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My Favorite Recipes of 2010

As the year ended I realized just how many recipes I had gathered over the last few months. With my journey from being a carb loving lady to a gluten free girl, I had to refill my recipe box. Most of those pastas and breads have been taken over by rice, quinoa, and potatoes. All of those sweets have been taken over  by fruit and delicious teas. And here I am, gathering what I have thought to be my most loved recipes that I gathered from the internet. From sweet to savory. From meat to veggies. I love it all and will continue to use these recipes for years. It took me a few days to compile this list because there are so many recipes that I have enjoyed this year. But here they are:

1. The Best Broccoli of Your Life
This statement is no joke. I will never steam or boil broccoli again. Just picture this broccoli in a huge bowl. It has satisfied my hunger many countless times all on it’s own. This would be a great side dish as well.

2. New Mexican Stew
I love my crock pot a little bit too much. How could you not love throwing in random ingredients, turning on a switch, leaving for work, and coming home to the perfect fresh smelling house? You just can’t. This has the perfect amount of kick to it with the green chilies and the butternut squash just soaks up the cumin to an amazing taste.

3. Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Now I know these are quite simple, but there is nothing I enjoy more then a turkey burger. And stuffing a turkey burger, well that’s just genius. This recipe is quick, easy, and adaptable to your tastes. Change the cheese, change the peppers, add different spices, whatever your fancy is it will surely be delicious! ( I used a picture from my blog because the one on food network isn’t very appetizing)

4. Crash Hot Potatoes
I’d first like to say that I idolize Ree Drummond. Her website has so many amazing pieces to it, her cooking, her photography, and learning about her every day life in the country just makes me want to spend a day in her life. When I made these, Elliot probably ate 2/3 of these. They were so crispy and the spices on top were a great touch. Hands down the best way to cook a potato.

5. Smoky Tomato Soup
I’m posting this for a two reasons. One, because I love Nicole and her recipes are always so hearty that I only need to eat one serving. And two, I love tomatoes. A year ago, you wouldn’t even see me eating a tomato on a sandwich. Ketchup and tomato sauce were safe ground, but ripe tomatoes, no way no  how. Fast forward to today, I probably eat tomatoes every day. It’s weird, I know! But I can’t get enough, and this soup is so great and really catches that tomato flavor that I love.

6. Garlic Beef and Green Beans
It’s a rare occasion when I eat meat (No pun intended). When I do indulge, I usually like it cooked in little bites instead of a say, a T bone. The garlic in this dish is so tasty, and Sriracaha, don’t even get me started. This dish over a plate of rice is all too perfect to cure my need for red meat.

7. Cranberry Apple Stuffing
One of the first things I thought about when I found out that I had a wheat allergy was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year because of my mothers stuffing. It’s made with 2 sticks of butter, turkey fat, sausage, and the perfect dry mix. I had to think of something that could be just as good as hers, but better (sorry Ma) so that I didn’t have to feel like I was missing out. The cranberries and the apple in this make it a savory stuffing that everyone can enjoy.

8. Brussels Sprouts Salad
My story with brussels sprouts is a repeat of my history with tomatoes. You could no get me near a single brussels sprout. I had this preconceived idea that they would be bitter and that they could never be appetizing. One night Elliot’s parents had me for dinner and his mother made roasted brussels sprouts. I had been on my kick of trying new things, popped one in my mouth, and have since been eating them almost every day. Why? Their simple, their full of iron, when I put garlic and oil on them and just saute them, they’re epic and effortless. This salad is a spin off of just pan frying them quickly and perfect for a picnic.

9. Sweet Potato Hash

Potatoes have been a great replacement for pasta for me. You can put anything on top of them and have it still be appetizing. Sweet potatoes surpass regular Yukon potatoes for me on my taste level and I have to buy a bag of them every time I got to the grocery store. This sweet potato hash is perfect for breakfast with your eggsor you can leave out the turkey for a side dish with your chicken, or even a mid day snack.

10. Red Bean Chili

Chili in the winter goes perfectly with a blanket and a cheesy movie. That is exactly what I made this for. The color of this chili was so gorgeous because of all the chili powder and the adding of the cocoa was perfect. It gave it a slight sweetness without being overwhelming. A good, hearty, vegetarian dish is always a favorite of mine. I could have eaten bowl full of this chili all winter.



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Spicy Beef & Noodle Soup

All through college, and for the past year and a half, I had these old hand me down pots and pans that my parents had given to me when I moved out. Through college I rarely used them and it got to the point where they just became clutter.
Since I started cooking more then once a month (and not ramen noodles), I still had these hand me downs that weren’t helping my situation very much. To learn how to cook I wanted to have things that I wanted to actually use. Here is when my lovely boyfriend, Elliot, stepped in and got me an entire pot and pan set for my birthday! Honestly, who is better then him. It was so thoughtful, and has been one of my most used presents from anybody to this day. Since his parents also knew what he was getting me, they stuck with the theme and got me some amazing things too. One of them being a cookbook of all soups and simply named 100 Best Fresh Soups. And what better time of the year then fall to receive it!
Tonight I tried out a recipe that I had Elliot pick, and he chose a keeper! Definitely on the Top 10 list of best things I’ve made (YET). I made changes to the original recipe to make it gluten free and to kick up area’s and tastes that I like to kick up, such as garlic and ginger.

Spicy Beef & Noodle Soup

This soup was the perfect mix of hearty yet spicy and it really brought a handful of flavors to the table without having a lot of ingredients or without having to put a lot of time in to it. Ginger is definitely one of my favorite flavors. Whenever I get sushi the first this I go for is the pile of ginger on the side of the plate. The smell is amazing, and when you are cooking this soup, the smell will just fill the air.

4 cups of beef stock
1 1/2 pounds of beef tenderlion, cut into chunks
2 shallots, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, sliced thinly
2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 oz of rice noodles

Bring the 4 cups of beef stock to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven.
While that is boiling, cook your beef in a large skillet, or wok. When beef is done to your liking, drain the fat out and put the beef off to the the side on a plate with paper towels to soak up some of the excess fat.
In the same wok, put the ginger, shallots, and garlic in a stir for about 2-3 minutes until the garlic browns and you can smell the ginger. Add in the beef, and the green curry paste. Stir for another 5 minutes.
Take the beef mixture and pour it in to the boiling pot of beef stock. Add in the soy sauce and the fish sauce. Stir for 2 minutes. Then add in the rice noodles and stir for another 5 minutes.

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