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Top Tasty Eats in 2010

2010 feels like a whirlwind of a year to me. Doesn’t it to you? This has been the first full year that Tasty Eats At Home has been gluten-free, and I feel like I’ve learned so much about gluten-free living, baking, and health in that time. Tasty Eats At Home has become dairy-free as well. Still, there is so much left to learn, and so much left to do. I took a look at my resolutions I posted at the end of 2009, and while I’ve accomplished a few, I realize I still wish to tackle some of those goals!

But first, let’s review some of your favorites from 2010. These are all tasty recipes – and run the gamut from quick-and-easy dinner recipes to yummy sweets.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast – I have come back to this recipe time and time again for an easy solution to dinner.

Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Raisins, and Walnuts – a healthy, light way to enjoy a quick meal.

Jap Chae – This is one of my favorite quick meals, and it’s completely vegan. Talk about satisfying without the guilt!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – I’ve made these multiple times since posting this recipe. A treat for kids and adults alike!

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – A favorite of mine from childhood. Yum.

Gluten-Free Churros – These were fun, and I kid you not, our kids have requested these for Christmas morning next year. Guess they were a hit.

Chocolate Ice Cream – Need I say more? Who doesn’t like chocolate ice cream? To make it dairy-free, simply use coconut milk and another dairy-free milk. I’ve made all-coconut milk ice creams before – they’re so creamy and decadent!

Gluten-Free Brownie Bites – Brittany just made these a few weeks ago, and they’re wonderful. We made them dairy-free by substituting 7 tablespoons of palm shortening for the 8 tablespoons of butter. Easy peasy, and SO worth it.

Masala-Spiced Adzuki Beans and Rice – I think it’s time to make these again, especially once the holiday overindulgence has occurred. The dish is vegan, packed full of protein, and comforting.

Flourless Almond Butter Cookies – Another easy-to-make treat! Who doesn’t love cookies, and these can be whipped up with just a few ingredients.

And what was my favorite recipe of 2010? It’s hard for me to choose! Here are my top 10 that I truly enjoyed.

Peach and Kumquat Crostada – I loved the crust here, and this was a perfect ending to a heavy meal.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Broccoli “Cheese” Rice Casserole – I was so excited when this was just as tasty as the original!

Texas Chili – This is my “go-to” recipe for chili. I made some for Christmas day, actually, using venison. (Yes, we had chili on Christmas. Long story, but we had our traditional Christmas dinner the day after, so chili was the meal for the actual holiday.) Talk about yum.

Curried Acorn Squash, Sweet Potato, and Apple Soup – a delicious and healthy soup; one of my favorites made this year!

Vegan Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote – I was ecstatic when this turned out. Cheesecake is back on the menu!

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato and Pork Pierogies – These were phenomenal. I think I should treat my husband and I again to these!

Perfect Lamb Chops – If there’s one dish that was enjoyed over and over again in our home this year, this would be it. Something that’s delicious and easy? Yes, please!

Moist and Herb-y Turkey Burgers – Another healthy dinner recipe that’s sure to make its rounds on our menu soon! 

Ratatouille – If there was a vegetable that I truly fell in love with in the past year, it would be eggplant. This is one dish that truly makes eggplant sing.

Croquembouche – If there was ever a Daring Bakers Challenge that I had to conquer, this was it. I had multiple failures before this dessert finally worked, but when it did, it was heavenly.

Whew, that was harder than I thought! Apparently I am quite attached to a lot of my posts.

And now, in keeping with my tradition, a few food/cooking-related resolutions for the New Year:

– Perfect and post a great gluten-free bread recipe (I posted a baguette recipe, but I’d like to make my own sliceable sandwich bread)

– Learn to make menudo (was on the resolution list last year and I didn’t get to it)

– Learn to make gluten-free puff pastry (I’ve read about it, I just need to take the plunge!)

– Improve Tasty Eats At Home design

– Achieve work/life/blog balance! (A lot has happened in the past few months – and as much as I’d love to spend all my time with you guys, I must revisit my goals and find balance.)

And most of all, I’m curious: What would you like to see on Tasty Eats At Home? I’d love to read some feedback – more healthy recipes? More desserts? Easier layout, search functions, etc? Let me know!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have a safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2011!


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Welcome 2010: Top Ten Posts of 2009 (Plus a New Year’s Resolution or Two)

photo courtesy of Toby Harmon

In a few days, another decade comes to a close. Can you remember what happened 10 years ago? The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time. (This year, we were all happy that it reached that mark again!) It then proceeded to reach 11,000 less than two months later. The strongest tornado ever recorded in world history slammed into Moore, Oklahoma. George W. Bush announced that he would seek the Republican Party nomination for President. The world population reached 6 billion. (We’re now nearly at 6.7 billion!) And as 1999 came to a close, the world sat on pins and needles, wondering if Y2K was going to wreak havoc. (source: Wikipedia) My, how things have changed.

With the arrival of 2010, there are so many things to celebrate. Personally, I am so thankful that our family has fared well during this time of economic crisis. I am thankful that my family is healthy. In this past year, we lost family members near and dear to our hearts, but I am thankful that we enjoyed many wonderful years together. I look forward to the next year, and the next decade, as there are many wonderful things to come.

In the spirit of the New Year, I want to share with you all the top 10 successes of Tasty Eats At Home for 2009. These are the ten most popular recipes on Tasty Eats At Home. A few are prior to my gluten-free days – but upon realizing their success, I now wish to make plans to convert them to gluten-free and re-post them in the coming year. That way, everyone can enjoy them!

