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12 of my Favorites for 2012

This entry is part 101 of 122 in the series Comfort Foods

 

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and fun celebrations as we ushered in 2013. It was great to watch how each major city around the globe rang in the New Year.

 

Which was your favorite fireworks display? Or do you prefer the ball dropping in Time Square?

 

I thought I would take a quick look back on 2012 and share one of my favorite recipes from each month. Come on as we revisit a special recipe from each month of 2012!

 

JANUARY 

HONEY VANILLA BEAN VODKA CHOCOLATE BITES

Last year I was introduced to an outstanding distiller in Columbus, Ohio, Middle West Spirits. Their whiskey and vodkas are the cleanest I’ve ever tasted and their Honey Vanilla Vodka inspired me to create this version of a traditional bourbon ball.

 

Chocolate Vodka Bites

Chocolate Vodka Bites

 

 FEBRUARY

LEMON-ROASTED GREEN BEANS WITH MARCONA ALMONDS

The winter season brings citrus fruits to the forefront and Meyer lemons are some of my favorites. They are a cross between a lemon and tangerine, giving us all the lemon flavor with a touch of sweetness and floral overtones. These roasted green beans are an excellent way to highlight Meyer lemons.

 

 

Lemon-Roasted Green Beans

Lemon-Roasted Green Beans

 

MARCH

IRISH SODA BREAD ROLLS

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, always a fun time! In addition to corned beef and cabbage Irish soda bread is an annual tradition. This year I made smaller roll versions for individual servings. It was a fun take on the classic.

 

 

Irish Soda Bread Rolls

Irish Soda Bread Rolls

 

APRIL  

ENGLISH PEA AND SAFFRON RISOTTO WITH FAVA BEAN AND TOMATO GARNISH

Risotto has always been a favorite of mine when dining at restaurants, but I struggled to get it right at home. Then I discovered Carnaroli rice and all was right with the world. Try this version flavored with saffron and complemented with a fava bean and tomato garnish.

 

 

English Pea and Saffron Risotto

English Pea and Saffron Risotto

 

MAY

ZUNI CAFÉ ROASTED CHICKEN WITH BREAD SALAD

Zuni Café is a beloved San Francisco restaurant, lauded all over the world for it’s roasted chicken served over bread salad. It is worth the wait and I could eat an order all by myself. ;-) Thanks to Judy Rodger’s amazing Zuni Café Cookbook, we can all make it ourselves at home.

 

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

 

JUNE

STEAK SANDWICHES W PORTOBELLOS & GLAZED VIDALIA ONIONS

June is my birthday month and I love steak, so these sandwiches always make me happy. They are a good choice for summer picnics or days at the beach. Using sweet onions such as Vidalia’s makes a big difference.

 

 

 

JULY

HOMEMADE PLUM JAM

This year I tried my hand at making homemade plum jam and it was an exciting success. I used the plums from my father-in-law’s yard which added tremendous depth of flavor. All I had to do was get the pectin right. We are going to be enjoying the flavors of summer all year long!

 

Homemade Plum Jam

Homemade Plum Jam

 

 

AUGUST

GRILLED GARLIC-SHALLOT SALMON WITH BEURRE BLANC SAUCE

The smoky flavors of grilled foods are fantastic and this fresh salmon is no exception. Buy yourself a skillet designed for the grill and it makes cooking fish simple. The beurre blanc is a classic French sauce and a great one to have in your repertoire.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

BOSTON CREAM PIE (GLUTEN-FREE)

This summer I was diagnosed with gluten-intolerance and this was my first attempt at making a gluten-free cake. The Artist is still talking about it! I borrowed a recipe from a friend and it was a major hit! Tender cake layers with almond meal, separated with a vanilla pudding-like filling, and topped with chocolate. This is one to write home about!

 

 Boston-Cream-Pie-copyright Jane Evans Bonacci, The Heritage Cook 2012

 

OCTOBER

GINGERY PUMPKIN MOUSSE WITH GINGER WHIPPED CREAM

I am always looking for new ways to present desserts for the holidays and this is a terrific way to change up your ordinary pumpkin pie. And if you are hosting anyone with gluten issues, they can enjoy it just as much as everyone else.

 

Gingery Pumpkin Mousse

Gingery Pumpkin Mousse

 

 

NOVEMBER

ROASTED MAPLE CARROTS, APPLES AND ONIONS

Glazed carrots are my favorite way to prepare cooked carrots. I took that idea one step further by adding apples and onions and using maple syrup with these. I guarantee if you serve these you will have everyone begging for the recipe!

 

 

Maple Roasted Carrots, Apples, and Onions

Maple Roasted Carrots, Apples, and Onions

 

DECEMBER

JULIA’S BEEF BOURGUIGNON, SIMPLIFIED

This was the recipe that convinced the editor that Julia Child’s first book was worth printing and promoting. Julia’s original version is outstanding but takes at least two days. My version has all the flavor and can be made in just a few hours. Make sure you make more than you think you will need because everyone will have seconds!

 

 Beef-Bourguignon copyright Jane Evans Bonacci, The Heritage Cook 2012

 

I hope you have enjoyed revisiting this selection of recipes as much as I have. Which was your favorite?

 

2012 was a wonderful year for The Heritage Cook and most of that was thanks to each of you! I appreciate each visit, comment, and email. I wish you all the best in 2013. May your year be full of memorable feasts and luscious desserts and may all your dreams come true!!!

 

 

 

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1 comment to 12 of my Favorites for 2012

  • Great list Jane! I especially like the idea of Irish Soda Bread Rolls instead of making a whole loaf, and your GF Boston Cream Pie has me drooling. Are you sure it’s GF? Just kidding :) Wishing you a blessed 2013 my friend!