My Favorites from 2009 and Foodie Goals for 2010

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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

crockpot chicken with 20-40 garlic ingr1

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.

Favorite Pasta

tortellini with red pepper and peas doneI created several pasta dishes this year, but my two favorites are Penne Gorgonzola and Creamy Tortellini with Red Bell Pepper and Peas.

Favorite Dessert

blueberry upside down cake piece

It’s impossible to choose a favorite dessert!  I love the blast-from-the-past Pudding CakeWay 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

amanda's pretzels

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

weeklymenusBy 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.

Foodie Goals

In 2009, I conquered my fear of shrimp with Shrimp Scampi and Camarones con Arroz.  I tackled anchovies in Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil and in Red Sauce DiPaola.

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!

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  1. I commend you for over coming your fear of Shrimp.

    My goodness that is ONE food group I cannot work with no matter what. [I hate seafood. The smell, the touch and what it looks like, let alone eat it ha!].

    My goals this year are to try new spices. I have my ‘comfort’ spices and usually use the same 4-5 but 2010 im going to venture out more. Learn more about other spices and what they taste like and what they pair well with.

    Happy New years eve! 🙂

  2. My foodie goal is to make my own tortillas. We will see how that goes!

  3. I just made this meal using quinoa for the first time–loved it! I substituted chicken broth/buillon because that’s what I had in the house. I topped it with sliced avocado and salsa then served it with tortilla chips. (KEEN-wah) is a South American traditional grain. The Inca people regarded it as the “mother of all grains.” Quinoa features an interesting look and texture while boasting a high protein content (12-18%) plus a balanced set of amino acids making it a complete protein. Give the mother of all grains a try with this mixture of beans, corn and spices!
    • 2 cn black beans
    • 3⁄4 c quinoa, uncooked
    • 1 1⁄2 c water or vegetable broth
    • 1 cn corn
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 clv garlic, minced
    • seasoning:
    • 1 t cumin
    • 1 t chili powder
    • 1 T vegetable buillon
    • fresh cilantro, chopped
    1. Bring quinoa, water and bullion to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 min. or until water is absorbed into the quinoa.
Note: If you’re using vegetable broth, exclude the vegetable bullion.
2. In a large skillet or pan saute onion and garlic with a splash of water or a dab of oil until onion is translucent.
3. In the large skillet add black beans, corn, cooked quinoa and seasonings. Heat thoroughly.
4. Garnish with fresh cilantro, serve and enjoy!
    Serve this dish with chips and salsa, a fresh avocado and tomato salad.

  4. My goal is to cook with more fresh ingredients, less processed! And I think you are right Tiffany about taking the blueberry upside down cake to the fair this year. I was thinking of the cranberry version because we love it, but blueberries will be more seasonal! I think we have winner! Happy New Year! I look forward to all your 2010 recipes!
    PS. Amanda’s pretzels were yummy!

  5. My goal is to learn how to cook with stainless pots/pans-I just bought a set for myself.

  6. I’m going to learn how to make scones. I’ve wanted to for a long time but I’m not going to allow any excuses to get in the way this year.

  7. Tiffany, I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful blog. I’ve been using it for a few months now. It’s helped me a great deal, as I guess I had a bit of a fear of cooking for other people. I cooked Christmas dinner by myself for the first time this year and aside from an unexpected burn on my thumb, things turned out pretty good. I also baked bars and candy and gave them out to a lot of people. We also cooked for some friends on New Years, which was fun. So my foodie goal this year is to entertain more, also to watch my portions and cut back on making the sweets as I’ve gotten a little extra junk in the trunk these past couple of months:) . Happy New Year!

  8. Thank you for the wonderful recipes. I have one suggestion, it would make it easier for readers if you dated your weekly menus. Maybe a link from the article above with each recommendation would work. I hard a difficult time finding the slow cooker recipes above. I prefer the one page recipe without pictures, but it’s not listed anywhere. To find it I had to look at the original 2 page recipe date and go back to find find it. Just a suggestion. Thanks. I love your recipes!

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