Can you believe we’re already at the end of another year?
At the risk of sounding like 100% of the people in my Facebook newsfeed, I’m SO glad 2016 is over.
Sure, an arbitrary date on an arbitrary calendar (have you seen this video?) doesn’t change anything, but there is something about the New Year that feels like a fresh start.
Every year has ups and downs, but this year felt a bit extreme for me. I officially got divorced, lost a pregnancy, had to miss my trip to Peru (all that money wahhhh), and of course it was an election year (which always sucks).
I hosted lots of family parties, held a wedding at my house for two of my best friends, and camped during the summer. I didn’t gain more than 10 pounds at any point during the year (uhhh, Italy). I kept my houseplants alive through the winter. I drank beer in a Honky-tonk in Nashville.
So really, I can’t complain. It’s been a busy year to say the least!
The past few years I’ve shared “top post” lists at the end of the year, but this year I wanted to do something different.
I’m not sure what it is about these 10 recipes that made them so unlovable. These poor, neglected recipes never did anything to deserve that kind of treatment.
What gives, you guys?
What do you have against fritters, exactly? It’s one of my favorite ways to use up leftover vegetables — plus, um, DEEP FRIED. Is it because they are Turkish-spiced? Maybe I should have just called them Carrot Fritters with Feta. Thoughts?
I think I know where I went wrong with this one. I posted this end-of-summer salad right at the end of summer. There was no time to make this, was there? Just looking at this picture makes me want to walk to my kitchen and throw out the sad, dry, pink tomatoes on my counter. Oh, summer produce, you are sorely missed.
Maybe this one was just too much work for queso? Well, joke’s on you because it was DELICIOUS and now please excuse me I have to go make some.
Are you afraid of soba noodles? Is it because they are brown, so they look whole wheat, so you assume they’ll be gross? Well, soba noodles are made out of buckwheat, which is definitely more toothy than regular noodles but I promise it actually tastes good. This recipe is killer, so next time you see soba noodles at Trader Joe’s, pick up a pack and give this a try.
I have to admit, this seems like too much work for breakfast. It is definitely not a weekday recipe, but try it out on a weekend and you’ll be hooked. The most difficult part is… well, none of it is really difficult, it’s just time consuming. If you want to give it a try but make it a bit easier, try this: use refried black beans straight out of the can (warm them up!), swap the homemade red sauce for some salsa or pico de gallo, and use jarred pickled jalapeno instead of making your own.
It’s because I said “yogi,” isn’t it? I’m sorry.
How can you NOT want to dip some crusty bread into that dip?! p.s. it’s also completely delicious as a sandwich spread, or smeared onto bagels in the morning.
Maybe I should have come up with a better name. Are we over bowls? Is that it?
Do you hate eggs? Breakfasts in general? I don’t get it.
Okay, enough snarky talk.
In all seriousness, it’s been an amazing year for The Wanderlust Kitchen, and I’m so happy you all have been a part of it.
See you next year!