Happy New Year Everyone! The years just seem to slip away faster & faster! I’m still dividing time between home and the folk’s. I never thought of love as an “investment” before, but I can see how the sharing, caring, the ups & the downs, compromise & commitment have paid off with a relationship that’s enduring and has great benefit to them both.
Me, I’ll probably spend my last years with a dog and a cat, and when I pass, they’ll nibble me away before anyone finds me. And let’s hope it’s not my Homer, who always goes right for my nose. She cuddles up, purring and lays her head on my cheek, then…nips my nose. Yep, it’ll be closed coffin for me, for sure, if Homer is around.
And by the way, I AM single, and wonderful. And modest. . and hey, I can cook, too. I think I have a few more good years left, but I ain’t gettin’ any younger! Who knows, maybe someone will yet save me from that fate…
As for highlights, this year my Dad and I had a lovely trip to visit my brother & sister-in-law in Atlanta in April, and had a little mini re-union with my daughter and nieces, nephew and grand kids. Thank you, J & J, for that most generous gift!
The two girls on the right hand side are my sister, Liz’s, girls, the young man is my brother’s son, in the grey is my daughter and my four grandbabies are in front. And my Da, back center.
And, as many of you know, I lost my beloved Gibson in June. I made it out of the vet’s to the car, somehow drove across the street to an empty parking lot and wailed, shamelessly. How I love/d that dog! What an amazing journey we had. There’ll never be another like my Gibs.
And that’s my daughter, Jessica, below, the one who’s inadvertently responsible for this blog, with my youngest granddaughter & my Gibson. You’ll find a few of Jessica’s recipes on this blog. Love you, sweetie! My fave? Cheesy Tuna Casserole with Green Olives.
After Gibson, I consoled myself trolling for shelter dogs on the internet, night after night. While sobbing. I mean, who does that, really?
And that’s how I found the deplorable Chance. He’s curled up with me now in a rare moment of quietude. That face = trouble. How did I not see that one coming? He’s bright & sweet and totally rambunctious. And very busy!
But now on to the food. You knew that would be coming, sooner or later, right? I mean this IS a food blog, after all. Here’s the top recipe countdown for the year.
Old Fashioned Swiss Steak. This is just how my Mom made it. She never really “taught” me, I just learned it – from the time I was old enough to stand on a kitchen chair. 🙂 It’s in the number 10 spot.
Cook’s Illustrated Meatloaf. This one is adapted just how we like it, and the meatloaf is fantastic, but that sauce is heaven. Make the sauce. Drink it, bathe in it, put on your meatloaf. Just make it!
Scalloped Potatoes, like the ones your Grandmother Made came in at #8. Comfort, through and through, this is a 1950 Betty Crocker Cookbook recipe – so these really ARE the ones Grandma made! I do like to add cheese, sorry Grandma!
Split Pea Soup is here for the 2nd year. This is one gorgeous recipe and I never can seem to get a great photo. I’m surprised it’s holding on in the number 7 spot coz there are haters out there, people, haters…
Here’s my Chipotle Pulled Pork Empanadas. About 2 cups of shredded pork, some sweet potato & a touch of kale, they’re divine! You’ll look like a genius if you make these & its really easier than you’d think.
Runzas or Bierocks: From the moment I posted this recipe, it’s been popular, and this year it came in number 4. There have been complaints the recipe’s too long. It’s not any longer than any other, it just has detailed instruction. I want to hold your hand through the process so you can get it right the first time – even if you’re not a baker. The home-made dough is fast, easy and a joy to work with.
Scottish Oatcakes: Well, they’re really just oatmeal pancakes and one of the best pancakes of any kind I’ve ever had. I’ve been making them at least 25 years & now I’m trendy with this healthy recipe!
One of my fave desserts of all time, passed to me from a friend at work. Banana Sheet Cake. Seriously delish. It’s even been picked up by other bloggers as the “BEST” & requested for birthdays!
Pozole. I should say Red Pozole, because now I have a Green Pozole, too. Make from scratch or use some of the meat & juices from Crockpot Pulled Pork to shortcut. This is like eating a tamale in soup form.
And in the number one spot: Hotel Eggs. Baked to perfection in the oven, they take a little time but they are superb. And they free up your stove top for other breakfasty sides. Who knew this simple little, no fuss recipe would take over the number 1 spot two years running? They’re just eggs, people, they’re just eggs, lol!
I’d like to also show you one of my fave recipes on this blog – one that’s never gotten the love from ya’ll I’d like to see it have. Seriously, it’s only had 55 views, ever. It’s just so delish and super simple it’s hardly a recipe. Individual Dulce de Leche Apple Crisps. Bonus, they can be made with butterscotch or caramel, too. Home-made or store bought.
There’s not a recipe in my top 10 that isn’t an absolute classic, either “All American” or a familiar one from just south of the border. So I know my readers have great taste! But do click around. My fave type of cooking is fresh, fun food and you’ll find plenty of that here, too.
So while I keep working on finding and developing recipes that keep the budget under control, what this year has taught me is that my readers love classic recipes, too. I’ll keep giving you my quirky Grandma recipe box, a mix of new and old, and I hope you’ll keep following along! I love that you’re here for the ride, and thank you! And, as I say every year, like that old Girl Scout song:
“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, but the other gold…”
Happy New Years Everyone! And may you have many more new memories this year to cherish along with the old…