Goodbye 2008 and 200th Post!

by Melissa on December 31, 2008

I have a very large backlog of posts to get up, but I decided that I wanted my last post of 2008 and also my 200th post to be one of review and reflection. 2008 was a a very exciting year for me in my culinary adventures. First off, I started this blog on January 28th and it has grown into more than I could imagine. I love what my little virtual cookbook has become. I have pushed myself take on new challenges simply to be able to “blog about them.” As a result, I am much more comfortable in the kitchen, both with cooking and baking. I also love that people actually read my blog, and I love reading your comments. Thank you!

Here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:


img_0121.jpg Chocolate Chip Cookies– this is my favorite chocolate cookie recipe ever, they always come out perfectly soft and delicious!


img_0527.jpg Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale– this has become a staple in our house, my husband loves this recipe and requests it at least a couple times a month.


img_1403.jpg Parmesan-Pecorino Orzo– again, this recipe has become another staple in our house. We love the versatility of orzo, and have it frequently as a side dish.


 Oatmeal Carmelitas– probably my favorite bar recipe, so easy to make and always delicious.  


 Chicken Enchiladas– I love Mexican food, and these were fantastic!


 Scallops Provencal– my favorite seafood recipe.

 Death by Chocolate Triffle– this has been one of my top posts since I made it, it is always a hit wherever I bring it.


 Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Lemon Mustard Sauce– the pork is so flavorful and tender, and the lemon mustard sauce is just plain delicious!

 Spinach Spread– one of my “go-to” appetizers.


 Seven Layer Salad– perfect for a cookout.


 Pina Colada Cupcakes– the combination of coconut cupcakes and pineapple frosting made these my all time favorite cupcakes.

 Cheddar Ale Spread– I can’t wait to make this again for the Superbowl!


 Cherry Upside Down Cake– this is a must-have in our house once the weather gets cold, especially around Christmas.

 Pineapple Chicken Salad– a different and delicious way to prepare chicken salad, this was a huge hit at my sister-in-law’s baby shower.


0431 Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tartlets– Heaven in a tart shell, enough said.

151 Fresh Apple Cake– I grew up with this cake and it will always be one of my favorites.


 img_4275Honey Yeast Rolls– a very popular recipe in the food blog world, for good reason, these are the best rolls ever!

Some other favorites:


028 Warm Spiced Cider– Made in the crockpot and perfect for a cold day!

 Strawberry Lemonade– A bit more work than the spiced cider, but delicious and refreshing.


 Abby’s First Birthday Cake-I also took the Wilton Cake Decorating classes this year and discovered that I love decorating cakes! I made a ton of cakes, both in and out of class, but my favorite decorated cake was this one that I made for my daughters first birthday party. I was so proud of how it came out!

 Classic Pooh Cake– I made this for my sister-in-laws baby shower and it was so cute!

Cake Flavors:

img_4370 Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting– if you like carrot cake, you will love this recipe.

057 Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting– my favorite cake/frosting combination. This chocolate cake is my “go-to” recipe, and it is perfect with creamy peanut butter frosting.

 Perfect Party Cake– the combination of fresh lemon and raspberry flavors truly makes this a perfect party cake.


img_1125.jpg Chicken Taco Soup– a warm and hearty soup, and so simple to make.

Cupcake Bites!

This year in review would not be complete without a shout-out to Cupcake Bites. A huge Thank You to Bakerella for coming up with these little treats. I made them here, here and here.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a happy and safe New Years Eve!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

joelen December 31, 2008 at 9:48 pm

What a delicious round up of eats! I’m looking forward to another year of tasty things Made by Melissa! Happy New Year :)


elly January 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Happy New Year and congrats on your 200th post! Great roundup of recipes!


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