Maybe cooking is

MEGAPOST of delicious recipes

Posted on: February 2, 2011

Guess who’s food blog made it to the one-year mark?!  Probably a bagillion people’s, but that includes mine!  Thanks for reading, commenting, sending recipes, suggesting tips – all of it was very helpful in 2010.  I’m excited about the new recipes to try in 2011!

But nostalgia takes over when the ball drops sometimes.  So I have to recap the best of the last few days of 2010 foodie moments/ recipes:

Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's (master chef, uncertified): sweet potato and raisin salad, turkey with gravy, oyster stuffing, fresh-baked dinner roll, cranberry sauce, black olives.

I’ve been warned in the past that cookies from scratch are disproportionate in appreciation ratio: they take a long time to make and get eaten too fast.  But they’re relaxing to make on a Friday afternoon to unwind – as long as you have an electric mixer.

I tried these “spicy” gingerbread cookies, which aren’t really spicy.  These cookies have a citrusy zest because they have grated lemon peel and have a nice thicker consistency.

Make sure to cake the surface in flour so that the cookie dough doesn't stick!

The easy-to-make icing can be colored or left plain.

I made green icing, too, but it didn't fit in the picture. In heart bowls!

This recipe is good for last-minute cookies: although the dough needs to sit in the fridge for 2 hours, they only bake for 6-7 minutes and then cool for 10 minutes or so.  If you want to put on icing, you’ll need to allow more time to cool.  The cookies are great without icing, too.

I also made a batch with white icing. Finished product needs to be placed on cooling racks.

These cookies are recommended.  A chocolate-lover favorite is always cream cheese chocolate brownies.  I have a special Christmas Cookie cookbook from my childhood where I found this recipe, and I don’t think it’s in print with the publisher any longer.  Interesting moment: the publisher creates books for brands.

In celebration of the holidays, I also visited a reindeer farm!

Feeding three reindeer from Alaska at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch!

I baked large loaves of zucchini bread as gifts for some of my relatives during the holidays.  They loved them.  Cha-ching.

Add some saran-wrap, some ribbons and voila! Yummy Christmas present.

I also made some vodka sauce with mushrooms and penne pasta. I actually didn’t use this recipe, but it looks pretty good from Food Network.

Add the green leaves last so that they don't overcook.

Stirring in the whipping cream before pouring over penne pasta.

Some other successful and delicious meals have included:


  • Veal Scalopini – the moisture contained in the meat makes this dish really worth making.
  • Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – delicious and spicy chili!  Really amped up with chives, sour cream and shredded cheddar.
  • Old-Fashioned Pancakes – the basics are sometimes the best
  • Apple Crisp – nice combo of what you’d expect from a baked apple pie, but with oatmeal!

Okay, so sorry for the hiatus, but this post offers the best of the best, so that’s an adequate consolation prize, right?

Quote of the week: “Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.”Craig Claiborne (1920-2000)


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