December 29, 2009

Welcome 2010: Top Ten Posts of 2009 (Plus a New Year’s Resolution or Two)

photo courtesy of Toby Harmon

In a few days, another decade comes to a close. Can you remember what happened 10 years ago? The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time. (This year, we were all happy that it reached that mark again!) It then proceeded to reach 11,000 less than two months later. The strongest tornado ever recorded in world history slammed into Moore, Oklahoma. George W. Bush announced that he would seek the Republican Party nomination for President. The world population reached 6 billion. (We’re now nearly at 6.7 billion!) And as 1999 came to a close, the world sat on pins and needles, wondering if Y2K was going to wreak havoc. (source: Wikipedia) My, how things have changed.

With the arrival of 2010, there are so many things to celebrate. Personally, I am so thankful that our family has fared well during this time of economic crisis. I am thankful that my family is healthy. In this past year, we lost family members near and dear to our hearts, but I am thankful that we enjoyed many wonderful years together. I look forward to the next year, and the next decade, as there are many wonderful things to come.

In the spirit of the New Year, I want to share with you all the top 10 successes of Tasty Eats At Home for 2009. These are the ten most popular recipes on Tasty Eats At Home. A few are prior to my gluten-free days – but upon realizing their success, I now wish to make plans to convert them to gluten-free and re-post them in the coming year. That way, everyone can enjoy them!

1. Vegetarian Bean and Pumpkin Chili, plus a Gluten-Free Cheddar Serrano Biscuit – This is a delicious and easy recipe. I love that it requires little active cooking time, it’s healthy, and it’s comforting. Oh, and of course, delicious! I plan on making another batch this week!

2. Korean Short Ribs Tacos – This was one of my favorite recipes to make! Ever since I learned of Kogi BBQ, I dreamed of the flavors in their tacos – salty, spicy, sweet, tangy – and I couldn’t stop thinking about them until I made this dish! I still have no idea if the recipe is close to the original, as I haven’t ventured to Los Angeles, nor has Kogi BBQ arrived in Dallas, but who cares? These tacos are so tasty, they’re craveable.

3. Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup and Gluten-Free Chive Biscuits – Is it a sign that more than one of my top recipes is vegetarian and healthy? I loved this soup, and have made it several times. It’s easy, and it’s hard to mess up. It also makes a perfect first course dish.

4. The Best Brownies in the World – These babies aren’t gluten-free as written. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – if you substitute rice flour for the regular flour, and add about a teaspoon of xanthan gum, you’d never know the difference. There isn’t much flour in the original recipe to begin with, so the texture doesn’t change much when converting it to gluten-free. I’ll definitely re-make and re-post these gluten-free soon. They’re so worth it.

5. Make-Ahead (Gluten-Free) Turkey Gravy and Stuffing – I can see how this is a favorite. When you have food intolerances, often times you miss those comforting foods you can no longer have, especially around the holidays. This recipe makes it possible to enjoy those favorites again. I’m definitely going back to this year after year for Thanksgiving.

6. Spiced Pear Jam – This reminds me – I wish I would have canned more jams, jellies, and pickles this past summer. It wasn’t all that difficult, and I love that I have a few jars left to enjoy through the winter. Definitely doing this again next summer!

7. Nopalitos con Huevos – This recipe was posted pre-gluten-free. Gluten-free chorizo can be found, but it’s not always easy. I have found that Whole Foods makes a gluten-free chorizo; they sell it at the meat counter. It’s quite tasty too. If you substitute a spicy breakfast sausage, this dish would still be delicious.

8. Chipotle Pork Tinga Tacos – Rick Bayless, how I love him. This recipe comes from his book Mexican Everyday, and is absolutely wonderful. I also love that it’s a slow cooker recipe, making my dinner prep a snap.

9. Exploring Texas BBQ – The recipes from this post are numerous, as this was one of my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 events. It was probably one of the most fun events too – and what a great way for me to learn to smoke meat! We still talk about the barbacoa – how delicious it was, how incredibly huge that head was, etc. Great event, and I can’t wait until the next warm, lazy weekend, so I can crank up the smoker and create a delicious meal.

10. Turnip Green, Bean and Cheese Empanadas – Another vegetarian recipe, although this one isn’t gluten-free as written. No worries, though – I loved these so much, I’m determined to come up with a suitable gluten-free empanada dough to substitute. After all, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a hand-held pocket of veggie and cheesy goodness! Stay tuned!

