Well today marks my one year anniversary of blogging. Boy did that go fast! I'm so glad I made the decision to start this blog. It's been a really fun hobby and has helped me discover how much I really like cooking and exploring new recipes and cuisines. When I started this blog, I started it with the intention of cooking moderately easy meals that didn't call for an exhaustive list on ingredients to complete the dish. I'd like to think I stayed true to that initial intent, only modifying it slightly. I still like to cook moderately easy meals, but I also like to switch it up a bit on weekends by trying meals that are little more complex. Despite that, I still think most of the meals I cook appeal to a wide variety of people. Since my husband has a picky palate, I can't get to wild with the ingredients!
I have a few goals for this next year of blogging. First, I want to try and improv my photopgraphy. My husband got me a new camera for Christmas that takes really good photos, but its still hard to get good ones when I can't use natural light. Since Spring and Summer are right around the corner, I'm hoping I'll be able to get some better photos. I might explore the idea of a lightbox, but thats definitely on the back burner right now. My second goal is to remain true to my cooking style. Like I said when I started out, my blog is about cooking moderately easy meals great for someone that works 9-5 and has to come home and cook, but with the occasional complex recipe perfect for entertaining or a weekend dinner. My third and final goal for this year is to bake more desserts. If you notice, I barely have any desserts on here after a whole year of blogging! I really need to address that. I have to admit though, I'm not a huge fan of cookies. Except for chocolate chip cookies, I have a hard time finding a cookie thats "worth the calories" as I like to say. So don't expect to see too many cookie recipes on here.
On that note, since I don't have a recipe to post today, I'm just going to highlight one of my top favorite recipes from this past year. I give you, my Loaded Baked Potato Bites. Even though these are pretty simple, I think they are such a perfect little bite-sized appetizer for entertaining. I really want to do more recipes with phyllo cups, they are such a versatile ingredients and a blank canvas to really get creative with.
Here's to another year of blogging and enjoying meals with family and friends! I'll leave you with a picture of my precious cat, Bailey. I'm suprised after a whole year I don't think I've ever posted a photo of him!