25 months. Hard to believe this blog has been writing itself (ha) for two years and one month. Amazing. Really.
In honor of this two year occasion, I'm looking back at the most viewed recipe posts. This is partially out of nostalgia but also admitted vain glory, reintroducing the reader to my unsurpassed cooking prowess represented in this varied palate.
One might think a recipe is an easy out . Inspiration or just because I was cooking that day, there is much debate about presentation, photography and active food prep.
I hope this will make you want to read a few. Test a few. I will lead the way through the "favorites" maze.
Bon Appetit! Shown in order of popularity.
# 1 PEA SALAD FOR A TRUE SOUTHERN REPAST SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
A distinct family favorite served over purple hull peas. Diced summer tomatoes, onions and green bell pepper make up this confetti for your palate. Vinegar and sugar round out this party on a plate. Hot sliced, buttered cornbread, purple hull peas and pea salad. All that is southern.
# 2 PERFECT ICED TEA EVEN IN THE MORNING AUGUST 16, 2013
An experienced cook unable to make perfect iced tea. A sad spot in the road. But practice makes perfect and this experiment always results in a consistently, refreshing beverage. There is no sugar in this recipe but it is an easy addition. If you drink iced tea in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning, you may have a southern gene. Truthfully, the Mason Dixon line has little to do with this favorite of favorites that looks pretty in any setting and compliments any meal or midnight snack.
# 3 LABOR BY THE POUND SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
Nothing beats butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla. Imagine the delight of the first cook to figure out this combo! Whipping cream is the surprise ingredient. This cake is tasty any hour of the day. Be warned. The simplicity of this cake is a false front for its twisted ability to increase consumption and waistlines. It should be a labor to lift a bite.
A tie for #4
# 4 PROPER EASTER EGG CONSUMPTION: THE DEVILED EGG APRIL 21, 2014
|A perfect Devilishly Good Curried Egg|
# 4 WOO PIG SOOIE PIES OCTOBER 26, 2014
|WOO PIG SOOIE PIES|
Pumpkin. Cream cheese. Ginger. Fall. The only words necessary. Martha Stewart recipe. Despite the labor involved, this recipe is in my limited fall lineup. Too good to pass by. Infact, fall just doesn't seem right without these little piggies. They easily freeze for use on another day. If you take them to a party, leave a few at home. Otherwise, you will not get a bite. My pig collection is keeping guard.
CHILI BY DISTRACTION FEBRUARY 2, 2015
An interesting way to picture my delicious chili by distraction. Cooking distracted is not advisable. Sometimes it just happens. This is a recipe for disaster but saved at the last moment. Enjoyment was doubled the next day watching our annual snowfall.
GOING TO MAINE POTATO SOUP
OCTOBER 23, 2013
Potatoes, Cheddar. Sour cream. Favorite, favorite soup. Did I mention bacon? Curative powers and rave reviews. Named for my favorite place in the world!
olEYEve cheese BALLS for a YUMMY HALLOWEEN APP
OCTOBER 29, 2013
Olive cheese balls. My very first appetizer and also the first time I watched THE BIRDS. Very sophisticated for a ten year old. These scream party!!!
ONLY THE FOURTH
OF FEBLUEARY FEBRUARY 4, 2014
To warm the cockles of your heart. My mother's spiced tea recipe. Simple is sweet and deceptive.
DON'T LEAVE HOME
OCTOBER 3, 2013
An admitted lover of curry. This is a recipe anyone will love. The chutney is the touch of piquant perfection. Recipe from Liza Ashley, Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Another party time highlight!
# 10 #SIZZLE - PERFECT CORNBREAD - NO STICK GUARANTEE
November 23, 2013
My very first flight into cooking. This is one item of perfection I enjoy. The sizzle must not fizzle.
# 10 PERFECT CORNBREAD DRESSING - A TURKEY DAY POSTCARD
Another tie. Why not? It's about cornbread. The perfect backside from a pan of cornbread. Necessary item for delicious cornbread dressing. Cornbread dressing is southern in all caps. No matter where you hang your heart. This recipe is a traditional centerpiece for any special meal.
I apologize for the crazy happening of my blog. A very hungry gremlin made the column feature take over and I haven't figured it out, yet. Obviously, ha, I have hit something somewhere. I can cook but barely compute.