Over the last several years, my time spent writing for The Kitchn has taught me many things. The first is that dirty dishes are never done when you're constantly cooking. Second, photographing every meal you eat might get old — but it has its bonuses. Third and lastly that I work with a truly talented group of people and man oh man do we like to eat. Here are a few posts from this last year (from here and elsewhere too!) that really stuck out and that I know I'll continue coming back to time and time again!
My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn
- How To Make Marvelous Meatloaf - Meatloaf is an essential Midwestern dish that can be made in so many ways. I have really grown to love this method that wraps everything in bacon and uses a mold prior to baking — but nothing while in the oven. They're like little meaty nuggets of love I tell you!
- How To Make French Onion Soup - As downright silly as this is going to sound, I had never made French Onion Soup at home before this post. My general rule of thumb is I only eat out what I can't cook, yet I had never thought to make this simple dish, packed with so much flavor.
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas - Although you'd think being a contributor to a food blog would mean you have hours to prepare elaborate dishes for your family and friends, that just isn't the life. We're as short on time as many of you and anything that can be tossed into a slow cooker has our vote, but I'd never thought of enchiladas until this recipe!
- Vegan Chocolate Ginger Orange Cupcakes - I have literally made this recipe over 20 different times this year (not all for me sheesh!). I have pulled it up on the iPad in the kitchen, on my cell phone while working with groups at different locations — but one thing is for sure, this recipe is hands down my favorite cupcake recipe and that, my dear friends, is saying a lot.
- Sweet Potatoes with Star Anise, Ginger, and Lime - I remember the day Emily put this recipe up. I thought to myself, oooh those are stunning, and then said, "Wait, what?" It all felt so foreign, yet so familiar and it's a recipe to wow a crowd, snack on by yourself with a smile or make any meal a little more special.
My Favorite Posts from Around the Web
- Make-Ahead Muffin Melts from The Pioneer Woman - This recipe came from the mother of Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman). It's kind of amazing. Like, the type of amazing where you invite people over even though your house isn't clean so they can taste them. That kind of amazing (psst, they also freeze and reheat in a toaster oven!).
- Guiltless Blue Cheese Dressing from Honest Fare - Gabbi over at Honest Fare has the same problem I do, where others in the house aren't fond of "light" or "less fat" anything — even if they're not storebought! This dressing graced many a salad this year and everyone asked for more!
- Homemade Twix Bars from Not Without Salt - I have a serious sweet tooth and these homemade Twix bars hit the spot (um, more than a few times). They're fairly simple and no one dare turns one away for if you blink, the tray is suddenly empty!
(Images: See linked posts for full image credits.)