Parenting a toddler and then adding a second kid into my life has reduced the amount of time I get to spend in the kitchen but I did have the opportunity to try some great new recipes this year. I also miraculously had the foresight to keep track of those recipes to share them with you. I did not, however, do a great job of photographing them. No matter, all of the recipes linked have great photos on their respective pages. They’re well worth checking out.
For most of the year, I was making pizza about once a week. I’ve very rarely used pizza recipes, I use what’s on hand what was available at the CSA and whatever I feel like that week. But for whatever reason, this recipe from Smitten Kitchen caught my eye when she posted it on Instagram. This pizza is so good. It was a fantastic way to use broccoli when it was in season. Do not skip the lemon it totally makes the dish.
I’ll be honest – one of the things I like best about this recipe is the way the potatoes turn out. Since making this recipe the first time, I’ve made just the potato part multiple times and served them as a side for various meals. The lentils and goat cheese together are also an excellent combination.
I made an intentional quest to use my slow cooker more this year than previously. I know the slow cooker can be really useful and would make my life easier. I didn’t find as many slow cooker recipes that I really liked as I hoped but this one was a winner. It’s hearty and easy, as long as you can find hominy, which is not always easy in my area.
Steak doesn’t make a lot of appearances in our household but something about this recipe caught my eye. It didn’t hurt that it was a good way to use up seasonal lettuce from the farm and not have additional carbs in my diet. Now that I’m opposed to carbs but I eat a lot of them. I didn’t miss carbs in this meal at all.
A second beef recipe that caught my eye, and a second Smitten Kitchen recipe. This burger was delicious and helped me escape my fear of making burgers. It also convinced me that Martin’s potato rolls really are delicious – something my husband has been telling me for years.
Late this year Brian and I discovered the YouTube channel Binging with Babish. On the channel, Andrew Rea name recreates various dishes in a very stylized and approachable manner. For whatever reason Brian decided he wanted to start making use of our cast iron skillet that rarely sees the light of day and decided to try this cornbread recipe. Cornbread is another recipe that I make fairly regularly but the recipe I used to make is nothing compared to this. We’re borderline obsessed and made it twice in less than 2 weeks.