Twelve Favorites of 2011

It is hard to believe that another year has flown by!  I can't believe that it is almost 2012.  This time last year I swore off sugary foods.  In reviewing the posts, I lasted until the first of January when I posted an amazing and easy Black Forest Trifle.

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 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 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!  


  1. What a lovely round-up of delicious goodness. I could eat seafood everyday if it was as pretty as you've presented.

    Hope you have a wonderful new year filled with good health and much happiness.

  2. I'll take a serving of each.... please.

  3. Delicious recap! I'm making a copy of the Seafood Gratin for our gourmet group too. Happy New Year!

  4. Life without sweets??? Gulp... not in my world:@) Your posts look great, chicken picatta is on my list of things to make this year! Happy New Year Kate-enjoy:@)

  5. Fun colorful festive post..some of my favorites..Have a great new year! All the best.

  6. OK, I just ate and now you have me hungry again. How I would love many of these cooked for me. Will you come and be my personal chef? Wouldn't that be nice to have a personal chef? I try to convince my husband, but he just doesn't quite make the grade. Happy New Year!

  7. Those are some great highlights! I'd love to taste them all. Here's to many more delicious recipes in the year to come. Happy New Year!

  8. All your dishes looks simply delicious - wonderful photos - my mouth was watering - Happy New Year
    Mary x

  9. They all look delicious, Kate. I am going to check out the soup and seafood gratin.
    Happy 2012!
    Cooking as a family sounds wonderful!


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