Some time last month this blog surpassed the 100,000 views mark, which may be a small potatoes number for some of the big-time food bloggers, but strikes me as astonishing and worth celebrating.
In honour of passing that milestone, and with a nod to the year that just passed, here’s a roundup of some of the best things I consumed in 2010, at home and away (drumroll, please):
Best Nourishing Meal to Cook Up on a Cold Winter’s Day:
Roasted Vegetables with Boeuf Bourguignon Sauce a la Julia Child
A passel of roasted vegetables with a dark, winey, beefy sauce (and some actual beef) makes this a truly satisfying winter dish. There’s a pot of it simmering in my oven right now, as I write this, for my dinner tonight.
Best New York Restaurant Meal That Makes Me Want to Go Back At The Earliest Opportunity: Breakfast at Locanda Verde
The fresh ricotta with truffled honey was amazing, and so was everything else we ate there.
Best Home Repertoire Recipe: Buttery Cheese Straws
These savoury cheese straws, heated up, make a perfect late night snack. And now I have to make some this week.
Best Rich, Extravagant Dessert: the molten chocolate cake at Perry Street
This dessert provides the kind of rich, chocolate taste bomb that makes me dream up a wide variety of excuses to eat it.
Best Simple but Sophisticated Dinner Party/Potluck Dish To Impress Your Friends With: sesame-encrusted salmon
A good summer dish, but it goes over well in other seasons too.
Best Restaurant Meal Where I Least Expected It : this one was a tie between pizza at La Madia in downtown Chicago :
where I ate an excellent Neapolitan pizza in a hip, happening restaurant, and a burger at Rok Brger in Fort Lauderdale:
that made me want to try more of the gourmet burgers available in Toronto in the hopes of finding one as good.
Best New Year’s Not Really A Resolution:
I look forward to eating some more great food in 2011.