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End of the Year Lists

January 1, 2012

Weirdly, one of my favorite things about New Year’s Eve are all the “year-in-review” lists that come out.  Lists like this:

I wanted to make a top 10 list of my favorite top 10 lists but that’s been done – The Top 10 Top 10 Lists from the NYTimes blog, for instance.  Oh well.  Instead, I made a list of my top 5 favorite food-related things I came across in 2011.  Here it is.

Alexis’s Top 5 Food List of 2011

1.  Cookbook: Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading in 125 Recipesby Janice Cole.  The memoir part is enjoyable and the recipes all feature chicken and/or eggs, as you might have guessed.  I’ve made five recipes from this

Chicken and Egg: A Memoir in 125 Recipes

cookbook and so far, they do not disappoint – fresh, whole ingredients that blend well together to create dishes with great flavor and texture.  One of my favorite cookbooks, period.

2.  Restaurant:  My new favorite restaurant in 2011 was not in Minnesota but in Pittsburgh, maybe a little surprisingly.  Smoke BBQ Taqueria is seriously delicious.  They make everything from scratch, from the tortillas to the smoked beef brisket to the agua fresca.  Yes, they have brisket tacos.  And breakfast tacos.  And seriously some of the best mac & cheese I’ve had.  And it’s so inexpensive!  Ugh, why am I still in Reno?  I could be having one of their delicious pulled pork tacos RIGHT NOW.

3.  Recipe: Caramelized-onion and Gorgonzola Grilled Pizza.  Normally, I like onions but don’t want a ton of them on anything, really.  Sometimes I think they’re too overpowering.  This pizza changed that.  The onions get all caramelly and really mellow and it’s so uh.  As in “UHHH, I’m moaning because this is so good.”  I made it for the second time a few days ago for my family and added pears and prosciutto, which add more toothiness to the pizza.  It’s amazing without those things, though.  And don’t worry if you don’t have a grill or it’s too nightmarish to cook outside; Gourmet.com provides an alternative oven-baked option.

4.  Food/cooking websiteFoodGawker.  Okay, it’s been around since 2008, apparently, so I’m late to the bandwagon.  I hadn’t heard of it until I saw a classmate looking at it on her laptop during an early morning class back in November.  Holy god, the internet ate the rest of that day.  FoodGawker is unadulterated food porn and I LOVE it.   A close second is The Bitten Word, the blog where I found the pizza mentioned above.  I like their mission to use their cooking magazines and they’re funny.  I’m thinking about taking on a similar mission with my cookbooks.  Maybe I should make it a New Year’s Resolution!

5.  Drink: I am a serious Anglophile but this another thing that’s been around forever and I missed somehow until 2011: Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.  It quickly became my favorite in 2011.  Light, refreshing, not too sweet, it’s like a British sangria.  What’s not to love?

Any particular food, or other, favorites from 2011?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 12:59 pm

    I could totally hear you food moaning in my head! That pizza sounds fantastic as well!

  2. January 1, 2012 1:00 pm

    Ooh, also, I love the idea of actually trying some of the recipes from my food magazines. Must make that one of my resolutions too!

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