Anyways, since today's about midway between both anniversaries, I've decided I'm gonna post my favorite recipes from the past year *TODAY*. So there.
Brief nostalgia: How funny it is how much things have changed since I started blogging back in 2006? Thankfully my picture-taking abilities have improved (and my pics have evolved beyond the "Bigfoot Shot" featured below). I *do* sort of miss the rating system though. Sort of short and sweet, though a bit overly-reductive:
Those sure were the days though... *Tear*
Anyways, on to the my favorite recipes of the past year!
RECIPES THAT I HEART ENOUGH THAT THEY'VE BECOME REGULARS
Without a doubt, the TOP 2:
Mock Tuna Salad
I make this ALL the fricking time. So very very simple, and so incredibly addictive.
VwaV Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lately it feels like I make these ever other weekend. But they're SO very ooey gooey and give my sweet-tooth some serious action.
Your guests will think you spent a lot of time making this, but in reality, it takes like 10 minutes to whip up before throwing it in the oven.
Again: very simple, but it's got a nice moist consistency, and the syrup is WAY too full of sugary goodness.
They will get you laid. 'Nuff said.
Fettucine with Red Pepper, Artichokes and Chickpeas
Very healthy, very chockfull of flavors.
Creamiest Mac N' Cheez Ever
Requires a lot of pots (potS, not POT, dorks!), but well worth the effort. Decadently rich and creamy. You'll never pine over old-school mac n' cheese again.
RECIPES THAT MADE ME THINK "SHIT I FORGOT ABOUT HOW GOOD THAT WAS--I TOTALLY NEED TO MAKE THAT AGAIN!"
Mexican Chocolate Cake
Hot and spicy. Just like I like my fellas. Chocolatey and rich. Just like I like the things I smear all over my fellas and then lick off.
Grilled Ratatouille Salad
Sexy. And yet light. A good summer dish.
Flantastic Black Bean Walnut Enchiladas
Very scrumptious and flavorful.
Southwestern Black Bean Potato Salad
Yumtastic. A good picnic food.
Chocolate and PB Rice Krispie Bars
My sweet toof luvs them. Nice and chewy like old-school Rice Krispie treats, but better cuz they gots peanut butter and chocolate.
Late Summer Succotash
Beany and clean-tasting. Not as in "tastes like cleaning solvent" but as in "crisp and fresh-tasting, just like you'd want a summer dish to taste."
Zucchini and Mushroom Lasagna
A lot of effort, but so decadent and awesomely rich-tasting that it's well worth your while.
Quick Curried Red Lentil Soup with Vegetables
I have a hard time not putting apples in anything curry-related now. YOU'VE SPOILED ME, SOUP!
Steph's Very Kick-ass Chili
I'm making this again for my friend P's Anti-V-day/Singles Awareness party next week. So spicy and zippy with an unusual and clean aftertaste from the fennel.
Beans and Brat
Ridiculously simple, and yet I find myself craving this ALL the time. So yum.