Our 2011 Favorite Recipes

December 29, 2011

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2011 was a year filled with travel, food, new friendships, and self-reinvention. It was the year that I took many of my passions; photography, writing, meal planning, marketing/branding, and art directing, and rather than just doing it for myself, I am now getting paid by others to help them conceptualize their dreams.

I get paid to be creative and exercise my passions. Not bad, right? This past year took me to Mexico, Paris, and many other wonderful cities in the U.S. of A., and through those travels I met many wonderful people, learned more and more about myself, and realized(at 50), that I can balance both work and family.

Collectively, my kids and I compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes(both savory and sweet) that nurtured us throughout the year. I am grateful to have this place to share my family, my love for food, and my experiences. Happy 2012!

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Homemade Stove Top Macaroni ‘n Cheese


Ad Hoc Brownies

Persimmon Mojitos

Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream

Chili Relleno Tart

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

Pizza Muffins

Dulce de Leche Cake

Mini Pumpkin Spiced Baked Doughnuts

Chicken Burger Sliders

Strawberry Shortcake Cups with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim December 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

This all look delicious! Think I’m gonna try your pumkin doughnuts, they look fantastic! Hope you’re having great holidays! Happy New year!


2 Maria December 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Love them all! Happy New Year!


3 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I am so happy to hear you had a fantastic 2011, full of adventure, self discovery and travel. Just fab, Susan! Thanks for sharing this recipe round-up. I may try the stove-top mac-n-cheese soon. 🙂


4 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

So many things I need to make from this list but I have a feeling I’m going to start with the ad hoc brownies. I’ve had my eye on them for a while now.


5 aida mollenkamp December 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

Such a tasty list, Susan! I think the Persimmon Mojito is calling my name!


6 Wylie December 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

These look scrumptious! I think some may end up showing up on my New Year’s Day brunch table. Gorgeous photos. I think I need a lesson with you next time I’m in CA. xo Wylie


7 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 31, 2011 at 7:11 am

I’m just drooling over your photography! Dulce de Leche Cake? Oh my.


8 Susan December 31, 2011 at 8:20 am

Thanks Lori! Hopefully 2012 will bring us together, face to face. Happy New Year to you and yours. p.s. the Dulce de Leche cake is worth the few extra inches on your thighs!!


9 marla {family fresh cooking} January 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

Such FUN recipes Susan. Love those meringue topped cupcakes. Happy New Year!


10 Amanda January 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

These are definitely my favs too… well, pretty much everything you do is a favorite for me. 🙂


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