Farewell to 2011

Hey there readers, so sorry it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me.  I’ve taken a little break from blogging in December while I focused on final exams, projects at work, prepping for the Holidays, and moving out of my apartment.  I’ve missed you so, and hope you haven’t forgotten about me.  I’ll be back in action soon with some yummy recipes, don’t you worry.

For now, I thought I would recap 2011.  2011 hasn’t sucked.  Not in the least.

I continued to love the job I started in 2010, and got back into the groove with my grad program after taking some time off.  I did a fair bit of traveling, both for work and pleasure.  The highlight of my travels was definitely the magical two weeks I spent in Paris in May.


It was the kind of trip where you don’t return as the same person you were when you left.  I find that I’m homesick for Paris every day.  Fingers crossed I can cross the pond again in 2012.

The Waspy Redhead got a little media love in Spring of 2011, I was interviewed for both The Huffington Post and the Today Show about my Royal Wedding party. Don’t worry though, I didn’t let it go to my head…

I only wear wear tiaras on special occasions.  I promise.

While I wasn’t able to post as often as I would have liked this year, I am proud of the food posts I did share.  I tried to take a more informative approach with some of my content.

I like to think that posts like my guide to the ultimate cheese tray,

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I also did a fair bit of recipe development, stretching myself to invent new favorites in addition to relying on trusted texts and cookbooks.  Some of my favorite new recipes include:

Green Chili Mac & Cheese:

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Chocolate Chip & Potato Chip Cookies:

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Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter & Nutella Frosting:

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Beyond savory and sweet baked delights… there was a fair bit of boozing going on with the blog this year ;).  I added some awesome new cocktails to my arsenal, including:

Earl Greytinis

Princess Punch

Fresh Raspberry Margaritas

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and White Trash Sangria

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I’m not much of one for New Years resolutions, so I’ll spare you a list of goals and accomplishments I’d like to hit in 2012.  I’ll just close by saying thanks for your support, and I hope you have a happy and healthy new year!



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