A good sandwich can make a dinner that is both quick and delicious.  This is definitely one of those sandwiches.  I’ve made these spicy shrimp po’ boys more times than I can count, and always look forward to the leftovers the next day.

I never knew that such a simple recipe for mac and cheese could be so amazing.  This fontina mac and cheese requires minimal prep but the result is one of our favorite dishes that we have made over and over again!

Everyone needs a good Oreo cupcake once in a while.  These cookies and cream cupcakes are chock full of Oreos and topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting.  Yum.

I think these chocolate macarons were probably my biggest kitchen accomplishment of the year.  These delicate French cookies are known for being finicky and difficult, but not only did they turn out looking perfect, they tasted too good to be shared.  They opened up the world of macarons for me, and I am very grateful!

I tried quite a few new waffle recipes this year because it turns out Andrew thinks they are the greatest thing since scrambled eggs.  These yeasted waffles were, in my opinion, the very best of all.  As a bonus, the batter is prepped the night before so in the morning there is not much to do beyond cooking the waffles.

As soon as I tried it, this buttermilk ranch dressing became quite an addiction of mine.  Anything that makes me crave salads is a very good thing indeed.
Nothing says summer to me like a icy, tropical drink and piña coladas are my favorite type.  I am glad to have this recipe around for all those darn days when I’m not on an island somewhere :)
Looking at this photo makes me really miss grilling.  All kinds of grilling, but these turkey burgers in particular.  A moist, flavorful burger that is healthier than the beef variety?  I’ll go for that!

This dreamy creamy strawberry ice cream opened up my eyes to the possibility of using sour cream in your ice cream and having it taste amazing.  Thanks, David Lebovitz.

I made a whooole lot of these red velvet cupcakes this year.  Most of them were for a wedding cake and cupcake order, but some of them were just for me.  Because red velvet is awesome.

Linguine with clam sauce is an old favorite family recipe with sentimental value to me.  I am happy that I finally shared it with my readers!

This was apparently a year filled with a lot of great cupcakes for me.  One of my favorite flavor combos was the Butterfinger cupcakes – a banana cupcake with incredible peanut butter frosting and topped with crushed Butterfingers.  Yes, please!

Recreating a favorite restaurant dish at home is always a good thing.  Finally being able to make spinoccoli pizza is a major victory since the restaurant where the dish originates is an hour away from us.  Score!

After loving the store-bought tins of French butter cookies for years, discovering that they can be made at home with great results was a revelation for me.

These vanilla bean fleur de sel caramels were a great way to finish out the year.  I still can’t believe how easy it is to make great caramels at home.  So buttery, chewy and delicious.  Oh my!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this look back on what, to me, are the highlights of this year from a food perspective.  It’s been a delicious year and it makes me even more anxious to see what 2011 brings.  Happy New Year, everyone!