Happy second blogiversary to me! It’s hard to believe that my modest little website is turning 2 already. It has been quite a second year! I ran a marathon, made the jump to being a self-hosted site (which was a good decision… I think?), tried my hand at video, went to my first-ever blogger conference (TechMunch, which was great), cooked a lot of delicious food and mixed more than a few mean cocktails. Many bottles of wine were killed over the course of the year, but I like to think they didn’t die in vain. Oh, and I got knocked up and battled wicked morning sickness and food aversions that made it really hard to enjoy (or write about) food.
Earlier this year, Gourmet Veggie Mama was named one of the Top 10 Austin Food Blogs* by the Austin Chronicle. I am still humbled by that recognition — this started out as my creative outlet, and a place to write about the meals I cooked for my family, and it has grown into something more than that.
* Go check out the list — there are some great finds on there!
I want to say a big thank you to everyone who reads, regularly or occasionally, comments and otherwise follows along. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you know, and this whole thing would be no fun at all without you. I don’t know what the next year holds — with a new baby on the way, everything is likely to be topsy-turvy for a while — but here’s hoping for much more kitchen (and cocktail) creativity to come! I hope you’ll stick with me for the journey… and I just might be posting about baby food again this time next year. But I promise it won’t all be baby food.
In honor making it to 2, I’m taking a leaf from my own book from last year and making a list of my 10 favorite recipes from the past year, listed in no particular order. I hope you enjoy them — and if you’ve tried any of these recipes out, I hope you’ll take the time to let me know how you liked them, if you haven’t already. I may not be a professional photographer (puh-lease) or food stylist, but I’m trying to hone the art of recipe writing, and I always appreciate your constructive feedback.
Here’s to another fabulous year!
1. Chard and Mushroom Enchiladas with Hatch Green Chile Sauce.
It’s Hatch green chile season again, and this recipe is one reason I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those green beauties!
2. Chocolate Budino.
This is not just any pudding. It’s delicious, creamy, ultra-rich chocolate decadence. Sometimes simple is best.
3. Creamy Roasted Tomato and Orzo Soup.
Ah, I miss soup weather… but someday it’ll be here again. Here’s the perfect creamy tomato soup to pair with a grilled cheese.
4. Bourbon Peach Cobbler.
Bourbon peach cobbler. In a cast iron skillet. Need I say more?
5. Caramelized Tofu with Ramen Noodles and Kale.
This is a recent one, but it’s so good, I just had to include it. It’s such an easy, no-press way to prepare tofu, and the sauce is absolutely delicious.
6. Freshly Pressed.
I really fell in love with gin this year (sigh…), and this cocktail is just the perfect mixture of delicious grapefruit and gin, made a little more complex with a splash of bitters.
7. Orecchiette with Kale and Breadcrumbs.
This pasta is creamy, garlicky, kale-y deliciousness. And there’s just something about that quirky little ear-shaped pasta that makes it extra good.
8. Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Coffee Bourbon Sauce.
Oh yes, I infused my own coffee bourbon… and this was the most awesome thing I made with it.
9. Chickpeas and Spinach with Garlic Aioli.
This is a delicious Middle Eastern-inspired dish finished off with a dollop of homemade garlic aioli. The best part? The aioli is incredibly easy to make, and it absolutely makes this meal.
10. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins.
I don’t quite know what it is about these muffins that makes them so perfect. They have the perfect, tender crumb, and they’re just amazing. Plus, this recipe is how I first discovered the wonders of white whole wheat flour.