I have come a long way since I started food blogging. Before, I was making the same few dishes over and over again. Now, I have tried many new foods and dishes from several different cuisines. Along the way I have met many other food bloggers that have both inspired me and helped me along the way.
I look forward to discovering many new and tasty foods in 2008!
Happy New Year!
With the year coming to an end I took the opportunity to look at what I had been making. Here are my 10 favorite dishes from 2007:
Salmon Teriyaki - Salmon teriyaki really did it for me this year and it easily places as my number one favourite meal in 2007! It is so quick and easy to make and yet so good, especially when you use your own homemade teriyaki sauce.
Bibimbap - I first tried this dish at a restaurant this year and I liked it so much that I had to make it at home. This dish is great for using up bits of leftover meat where you just add it to rice along with lots of vegetables and a spicy Korean chili sauce. Not only is it super tasty but it is also pretty healthy!
Penang Gai (Chicken Penang Curry) - Thai cuisine is one of my favorites with their curries placing near the top. This year I tried making my own curry paste with great success! This chicken curry was the result and it was so fresh and good!
Basil Pesto on Penne - I experimented a lot with pestos this year and the standard basil pesto was among my favorites. It goes great on pasta and it is also an amazing condiment that can be used in any number of dishes.
Pumpkin Risotto - 2007 was the year that I discovered how beautiful homemade risotto was. This pumpkin risotto was my favorite where the sweet pumpkin/squash works so well creamy and cheesy risotto.
Zucchini Carbonara - You cannot go wrong with a simple pasta with a creamy sauce and bacon but adding fresh zucchini makes it better, and even a bit healthier.
Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Salad) - Roasted eggplant is so good and when you puree it and add a bit of feta it makes an excellent dip/spread. Enjoy with some fresh or toasted whole wheat pitas for an amazingly tasty and healthy snack.
Htipiti (Greek Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Cheese Dip) - This is another great Greek dip/spread that is really tasty with the feta, roasted red peppers and sun dried tomatoes. Add some roasted jalapeno peppers for a bit of a spicy kick.
Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce - This has to be one of my all time favorite sandwiches and it is the perfect way to use any leftover roast turkey. The Turkey, cranberry and mayo combination is just so good!
Tofu and Wakame Miso Soup - Although miso soup may not stand out to much, I have certainly enjoyed experimenting with it this year and the classic tofu and wakame version is among my favorites. It definitely deserves a spot on my favorite recipes of 2007 list!