Best of 2010

With 2010 ending tonight I can't help but get a little nostalgic. It's been quite the year, with many changes in my life, some I've loved and others I've merely tolerated. It's a little humbling to looks through all of the 140 posts I've put up this year, see how I've grown (and also grimace while planning to retake some photos). Above are the five most popular posts I put out this year old fashioned sugar cookies. butterbeer ice cream sandwichesapple rosette crostata, the oatmeal cookie bake off, and chocolate buttermilk cake donuts topped the lists. Thank you for sharing them. :) 

2010 was filled with ice cream, and not that I won't be making ice cream anymore, but surely not once a week. (My waistline is very happy about this!). People ask me often what my favorites of them were, and I have to say it's hard to choose! Brown butter baked alaskabrownie batter ice creamcannoli ice cream sandwichesricotta lemon cardamom ice cream & gingersnap sandwichessalted caramel ice cream and triple chocolate cookie dough ice cream were at the tops of my list. Of all the ice creams I made I loved....most of them (frankly, I'm still deciding about white truffle ice cream) I'd call a year in studying ice creams to be a success. 

So what's for next year? Oh so many things! But for my focus of the year? Let's call it "condiments." This year I will be making sugars, salts, jellies, jams, syrups, butters, spices and oils. It's not as closely focused as ice cream, but will be SO much fun. :) To confess, I've already made one sugar, two jellies, one jam, one syrup, and two butters in my excitement! It's going to be a very flavorful year! There will be some canning involved, preserving, drying, and freezing. By the end of the year my pantry will be stocked full of amazing things! 

I hope that you all have a lovely New Years! I'll see you again in 2011!