2009 has been a fun year for Eat at Home. I moved from Blogger to this site in April. Since then, I’ve posted about 6 times a week. I’ve cooked lots of new recipes and old favorites. I’ve had a few flops, but I’ve also created several original recipes that are now family favorites. Here are a few recipes, tips and other posts that stand out for me.
Best New-to-Me Slow Cooker Recipe
I love my slow cooker and I’ve made so many good meals in it this year that it’s hard to choose. Two that stand out for me are Zesty Crockpot Chicken and Garlic Chicken with More Garlic. I can’t forget Italian Beef Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker. There are many others and if you asked on a different day, you might get different answers. Here’s the link to the slow cooker recipes if you want to find new ones for yourself.
It’s impossible to choose a favorite dessert! I love the blast-from-the-past Pudding Cake. Way to a Man’s Heart cookies are scrumptious. The Cranberry Upside Down Cake and Blueberry Upside Down Cake that was adapted from it are both wonderful. I know my sister-in-law is looking for a cake to take to the fair this summer. The Blueberry Upside Down Cake might be a winner 😉
Cooking with Kids
Several kids I know have shared their cooking with me this year. My niece, Amanda, made the pretzel rods. She did a great job. She also shared snow men sugar cookies and Ritz bitz with peanut butter that she dunked in chocolate. Amanda and her family were snowed in for a few days before Christmas and she put the time to good use!
Abby shared her Doggie Treats recipe with me back in the summer. She made a little spending money for herself by baking the treats and selling them to the dog lovers that she knows.
I also had cooking time with my youngest daughter. We whipped up several things in the Easy Bake Oven. Some were good, some were flops. Then there was the time we ended up with cheese and hot dog stuck to the light bulb 😉
Most Popular Posts
By far, the most popular posts have been the Weekly Menus. The first 3 menus have been downloaded a combined 4676 times! There are now 21 weeks of menus.
I’ve heard from quite a few of you that the grocery lists really save a lot of time. One woman told me that her family vacationed at a cabin in Alaska and they took one of my menus with grocery list with them. She said they were able to shop quickly and get dinner on the table fast, leaving lots of time for fun stuff. They also saved money by eating in their cabin instead of a restaurant.
Another menu will be published on Monday, so you can get your New Year off to an easy start.
In 2010, I want to learn to cook with mushrooms (and learn to like eating them). I also want to try quinoa. I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never had it.
What are your foodie goals this year? What meals became new favorites for your family?
I wish you all a very Happy New Year!