Looking at my list of Bella Eats posts from 2012, it saddens me to see only thirteen. 13! And only nine of those contain recipes. Typically, at this time of year, I do a nice little re-cap post showcasing my favorite recipe from each of the previous twelve months. You can see 2011's summary here. With only nine recipes, and the ability to see them all by going back just three pages, I don't think that's necessary on this January 1st.
2012 was a GREAT year for food. But, because so much of my time was spent helping to launch and provide content over at Beyond the Flavor, my contributions to Bella Eats were severely limited. My top goal for 2013 is to create a better work/life balance, which includes allowing more time to dedicate to this space that I love so very much. Bella Eats is mine; a place to share my own stories surrounding the food on our table, to experiment with styling and to push myself as a photographer. I don't want to lose it. Truly. Please, dear readers (all ten of you that are left), hold me accountable.
Until then, I want to encourage you to spend some time browsing the recipes we are providing at Beyond the Flavor. We are SO excited by what we've accomplished in our first nine months and the incredible support we've received from our friends, family, contributing chefs, farmers, bakers, and food enthusiasts. We have big plans for 2013. Watch for the launch of our new website in the Spring, complete with an easily searchable recipe database, food + beverage pairings, and more great stories from the people who make good, local food possible.
Here are my twelve favorite recipes shared on Beyond the Flavor this year. It was hard to narrow down, but these are recipes we've adopted into our life and now share at our table. I hope you'll try and enjoy them as much as we do, and continue to follow both Bella Eats and Beyond the Flavor in 2013.
Happy New Year, friends! xoxo.
*note: recipes are located at the bottom of each post. we know it is tricky to find...which is why we're redesigning our site!
Dutch Baby - from Tara Koenig, owner of Sweethaus Bakery
Orrecchiette con Salsiccia e Rapini - from Megan Headley, Food + Wine Editor of Cville Weekly and Writer at Beyond the Flavor
Macaroni + Cheese - from Gerry Newman, owner of Albemarle Baking Company
Fried Chicken - from Erica Hellen and Joel Slezak, owners/farmers at Free Union Grass Farm
Eggs on Eggs - from Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, owners of Feast!
Seared Groupler and Quinoa Salad - from Ashley East, owner/chef at Dinners at Home
Ancho-Chili Chocolate Milkshake - from Tim Gearhart, owner/chocolatier at Gearharts Chocolate
Steak with Avocado Jalapeno Salad - from Dean Maupin, chef at C+O Restaurant
Cider-Braised Chicken and Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes - from Dan Potter and Tim Edmond, owners of Potters Craft Cider
Eggs Shields - from Sarah Cramer Shields, co-creator of Beyond the Flavor
Breakfast Pizza - from Michael McCarthy, owner/chef at Dr. Ho's Humble Pie
Blackberry Cobbler - from Jenny Peterson, owner of Paradox Pastry