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My Favorite Recipes of 2011

Dec 27, 2011 06:17PM ● By Anonymous

Last year around this time, I posted a list of what I learned about food in 2010. I learned a lot in 2011 -- cooking is a never-ending process of learning -- however, this year, as I spent a lot more time developing and testing recipes, I thought it would be more appropriate to reminisce about my favorite dishes of the year. Just click on the link below, and you'll find the full recipe. 

Beef Bourguignon: One of the most recent recipes I made, this mouthwatering classic will be on regular rotation, for sure.

Beef Stroganoff: The unexpected secret to this dish is nutmeg.

Braised Greens with Mushrooms: My first real try working with Swiss Chard, and it was delicious.

Caribbean Shrimp Pasta Salad: Fresh and tropical, this was the perfect pasta salad for my friend's Jamaica-themed bridal shower. 

Coconut Curried Beef with Snow Peas: My husband doesn't even like curry, and he commented on how good this recipe is.

Crawfish-Smothered Grits: Not healthy at all! But creamy and delicious.

Creamy Taco Mac: My husband loves Hamburger Helper, but I refuse to buy it. This was a good, healthier compromise.

Mussels Marinara: A simple, yet elegant recipe to serve over pasta.

The posts above are all recipes I've blogged about on the platform. There are definitely some recipes that I've really loved that I haven't blogged here because they're either 1) from other sources, or 2) on my personal food blog. (Occasionally, I use some recipes for the food newsletter -- sign up now! -- so they don't appear on this blog.) These favorite recipes from other chefs or websites include:

Orzo with Caramelized Vegetables: This is somewhat time-consuming, but wholesome and incredibly flavorful.

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette: I make this with regular boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and it is so good over brown rice.

Shrimp & Scallop Bayou Pasta: This is adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe. 

Spicy Boneless Ribs in Tomato Sauce: This slow-cooker recipe is so easy to make, but impresses people every time I make it.

What were your favorite recipes of the year?