This past year I started cooking along with French Fridays with Dorie, an online group of lovely bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s gorgeous book, Around my French Table, one week and one recipe at a time. As I have previously written, cooking every recipe in the book is quite a daunting undertaking, but one which I have found to be immensely rewarding. To date the group has completed 65 recipes; as I write this I have made 56 recipes from Dorie’s book and have 9 still to catch up with. Nevertheless, it’s a new year and thus, time to do a little recap.
So, without further ado, my personal favorites from 2010/2011 are… (drumroll please)…
Gerard’s Mustard Tart was my all around Favorite Savory Recipe to date. I know this one got some mixed reviews from the other cooks, but for me, THIS is french food! And I love mustard, so I guess that helps too. And, interestingly enough since I hate to make pie dough, my hands down Favorite Dessert of the year was also a tart, the Orange-Almond Tart. I did my best to mess it up and it still came out tasting amazing!
And while I’m at it, the one I never would have picked to make on my own, and thus the Most Surprising Recipe of the year, goes to Dorie’s recipe for Beggar’s Linguine. I mean dried fruits and nuts on pasta! Really? But this recipe is exactly why this experience has been so rewarding, because it was easy and delicious and I’ve made it several times since!
The Easiest Recipe of the year was Dorie’s Mustard Batons. Defrost puff pasty, smear with mustard, bake… done! Seriously simple and oh so elegant looking.
At the other end of the spectrum was Hachis Parmentier, which took two days to complete, required the preparation of two different recipes before the final dish could even be assembled, and which was incredibly delicious, thus winning my nomination for most Worth the Effort recipe of the year.
And finally a nod to my ever patient husband, who has gotten used to waiting hungrily while his dinner is being photographed, the Happy Husband recipe goes to the Cola & Jam Spareribs. After I made this one he suddenly started paying more attention to this “online cooking thing” I was doing.
Now that that’s done, bring on the 2012 recipes, I’m ready!
So how about you, what were your favorites so far?