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Best Dishes and Meals of 2010

December 29, 2010

Hi friends! I’m glad you enjoyed my antique finds…I was quite proud of them myself!

We just got back from a long morning of shopping…I dropped a bit of Christmas dough at Anthropologie…thank you, Santa!

We’re going out tonight with Ryan’s friends, so a dinner post probably won’t be up, but I thought I’d leave you with a recap of some of my favorite meals and dishes from 2010.

Remember my vegan challenge in January?  Going without eggs and dairy for a month was pretty tough, but these enchiladas proved that even the cheesiest of dishes can be veganized in a tasty way:

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February included a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, the star of which was this chocolate mousse, straight from The Art of French Cooking:

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You really can’t go wrong with Julia.  And lots of cream and butter and chocolate.

March marked the arrival of….Sophie Rose!!!

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Can you believe how small she was?  Crazy! March was also our fun “Taste the Rainbow” challenge—a challenge that I want to repeat this year! We had lots of COLORFUL meals, like this salad:

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In April, we ventured to the Big Apple for a wedding, and enjoyed a meal at Candle 79 while we were there:

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The best in vegan fine dining!

May, June, and July meant traveling—first to Louisiana, then to Europe, and then finally to Nantucket for a family fourth of July.

One of my favorite meals while we were in Italy was actually the one we had on our first night in Venice—these zucchini blossoms were to die for:

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Lots of gelato was enjoyed in Italy as well (Dear Broken Zipper on my pants: You’re welcome.):

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And as for Croatia, our meal at the restaurant Valsabbion in Porec pretty much took the cake for the craziest meal of the trip…and possibly of my life:

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Holy insanity.  You can read my entire recap of that crazy meal here, aptly titled, “The Fanciest Meal I’ve Ever Had.” 

In Nantucket:

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…we did a lot of cooking at home, including this watermelon feta salad:

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…and, of course, a lobster dinner (yes, even for this vegetarian.  What can I say? I caved.):

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In July, Ryan’s parents also came to visit us in Pennsylvania, and we cooked up a Louisiana feast for them, including fried okra and homemade peach praline ice cream.  Yum!

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In August, we returned to Seattle for a wedding, and dined at a great Raw restaurant, Thrive:

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We balanced all of that healthy raw food out with the donuts at the wedding:

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We also helped Nick and Emily brew beer for the first time—not really a meal or a dish, but I think it’s worthy of an honorable mention!

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September and October meant harvest meals, changing leaves, and a visit with my family to Hershey, PA!

Pumpkin cookies:

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Lentil Soup:

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And home-baked bread, a la Ryan:

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And of course, October always means dogs in costume:

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In November, I kind of went crazy with the cookie baking.  These lemon spelt cookies were some of my favorites:

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And that brings us to…December!  Our meal at LifeStyle in Bedford was one of my favorites of the year—good food, GREAT friends, and lots of wine on a cold, December night!

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Yikes—I can’t believe a whole year has passed! Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun and eating lots of great food.  🙂

What were some of your favorite meals this year?  I think our fancy Croatian dinner takes the cake!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2010 12:02 am

    This is such great food porn.
    I can hardly think of what I ate last week, let alone over the year, but I remember a raw cake that knocked my socks off somewhere in May or July.

  2. Kelly permalink
    December 30, 2010 12:10 am

    This was a fabulous post….I was drooling them entire time!

  3. December 30, 2010 12:36 am

    this is like a trip down memory lane for me b/c i remember what i was doing when you posted many of these pics…wow. the year flew by!

    I am jealz of your Candle 79 meal.

    and your mad photography skills too! 🙂

  4. December 30, 2010 12:47 am

    Isn’t it fun looking back? Loved seeing all the pictures and reliving some awesome moments. Cheers to 2011!

  5. December 30, 2010 12:51 am

    Just came across your blog and what a perfect post for me to read! Looks like you had a great and yummy year! I love Candle 79, I go to the city 2 times a year w/my mom and we always make a stop there and Pure Food & Wine! Thankfully I purchased my wedding dress in the city so i’ve got several trips ahead of me to wine and dine! Looking forward to stopping back often!

  6. December 30, 2010 12:59 am

    I have to think about the favorite meal this year. I have enjoyed your journeys too! I love your stance with food. You are inspiring and creative. Thank you for sharing!

