A Few of My Favorite Things

May 16, 2010Katie

For anyone that cares to see me stutter and stumble my way through an interview tomorrow morning on Rise and Shine Oklahoma, I will be on for an interview about my blog at 7:45 a.m Central time.  It airs locally on channel 16 regular cable, 714 HD channel, or you can watch on the website at 43thespot.com.  I’d appreciate your support, and that you not laugh if I fall out of the chair or something.

Thank you.

Wow – it has just come to my attention that I am on my 328th post.

How in the world did that happen? My first blog anniversary came and flew by in March and I didn’t even realize it.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

In honor of the random number of 328, I thought I’d post a few of my very favorite things I’ve made and blogged about this year.  People ask me that question a lot.  What is the favorite thing(s) you’ve made?

Click on the pictures below to go straight to the recipes or blog posts!

Let’s start with the good stuff…dessert.  My favorite dessert that I’ve made, hands down, is Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is an amazing moist cake smothered in the most decadent caramel sauce you’ve ever tasted.  FABULOUS!  And topped with some vanilla bean ice cream? Heaven.  Pure heaven.

My next favorite sweet recipe?  Cream-Cheese-Spice Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Cream Cheese-N-Spiced Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Seriously, these may trump Pumpkin Pie at our house next Thanksgiving.

My favorite appetizer was tough to pick.  Bruschetta is the winner.


This Skillet Breakfast Hash was one of the best in Breakfast recipes.

Skillet Breakfast Hash

But it was tied with these cute and yummy Maple Toast Bundles with Eggs.

Maple Toast Bundles with Eggs

In breads, this Poblano Spoonbread has been the most re-requested by my kids.

Pablano Spoonbread

But the most sentimental and yummy was documenting my Mom’s famous German Rye Bread (accomapanied by her Strawberry Freezer Jam).

Mom's German Light Rye Bread

Meats and Main Dishes all-time winner? Mr. Wonderful would say the Mussels in White Wine Garlic Sauce.

Mussels in White Wine Garlic Sauce

I might have to go with this one, however.  Chicken and Asparagus in Pesto Cream Sauce.

Chicen & Asparagus Cream Sauce

Now for side dishes.  I am such a huge fan of side dishes. I mean, at Thanksgiving, I could care less about the turkey, really.  I just want the sides!

This is tough – I would say two things…Rosemary Garlic Accordion Potatoes.

Rosemary Garlic Accordion Potatoes

Followed closely by Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

But oh man, were these Roasted Honey Balsamic Glazed  Carrots amazing!

Roasted Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Okay, Katie, walk AWAY from the side dishes…

Soups, Salads, and Sauces?   For salads this one was simple and amazing.

Pancetta Tomato Bibb Lettuce Salad

Soups? I loved this Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Sage Cream.

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Sage Cream

Recently I revisited making this homemade Poppyseed Dressing.  It’s always been a fav of mine.

Poppyseed Dressing

And this sun-dried tomato based pesto was so good I could eat it with a spoon.  Pesto Rosso.

Pesto Rosso

It’s been a great 368 posts my friends.  I’ve also been led on a family journey.  I blogged about my first grandchild.

My dogs.

HEY! They’re family too!

Our kids’ wedding.

This touching moment when our son got his head shaved by his wife to promote a fund raising event for St. Judes and childrens cancer.

One daughter embarking off to college.  What a tear jerker that one was for me.  I was blubbering all over my keyboard while typing that post.

The other one in a beauty pageant. I have never been so nerve-wracked in my life!

I chronicled my son’s first lead in the school play portraying Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

And my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I had some thoughts that I thought I’d share in my Dishin section.

The Tiny Giant

Mr. Wonderful and I dined out a lot and I wrote reviews of Oklahoma City Restaurants.

And I offered up a bunch of tips and tricks for in the kitchen.

How to Care for A Cast Iron Skillet

And last but not least, I talked about one of my passions.

Mentoring teens.

Mentoring teens

Oh, if people only cared as much about that as they do recipes! Ha

I have had a great journey, these 328 posts, and I am looking forward to the next year.  My family wonders if they will ever get to taste the same thing twice.  They wonder what will appear on the table tonight.

And they wonder if we will ever go to another restaurant without me having to snap photos of everything.

Not likely my dears.

But I love you all.


  • Cheryl J (S-I-L)

    May 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Happy late food blog anniversary!
  • overconcerned

    May 17, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Yay! Happy (late) blog anniversary! I've only been reading for a month or so, but I love your blog. I'm a teenager too, so I can relate :D

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