It’s been a good year here at The Jey of Cooking. This little blog turned one, and while I didn’t have an official celebration for my Blogiversary, I’ve definitely been able to reflect on everything that’s happened during this past year.
I was able to branch out and become more comfortable in the kitchen. I challenged myself with my Eleven in ’11 list of eleven things I wanted to try this year, and while I didn’t quite get to everything, I’ve already been thinking about what twelve things I want to tackle in 2012.
Thanks to many of you and your contributions, we raised money for the American Heart Association in honor of my mom, another event I’m planning to bring back in 2012 with the hopes of raising even more!
I made a lot of virtual friends this past year… due much to my participation in the Recipe Swaps, Secret Recipe Club, and the Crazy Cooking Challenge, and while we may not know each other in real life, I am truly blessed to be a part of this community. I was lucky to meet a couple of you in person, and hope to have the chance to meet more of you in the coming year.
But most importantly, I made lots of delicious food and shared it with all of you. Here are the eleven most viewed recipes of 2011:
11) Mini Monte Cristos - An awesome two-biter to snack on while watching the big game.
10) Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies – I found these on Pinterest and immediately knew I had to make them.
9) Garlic Parmesan Orzo – A product from one of the recipe swaps, this was a lovely accompaniment to some grilled chicken.
Croque Madame or Monsieur - An awesome, cheesy sandwich that I made for some friends to remind them of the time they spent overseas.
7) Cinnamon Filled Pumpkin Spice Brioche Rolls - I learned an important lesson not to substitute coffee creamer for milk when working with yeast.
6) Gnocchi Mac and Cheese – A fancy “adult” mac and cheese, perfect for a special occasion.
5) Crack Dip - Ah, the infamous Buffalo Chicken Dip. A must-have staple for all gatherings.
4) Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole - A comforting casserole made healthier by using quinoa in place of rice.
2) Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Crema - A recipe I “created” based off a fast food dish I had yet to try.
And the number 1 recipe from 2011?
1) Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers - Thanks to Pinterest, this recipe was viewed over 16,000 times, making it the most viewed recipe ever on TJOC!
Be sure to check back Saturday for the roundup of my eleven favorite dishes from this past year.