PGEW Top 11 Recipes of 2011

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And here we are again at the end of another year.  Can you believe it?  Where does the time go, anyway?  I feel like I just did the 2010 recap a few weeks ago!  This year has definitely flown by quickly, and  it’s been an interesting one!

Despite the chronic health issues I had to adjust to this year, there was a LOT of good stuff that happened here in PGEW land (including losing over 50lbs… gotta love that!).  There were conferences, berry festivals and speaking opportunities.  I stepped up my photography through hours of practice & couldn’t be happier about the progress I’ve already made.  I got to take over the show on live TV and got my first paid gigs as a recipe developer & freelance food writer.  Heck, I even wrote my first newspaper article this year, with more to come if all goes well!

The one constant?  Incredible food, of course.  Life may be rough & rocky, but darned if I’m going to succumb to the other way of eating on a budget (read: 99-cent fast food value menu or other cheap, processed junk).  From finally getting over my fear of making pie from scratch (file under Poor Girl’s Irrational Cooking Fears) and joining in online pickle parties, to conquering the homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine beast once & for all, 2011 definitely brought me out of my cooking comfort zone!  Now, a wee recipe-developing monster has been created and I can’t seem to stop.  Which is just fine & dandy because that means you fine folks will benefit from all my mad kitchen scientist creations both here and elsewhere (more news on that next year).

Anyway, even though I thoroughly enjoyed every new dish I made this year (otherwise I wouldn’t have eaten or posted them), I do have my favorites.  I’m sure you did, too, so if one of mine wasn’t one of yours, I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below!  For now, let’s check out Poor Girl Eats Well’s Top 11 Recipes of 2011…

(Title links to recipe)

11. Southwestern Baked Potato Skins

Not all potato skins are created equal...

10. Udon Noodles with Edamame, Peppers & Mushrooms in Ginger-Garlic Broth

Nothing better than a big bowl of chewy, slurpy noodles in a hot, flavorful broth! I'm so in love with this soup it's almost embarrassing...

9.  Poached Tilapia with Strawberry-Pineapple Salsa

This sweet little salsa is the perfect complement to any fish!

 8.  Polenta Mini-Pizzas with Mushrooms & Olives

Quick, healthy (for a pizza), and even kid-friendly! What's not to love?

 7.  Strawberry-Peach Ice Cream

Not my first ice cream sans machine recipe, but by far one of my favorites! So perfect in the summertime!

6.  Linguine with Creamy Scallion Pesto

Probably one of the most bare bones recipes in all of the archives - but it goes to show that a little imagination can go a long way in making the most of the ingredients you have.

 5.  Mini Peach Pies

At last, Poor Girl conquers her irrational fear of making pie crust from scratch (and gets pretty great results!). Try these with some homemade vanilla ice cream and OMG...

4.  Five Spice Pork & Veggies with Udon Noodles

Yes, I'm a little noodle obsessed. And still pretty five spice obsessed. It's an amazing combo, believe me!

 3.  Sangranita!

Drink + dessert = excellent multitasking skills

 2.  Baked Eggs & Herbs in Portabella Mushroom Caps

Simply delicious.

 1. Spiced Pear Ice Cream

Spiced Pear Ice Cream

I think it' the most unique things I've ever created and it was SO fun doing it! Maybe one day I'll open up an ice cream shop & this will be a featured flavor... :)

There were many others on my list, and narrowing them down to just eleven was hard!  But these were the ones I found myself turning to again & again, so that must mean I love them.  I have some great new recipes up my sleeve for the new year already, so be sure to check back for those throughout the coming weeks!

Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to all who have supported PGEW and me personally throughout the year.  Your generosity & support means so much, and it gives me great joy to know that I can bring a little something delicious to your plates – and save you a bit of money – every week.  Have a wonderful, safe time if you go out to celebrate tonight, and may 2012 be the happiest year ever!

Happy New Year, everyone!
:) Kimberly

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singer. writer. artist. champagne taste, 2 buck chuck budget. good cook. kooky. chocoholic. patron saint of cats. talker. listener. thinker. sometimes to a fault.

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