Everywhere you look this week it seems that someone is doing a recap of the past year. I’ve been doing this food blogging experiment for nearly six months. It has been more successful than I could have imagined – many thanks to all of my friends and family for passing along links and giving me a good word.
I wanted to say goodbye to 2010 by taking a look at the 10 most popular posts from the past year.
1. New La Fuente location opens today
The most popular blog of this year – many thanks to Google and a Milwaukee contingency that loves its Mexican food – was a link to the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the opening of the new Tosa La Fuente.
3. Construction update: El Beso Mexican Restaurante
Another indication that Milwaukee loves its Mexican food. Who knew? I was in the Greenfield-area doing some book shopping and snapped a few photos for this third most popular post of the year.
I was hankering some big, chewy molasses cookies the other night. In about 30 minutes, I had 2 dozen ginger-colored delights popping out of the oven and into my mouth. Just perfect with all the holiday blends of coffee and tea out right now, or even a glass of milk.
I wanted to share this super quick and easy recipe for ginger molasses cookies. This is the original recipe that I adapted it from.
Again (as with many of the recipes I do for baking), I didn’t have any all-purpose flour in the cupboard, so I substituted whole wheat flour. The only other substitution I made was using real butter instead of margarine. We only had Smart Balance in the fridge and I haven’t tested out baking with it and I really didn’t want to try.
Photo caption (above): One of the few photos that I could find on the page from the original recipe that resembled my finished cookie. They have a great color, a cracking top and glisten of granulated sugar. The whole wheat version that I’ve created may even be slightly darker than this representation.
Pumpkin is the perfect taste in fall. It’s warm and comforting. You can have it savory in something like a ravioli or make it sweet in pies or cookies.
I had a bunch of bananas that were nearing the end of their life-cycle recently and wanted to see how pumpkin and banana paired together. The verdict: Surprisingly well.
I found a recipe online for a healthier version of a whole wheat flour and pumpkin banana bread on Balanced Health and Nutrition, a blog by Rebecca Scritchfield. The only change I made to the recipe was to use plain whole wheat flour (I haven’t been able to find whole wheat pastry flour near my house yet.)
I wish I had a picture of the bread to post. I’ve made it twice this month and both times the bread didn’t make it long enough to pose for the camera. I promise to add a photo of the bread if I make it again soon!