Happy New Year’s Eve! This part sneaks up so quickly after Christmas. I hope you treated yourself to a great last breakfast of 2012, and exciting NYE plans await you. Don’t forget to chill the champagne. Do you have any good luck traditions for tonight? Sometimes we’d eat 12 grapes at midnight. Some years my mom stocks up on fireworks.
For now, here are the blog’s best recipes of the year. Thanks so much for following along in this first year of a little saffron. It’s been so much fun, and we can’t wait to keep improving and cooking in 2013.
This one goes back to the beginning of this blog, and it’s just as good every time we’ve made it since.
This was the star of a dinner party we hosted this year in our new home, and it’s still a recipe I love. The carnitas are tender, crispy, and flavorful. And tortillas, we learned, are fun and easy to make at home. We’ve made them several times, and even Lila loves rolling and pressing the dough.
I stand firmly on the side for vinegar-based potato salads. This one is bright and tangy from vinegar and plenty of fresh herbs. The chunks of red potatoes are tender and do a great job of absorbing the bacon vinaigrette.
The 18-hour pork! So tender when it’s done, and it’s actually pretty simple. The oven does most of the work. My dad and sister have made this nearly a dozen times.
Such a great spin on a classic cocktail, especially for anyone who loves bourbon.
This recipe worked hard over the holidays. My dad loved it, and we made it several times at my parent’s house. It’s a simple, unexpected combination of flavors, and so good.
This was maybe the most surprising soup of the year. The curious addition of vanilla works with the apple cider to make a bright and flavorful soup.
More. I always want more of this.
I love this pie and its biscuity crust.
I figured out how to get big granola clusters. Yes! And this granola is killer.
Two ingredients (the sour cream and coffee) seriously amp up this chocolate cake. You won’t forget it.
From now on, sour cream should be in pancakes everywhere.
One more for good luck! This crispy chicken spiced with smoked paprika was the most popular post of the year.