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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Roundup - Favourite Meals From 2012

As 2012 draws to a close I though I'd look back at some posts from earlier in the year that may have been missed.  These are some of my favourite meals I posted near the beginning of the year, but I've made them again several times since then. Some were old favourites and some were new to me but they're all part of my permanent rotation now.

Hopefully you can see some improvement in the photography since these older posts.  The lighting should be better at least!

So here's a second look at some great meals this year.

#1  Simple Seafood Pasta



This was our New Years dinner last year.  It is simple and delicious and the best part is, you can really use whatever seafood you have on hand.  

#2 To Do: Make Caesar Salad from Scratch



The first time I made this it was a revelation.  I'm not going to say I haven't used store-bought Caesar salad dressing this year but I really feel strongly that home made is the way to go.  

#3 Easy & Fancy Rack of Lamb for Two



I made this in January and again a few times this year because it is so sophisticated and delicious but so easy!  The potatoes taste amazing after cooking under the lamb.  You can serve two or four or more by just increasing the ingredients. 

#4  French Onion Pastina



This is one of my go-to pantry recipes for a cold night.  I always have onions and parmesan cheese on hand and I keep pastina in the cupboard just for this.  It's very easy and even with fancy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano it is still pretty inexpensive.  Try this!  

#5 Pork, Butternut Squash and Fennel Stew



Another one of my favourite recipes. I make this often throughout the year but especially in fall and winter.  I've got some pork shoulder in the freezer right now and plan to make this soon. The finsished stew also freezes very well.  

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