Greatest Hits, Tastiest Bits of 2008

On this final day of 2008, I’m looking down memory lane and marveling at the way we’ve evolved as cooks -- what we learned at the stove, how we laughed and cried, how much we chopped and fried. (Insert Carol Burnett theme song at any time.) So follow along and humor me with my lil' poem ditty, and weigh in if you so please. Happy New Year!

(Kim O'Donnel)

You shared your kitchen stories

About Mom….Saluting Mom: Your Kitchen Stories

….and Dad…. He’s Your Daddy

…and family traditions that date to WWII….Baking for the Troops

You tried something new
Eat Local Challenge

and shared your tried-and-true
Getting Thrifty: Reader Tricks and Tips

Roast Chicken: What’s Your Secret

(Kim O'Donnel)

You helped each other
Chat Leftovers: Heart-Smart Apps, College Kid Cookbooks...
Save the Nancys With Your 30-Minute Specials

And when I set off for my cross-country eating adventure this summer, you helped me chart my course...Mighty Appetite Road Map
...for three weeks, I checked in with you from the road -- Des Moines, Red Lodge, Lincoln and the blueberry capital of the world, to name just a few...

Together, we did lots of lists:

20 Ways to Soup It Up Without Leaving the House

14 Things to Know about Beans

10 Ways To Get Your ‘Loupe On

Kim’s Six Go-To Kitchen Favorites

A Month’s Worth of Eco-Bites

World Hunger: by the Numbers

(Kim O'Donnel)

When we weren't getting schooled in pie dough...Pie Dough 101...

We waxed philosophical about grilled cheese...Tao of Grilled Cheese... and we debated bacon.
We chewed the fat on
Veep Debate Viewing Vittles...and we went Meatless on Mondays, an idea that you helped foster.

This year's recipe discoveries were many and varied. Here are some of my new favorites, in no particular order:

Uncle Jeff’s Brisket

Devra's Beet Quesadilla

Kale Pesto

Chocolate Sorbet

Mister MA’s Birthday Cherry Cobbler

Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake

Tofu Brownies

Fig-Olive Tapenade

Roasted Delicata Squash Rings

Curried Potatoes with Red Lentil Sauce

Tropical French Toast

Black Bean Burgers

Alas, we didn't get around to Curry Week nor did we take on Spice IQ with regularity, but these are high on the to-do list for 2009. Stay tuned for more on stretching your food dollars and a reader recipe of the week, an idea I'm fiddling with.

All of this to say, it's been a great year, and I owe much of its greatness to you. Thank you for showing up early and often from all corners of the country, and thank you for challenging me when you see fit. Here's to your very mighty appetites!

P.S. The AMA Recipe Index has been updated! All recipes that have been tested for the blog to date have been included. You'll also find link to index on left hand side of this page.

By Kim ODonnel |  December 31, 2008; 7:00 AM ET Kitchen Musings
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Happy New Year, Kim. And thanks again for all you've taught us this year. I've been meaning to share a new recipe with you that I probably never would have thought of without this chat/blog. I haven't named it yet, but here goes.

1.5 pounds boneless chicken, cut into 24 cubes.
1 pound thick slab bacon, cut in half for 24 pieces.
24 chunks butternut squash
1 jar Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipolte marinade.

Marinate the chicken in 1/2 bottle of Mrs. Dash.
Spear chunk of squash with toothpick, add chicken, wrap with bacon.
Place in sprayed glass baking dish.
Add a little water to the marinade jar, shake, and pour over chicken/bacon.
Bake at 425, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crispy.

(I have a slow oven, so I finished 'em up with 5 minutes in the broiler.)


Posted by: ArlingtonGay | December 31, 2008 10:05 AM

I'll vote for the black bean burger as my favorite recipe from the blog this year. For us, it'll be a sushi and sparkling new year.

Happy New Year, Kim!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 31, 2008 4:38 PM

Thanks for updating the index, Kim. Must have been a lot of work (and sort of tedious!) and we are grateful. Happy 2009, one and all.

Posted by: Agathist | January 2, 2009 9:32 AM

Kim -
Thanks for 2008 BLOG RECAP: the list helped me find gems I missed 1st time around.
Please keep up and/or restore the MONTHLY FOOD MAGAZINE REVIEW - that was a great feature, and I don't remember seeing it since you moved to Seattle.

Posted by: imashalom | January 7, 2009 5:43 AM

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