I was looking at the folder I keep here on my computer with my recipes in it and realized to my surprise/shock/horror that I cooked almost 300 new recipes in 2009 - many from publications in 2009, many older ones that I had collected but just now got around to making.
Of the 300, 274 give or take were deemed worth repeating. The other 25 were meh, not so good but thankfully none sent me running to the bathroom in horror.
So, from my 'Make Again' file here are my top 5 best new recipes for 2009.
"Vietnamese Restaurant-Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork" by Andrea Nguyen - Tuck these slightly charred, caramelized pieces of pork heaven into a crunchy french roll spread with homemade mayonnaise, dressed with cilantro, pickled carrots & daikon with a couple slices of jalapeno ... Sigh. Just so good.
"Aussie Burger" - Saveur Magazine. That combo of meat, sharp cheddar, pineapple, beets all topped with a fried egg was the highlight of my weekly Friday Burger Madness and indeed the entire year.
"Pizza Bianca with Sottocenere Cheese"-Mozza via Food and Wine Magazine. Had to improvize with this - there was no recipe per se, just a description (does that still count?). Never had the Sottocenere cheese before but it's nice truffle scent and light sprinkling of truffle oil at the end was a seriously nice finish to a great pizza.
"Chicken in Milk" - Jaime Oliver. Strange to think that you could toss these unlikely ingredients (milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon sticks, chicken) into a pot and have it come out good but actually comes out amazing. Rich, sweet, spicy, lemony goodness AND the house smells great while it's cooking. Perfect cold weather recipe.
"Brennan's Bananas Foster" (Epicurious). Yes, I've played around with the idea of Bananas Foster before but never used an actual recipe (let alone THE recipe). If you haven't made this, please promise me you will...soon. I made these twice this year, both times served in crepes with vanilla ice cream and they were so good I wanted to jump in the pan and bathe myself in that buttery goodness.
What were your new recipe discoveries this past year?