Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Top 10 Culinary Creations of 2013


I've been cooking since I was 3.  But, when it comes to food, I don't think I've learned more, pushed myself more, or have known more joy... as I have this last year.

From trying new cuisines, and new ingredients... to learning more about photography.  This job/hobby/passion is tough.  Now, I'm not complaining, but I've grown to respect my fellow bloggers even more, now that I know what's truly involved.

From the recipe creations.  To the photography... then editing... then arranging on the blog.  And finally writing about it all.  And don't forget the part about putting yourself out there.  Yes, really out there... because if you don't- well, what's the point then?

So, along the way, I've met a ton of great new friends, have done a ton of dishes, and done my darndest to steer clear of the "food blogger 15" (thank goodness for yoga!)

And despite the hard work, it's all been worth it.  A dream come true, even... yes, even those nights I was up at 3am trying to work through writer's block for a deadline.  And even through a few foodie fails.  

Just like in life, the journey is where all the magic happens.  And this year, there was a lot of magic in my kitchen.

As you can see on my right sidebar, there is a list of the top 10 reader favorites, but I thought I'd also share my top 10 favorites.  Creations, that often in theory, seemed to have no rhyme or reason, but in the end tasted absolutely delicious... 

These single serving bowls of goodness are so fun, so flavorful, and SO much better then their retro inspiration.  

A delightful salad, perfect on a bed of spinach or in a croissant.  Rich, creamy, crunchy and don't forget the fresh dill- yum!