2010, what an eventful year it has been. We moved halfway across the world, met fabulous new people, saw beautiful sights, cooked a lot of gluten free food, and of course photographed it all for you We’ve had happy times and sad times, good news and bad news, and at the end of the day are still here, together, hopefully a little wiser, and able to be in close contact with our family and friends an ocean away. I hope you all have had a good year, and here is to hoping the best for 2011!
To end 2010, I am sharing my top ten list. This order isn’t based on any statistics, number of comments, any measurable metric. It’s a completely subjective list of the posts that meant the most to me that I think you will enjoy. So without further ado, je vous présente the list!
A Pasta to Remember Summer By – A simple and easy to throw together bowl of the last of Summer’s bounty, along with a few stories of one of our first hikes into the Swiss Alps.
Gazpacho Blanco – After coming across this recipe, it’s become one of my favorites during the warm weather – light and cool, no cooking required, and totally simple to make. We love this soup – white bell peppers, grapes, cucumbers, it’s sure to impress if you are entertaining, and sure to refresh when the heat just won’t quit.
Un Voyage en France: Julia Child’s Bourguignon, avec Canard – Last Spring my husband and I traveled to Beaune, France to get a taste of Bourgogne and of course un p’tit peu du vin. To make a dish worthy of the beautiful wine we had, I created a version of Julia Child’s famous beouf bourguignon using duck instead of beef. Totally not traditional, and I had to modify the recipe a bit because duck cooks a bit differently from beef, but it was really a lovely rustic dinner.
NY Style Sun-Dried Tomato Bagels – One of my best gluten free baking successes to date, I really could not tell the difference between these and regular glutenicious bagels. Everyone who is gluten free needs to know about these bagels and try them for themselves, thanks so much to Maggie for a great recipe!.
Moitié-Moitié Swiss Fondue – Living in Switzerland has if nothing else educated me on perfecting the art of enjoying cheese fondue as well as having an appreciation for one of my now-favorite of Swiss cheeses, vacherin fribourgeois. If you can get a hold of this cheese, you must make moitié-moitié fondue. Must.
The Daring Cooks do Mezze – Pita Bread! I love being a member of Daring Cooks, I’ve been lucky enough to have found them back when they started in Spring of 2009, and enjoyed many great experiences and new tastes as a result of the fantastic challenges everyone has put forth. This year, I even got to take part in hosting a challenge as well! Jill and I co-challenged everyone to poach eggs for Dec. 2010, and was absolutely blown away at the talent and creativity of this extremely diverse group. I wanted to highlight this particular challenge back from February though. It was the first time I tried to document and think through what it means to adapt a recipe to gluten free, and shared some of my tips/experiences based on what I’ve come across. In fact, being challenged to make pita bread was really the spark that ignited my 15-week series on gluten free substitutions. A chemist at heart, I am fascinated by how gluten free ingredients work (or don’t) together, and want to discover the “rules” so-to-speak behind successful gluten free cooking and baking. While my weekly series only lasted 15 weeks, it’s not the last you will see of my curious scientific mind, of that you can be sure!
Vanilla French Toast for a Cool Autumn Day – everyone likes candy for breakfast! This sweet morning start can be made with either glutenicious bread or gluten free – because soaking the bread in egg/milk and then frying the slices in butter will turn even the worst pre-made GF bread into complete indulgent heaven. And if you are wondering how to work off the calories from such a breakfast, a nice hike through the cool and misty hills near Gruyères, Switzerland should do the trick
One of my most popular posts from 2010 was a rendition of a copycat recipe of P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Wasabimon. Was it the irresistible lettuce wraps or the trip to the beautiful canton of Ticino, Switzerland that made this post such a hit? Not really sure, but we’ve made this recipe at least 5 times since if that says anything about it.
Flourless Chocolate Torte – By far the most popular post of the year, and for good reason – Godiva has got a really awesome recipe here! This is the naturally gluten free cake that got me through my grad school days of thesis writing. This insanely rich and intense torte is what chocolate cake really should be all about – I’ve got this one memorized so I can make it anytime.
It’s been an incredible year, thanks for joining with me and reading along – I’ll be back after the New Year with some tales and delights from our Christmas holiday, and hopefully lots more gluten free recipes to share!
Je vous souhaite une bonne année!