolate ganache. All topped off with a bite-sized buckeye. A treat fit for any dessert-lover.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers A delicious and easy summer appetizer. Plus, they’re baked- so they have to be low-calorie right? ;)
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies The dough requires a little extra time and planning, but the end result is so worth it. My favorite chocolate chip cookies. Nom nom.
Fresh Ginger Ale Inspired by The Northstar Cafe, one of the best restaurants in Columbus. This is a must for all you ginger lovers out there!
Creme Brulee A special occasion dessert that won’t disappoint. Bonus: you get to play with fire.
Butterbeer Cupcakes In honor of the end to the Harry Potter series. So sad to see it come to close, but I was comforted with these special treats. :)