02 Jan 2011 Happy 2011 and Top Ten Recipes of 2010
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Bigger and better!  That’s all I have to say…
I’ve become sort of addicted to this cooking and testing and blogging thing 🙂  I want to do it better: more frequent posts; better pictures; increased fan base; more visibility.  The first months of my blogging life were on Facebook.  I loved the feedback and interaction on Facebook, but hated not being able to have the recipes in any sort of reader-friendly, searchable format.  Last year, with the help of my fabulous internet guru, Ratty, I started blogging with the big kids on my own dot-com website, pretty cool! This formant offers great organization and great search-ability…, but it’s not so good for comments and feedback.

Now I’d like to step it up a bit.  Start getting a bit of notice on other websites.  Last year I submitted three pictures to Foodgawker.  All three were rejected.  Harrumph.  I know I may not have great pictures, but I do know I have some better recipes than some of the ones that do actually make the Foodgawker and Tastespotting cut.  I gotta figure that one out.  Want to try and get more active on FoodBuzz, too.  Gotta figure that one out, too.  Gotta figure a lot of things out!  Slow and steady, that’s the way I am going to do it. That’s the way I have been doing it. So, if you have any suggestions for making this page bigger and better, please let me know!

My promise to you is that I will only post GREAT recipes.  Nothing so-so.  Nothing even good.  The recipe has to be GREAT.  A recipe I want to save and make again and again.  Food that my “volunteer” testers have given unequivocal thumbs up to. Promise!

Now,  here’s My Top Ten Favorite Recipes of 2010:

Coconut-Lime Shrimp Bisque

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hoisin Chicken Cups

Mixed Berry Pie

Fresh Tomato Lasagna

Tropical Salsa

Fish Tacos

Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Basil Mashed Potatoes

We had the Coconut-Lime Shrimp Bisque for Boxing Day and some Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip for New Year’s Eve.  Having the Basil Mashed Potatoes tonight.  Also, we had my Top Recipe of 2009, Roasted Crab, for my kids’ Birthday Dinner last week.  Isn’t this fun!?

Thank you so much for stopping by my kitchen this year, please keep coming back! I’m SO loving this, and I hope you are too!

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3 Responses
  1. Danette says:

    Polly, I love your pictures — looking at your Top Ten makes my mouth water. Next recipe will be the Coconut Lime Shrimp Bisque! Thanks!

  2. Adele says:

    The timing of your Top 10 list is perfect! Two recipes stood out right away to me. One of my culinary goals for the year ahead is to make as much “fresh” food as I can. Rather than purchasing already made dip, or sauce, or dough, I want to make a fresh substitute. I received The “Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook” for Christmas. The gift giver said it was a selfish gift because he knows he will be the taste tester! But I digress….ANYWAY, one of the recipes I have marked to try in the cookbook is Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pizza. You can be sure I will be trying your dip recipe soon! The second recipe I’m excited about is the Fresh Tomato Lasagna. I spent a bit of time this weekend charting my summer garden and setting the dates for sowing all the seeds. One of the tomatoes I’m going to plant this year is an heirloom tomato called “Old German”. It’s a “slicing” tomato, and the fruit often weighs in at over 1 pound. The Fresh Tomato Lasagna will be a perfect recipe to use them in. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  3. Lenay says:

    Polly – Love your top ten list! I’m going to try the coconut lime shrimp bisque this weekend. We also had the roasted crab for NY’s Eve. One of my all time favorites! I always love reading your posts to see what you’re doing next! I look forward to benefitting from all your cooking in 2011!!

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