  7. thehungryscholar permalink
    December 30, 2010 1:40 am

    Your year looks yummier than mine. I look forward to next year.

  8. ginger permalink
    December 30, 2010 1:53 am

    Some of my favorite meals have been the ones we shared with our family – remember picking up sushi to go last summer? How about our pizza and game nights? Thanksgiving (SO MUCH FOOD!!) It’s all good and, it’s so much fun to remember – the year has flown by, hasn’t it?

    • December 30, 2010 1:58 am

      Thinking about the “picking up sushi to go” meal only reminds me of what asses you and Dad are. 🙂

  9. December 30, 2010 1:58 am

    So many wonderful memories from 2010, jealous of all your amazing travels and dining at Candle 79! Great pics in this post!

  10. December 30, 2010 3:29 am

    Looks like such a fabulous year. I actually prepared the best of 2010 post for tomorrow morning as well 🙂
    Also a few weeks ago when in NYC, I went to V-Note (I think it’s Candle 79’s sister restaurant). It was definitely the best vegan food of my life. Mmm

  11. December 30, 2010 5:14 am

    Oh gosh! you’ve had a busy year! and a yummy one as well =) Whooo hoooo 2011 here we come! ❤

  12. greensandjeans permalink
    December 30, 2010 3:01 pm

    Now you have my STARVING! You sure were a master chef this year! I hope you and your family had a fantastic holiday!

  13. December 30, 2010 3:02 pm

    woah, you really got around this year. lots of great eats!!

  14. December 30, 2010 3:19 pm

    oh yum…please feed me!!!

  15. December 30, 2010 4:01 pm

    That fancy meal is ridiculous! So much fun 🙂

    My favorite meal? Gosh probably Thanksgiving with my family this year. Us gals like to experiement with healthy and creative dishes. Everything was so tasty!

  16. December 30, 2010 4:12 pm

    This is such a great post! I think being able to look back and remember what you did throughout the year is one of the best things about having a blog!

    • December 30, 2010 4:35 pm

      Definitely! I loved looking back on each month and remembering the highlights– food and otherwise!

  17. December 30, 2010 4:43 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!! That meal in Croatia looks OUT-STANDING!!! It’s too pretty to eat…almost 😉 The donuts at that wedding also look AMAZING! I adore donuts. I know, I’m such a good dietitian, lol!

    I think crab-stuffed shells was one of our best homemade meals this year…YUM!

  18. December 30, 2010 5:00 pm

    This is a great post, all your pictures are amazing.

  19. December 30, 2010 5:34 pm

    What a fun post! And how adorable is little Sophie Rose? And I am now totally craving fried okra and peach ice cream!

  20. December 30, 2010 6:41 pm

    I think my favorite meals were at Candle 79 and Pure Food and Wine….oh and in San Francisco!! It’s amazing how this year I’ve become so much more aware of good food. Here’s to much more good food in 2011!!

  21. December 30, 2010 7:15 pm

    just stumbled on your blog today! those are some really delicious looking meals! the chocolate mousse looks especially delightful 🙂

  22. December 31, 2010 1:50 am

    Aw, Sophie was so little! The photo of you in Nantucket is stunning! I loooove watermelon feta salad. Yum! Are you going to be doing the vegan challenge again this year?

    • December 31, 2010 1:57 am

      I haven’t decided yet! I would *like* to…so hopefully I can give myself a kick in the pants and do it!

  23. December 31, 2010 12:08 pm

    Looks like 2010 was an amazing year for you. All the food and the pictures look amazing! 🙂


  24. December 31, 2010 9:22 pm

    I agree your Croatian food looks amazing! Ill need to email you if I end up moving to Italy this summer, my plan is to spend every weekend in Croatia. Happy New YEAR!

  25. January 1, 2011 2:20 am

    That photo of you in Nantucket is stunning! So many great meals. Come South and cook some veggies for us? In exchange we have a puggle for you to play with and sunshine to enjoy.

    Happy New Year!

  26. January 3, 2011 12:02 am

    Hooray! Our homebrews made the cut! Speaking of which, we still have some in our fridge. Let’s get together when you’re back in PA and finish them off 🙂

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