Are there any favorites that you have that didn’t make the list? What would you love to see on Tasty Eats At Home in 2010?

Of course, my New Year’s post wouldn’t be complete without resolutions. Apparently, posting my resolutions here forces me to focus on them. I have managed to achieve most of last year’s resolutions. I still need to work on expanding my knowledge of Indian cuisine, and I need to make a few key Mexican dishes, make sushi, fried chicken, and sausage. We’ll add those to the 2010 list. Here goes – ten Tasty Eats At Home resolutions for 2010!

1. Convert The Best Brownies in the World to gluten-free

2. Convert Empanadas to gluten-free

3. Perfect and post a gluten-free bread recipe

4. Expand knowledge of Indian cuisine

5. Learn to make posole and menudo

6. Learn to make sushi

7. Learn to make Southern fried chicken and chicken-fried steak, both gluten-free

8. Learn to make sausage

9. Incorporate more vegetarian dishes into our daily diet (and on the blog!)

10. Learn to make gluten-free puff pastry

Happy New Year, everyone!

23 Responses to “Welcome 2010: Top Ten Posts of 2009 (Plus a New Year’s Resolution or Two)”

  1. Everything sounds wonderful Alta! For sushi, the Daring Cooks recipe worked well for me. Its not too hard either =D. Best Brownies in the world, eh? I might have to give those babies a go!

  2. Sushi is so much fun! I like Empanadas too! I should try making my Chilean empanadas. Nice post by the way!

  3. alot of hard work and a wonderful tribute….congrats on this great top 10 of 2009…these are so amazing to change over to gluten free ….great job!

  4. My new year’s resolution is to make your spiced pear jam. Best wishes for 2010!

  5. wonderful post! everything sounds great!
    thanks for the hard work!

  6. This is a wonderful post Alta! You’ve done such an amazing job here! I just love learning so many gluten free recipes from you! One of my favorites, which I still haven’t made was the banana souffle. That really inspired me to make one as well! I’m now excited to post my New Year’s blog resolutions ;) By the way, check out my blog on Friday…. posole!!

  7. wonderful post and can’t to read about how your New Year’s resolutions will come to fruition. :)

  8. What a great list of recipes! Looking forward to a New Year of many (vegetarian) more!

  9. Everything sounds great. Glad you already started with your new goals for 2010. Good luck and have fun. Have a great new year.

  10. So many great jobs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. Happy 2010!

  11. wow, I want all of them! :) Happy new year!

  12. A really neat list of resolutions, Alta. I have a good friend that makes her own sausage – you might be able to get some tips from her. She’s local. In fact, she said she’d teach me and I never called her. It would be fun to go together. :)

    I can’t wait to see some of your resolutions come to fruition. It will be fun to learn from you. Happy New Year!!!

  13. What a wonderful year of posts, Alta, and such a good idea to do a roundup like this. I love it. Happy New Year! …Susan

    • Amy – You’ll definitely have to let me know if you get in touch with her! That would be great fun!

      Diana – So glad I insired you! And I can’t wait for posole!

      Ericka – That’s super-flattering! :) Thanks!

      Lauren – I will definitely look at the DC recipes! I have a friend who wants to learn to make it too – we’re figuring we’ll learn together!

      LunaCafe, SimplyLife, TasteHongKong, Divina, Vegetable Matter, Serena, lululu, pegasuslegend, and Noelle – Thank you all so much! Happy New Year!

  14. What a beautiful list of dishes you’ve created and shared with us, and what a fabulous list of to-do’s for the new year! What a blessing to have you blogging yummy joy to the world!

  15. Hello
    Its really good to read this top ten most popular recipes.Your resolutions for 2010 are also nice and I like it.Thank you very much for this wonderful post.You have done a good job.

  16. I just loved that bean and pumpkin chili, so I am not surprised at how popular it is! Hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year!

  17. Oh, I’m sooo glad you put together this list. I missed a few of these and am definitely onto the Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup and the Spiced Pear Jam. I must skip the “Best Brownies” as I’ve had way too much of that kind of stuff lately. Maybe once I recover from the past few weeks! Take care and the best to you in 2010!

    Melissa

  18. Wonderful recipes, all! And here’s to many more.

  19. A lovely Top Ten! Your hard work really shows.

  20. very nice blog. the photos are fantastic

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