Friday, December 31, 2010

Summer and Fall 2010 in Review

Today we continue our look back in A Good Appetite's year in food 2010....
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We hosted a barbecue we called Smokapalooza where we made Smoked Pulled Pork, Homemade Smoked Sausage, Baked Beans & Maple Bacon Ice Cream.
Smoked Pulled Pork Matt's Homemade Smoked Sausage Maple Bacon Ice Cream
Later in the month we ate our way through Seattle. Some favorite places were Restaurant Zoƫ, Citizen Coffee & the food truck Skillet.
Thundering Hooves Braised Beef Breakfast at Citizen Skillet

We headed out to LoveTree Farm in Wisconsin to visit their sheep & eat some wood-fired pizza.
Sheep Out of the oven
The rest of the month was all about figs thanks to the CA Fig Advisory Board who sent us over 18 dozen fresh figs & 8 pounds of dried! We made Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Figs, Honey Fig & Pistachio Ice Cream, Pork Tenderloin with Fig Sauce, Fig Pizza, Flying Fig Cocktail, Fig Rickeys, Figgy (Bread) Pudding, Figgy Mac & Cheese & my favorite, Fig Jalapeno Jam (this has been a huge favorite over brie for the holidays).
#230 - Many dozen fresh figs Flying Fig Cocktail #236 - Snack Time

September found us in Holland & Belgium. Of course, food was a big part of our trip. We ate Indonesian Rijsttafe, Belgium Waffles, Frites, Mussels, Toasties, Apple Cake, lots of good cheese & lots of good beer! Next time we need to get some herring.
Rijsttafel Matt gets his Frites Mussels Waffle Stand Belgium beer in Belgium!
We got back in time for our second Tour de Farm. This time at the Oliver Kelly Farm, a working 1860's farm. The chefs were Scott Pampuch and Mike Phillips so of course the menu was all about pig!
grilling up the pork IMG_6099 Dessert on the porch

The weather stayed unusually warm here in October so we were still out on the patio grilling. We given a Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer from Char Broil to experiment with which was a big success for both chickens & turkey.
IMG_6445 Golden Brown Turkey Breast
We were also part of the Great HalloTweet. Our dishes included Pumpkin Guts, Chai Spiced Pumpkin Cake & Easy Pumpkin Turnovers.
#298 - Pumpkin Guts #279 - Chai-Spiced Pumkpin Cake Easy Pumpkin Tarts

We were chosen as one of the 25 competitors in Iron Foodie. Our Sweet & Spicy Spare Ribs didn't win but we certainly enjoyed eating them!
#336 - Sweet & Spicy Spare Ribs
On our way to Michigan for Thanksgiving, we spent the night in Chicago & ate at Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill something MAtt has dreamed of for awhile. It was fabulous!
Enchiladas de Mole Poblano Duo de Flanes

The year wrapped up with the opening of a much needed new pizza restaurant in our neighborhood, Pizzeria Lola. We instantly fell in love with their wood-fire grilled pizzas & even tried to make our own version of their breakfast pizza.
Pizzeria Lola Breakfast Pizza
There was also time for one more pork filled dinner with Scott Pampuch & Mike Phillips serving us the whole hog at The Local. Making it even better was the beer pairings from Rush River Beer.
#348 - Whole Pig Porchetta Rush River Porter

Here's to a Healthy, Happy & Tasty New Year!

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Lori said...

I just love your recaps and the fact that you did it by month. It's great to revisit all your awesome experiences and to find a few great things I missed throughout the year. Happy New Year to you and Matt!

vanillasugarblog said...

happy new year to you too! what a wonderful recap. i need to do one.

Megan said...

A year well fed. :)
Happy New Year!

Lori said...

Lots of good food here. But you know I just feel the need to grab that maple bacon ice cream right off the screen. I am such a sucker for ice cream. Looking forward to the New Year. Happy New Year to you and Matt.

Amy P. said...

Lots of good things to eat! Thanks for the cooking ideas this year, Kathy. Happy New Year!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Happy New year! Your beautiful pictures have me very hungry!

Chris and Amy said...

What a great year. May 2011 be as good for you, or better!

Thistlemoon said...

This was most definitely a GOOD year for a GOOD appetite! :)

PG said...

Looks like a year well-lived. Happy new year!

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