Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review

I can’t believe we are almost to 2012!  How did that happen?  I had a great year in 2011 and I hope all of you did as well.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends, a great job, cozy home, a fantastic boyfriend, and fun opportunities.  I can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!
A big highlight of my year was starting Perfecting the Pairing.  It had been on my mind for years and I finally made it happen in late August.  I have had so much fun cooking, tasting, writing, photographing, and discussing the blog.  I have also had some frustrating moments cooking, tasting, writing and photographing…. but that is all part of it!  Thank you to everyone who has read my ramblings, commented, and especially tried the recipes!  I can’t tell you how much it means to me.  I get excited every time I receive a new comment or hear about someone new reading the blog.
I also need to thank my friends, family, and boyfriend for being such willing taste-testers.  I apologize for making you wait while I photograph a plate at 60 different angles or for making you hold a lamp over your head so the lighting is “just right”.  I also think Mariano’s (my favorite grocery store) should thank me for being such a good customer.
I have a long list of post ideas, recipes, and pairings that I can’t wait to share with you in 2012 but I thought it might be fun to do a review of some of the highlights of Perfecting the Pairing since it started in August.

Most viewed recipes according to the Blogger statisticians, in descending order:
Outrageous Brownies (which is kind of crazy since I just posted this…. People love chocolate!)

Personal Favorites (please note, I would not put something on Perfecting the Pairing unless I thought it was great but these are my absolute favorites):
Tomato Pie (this is good anytime)

Spicy Tomato and Avocado Shrimp Dip (Be sure to check out the organized grocery list!!)

Main and Sides:


Is there anything you would like me to try in 2012??  I am always open to suggestions and I would love to hear from you!
Have a safe, happy, and fun new year!


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