11 Highlights from 2011

by Jenn on December 29, 2011

in Gluten Free,Tastes

Au revoir 2011!

This has certainly been an eventful year for us – my sister got married, had a gorgeous baby boy, and we are going to have a baby of our own next year! As I sit writing this currently sipping tea in Vienna fantasizing about what pastry delicacy I am going to enjoy today (or maybe just a steaming luscious hot chocolate  and whipped cream?), it’s pretty cool to reflect on how fortunate I have been in 2011.   I’ve been able to travel a bit this year and see some amazing sights – Germany, Spain, France,  Italy and the Alps of Switzerland!

I’ve met some amazing people this year, some of whom I’ve only recently gotten the pleasure to know, and others who I feel like I’ve known forever and finally was able to meet in person.  The Gluten Free Ratio Rally started this year as well, and each month continues to inspire me at the amazing talent in the blogosphere as well as the potential for fabulous gluten free recipes.  I’ve become ever more passionate with photography, and hope that continues to grow as well.

This blog has seen some changes, some evolution, and also some new features.  I have kept a running list of Food Blog Conferences and Events for well over a year now- which I keep as consistently updated as I can.  If you have information of conferences, tutorials, workshops, etc. related to food and/or food photography, please let me know to help keep this as complete and up to date as possible.  I also have a static page linking to various Photography Tips and Tutorials that I have come across on the interwebs, as well as my own blogging series which I have titled Amateur’s Food Photography – for tips and tricks that I, the amateur, have learned over my time ever fascinated with food photography.

But enough about ramblings of my life and blog this  year, let’s look at some food! Below are my eleven favorite posts and recipes from 2011, in no particular order – Hope you have also had a great year, and wish you all the best for 2012 :)

Mountaintop Rösti with Ham, Potatoes and Fried Egg

This naturally gluten free dish was inspired by our trip to Zermatt to see the Matthorn, where we sat at 3100m elevation enjoying rösti, one of the most popular foods in Switzerland – comfort food at its finest, best after hiking or skiing outside on a chilly breezy day.
Matterhorn on the Riffelsee

Buttered Apricots and Goat Cheese

This isn’t much of a recipe exactly, but it sure was tasty – we had apricots up to our noses last Summer, and one of my favorite ways to prepare them was very simply with some butter and melted cheese. Also works well with apples, pears, peaches, plums… um yeah just about anything.

Plate to Page Workshop

Plate to Page was a lovely 3 day weekend in Germany where I met some of the most amazing people and had the time of my life cooking, photographing, and writing.  Definitely a weekend and friends I will never forget!
Root Vegetables and Irish Beef

Basler Brunsli Cookies

I made these for Christmas, and while not very hard to convert to gluten free, were so enjoyable I may try to make them at other times during the year as well – Christmas in July party, perhaps?
Basler Brunsli

Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi with Truffled Pesto

This was one of my first successful gluten free conversions by simply replacing regular flour with gluten free, but doing all the substitutions by weight. I was so excited to finally be able to make gnocchi well!
Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi

GF Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon

Pasta is one of my favorite things make gluten free – it just takes a little practice, but opens up such a great variety of options – not to mention there is possibly nothing more satisfying than fresh made pasta.
Gluten Free Pasta

Watermelon and Fennel Salad

Until this dish, I had never thought to make anything with watermelon before, I’d always just cut it up and eat it plain. Now, I know I will be seeking out new and fun recipes when they come into season again next year!

Ratio Rally – Mini Doughnut Cakes

I had to get a little inventive with this challenge, but I often find that’s what makes gluten free baking the most fun.
Gluten Free Baked "Doughnut Holes"

Herbed Tabbouleh for We Feed Back

At Plate to Page I met the lovely Ishay who organized a virtual dinner by bloggers to help raise awareness and contribute to the World Food Program, We Feed Back. I loved this tabbouleh recipe by Anissa Helou, with such a large contribution of herbs it is sure to be light and fresh.

Four Hour French Onion Soup

For remembering that not everything has to be “fast”, and that sometimes cooking for a long time brings out the best flavors.
French Onion Soup, Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Vegetarian Southwest Chickpea Salad

I loved this salad for being easy, cheap, flavorful, and naturally gluten free – enjoyed it many times since posting this :)
Vegetarian southwest chickpea salad

And I think that’s it – hope everyone had a great holiday season, and wonderful year, and looking forwarding to what 2012 will bring :)


Rosa December 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

A fabulous recap! Looking forward to seeing your new posts in 2012.

