Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seven Years of Delights

Oh hey there. Did you miss me? Somewhere between BodyPump classes, polar vortices, and quick trips to Nashville, California, and Hawaii, my little blog became neglected. In the past, I've celebrated another year of blogging with some sort of delicious treat. This year, I thought I would do something different and highlight some of my favorite posts from the past seven years.

Strawberry Galette with Meyer Lemon Curd in Thyme Crust. I am desperately missing Calfornia and year-round access to the best fruits and vegetables. I still cook in season and local as much as possible, but this recipe to me is the epitome of spring. Even though it is practically summer, delicious strawberries like this are hard to come by right now in Chicago.

Strawberry Galette

Cuban Opera Cake. This cake was the highlight of my friend Raul's birthday party a few years ago. It took several days to make, but remains one of my favorite recipes I have ever made.

Cuban Opera Cake

Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail. This is one of the more popular recipes on this site and with good reason. We all need a refreshing cocktail option in our summer repertoire.

Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail

Charleston, South Carolina. I was in Charleston for about 36 hours, but absolutely fell in love with that charming little town.

Arthur Ravenel Bridge, Charleston

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. Remember that brief moment in time when I had the time and a bright kitchen to do step-by-step photos? This bars were another super popular recipe, but they also remind me of one of my favorite days ever. This post is especially poignant because my friend who organized this wonderful day has since passed away, but his memory lives on in me and my friends forever.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Posh Polo

MB Post. Still remains my favorite dinner I have ever had in Los Angeles.

Bread Plate

Both posts on my trip to Namibia. My mom had just started working in the Peace Corps when my sister and I visited Namibia in late 2011. Namibia is a strange and beautiful country. If you ever have the opportunity, you should visit.

Giraffes - Etosha

Brunch at Longman and Eagle. Chicago has quite the extraordinary food scene. It was difficult to choose between this brunch or one of my fantastic meals and Parson's Chicken and Fish (negroni slushies!!), but Longman won by a hair. Land and Sea Dept. does not mess around with their stunning array of restaurants.

Fried Chicken, Waffles, Sweet Potato & Pork Belly Hash, Maple Syrup

I've mentioned before that the food blog world has become so saturated and it seems that right now I just don't have the time and energy to keep up. I can't promise I will go away forever, so check back once in a while to see what new things I've got to share or amuse yourselves in the archives. In the meantime, if you're dying to see what I am doing (eating) in my every day life. Follow me on Instagram.

One year ago: Strawberry Rosé Spritzer
Two years ago: Magic Cake
Three years ago: Nutella Pop Tarts
Four years ago: Strawberry Crisp
Five years ago: Nutella Sandwich Cookies
Six years ago: Perfect Party Cake
Seven (!!) years ago: The Return of the Glamorous Life

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