Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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Happy New Year!

I had no idea how busy I’d been in 2007–and this is just a subset of what was cooked in the Smitten Kitchen this past year! Dare we top this in 2008?

icebox cakeAsparagus, Artichoke and Shiitake Risottosweet and spicy candied nutsgrapefruit yogurt cakecream cheese swirl browniesSalad Lyonnaiseenglish muffinsworld peace cookiesbaked tomato saucefresh pastahoisin pork ribletsfor beaming, bewitching breadsChocolate Chip MeringuesSour Cream Bran MuffinsSoft PretzelsRich Buttermilk WafflesLighter-Than-Air Chocolate Layer CakeSkillet Irish Soda BreadRussian Black BreadChicken Empanada with Chorizo and OlivesGreen Onion SlawMargarita CookiesBlack Bean Confetti SaladGnocchiMixed Berry PavlovaZucchini CarpaccioStrawberry Rhubarb CrumbleCherry Coconut Frozen YogurtCellophane Noodle Salad With Roast PorksevenBaked Eggs with Spinach and MushroomsRaspberry-Topped Lemon MuffinsPickled Garlicky Red PeppersPineapple Upside-Down CakeDorie Greenspan’s Corniest Corn MuffinsStrawberry Chiffon ShortcakeDilled Potato and Pickled Cucumber SaladWhole Lemon TartGâteau de CrêpesBlack-Bottom CupcakesNectarine and Blackberry GaletteZucchini BreadPearl Couscous with Olives and Roasted TomatoesCherry ClafoutisRed Pepper SoupDouble Chocolate Layer CakeRatatouille’s RatatouilleQuick Potato PierogiRoseanne Cash’s Potato SaladIsraeli SaladSpicy Soba Noodles with Shiitakes and CabbageDouble Chocolate TorteSmoke-Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed With Garden VegetablesNapa TripPlum-Almond TartBrownie Mosaic CheesecakeBlue Cheese ColeslawSummer Berry PuddingQuick Saute of Zucchini with Toasted AlmondsPeter Reinhart’s BagelsSpaghetti with Chorizo and AlmondsNoodle KugelRed Velvet CakeChocolate BabkaTortilla de PatatasLemon Layer CakeHoisin Barbecue SaucePizza, UpdatedCranberry, Caramel and Almond TartPumpkin ButterChocolate FinanciersPumpkin Bread PuddingButternut Squash and Caramelized Onion GaletteHello Dolly BarsGazpacho SaladArroz Con PolloPeanut Butter BrowniesFennel Ice CreamRugelach PinwheelsCurried Lentils With Sweet Potatoes and Swiss ChardTiramisu CakeNutmeg-Maple Cream PiePie Crust 101Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts in Brown Butter SauceOatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies Pumpkin WafflesBlack Bean Pumpkin SoupSimplest Apple TartRoasted Stuffed OnionsLemon Ricotta Pancakes with Sautéed ApplesRobert Linxe’s Chocolate TrufflesSlice-and-Bake CookiesLydia’s Austrian Raspberry ShortbreadPeanut Butter CookiesEspresso Chocolate Shortbread CookiesChicken and Dumplings

And now, a few of my 2008 smittenkitchen.com resolutions:
1. More original recipes.
2. Implementing at least two new features I’ve been dreaming and procrastinating about for eons.
3. Get thriftier in the kitchen: Currently, our refrigerator is packed to the gills with odds and ends–olives, cheeses, beer, eight types of nuts, milk, cream, buttermilk, leeks, apples, four types of fresh herbs, tomato puree and probably three dozen other things I made and forgot about–that we’ve bought for various dishes or company this weekend. An hour ago, we were at the grocery store to pick ingredients for a recipe I want to make, and I realized I could probably make four meals from what we already have and called it off. Meanwhile, Alex and I were both saying the other day that some of our favorite meals are the ones I throw together from these odds and ends. I want to do this more often, but also weigh and measure as I do so I can share these hodge-podges with you.

How about you? Do you have any cooking, kitchen or food-related resolutions?

2008 BloggiesUpdate: My PR guy (a.k.a. Alex) asks me to tell you that the nominations for the 2008 Bloggies are open, and will be between now and Jan. 11 and there is (clears throat) a Food Blog category. Smitten Kitchen was nominated in this category last year, but a certain writer (coughDeb) is somewhat shy about broadcasting her accolades and thus barely mentioned it which may or may not have resulted in not winning. Each category requires three nominations for your input to count (though you are not required to fill out all categories if, say, your only interest is food blogs), so dare I suggest that you most on over to the left sidebar in the “Tasty” category for some inspiration? [Eighth Annual Weblog Award Nominations]


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