Love and Olive Oil

A Look Back – The Best of 2009

2009 was filled with delicious things, and many of those things were cupcakes. Literally hundreds of cupcakes. As I look back on everything we’ve eaten this year, so many wonderful memories come along with the dishes. There were birthdays and holidays and special occasion dinners… and oh yeah, a wedding. That alone makes this year one to remember.

I don’t want to get all soupy and sappy on you now, but I did want to take a quick look back at what I consider the best recipes and posts of 2009. My favorites. The ones, when looking back through the archives, brought a smile to my face or a growl in my belly. The meals that have become memories.

I hope you’re hungry…

(1) Double Chocolate Layer Cake with Raspberry Filling / (2) Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Cabbage Slaw / (3) Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes / (4) Baked Panko Chicken Tenders with Basil Aioli / (5) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes / (6) Mongolian Beef / (7) Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream / (8) Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini / (9) A Love & Olive Oil Wedding

(1) Red Pesto Penne with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese / (2) White Chocolate Bread / (3) The Go-To Chocolate Cupcake / (4) Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel / (5) Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream / (6) Eggplant Parmigiana Heros / (7) Bettie Landis’ Gingerbread Cookies / (8) Cherry-Filled Almond Cupcakes / (9) Vanilla Cake with Tiramisu Buttercream and Ganache Filling

What will this next year bring? I have no way of knowing, but I can only hope it is sugary and sweet and swirled with buttercream. As we speak I’m preparing to celebrate Love & Olive Oil’s third birthday, which, without you, would not be something to celebrate. Prepare yourselves, I am confident this year is going to be a great one! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2010!

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  1. You had me at crispy black bean tacos! Happy New Year.

  2. Loving all these round ups. I’d forgotten about that Mongolian Beef recipe, I’ll definitely have to try that one,.

  3. Happy New Year Lindsay & Taylor.
    May it be happier, healthier and filled with even better eating adventures than last year, although it will be a challenge to top the year of the Love & Olive Oil Wedding!

  4. All your cupcakes look absolutely fantastic! Looking forward to seeing many more in the new year! Wishing you all the best for 2010!!

  5. Happy New Year! We made the Mexican Chocolate Tart yesterday and just had our first slices tonight. Incredible.

  6. I love your posts, your recipes, and the photos. I wish you and Taylor a joyous and fulfilling 2010!

  7. Well, if I wasn’t hungry before, I sure am now…

  8. Happy New Year! I love this time on the year when we look back at how our accomplishments :)

  9. Absolutely lovely pictures.

    Happy New Year to you as well!

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