Congrats on the baby! You must be so thrilled.

Best wishes for the year to come!



Jenn December 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks Rosa!

Amanda December 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

Congrats on the baby to be! I love your photos – especially that first mountain one. Makes me yearn for fresh air :)

Jenn December 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks so much!

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} December 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Aww. Congratulations on the arriving baby! You are going to love photography even more when you have that little one around to snap photos of all day long! I love your blog. It’s such a treat when updates arrive in my reader. Thanks for sharing your photos and recipes with us – and congrats again!

Jenn December 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Aww thank you! Have a great New Year!

Nashira at Plateful December 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Ha Jen. Another gorgeous post from you filled with beautiful photos and memories!

Wish you a fantastic New Year filled with loads of happiness and prosperity. Take care my friend xx

Jenn December 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thanks Nashira, you as well!

Jen December 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

a beautiful recap. congratulations on your pregnancy! hoping that you are feeling well.

Jenn December 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Jen!!

Iris December 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Sounds like a wonderful year and an exciting 2012 to come! Happy New Year!

Jenn December 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Thanks so much Iris, you as well!

Simone December 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I love seeing all those recaps pop up of 2011. I gotta say that on the one hand it was a lovely year but on the other hand it’s been a trying year too. One of the highlights was for sure getting to know you in person Jenn!

Jenn December 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thanks so much Simone! It was wonderful getting to meet you as well!

jas December 30, 2011 at 1:45 am

a fabulous round up of your gorgeous food and jealousy inducing travel photography, I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for you and for all of us – cheers to you Jenn!

Jenn December 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

Aww thanks!! You as well :)

Jennifer (Delicieux) December 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

A beautiful round up for the year Jenn. I’m so glad to see you included your photo of the Matthorn, which is one of my all time favourite photos, and your beautiful doughnut cakes. It’s been so wonderful to live vicariously through your travel, and beautiful food photos. Best wishes for 2012 and I hope that it will be all that you hope it will be and more.

Jenn December 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thanks so much Jennifer!

Flo Makanai December 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Extra full 2011 -almost- behind you and an absolutely unforgettable 2012 ahead of you! E.N.J.O.Y. it 100%, crumbs and all! Constructing something, especially a FAMILY, becoming and then being a parent, is such an incredible -not always easy, to say the least, but always worth it- GRACE!
I wish you, Jenn, and your husband a marvelous 2012, an intense happiness and the most wonderful baby you could dream of.
One thing is already certain : you’re going to make fabulous pictures of your kid + she/he’s going to eat deliciously at your table :)

Jenn December 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Aww thank you so much Flo!!! Wishing you a very very bonne année!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having December 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

Congrats on your pregnancy! I find your photography inspiring, and this recap reminds me of that once again. All the best in 2012!

Jenn January 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Thank you so much!

Rose of Magpies Recipes December 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Oh Jenn how much beauty can you fit into one page?! I have recently started baking and cooking gluten free and am quite intimidated so will be coming by often!

Jenn January 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Aww thank you!! Do not feel intimidated by cooking gluten free – many many things can be made that never had gluten or are just an easy one ingredient substitution – and if you need help with anything, just ask! Happy New Year :)

Winnie December 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Jenn- it’s been such fun seeing everything you do on your fabulous blog this past year, and I am so happy to hear you’re expecting in 2012. Cheers to a wonderful year!

Jenn January 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Thanks Winnie, you as well!

Cooking Rookie January 1, 2012 at 4:00 am

Beautiful post! Congrats on the baby to be and have a wonderful, exciting and delicious 2012 :-)

Jenn January 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Oh thank you!

Heather @CeliacFamily January 2, 2012 at 1:26 am

Sounds like 2012 is going to be even more exciting! Can’t wait to hear about the baby. Congratulations!

Jenn January 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Heather!

Meeta January 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Yes meeting you in 2011 definitely was one of the highlights! So happy to see how you are progressing and evolving Jenn. You always have a special place in my heart and I watch from afar – cheering you on. I enjoy seeing you apply yourself and producing some lovely images! Hope 2012 will be a grand year for you too! Hugs!

Jenn January 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Aww thanks so much Meeta!! Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

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