I've been thinking about this post for a couple of days now. I've been blogging for just over a year now. I didn't bother with a big "blogiversary" post as the holidays were taking up a lot of my time with cooking and prepping for our gathering. When I started this blog, it was because I had been inspired by other food blogs that I had read and learned quite alot from in the past. I never realized that by writing about cooking and my experiences that I would be connected to so many wonderful people! I've made some wonderful new friends this year through blogging.
I've become a bit more adventurous this past year in the types of recipes I'll attempt. My family has been really good sports as I make different recipes each time I head into the kitchen. I have been *nice* enough to repeat some favorites for them throughout the year as well. Gotta keep them happy, right? I also realized that I do have some limitations. I joined the Daring Bakers, but did not last beyond a couple of months. I just didn't have the time to make the rather lengthy recipes with so many different components. Perhaps one day when life slows down I'll go back and work my way through some of their past challenges.
For the coming year, I am setting a few cooking goals. My blog will continue to showcase my successes and failures (which, thankfully, aren't as often as they used to be!), cookbooks and products that I love. I'm also going to work toward learning some new cooking techniques throughout the year, and will be referring to Martha Stewart's Cooking School cookbook for many of those lessons. I also hope to create some more original recipes that I will share as I perfect them. I will continue to share links to other food blogs that have recipes that may inspire you as much as they do me. I always welcome comments and questions, so feel free to post a comment or email me directly.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who take the time out of your day to stop by and read about my cooking. I do appreciate each one of you, and hope you'll continue to enjoy what you find here. May each of you have a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2009!
Now, I couldn't leave you hanging without a recipe! I wouldn't do that to you! I made these amazing Triple Chocolate Truffle Bars (click HERE for the recipe) as part of a dessert plate I served for our Hanukkah gathering. They are V-E-R-Y rich and decadent, which is why I cut them into very small bite-size pieces.
They are so simple to prepare, but you will want to clean your knife after each slice to ensure clean cuts.
Looking for more sweet endings to 2008? Try these recipes:
Stacey at Simply Tasty made some incredible looking Saltine Toffee. That would be the first to go at any gathering where I am invited!
Deborah at Taste and Tell has shared some wonderful Banana and Chocolate Empanadas! Simply wonderful!
Head over to Stephanie's Kitchen for some Chocolate Mint Cookies that look irresistable!
Joy the Baker made a truly awe-inspiring Mocha Hazelnut Marble Cake that makes the loss of the perfect black dress a non-issue!
Cheers and Happy New Year from My Family to Yours!