Today my blog turns 1.
A year ago today, I began this blog with a post on pickled tomatoes. Since then, I made homemade ricotta and my own pie crust, attempted gnocchi, cooked with some new ingredients, like chamomile and farro, and hopefully inspired some people to try some of my recipes.
The one big change I’ve made is that I’m no longer subscribing to a CSA. I really enjoyed being a member for the last year, but we decided not to renew our membership. Eatwell Farm’s CSA program really is wonderful and I would still encourage people to consider it. Right now though, we live within walking distance of an excellent farmer’s market, that it seems to be a better value right now, to take the time to shop there. So, while I won’t be blogging about whatever goodies are in my box on any given week, I do plan on continuing to focus on good, local, seasonal produce.
And so, in honor of my last year as a blogger, here are some highlights from the last year.
I made this again recently, substituting cilantro for the basil, and it was delicious. Something about the roasted tomatoes really elevates this salad and gives it so much flavor. It’s a great dish for right now, with tomatoes and herbs at their peak.
We got so many butternut squashes in our CSA over the last year, and this was one of my favorite things to do with them. Just looking at it makes me excited for the fall. The smokey cheddar and the sweet, tart apple really make this dish taste like a real dish, and not just a bowl of pureed vegetables.
Probably one of the more sophisticated dishes. I haven’t had a chance to make this again, though I keep it in the back of my mind. The marmalade is really unusual, but makes it taste like a restaurant style dinner.
So simple and so delicious. I’ve made this a few times for parties and it’s a great way to dress up cheap cava. I want to try experimenting with different infused simple syrups, so if I have any success, I’ll be sure to post that.
Best Christmas morning breakfast ever. I made it again in the spring with strawberries and tons of lemon zest. Delicious.
When it comes to desserts, I think people gravitate to two camps – chocolate and spice. This cake really should be considered the molten chocolate lava cake of the spiced dessert world. It’s just the height of spicy decadence. So good.
I just picked up a huge bunch of grapes at the farmers market this weekend, so now that they are in season, I plan on making this a lot.
One of the things I’ve made the most since discovering the recipe. I love this scone recipe.
My first time cooking and eating ramps. Apparently ramps season is just a few weeks long, so I will be scouring the farmers market next May to buy up as many of them as possible.
My pie crust! And oh so delicious. If I had to pick a number one favorite from the past year, this would be it.
I feel guilty putting this on the list since it’s not really a recipe, but a technique. But it’s wonderful. I do it all the time now. Such a great way to serve summer vegetables.
I would be a vegetarian if I could eat this every night.
And that’s the last year. I’m looking forward to continuing this blog, trying more new recipes, and hopefully gaining more faithful readers. Thanks for reading!