Another year, come and gone. I always take this time to reflect on the past year, all the wonderful things I’ve seen, done, and eaten. Ok, mostly eaten. Don’t say I’m not the only one who remembers experiences by what I ate along with it?
This year I organized an epic cookie swap. Roasted a duck. Spoke at a conference. Planned a conference. Attended a few more. Baked a cake (or two or three). Went blueberry picking. Attempted a savory cheesecake. Adopted a 3rd cat. Visited Charleston. Put watermelon in a jar. Explored the Bourbon Trail. Discovered kumquats, Damson plums, and grits. And, oh yeah, wrote a cookbook. Indeed, it’s been quite a year.
The most popular post of the year (traffic wise) is the brightly hued Rainbow Cake, followed closely by the Grasshopper Brownie Bars and the Cookie Dough Truffles. I love watching these three posts battle it out in the popular posts section in the footer of the site (which shows the most popular posts in any given month). It’s an epic battle of the sweets, cake takes on brownie who fights to the death with cookie dough. And lucky for us, everyone wins.
But I’d like to highlight what I consider the best posts of 2011. Best meaning my favorite, your favorite, and/or just plain awesome. This was a sweet year for sure (I always struggle to include an equal amount of savory dishes in this year-end roundup). What can I say? Life is uncertain. Eat dessert. First. Last. And in between. It was sure hard to narrow this down, choosing 18 posts out of 95. But I did it. And I hope you enjoy this look back at the sweetest (and most scrumptious) posts of the year.
Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year to you and yours!
(1) Homemade Vanilla Extract / (2) Cookie Dough Cream Pie / (3) Chocolate Stout Cake with Dulce de Leche and Vanilla Bean Buttercream / (4) Tequila Watermelon Popsicles / (5) Grasshopper Brownie Bars / (6) Photobombed / (7) Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes / (8) Étouffée Style Shrimp and Grits / (9) Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
(1) DIY Distressed Wood Photo Backdrop / (2) Spicy Tomato Peach Jam / (3) Fettucine al Pesto Genovese / (4) Pumpkin Crème Brûlée / (5) Chocolate Banana Cream Pie / (6) Brownie Pie / (7) Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream / (8) Basil Lemonade / (9) Rocky Mountain Avalanche Bars