1. Vegetarian Bean and Pumpkin Chili, plus a Gluten-Free Cheddar Serrano Biscuit – This is a delicious and easy recipe. I love that it requires little active cooking time, it’s healthy, and it’s comforting. Oh, and of course, delicious! I plan on making another batch this week!

2. Korean Short Ribs Tacos – This was one of my favorite recipes to make! Ever since I learned of Kogi BBQ, I dreamed of the flavors in their tacos – salty, spicy, sweet, tangy – and I couldn’t stop thinking about them until I made this dish! I still have no idea if the recipe is close to the original, as I haven’t ventured to Los Angeles, nor has Kogi BBQ arrived in Dallas, but who cares? These tacos are so tasty, they’re craveable.

3. Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup and Gluten-Free Chive Biscuits – Is it a sign that more than one of my top recipes is vegetarian and healthy? I loved this soup, and have made it several times. It’s easy, and it’s hard to mess up. It also makes a perfect first course dish.

4. The Best Brownies in the World – These babies aren’t gluten-free as written. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – if you substitute rice flour for the regular flour, and add about a teaspoon of xanthan gum, you’d never know the difference. There isn’t much flour in the original recipe to begin with, so the texture doesn’t change much when converting it to gluten-free. I’ll definitely re-make and re-post these gluten-free soon. They’re so worth it.

5. Make-Ahead (Gluten-Free) Turkey Gravy and Stuffing – I can see how this is a favorite. When you have food intolerances, often times you miss those comforting foods you can no longer have, especially around the holidays. This recipe makes it possible to enjoy those favorites again. I’m definitely going back to this year after year for Thanksgiving.

6. Spiced Pear Jam – This reminds me – I wish I would have canned more jams, jellies, and pickles this past summer. It wasn’t all that difficult, and I love that I have a few jars left to enjoy through the winter. Definitely doing this again next summer!

7. Nopalitos con Huevos – This recipe was posted pre-gluten-free. Gluten-free chorizo can be found, but it’s not always easy. I have found that Whole Foods makes a gluten-free chorizo; they sell it at the meat counter. It’s quite tasty too. If you substitute a spicy breakfast sausage, this dish would still be delicious.

8. Chipotle Pork Tinga Tacos – Rick Bayless, how I love him. This recipe comes from his book Mexican Everyday, and is absolutely wonderful. I also love that it’s a slow cooker recipe, making my dinner prep a snap.

9. Exploring Texas BBQ – The recipes from this post are numerous, as this was one of my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 events. It was probably one of the most fun events too – and what a great way for me to learn to smoke meat! We still talk about the barbacoa – how delicious it was, how incredibly huge that head was, etc. Great event, and I can’t wait until the next warm, lazy weekend, so I can crank up the smoker and create a delicious meal.

10. Turnip Green, Bean and Cheese Empanadas – Another vegetarian recipe, although this one isn’t gluten-free as written. No worries, though – I loved these so much, I’m determined to come up with a suitable gluten-free empanada dough to substitute. After all, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a hand-held pocket of veggie and cheesy goodness! Stay tuned!

Are there any favorites that you have that didn’t make the list? What would you love to see on Tasty Eats At Home in 2010?

Of course, my New Year’s post wouldn’t be complete without resolutions. Apparently, posting my resolutions here forces me to focus on them. I have managed to achieve most of last year’s resolutions. I still need to work on expanding my knowledge of Indian cuisine, and I need to make a few key Mexican dishes, make sushi, fried chicken, and sausage. We’ll add those to the 2010 list. Here goes – ten Tasty Eats At Home resolutions for 2010!

1. Convert The Best Brownies in the World to gluten-free

2. Convert Empanadas to gluten-free

3. Perfect and post a gluten-free bread recipe

4. Expand knowledge of Indian cuisine

5. Learn to make posole and menudo

6. Learn to make sushi

7. Learn to make Southern fried chicken and chicken-fried steak, both gluten-free

8. Learn to make sausage

9. Incorporate more vegetarian dishes into our daily diet (and on the blog!)

10. Learn to make gluten-free puff pastry

Happy New Year, everyone!


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Black-Eyed Peas


Black-eyed peas have long been a tradition for New Year’s in the South. They are supposed to bring good luck for the coming year. Some say that if you eat one pea for each day of the new year, you will ensure good fortune. (To me, that’s an awful lot of black-eyed peas.) I’ve also heard that since they swell when cooked, it represents getting more, or growth. And as for the ham or pork added? Apparently, the pig is thought to represent prosperity and wealth.

Lucky for me, we have a farmer’s market somewhat close to our home, and every year they sell local fresh black-eyed peas. (We also happen to live far enough in the country where down the street from us lives an elderly man who grows wonderful squash, okra, and black-eyed peas. Lucky us indeed!) Fresh black-eyed peas, in my opinion, are much more flavorful than dried. This year, I stashed some fresh peas away in the freezer when I had the opportunity to buy them.

And as for the pork? I was wondering what to do with my leftover ham bone from Christmas dinner! Problem solved…

This recipe uses those fresh peas. If you don’t have fresh, you can always buy dried – just soak them overnight, and let them simmer longer, about 2 hours or so. The rest of the recipe can remain the same. Also, if you don’t have a ham bone and leftover ham from Christmas, you can always use smoked ham hocks, pork jowl, or bacon.

Happy New Year!

1 T vegetable oil

1 c onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1 c diced ham

1 lb fresh black-eyed peas

2 c chicken broth

Ham bone

Salt and pepper


Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeno, sauté 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add diced ham, sauté for a minute or two more. Add black-eyed peas, chicken broth, and ham bone. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, or until beans are soft. Remove ham bone, taste, and add salt and pepper as necessary.



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