While I don't consider myself a foodie by any means, I enjoy cooking and I especially enjoy cooking utensils. But I generally gravitate towards no-fuss cooking. I'm not one for measuring and following recipes to a "T"; I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. My 10 favorite posts from 2010 reflect my short attention span and love of entertaining!
My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn
- Authentic Mexican: Five Recipes from Rick Bayless - I love Mexican food. I could eat it every single day for the rest of my life. I really enjoy cooking it at home and Rick Bayless is a known expert on the subject.
- Trend Spotlight: The Pickleback - I live in a pretty big drinking town (Philadelphia) and there's no drink we love more here than just straight up whiskey. The pickleback is a great addition to the world of whiskey.
- Reclaimed Wood In Kitchens - I write a lot about kitchen design on TheKitchn, so I was especially drawn to this post about using reclaimed wood in the kitchen. The ways they are used in this roundup are not only beautiful, but super inspirational.
- Cheery Tomatoes with Jalapeño-Pimiento Cheese - I throw a lot of parties at my house and I'm always looking for interesting and delicious finger foods. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it for our next party. It was really easy and super tasty — all of our friends raved about these for weeks.
- Recipe: Kenny Lao's Rickshaw Dumplings - Before reading this post I had never attempted to make dumplings because I was simply too intimidated. This post broke down each step and took out the intimidating factors that were holding me back. They were delicious and super easy to make, now I make them on a regular basis.
My Favorite Posts from Around the Web
- Pie Pops - This is hands down one of my favorite posts of all time, not just 2010. Not only is the photography in this post amazing, but, pie pops — oh my! I made these for our engagement party in October and they were a huge hit. I cheated and used store bought pumpkin filling (when throwing a party it's not always necessary to make everything, you'll just get stressed out.)
- Quick Fixes For That Odd Hungry Hour - I get hungry at the most random times and I spend a lot of time rumaging through the cabinets looking for something easy yet delicious to throw together. These two recipes were a god send. Pita pizza is the easiest snack I have up my sleeve.
- Viva La Vida Vegan - I'm not vegan but I have a lot of friends that are. When entertaining at my home I like to provide something for everyone and not skimp. I came across this vegan chocolate cake recipe and knew it would make the perfect addition to a menu I was planning. Needless to say, it was gone in no time.
- Scandinavian Rosettes Recipe - This is a really recent post, but after reading it I immediately wanted to find my own rosette iron kit and makes these. Each rosette comes out so perfectly crisp and crunchy, yum!
- Beef Chili + Sour Cream and Cheddar Biscuits - I make chili on a regular basis. I change the recipe up quite often because chili is so versatile and who says you need to stick to the same recipe every time? The key to this post and recipe are the sour cream and cheddar biscuits. They really are the perfect accompaniment to chili.
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