2008 was a good year for cooking for me. I made some attempts to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit. I made my first doughnuts, my first brioche, my first matzah balls, my first blueberry pie, and my most successful cream puffs. I had resolved to bake some new things this year. I never did make good on my resolution to cook a duck though. That one has to be on my list for 2009.
My cooking is most often about taking a bit of inspiration, whether that inspiration is something I have in my kitchen that needs using up, something I came across in the store, something I read about in a magazine, or something I see in someone else's blog. I like to find an idea or an ingredient, and find ways to cook something new with it.
Even though I'm a bit freeform (or should I say [dis]Ordered?) I do like to try new recipes and actually make them as they are written down. Although I subscribe to two different food magazines and own a shelf full of cookbooks, I am finding over and over again that the recipes I want to make the most are the ones I see right here on the blogs. Sometimes I just use the ideas they gave me and I do my own variations, but I also will make those recipes as they are written.
Whenever I poach a recipe, I do try to blog about it so the blogger knows I made it and gets the well-deserved public acknowledgment and credit for it, but it isn't always the case. Because of this I would like to acknowledge the following blogs for their inspiration. Every single blog in the list below was used at least once this year for a recipe. I'm sorry if I didn't always blog about your recipe, but know that you provided me with something delicious to eat in 2008 and hope to have your recipe links in one of my blogs in 2009.
Baking with Dynamite
Bunny's Warm Oven
Fun and Food
More Than Burnt Toast
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Proud Italian Cook
Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewey
Thursday Night Smackdown
Use Real Butter
We Are Never Full
I would also like to give props to Everyday Cooking whose recipes I haven't technically used, but have provided me some nice fodder for some of my own.
Also a special shout-out to Sue of Food Network Musings who has been my first, and most faithful reader for the past two years and has held my hand through my first Thanksgiving and beyond.
If you didn't see your blog listed as something I made a recipe from, trust me, you will see one of your recipes on TERP eventually. I like to read blogs whose recipes I want to make.
Thanks to everyone who has loyally read this blog and been supportive with your feedback and comments. This is an awesome community. I'm equally glad I had to opportunity to meet some of you in 2008 and I hope that I can meet even more of you in 2009.
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!