It's been another great year of experimenting in the kitchen, photographing tasty meals and blogging about our adventures. I'm excited for all 2012 holds for Jim and I, but I don't want to rush into the new year without first taking a look back at our favorites from 2011.
Croque Monsieur is basically a fancy ham and cheese covered in a creamy bechamel sauce. "Croque Madame" is a similar sandwich with an egg on top.
Beef Wellington. I made this a couple times this past year and blew Jim's mind every time. He LOVES this dish, shhhhh, just don't tell him it has mushrooms in it.
I would say 2011 was the year for PASTA in this house. On the heels of our Italy honeymoon in 2010, I was determined to make my own pasta. I made a LOT of pasta this year!
Chicken Florentine Crepes nearly enough. Jim called these "Awesome!"
Mussels last year after a friend of mine shared some with me at a wine bar. They are incredibly inexpensive and so tasty served with crusty bread to dip into the cooking broth. This is great for a crowd.
Salmon. I always thought it was too fishy, but learned that I like King Salmon cooked for 8 minutes on the grill with some serious spices. Knowing just how good it is for me is also a huge incentive to grill Salmon at least once a week.
Last, but certainly not least are these Mint Love Letters with Spicy Lamb Sausage that has a prominent place at the top of our Best Of 2011 list. Fresh homemade sheets of pasta are stuffed with a filling of fresh mint, blanched peas and salty parmesan. The ravioli's are cut, boiled and topped with a intriguing tomato sauce spiced with Merguez lamb sausage.
Hope you enjoyed our list of favorites from 2011! We look forward to what 2012 brings and I can't wait to share everything with you here on HWM.