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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Best of 2010, Part 2

A good sandwich can make a dinner that is both quick and delicious.  This is definitely one of those sandwiches.  I’ve made these spicy shrimp po’ boys more times than I can count, and always look forward to the leftovers the next day.

I never knew that such a simple recipe for mac and cheese could be so amazing.  This fontina mac and cheese requires minimal prep but the result is one of our favorite dishes that we have made over and over again!

Everyone needs a good Oreo cupcake once in a while.  These cookies and cream cupcakes are chock full of Oreos and topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting.  Yum.

I think these chocolate macarons were probably my biggest kitchen accomplishment of the year.  These delicate French cookies are known for being finicky and difficult, but not only did they turn out looking perfect, they tasted too good to be shared.  They opened up the world of macarons for me, and I am very grateful!

I tried quite a few new waffle recipes this year because it turns out Andrew thinks they are the greatest thing since scrambled eggs.  These yeasted waffles were, in my opinion, the very best of all.  As a bonus, the batter is prepped the night before so in the morning there is not much to do beyond cooking the waffles.

As soon as I tried it, this buttermilk ranch dressing became quite an addiction of mine.  Anything that makes me crave salads is a very good thing indeed.
Nothing says summer to me like a icy, tropical drink and piña coladas are my favorite type.  I am glad to have this recipe around for all those darn days when I’m not on an island somewhere :)
Looking at this photo makes me really miss grilling.  All kinds of grilling, but these turkey burgers in particular.  A moist, flavorful burger that is healthier than the beef variety?  I’ll go for that!

This dreamy creamy strawberry ice cream opened up my eyes to the possibility of using sour cream in your ice cream and having it taste amazing.  Thanks, David Lebovitz.

I made a whooole lot of these red velvet cupcakes this year.  Most of them were for a wedding cake and cupcake order, but some of them were just for me.  Because red velvet is awesome.

Linguine with clam sauce is an old favorite family recipe with sentimental value to me.  I am happy that I finally shared it with my readers!

This was apparently a year filled with a lot of great cupcakes for me.  One of my favorite flavor combos was the Butterfinger cupcakes – a banana cupcake with incredible peanut butter frosting and topped with crushed Butterfingers.  Yes, please!

Recreating a favorite restaurant dish at home is always a good thing.  Finally being able to make spinoccoli pizza is a major victory since the restaurant where the dish originates is an hour away from us.  Score!

After loving the store-bought tins of French butter cookies for years, discovering that they can be made at home with great results was a revelation for me.

These vanilla bean fleur de sel caramels were a great way to finish out the year.  I still can’t believe how easy it is to make great caramels at home.  So buttery, chewy and delicious.  Oh my!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this look back on what, to me, are the highlights of this year from a food perspective.  It’s been a delicious year and it makes me even more anxious to see what 2011 brings.  Happy New Year, everyone!

  • http://coolchicstyleconfidential.blogspot.com/ stefania

    Happy New Year ♥
    Moltissimi Auguri
    per uno splendido 2011

  • http://thismamasheart.blogspot.com Melinda

    So glad to see the Red Velvet Cupcakes on here! They were the first recipe of yours that I tried, and hold a very special place in my heart =) I can honestly say they’re the first cupcakes I ever made that I loved. Happy New Year to you!

  • http://conorbella.wordpress.com Tiffany @ Conor & Bella

    I’m definitely planning on making that pizza sometime. It looks delicious, and there’s probably nothing I love more than homemade pizza!

    Happy New Year! :)

  • http://Melissabakes.com Melissa (Melissa Bakes)

    Happy New Year Annie!

  • http://keepitsweet.wordpress.com Lauren at KeepItSweet

    I kind of want to make everything on this page!!

