It was another great year filled with lots of tasty food and the pure enjoyment of both making it and eating it! On the other side there was the fun of photographing all of the food and writing about it. I somehow managed to squeeze all of this in between the countless hours spent food blogging and drooling over others creations! (My bookmarked recipes ‘to try’ increased a lot faster than I could cook this year.) Somewhere along the way I blew right past the 1000 post mark without even noticing it!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of my readers for their continued support! I am looking forward to another year of tasty food!
I will leave you with a roundup of the most viewed recipes on Closet Cooking since the beginning.
No Bake Cheesecake – It is not surprising that this effortless cheese cake is number one and given its chilled nature it is perfect for enjoying on warm summer days with fresh fruits and berries.
Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake) – This ‘as you like’ Japanese pancake or pizza is made with a vegetable base that you can add what you like to and then you can top it with your favourites as well. Common toppings include mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce (similar to a Worcestershire sauce) and bonito flakes or smoked skipjack tuna.
Kare (Japanese Curry) – This is one of my favourite winter comfort foods! Japanese curry is a little more on the sweet side and it has an amazingly deep and rich flavour.
Jalapeno Popper Dip – This dip is so addictive with its creamy, ooey, gooey, cheesy textures and flavours with the perfect hit of jalapeno heat!
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip – If you are craving a warm melted cheese dip but you are looking for something a little more on the healthy side, this dip has spinach and artichoke hearts in it. 😉
Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) – This dish was my first introduction to the amazing spinach, dill and feta flavour combination. Since I discovered it I have used that flavour combination in many dishes but this pie with its light and flaky phyllo pastry crust might just be the best!
7 Layer Dip – This is a nice, fairly healthy take on the classic 7 layer dip that contains so many of my favourite Mexican flavours!
Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks with Marinara Sauce – This is another great snack that is also healthy! You just can’t go wrong with crispy baked sticks of zucchini with a tasty marinara sauce for dipping.
Salmon Teriyaki – I am glad that this recipe made it to the top 10 as it is one of my favourite no muss, no fuss, super quick, never fail, meals that is just so good! It is even better when you make your own homemade teriyaki sauce.
Chinese Hot and Sour Soup – This soup is one of the things that I always like to get when eating Chinese takeout and although it can be a bit tricky to make at home it is well worth the effort!