I thought it would be fun to review 2011 through my blog! It’s been a busy year, but a really, really good one!

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2011:

Favorite Healthy Appetizer:

Thai Guacamole – from almost a year ago! SO good!

Favorite Cheese Appetizer: 

Roasted Grapes with Brie – need more.

Favorite New Social Media:

instagr.am. Love!

Favorite New Cheese: 

Burrata. Enough said.

Favorite Restaurant Trip:

It wasn’t documented on the blog, but the night after our wedding my parents, brother, and good friends all went out to D’Amico Kitchen in Minneapolis for a night full of laughs, reminiscing and some of my favorite people. A recent amazing meal at Mercato di Vetro comes in at a close second.

Favorite Breakfast: 

Hawaiian Breakfast. Rice + bacon + green onions + eggs.

Favorite Cocktail:

Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler – even though I spilled it all over the kitchen floor, it was so refreshing and I’m a sucker for cucumber cocktails. 

Favorite Entree: 

Easy Chicken Curry. Need this asap, SO good!

 Most Indulgent Meal: 

I dubbed it the engagement dinner - meat and potatoes (plus lots of butter and cream) for my midwestern man!

Favorite Sandwich: 

Artichoke, Spinach & White Bean Sandwich – vegan and delicious!

Favorite Daily Eats Post: 

I love doing the daily eats posts, I feel like it gives you a glimpse into my everyday life and shows you that Nutritionists can be healthy, but they can also enjoy burgers! The camp version was a favorite and brings back so many memories!

Favorite Wedding Picture:

So hard…there are so many that I love!

What an amazing 2011, I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us! 

Thank YOU for reading and making this blog what it is, I wouldn’t be here without you!

crispy sage compound butter

crispy sage compound butter

Compound butter is something that seems (and sounds) fancy. But its totally not. (Shhh, no one needs to know that.) It’s really easy to make and can be used with whatever herbs you have on hand. I’m just a little obsessed with sage + butter so I stuck with that. The steps are easy: Chop

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quinoa cakes

quinoa cakes

I’ve been making a habit of preparing big batches of whole grains like quinoa and brown rice to last a few days. (Brown rice is on the stove right now.) It is so nice to have the base of a healthy meal ready to go! The other day, I was feeling a little snacky and

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roasted grapes

roasted grapes with brie

I’ve had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. I’m not too happy with it, so I thought that some dark chocolate and a mix of fresh and dried fruits would be the perfect solution. So I picked up some grapes, dried mango and the most amazing dark chocolate + caramel + black sea salt

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shrimp & pesto pizza

shrimp & pesto pizza

Last weekend I was working on some shrimp recipes for a project and when I mentioned the thought of shrimp pizza to the Taster he got a little excited. Before I knew it there were multiple topping ideas being tossed out, but in the end, we went with pesto (as the sauce), red onion, roasted

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spicy pepper goat cheese spread

spicy pepper goat cheese spread

This spread is a favorite of mine. It is slightly spicy, chock-full of vegetables and it contains cheese, so you know it’s got to be good. The recipe inspiration comes from a favorite restaurant back in Wisconsin, High Rock, except that they have this special, secret hot sauce (Gilly’s hot sauce) that gives it kick.

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quesadilla

tomato, corn & basil quesadilla {guest post}

Hi Guys! I’m currently in the middle of moving our entire life across the country so Lindsay (Pinch of Yum) is here for the day!  I made the small mistake of looking at the pictures and write-up that Lindsay sent me for this guest post as I was in the middle of packing up our

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