Friday, December 30, 2011

on 2011.

and so ends my first year in blogging. it has brought me more than i thought, that's for sure. i love interacting with my daily readers and i'm so thrilled i have made friends through this creative outlet. blogging has made me cook more, write more, think more, and get out more. i have really loved it, but above all, i have really loved getting to know you guys. this year hasn't always been easy, but having this outlet has made it better and allowed me to reflect more on everything i've been through. thank you for reading my ramblings and sharing yours with me - it's truly been a highlight of this year.
so without further ado, my favorite photos, posts and recipes from 2011.
you got to meet him early on.
and we talked a lot about the virtues of champagne.
my first of many turns as a bridesmaid this year in lovely florida.
we spent a day at the brooklyn brewery...
and took one of my favorite pictures of the year.
my deep love for hot dogs was revealed along the way.
we shared some of our favorite date spots in the big city,
and celebrated 2 (!) years together.
i introduced you to the greatest breakfast sandwich, ever,
and the best shirt ever made.
i've made this recipe the most out of every one i've put on the blog.
we started the summer by celebrating a dear friend's engagement.
we went to baseball games,
and ate a lot of bbq.
i got to visit a good friend,
and visit my favorite state with my favorite guy.
i wrote about figuring out life,
and fear, two of my favorite posts.
i hosted my first bridal shower,
and took my first vacation with the boy and his family.
i started the fall by making a new blogging friend, in real life(!),
and having a best friend move to nyc.
while another dear friend left nyc.
i finally ate the best pancakes in nyc (worth the wait!)
and was finally maid of honor to my lifelong best friend (also, worth the wait!)
the fall brought a lot of reflection for me,
and i wrote about the love for my city,
but my favorite post this year was about rivers.
the year ended with visiting my favorite cat and friends in philly,
taking in the fall in central park and taking my favorite picture of the year,
and sharing my favorite holiday recipe.
i went to jamaica for thanksgiving, and then
christmas came,
and i shared it with the new people in my life,
and the ones who have been around for awhile.
all in all, good and bad, it was a year i loved. 2011 wasn't my best year, but i do think i grew a lot, learned a lot, and had a hell of a time doing it. can't wait to see what 2012 brings all of us.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

on a christmas quiche.

i made this quiche christmas morning and it was a hit. everyone had seconds (except for me, because we ran out). again, another food and wine recipe that's easy and delicious. but like my dad said, if you put bacon into something, you really can't go wrong.
first you ready the crust by baking it alone - 20 minutes covered in foil with dried beans or pie weights in the pan, and then 10 minutes uncovered. it looks sad all empty like that, but don't worry - it gets filled up real quick-like.
after sautéing the bacon pieces for about eight minutes, you drain them while sautéing the leek with some thyme in the bacon fat. when using a dried herb use half the amount that the recipe calls for - dried herbs contain much more flavor than herbs in their freshly picked form. finally, combine the bacon, leeks and cheese in the pie crust. i used parm instead of gruyere, for obvious reasons to you long-time readers.
then add the cream and egg mixture. bake it for 30 minutes, and broil it for a minute to brown the top of the quiche.
i made this the night before, so christmas morning i just popped it back in the oven to warm up and got to relax before my family came over. it was a great start to the holiday.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

on a new york christmas.

and then there was my new york christmas. all of my extended family lives in nyc and long island, so we came back up here to celebrate the holiday like we have done every year. and my friend who just moved to the city got to join us, so that was a special treat. we had lots of food, wine, memories of christmas when my grandparents were still here, and crazy shopping the day after christmas. that's what i call a holiday.

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