There is a reason...isn't there always! I was assigned dessert for our New Year's Eve dinner get-together. After that I did make it to the end of the month before indulging....good thing swearing off sugar wasn't a resolution, I would have failed miserably. Moving on....I want to share some of my favorites from 2011.
There was a wonderful Dutch Cheese Soup from last winter that I will need to make again. It was delicious and perfect for a cold January.
Another winter favorite of mine was the Steak and Guinness Pie....so comforting!
And then...Cookies and Cream Cupcakes...cupcake oh cupcake you are so divine!
Seafood Gratin was a smash with the Gourmet Group.
And then...Individual "Little Fella Cheesecakes"!
As things warmed up, I discovered Rum, Date, and Pecan Ice Cream. Yummy!
A variation of my usual Chicken Picatta was delicious!
I can't leave out my favorite salad of the year: Crab, Mango and Avocado Towers!
I learned how to prepare scallops! Scallops Provençal has become a regular part of our rotation! They are delicious!
My favorite Sweet Mustard Shrimp Appetizer is made over and over...it is so delicious and a perfect do-ahead dish!
We do tend to eat a lot of seafood so I cannot let the year's favorites slip by without mentioning Salmon and Tomatoes in Papillote! Perfection!
I wish all of you a blessed New Year!