Well hello 2014. Aren’t you looking pretty dang sexy in your fancy finery? Or maybe you’re showcasing your humble hipsterness. Or getting down with your groovy earthy flare.
Either way 2014, you’re looking good to me. And hopefully to all of you lovely and amazing readers.
I can’t possibly start off the new year without acknowledging the love and will you gave me in 2013 to create content, recipes, stories and of course a bit of nonsense. And you’re still here (thank you, thank you, thank you) and growing (to my incredulous delight) with each and every post, comment and share.
The end of 2013 was a great time for me to take a step back from the blog and reflect on what’s cooking for 2014. I mean that figuratively and, well, obviously literally. And it’s a really bad pun. Remember? Nonsense…it’s alive and well here in 2014.
I know what you’re thinking, as in what was I thinking? Imagining I could narrow down a year of posts and recipes from thousands of incredible food bloggers into just 10? Have I made some of them? You bet? Have I made them all? Not yet. But it’s on the list for 2014.
Let’s just realize this is not the comprehensive list. There are so many others to include that it’s embarrassing to even dream that this could be a definitive list.
Another year has nearly made its way into the archives and left me feeling a little reflective. Maybe it’s because I’ve taken a bit of a holiday blog and social media sabbatical, leaving me more time to focus on my family—how is my Smudge growing into a totally fun pre-teen so fast?— and think about what FoodieCrush might look like in 2014.
That led me to looking at what you liked the most of FoodieCrush this past year and sharing them, once again, with you.
A new year calls for new tips in simplicity, especially in the kitchen.
Sometimes I’m a short-cut kinda gal, which makes for some interesting cooking challenges.
Because who wants to feel overwhelmed and overwrought at the mere thought of inviting friends over to enjoy some cheer in the new year? I say, bring the friends! But cut the complexity out of the cooking and let’s make an easy take on a classic fave.
Let’s pave the way for more merry making and party partaking.
When I received an S.O.S. comment on Facebook from one of my favorite readers, Maribel, I put on my thinking cap and went straight into action.
With Christmas Eve approaching in just a wink of an eye, Maribel commented that she was in need of a recipe that had enough style to impress at the holiday dinner table.
But there was one condition. The main dish had to be cooked in a slow cooker.
See Maribel doesn’t have an oven. No, I don’t know why—I’m fantasizing it’s because she’s either in the midst of an amazing kitchen remodel or lives in a teepee fashioned with an es long extension chord to a chugging generator or possibly just doesn’t believe in the clutter an oven adds to her kitchen?