2011 was a big year for us. A busy one. We became parents to our beautiful, sweet, Baby Boy. Our lives are so much different this New Years Eve than they were this time last year – and we love that. We love him.
This year we also began sharing recipes and blogging in earnest. While The Keenan Cookbook was technically launched in December of 2009, it was only in April of 2011 that we started regularly posting, taking pictures, and sharing our stories.
So here, at the end of the year, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite recipes and posts of the year. Following, in no particular order, are posts that are special to us either because they have become mainstays in our menu, or the story/recipe have special meaning to us.
This recipe, and the tin my Mom bakes it in, is almost 100 years old! My great grandmother baked this pie for years until she passed both recipe and tin to my Mom. We can’t share the tin but we can share this old family recipe with you!
My Grandmother, Nana, is 92 years old (God bless her!) and still baking! This is my Nana’s Applesauce Cake, and we were delighted to share it with you.
Sesame Ginger Meatballs
Easy to make, light, and delicious, this recipe makes an appearance for dinner at least once a month.
The recipe alone is delicious but we love the memories of bringing home Baby Boy that muffins evoke for us – a beautiful memory shared in this post.
We were getting pretty tired of plain old burgers until we tried this recipe, and we’ve been using and loving it ever since. The combination of herbs and spices really add so much flavor and excitement to burgers.
Nothing says summer to Rachel and I here in NJ like a delicious fresh bruschetta sandwich; vine ripe tomatoes, mozzarella and arugula on fresh Italian bread. Just including this picture for the round up has us yearning for warmer days.
After some misguided attempts at bread baking in the past (as explained in the post) I finally bake a simple tomato basil bread with delicious results. An awesome recipe for any amateur or aspiring bread baker.
For Rachel’s birthday I baked up these delicious cupcakes. They are pretty much our standard birthday cupcake go-to now.
I’ve made these brownies a number of times in the months since first posting and they are always a hit. The name alone always gets people excited. What’s not to love about the flavor combination in these brownies?
Braised Country Style Pork Ribs in Ginger Ale & Hoisin Sauce
A sweet and savory dish with pork that falls apart at the touch. This is good comfort food right here.
We had a lot of fun sharing recipes and stories with you over the year. Rachel and I thank you for your support and following our cooking adventures. It’s been fun – and delicious! – and we look forward to even more next year. Happy New Year!
Tell us in the comments below- What your favorite post or recipe of 2011?