The Best of 2011

January 1, 2012 was the second anniversary of my blog. As 2011 came to a close, I found myself thinking about the journey of this website– where it started, and what it has become. has evolved into a really special corner of the internet, a cozy place where we can cook together and explore the fascinating world of culinary history. In the past two years I’ve posted over 250 recipes and food history articles on my site. That’s a lot of deliciousness! I never imagined the blog would grow as it has and reach so many readers all over the world. Your comments inspire me to continue learning, growing, and sharing. It’s so gratifying to know how many of you are out there reading and trying these recipes. Thank you!

I am so excited for 2012. Over the winter break I spent some time brainstorming and researching new recipes and story ideas for the site. I can’t wait to share them all with you! Meanwhile, what better way to celebrate 2011 than to look back at the past twelve months and share my favorite recipes of the year? These are recipes that I have chosen from my own archives; I make many of them on a regular basis because my family enjoys them so much. When choosing, I had only one criteria in mind– flavor. So many of the dishes on my site have a great history behind them, but a few of them really stand out when it comes to the “yum” factor. I narrowed it down to 12, one for each month of the year.

Here they are, in no particular order. Happy new year to all of you! Cheers to another year of food, fun, and culinary history!

Pretzel Challah

Ancient Israelite Cooking: Jacob’s Lentil Stew

Honey Herb Roasted Chicken

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

Pomegranate Molasses Brisket

Kourabiedes – Greek Butter Cookies

Ima Burgers

Vanilla Noodle Kugel

Vegetable Moussaka

Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Chocolate Crackle Cake

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  1. Leah says:

    Here’s to 2012! Looking forward to getting to know you and your recipes this year.

  2. Carol C. says:

    I think you nailed the top entries….right on the mark.

  3. Linda says:

    Happy Blogoversary!
    Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful pics and delicious recipes in 2012…
    Happy New Year!

  4. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Tori – such a great collection of dishes! The salmon looks exquisite. Best wishes for a successful 2012!

  5. Ann says:

    Tori – congratulations on 2 years of blogging…I can’t believe it’s been such a short time – you found an amazing niche and audience, but no surprise – you are an amazing blogger, food historian, cook/chef and bloggy friend!

    Your round-up is delicious and I SO remember those dishes – they’re perfect!

    I’m so excited for you and your anniversary! Congrats again!

  6. Congrats on the 2 year mark in blogging. It is cool to look back and see just how far you have come. You have definitely found your place in the blogger world! I am glad to have been privy to seeing your talented creations and to have been able to learn a lot from you. I look forward to seeing what you bring us in 2012! Great round up of your creations in this post!

  7. Tori Congrats on 2nd year, and I wish you many many more! Have a Happy New Year!!!!!! by the way your round up look fantastic and very tasty!!!

  8. elizabeth says:

    Stunning food!! There is not one thing listed that I would not eat. Now, I just have to gather myself in gear and make them. I’ll start with the salmon and kugle and go from there.

    Thank you so much. I love the history lessons too!!!

  9. kristy says:

    A great round-up Tori! Happy New Year to you as well and congrats on two years of blogging. :)

  10. Congratulations on 2 years Tori, and this incredible line up!

  11. Heather says:

    I am so loving those coffee cake muffins – thank you for sharing your Best of 2011!

    Here’s to another great year of Blogging- I am so happy to have found you this year :-)

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