Notables from Twenty Eleven

Oh, hi!

I’m still alive.  I avoided my computer like the plague while I was off of work, except for some funny YouTube video viewing, so you’ll please excuse my prolonged absence.

In lieu of giving you my New Year’s resolutions (because I, um, haven’t gotten that far yet), and thanks to my friend Chrissy for the special request, I figured I’d share with you some favorite dishes that came out of my kitchen during 2011.

(Maybe my resolution for 2012 should be to stop using run-on sentences.  Jeez.)

Without further ado, and in no particular order, I give you BTR’s “Top Ten from Twenty Eleven”:

1. Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

And under 300 calories a pop. Quite a feat, if I do say so myself.

2. Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Not your British grandma’s dinner.

3. Hot (Wing) Potatoes

also see: Southwestern Loaded Potatoes

I like putting things in potatoes, apparently.

4. Butternut Squash Quinoa Risotto with Bacon and Kale

Long name, but worth it.

5. Pancetta Brussels Sprout Mac

A classic. I could probably eat this every day.

6. Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Not a substitute for mashed potatoes, but just as good.

7. Sausage and Caramelized Onion Tacos

Simple, yet so good.

8. Springtime Stuffed Chicken

Yeah, it’s good during any season, I was just being kitschy.

9. Green Chili Enchiladas

I made these vegetarian, but you could add chicken or beef in place of the black beans.  Just don’t be a hater and leave the cheese out, k?

10. Sweet and Sour Braised Cabbage

I figured I should round this list out with something braised.  But it’s good, I promise.

And with that, I bid 2011 adieu.  It was a bit of a rollercoaster of a year for me, but it’s good to see that my kitchen didn’t really suffer for it.

Here’s to lots more recipes in 2012!

14 thoughts on “Notables from Twenty Eleven

  1. I NEED to make that butternut squash pasta. And the cauliflower. And the enchiladas. Unless of course you want to come here and cook it all for me – I would be ok with that. 🙂

  2. Seriously, when are you making me dinner? I’ll bring wine. Lots and lots of wine! 🙂

    2011 may have been a rollercoast year for you (me too, sister) but you had an awesome year in the kitchen! Can’t wait to see what you cook up (and hopefully share) in 2012!

  3. gah, i love you and your love for cheese. i would like one of everything here please!

    p.s. seriously, online dating + Milwaukee…it’s happening this year.

  4. I avoided the computer like the plague during my time off too! I loooooved it. Happy New Year! And thanks for the recipies 🙂

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