his was quite the year.
I have always considered myself a pretty independent person, but I've become even more so in 2012. There were many life changes for me this year, and I've grown as a result. Throughout the year I've lost some people who were very close to me, some friends, some basically family - one to death :-( and others to life. Life happens and you learn along the way. This year I learned to trust myself. I learned who my true friends are and how important they are to me. I also learned that you can't predict or plan out your future; you never know where life will take you.
Big Foodie Events
Foodbuzz (now Federated Media Publishing) fully sponsored one of my dinner parties, providing me with $250 to make the night happen:
5 Tastes in 5 Courses
I was also lucky enough to score an interview with Chef Ron from Sweet Genius. This year my readership more than doubled, and I am grateful for each and every one of you lovely people who visit this site. Thank you.
Baking and Cooking
We cooked lobster for the first time and taped a few seconds of it.
I had an epic cookie battle, in which I made five different types of chocolate chip cookies. Check out all the yum in the links below:
Levain-Like Cookies (Jumbo & Double Chocolate)
Crisp and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nestle Toll House Inspired Cookies
If you like cookies, I also posted a recipe for THE BEST sugar cookies around. I took a cooking class with some girlfriends for a bachelorette party and learned how to flood cookies, so I can now make 'em even prettier. I also had a fun time at my friend Mel's bachelorette party days before her beautiful wedding.
I made a bunch of new recipes this year. Just a sample are linked below:
Beef Wrapped Enoki Mushrooms
Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce
Italian Sausage,Yam & Kale Soup
Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing
Easy Seafood Chowder
Chocolate Oat Parfait with Maple Banana Soft Serve (Breakfast)
Fun Stuff/ Travel
I saw a bunch of live music throughout the year, and nearly got rained out at an outdoor music festival. I went camping in August and caught a fish. In April I traveled to New York for the third time, and then in July I went to Vegas and enjoyed what was probably the best meal of my life (or at least one of the best dishes of my life).
It has been a year ... and what a year it was.
What are some of your highlights from 2012?