Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope everyone had a fun night, how ever you chose to ring in the new year.  We had a truly fabulous time, involving dinner out, a rockin’ party at our friends’ place, and importantly, a babysitter for the whole night (thanks, Dad).  2010 was a year of both joys and sorrows for us so I am optimistic that 2011 will be much better, especially with the upcoming birth of our baby girl!  I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions so I never make any myself (and most certainly never of the diet variety!)  However, I know that a lot of people do make commitments to a healthier lifestyle and on that note, I have updated the featured recipe page for the month with some lighter fare.

Also, I am constantly trying new things in the kitchen no matter what the time of year – it’s my passion!  However, if any of you made cooking or baking-related resolutions, please share any requests for post topics that might be useful in achieving your goal.

Finally, I apologize in advance to those of you making diet resolutions for the desserts I will be sharing this week.  They are sinful.

  • Mandy

    Your featured dishes look delicious, but I’d rather eat those cookies. :) Happy New Year!

  • Awesome cookies!

  • Alice

    Happy New Year! It sounds like your 2011 will be filled with lots of love and deliciousness :)

    One of my baking goals this year is to make (and maintain) a good sourdough starter. I bake bread all the time, but for some reason I have been too intimidated (or lazy?) to really dive in to sourdough. It’s my husband’s favorite and I’m determined to tackle it soon.

  • Part of my change this year is to eat healthier, but I am not going to short myself (starve myself). I love the idea of the Strawberry/Banana Oatmeal Brulee. That is healthy!!

  • Annie

    That is an excellent goal, and one that I am determined to tackle soon too. I have a recipe that looks promising, but every time I read into the science of the various starters, etc. my head spins.

  • Claire

    Sourdough is very tricky!! I’ve been using Peter Reinhart’s books to help. I look forward to trying it again. Practice makes perfect, right? :) Happy New Year!

  • The cookies look delicious, as always. I am jealous of your skill with royal icing. I hope to be better at it one day…and practicing isn’t such a bad thing, right? Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Since I am also pregnant, I am definitely not dieting so I CAN NOT WAIT for these dessert recipes this week!! =)

  • These look sublime, did you put a lot of work into decorating them? It sure looks like it, they are awesome anyways.
    Great looking cookies :-)

  • Annie

    Not really. I work with royal icing so often now it doesn’t take long at all to decorate detailed cookies.

  • Jewel

    I love the decorated cookies, especially the blue color. Defiantly going to try and re-create that color.
    Happy New Year and Congratulations on having a Girl! I have a boy and a girl. She is a absolute blast!!

  • Sylvia

    I won’t say resolution, since these are ongoing… Cook more with my 4 year old – expanding beyond desserts. Reducing convenience and fast food dinners. Finally – figuring out how to make a mocha granola. There’s a seasonal farmer’s market that has it, but is closed for a few months and I’m addicted!

  • Happy New Year, and all the best to you and your family for 2011. We had a wonderful Christmas, thanks to your guidance on how to cook the perfect turkey! Here’s to a fabulous new year.

  • cute cookies! happy new year!

  • Twin Mom

    Annie, I absolutely love your website. Every day I anticipate seeing what you’ve come up with! I have twin 3 year olds who like some foods some days, and some the next, and some days they don’t like anything. As you know- toddlers/preschoolers can be finicky! Comparatively, I’d say they are good eaters, but I am hoping you can develop a “Kid Friendly” section which groups recipes you’ve already developed that fall in this category as well as possible coming up with a few new ones. Happy New Year!

  • Annie

    I would love to do something like that but unfortunately, as you said, kids are so finicky, it’s nearly impossible. My son will love a dish one day and want nothing to do with it next time I make it. He eats some things I would never expect kids to like and then some of the most classic “kid foods” he won’t eat. So, therein lies the problem with a “kid friendly section”.

  • Megan

    Hi Annie! This year I would love to some up with a way to organize my recipes that actually works. I am not sure what the best way is to organize tried and true recipes and those still waiting to be tried out. I would love some suggestions! Happy New Year!

  • more veggies. I’m horrible at preparing veggies with a meal. today I bought asparagus and eggplant…lets see if i can actually get it served!

  • Sarah

    I made your gingerbread cookies the week of Christmas using 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour. They were outstanding! Two days ago I did the same with your red velvet cupcakes, my very favorite cupcake recipe to date…gag, spew, sputter. Whole wheat pastry flour will be reserved for muffins and gingerbread cookies from now on. Live and learn!

  • First I want to say I love your site and cooking style! I would love to read more about your organization tips for recipes, cooking, grocery/menu planning and just general life! You amaze me with how you meld organization with creativity and time – I just had a baby this year and my normal cooking and baking have gone by the wayside because I can’t seem to get organized(much to my poor husband’s dinner dismay!). Happy new year to you!

  • Annie

    Hi Shey! My post on menu planning might be useful to you. It describes all my strategies and is basically the key to how I do what I do. Hope it helps!

  • Annie these cookies are absolutely brilliant! Love them. Like Megan I would love to come up with some ‘ideal’ way of organising recipes–I am constantly making lists of recipes to try from various cookbooks but never know whether it’s best to organise by cookbook, by main ingredient, by course…especially since there would need to be so much cross-referencing! I have so many recipes I want to try but can’t find a way of keeping track of them all–some sort of centralised list I could flick through would make my year just slightly easier!

  • I could cry at how awesome you are. I.don’t know.how.long you have cookied, but you are pretty darn good! Especially that you make all of these other wonderful dishes also. You write very well on a cookie!

  • Molly

    couldn’t find the recipe :(

  • Anonymous

    It’s linked within the post.

  • Brittany

    Did you take the recipe down? I cant find it. And when I click on the link for featured recipe page is says error!!:( really want to make these for tonight!

  • annieseats

    There was never a recipe linked to this post, but I made sugar cookies (http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/04/02/sugar-cookies-revisited/) decorated with royal icing. (http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/12/04/how-to-decorate-with-royal-icing/). Happy new year!