Welp, 2021 is nearing an end. When I look back on this year, I think what the shit was that? I honestly have no idea. This year flew by, and was somehow chock full of absolute fuckery. I truly don’t know how to sum it up, so instead I’ll just share my top posts of 2021.
Here are my top posts of 2021
For all my posts from this year, just head to the home page, where they’re all there in the order they were posted (most recent first)
#10 Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
4 ingredient, carb joy. Sure they’re cooked twice, but the result is worth it. And as someone who tends to really love shortcuts and hates extra dishes trust me on this one – cooking potatoes twice is often the way to creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside potato heaven.
#9 The Best Roast Chicken
Yes it’s a bold statement, but I’ve got a thing for roast chicken, and I consider it my life’s work to perfect it. This version (since my idea of best is always changing) is dry-brined (just a fancy word for salted ahead of time, fear not) and cooked over a bed of lemony potatoes. Perfection.
#8 Asparagus with Brown Butter
More specifically, pencil thin asparagus with brown butter and pistachios. It’s the first thing I’ll be making the second asparagus is in season again. (ps I’m shocked and amazed that a VEGGIE dish made it into the top 10 this year. You kids are eating your veggies! I’m so proud.)
#7 Chocolate Covered Cherry Bars
I made these in May and still think about them often. I mean, they’re basically a chocolate covered cherry, in bar form. And aside from pitting those damn cherries (not an issue if you use frozen ones), they’re pretty simple to make.
#6 gluten-free flour tortillas
Real talk: I’m obsessed with these and make them all the time. And I am not opposed to corn, which means gluten-free tortillas are readily available for purchase. But these? These are the easiest way to up your Taco Tuesday game. – WITH ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!
#5 Banana Snacking Cake
Let’s face it: Snacking Cake is a whole vibe. The fact that snacking is in the literal name means it’s a treat to be eaten at all times of the day. I don’t want to say I was ahead of the boom of anti-diet culture or anything but… 😉
#4 How To Keep Houseplants Alive
This one ranking this year means I get to switch careers and open a plant shop, right? Cool. It’s funny- looking at this photo I took when I wrote this article – this scene looks so sparse compared to what it looks like now!
#3 My Best Brisket
I’m not gonna lie, I am SO PROUD that this post is showing up as one of the most popular of the year. It was one I knowingly created for a smaller crowd, knowing most people don’t own a sous vide circulator. For those of you who do: Make this! It is the only way I will make brisket forevermore.
#2 Strawberry Drop Biscuits
It’s not surprising that these made it so close to the number one spot. They’re subtly-sweet biscuits that are whipped up in one bowl. Which means they are not only easy to make, but are damn delicious to boot. Bookmark this recipe for when strawberries start showing up at your farmers market!
#1 Pork Breaded Pork Chops
aka “you mean tonkatsu?” Which is what approximately a million people asked me when I posted this recipe on instagram. Look closely, though: the word pork appears twice in the title. That means THE BREADING IS MADE FROM PORK. It’s weird how our brains refuse to see the same word twice in one thing. But yes. The panko IS pork. Boop.
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