  • Anne Marie

    Annie,
    I love your “Best of…” posts. They make me try some new recipes that somehow I missed throughout the year, even though I check this blog every day. My all-time favorite recipe of yours is your Oreo cupcake. I’ve made them so often, and people always go crazy when I do. Today I’m going to make your fontina mac-n-cheese. I just so happen to have fontina and heavy cream in my fridge, so there’s lunch!
    Thanks for changing the way my family eats, Annie! I’m so much more of a “from scratch” baker now because of you. God bless and Happy New Year!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Those salted caramels make me really wish I had a candy thermometer! They look AMAZING!

  • http://thefittedapron.wordpress.com Maria @ The Fitted Apron

    Annie,
    Everything looks amazing. My daughter loves red velvet cake, I’ve never tried to make it though. Can’t wait to make her your cupcake recipe.

  • http://www.ameliagrazia.blogspot.com Amy

    all of these look absolutely amazing!! i’ve tagged the mac and cheese, waffles and burgers to try in the future! just need a waffle iron…

  • http://stopdropandblog.com FireMom

    That linguine with clam sauce was a huge hit in our house! I didn’t make the spicy shrimp sammich because my boys’ little hands have difficulty with big sandwiches! I don’t know how I missed the Mac & Cheese though. Putting it on a list for next menu planning period. And again, your sweets are all gorgeous, but I just don’t like sweets. I know, I’m weird. But I do love looking at the photos of them! :)

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    stunning photos of absolutely delicious food!! i really want some of those waffles!! maybe i’ll make a batch for new year’s brunch? :)

  • HB

    Thanks for another year filled with beautiful and yummy recipes and LOTS of labors of love on your part with your blog! Happy New Year to you and your family of 4! Blessings to you all!

  • Claire

    Your photographs are just awesome. You write so well and could easily have a cookbook with the photos, informative tutorials, and recipes. Congratulations on your special pink cupcake. :) I really enjoy your new site. It has such a happy feel. Thank you for sharing your talent and being so generous with hosting such a great site. Happy New Year, and cheers!

  • http://www.wonderfulworldofmelissa.blogspot.com Melissa

    Everything on here looks fantastic! I know I’ll be trying many of these recipes. Happy New Year!

  • Judy

    Annie – I love your top recipes of 2010. It’s interesting because I have either made them or saved the recipe to make at some point. We def. have the same taste. :)
    judy

  • http://thescenefromme.com/ Amy at TheSceneFromMe

    So glad to have found your blog! I am from Indy too!
    Can’t wait to finish reading thru all your recipes!
    Happy New Year!

  • http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Thanks for sharing your favorite recipes of the year. I only found your blog back in August and so a lot of these were new to me!

  • http://mamas-kitchen.blogspot.com Kirbe

    The linguine and clam sauce has become a staple in our house. We have it at least once a week! It takes next to no time to throw together so I always keep the ingredients on hand for those nights when we get home too late to throw together a big meal.

  • http://highplainsdrifters.wordpress.com/ Steve @ HPD

    Happy New Year. May 2011 be everything you want it to be, and more.

  • http://www.vampirealice94.webs.com Alice

    I’m so happy the red velvet cupcakes are on your list! They look truly amazing, even if I don’t dare trying to make them. I started reading this ‘blog’ this year, and I just want to write you a fanletter or something. My friends and I have been trying several of your recipies, and we never make them look quite right(except from the Oreo cupcakes, haha)..
    I just wanted to say that you are an inspiration, and your recipies have made me more active in the kitchen this year :)
    I hope you will keep the site up a long time.

  • http://radiatortunesblog.blogspot.com Laura

    It’s hard to say which of these recipes is the best – or which one I’ll have to try first! Fontina mac and cheese sounds like the perfect comfort food for the coming cold winter months, but I can’t resist a good Red Velvet Cape (or cupcake for the matter!). Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you share throughout the whole year… And Happy 2011! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the new year!

  • http://www.tflophotography.com/blog Tina

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for a blueberry scone recipe and I must say THANK YOU! LOVED the blueberry scones and I cannot wait to dive into more of your best of 2010!!