2018: Still Learning


I learned so much this year!

I learned how to make and maintain sourdough starter, and how to bake with it. It smells divine and bakes delicious bread.

After a lifetime of merely steaming asparagus, I learned different ways to cook it. Who knew it could share the plate and still be magnificent? Everyone but yours truly, apparently. 

I learned that rhubarb is every bit as yummy in savory dishes as it is in a pie.

I learned to like zucchini. Never thought I’d say that, to be honest. I didn’t hate it before, I just didn’t much care for it. But then. Then I found a few recipes, got inspired, and invented a couple more. Now I love the stuff! Oh, and I also learned that some people call them courgettes. I love words as much as I love food.

I learned how to can. I haven’t posted about it yet, but I will – I promise. Sadly, I’ve also learned that there are far too many bloggers out there who use unsafe canning practices. So I also promise to only post about tested, safe recipes, and to include references so people can check it out themselves if they like. I’ve done some water bath canning (tomato sauce, cranberry sauce, orange marmalade, red pepper jelly) and some pressure canning (chicken broth, vegetable broth, and beans.) I can’t wait for strawberry season so I can try my hand at jam!

I learned a little geography. People from 100 countries visited my blog this year! That’s both exciting and incredibly humbling. I thank each and every one of you, whether you’re in my town or Cameroon, or anywhere else in the world. I hope you find something fun or useful, and I wish you all the happiest of New Years. 

The ten most viewed 2018 posts:

1.) Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

2.) Perfectly Cooked Bacon for a Crowd

Perfectly Cooked Bacon For a Crowd

3.) Off-the-Hook Homemade Jalapeño Hot Sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce

4.) My Favorite Pork Roast

Pork Roast

5.) Beet Greens With Garlic & Sage

Beet Greens With Garlic and Sage

6.) Margarita Chicken

Margarita Chicken

7.) Moroccan Chicken With Couscous

Moroccan Chicken With Couscous

8.) Balsamic Beets With Broccolini

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini

9.) Alder-Planked Fluke With Bold Spice Rub

Alder-Planked Fluke With Bold Spice Rub

10.) That Broccoli Thing

That Broccoli Thing

And, just for fun, ten of my favorites of 2018 (alphabetically):

Baked Salmon With Gingered Rhubarb

Baked Salmon With Ginger Rhubarb

Black & Bleu Meatloaf

Black & Bleu Meat Loaf

Cedar-Wrapped Asparagus With Carrots

Cedar-Wrapped Asparagus With Carrots

Chicken Tabbouleh

Chicken Tabbouleh

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Cornmeal-Crusted Scallops with Mint Chimichurri & Couscous Pilaf

Cornmeal-Crusted Scallops with Mint Chimichurri & Couscous Pilaf

Halibut, Asparagus, & Potatoes With Cherry Tomato Salsa

Halibut, Asparagus, & Potatoes With Cherry Tomato Salsa

Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions




Pork Vindaloo (1)


12 Comments Add yours

  1. dpranita583 says:

    nice plan of learning.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. julie says:

      Thanks! We are never too old to learn 😊


  2. Congratulations on your success. Thank you for sharing. Love thisblog with all the things you learned. Look forward to this year’s recipes and stoiries

    Liked by 1 person

    1. julie says:

      Thanks, Linda, and Happy New Year! I appreciate your stopping by 😊


  3. Kathleen Jo says:

    Looking forward to more of your recipes in 2019! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. itsoilgreektome says:

    Seems 2018 was great for both of us when it comes to learning new things. Hope 2019 will be as good for both of us, too ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. julie says:

      Me, too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Irene says:

    Beautiful message, and the recipes look all delicious! I have marked #3 Hot sauce and #7 Couscous to try early in the new year. Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. julie says:

      I’d love to hear how they work out for you; I hope you love them as much as I do. Happy New Year to you, too!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. All looks delicious! Looking forward to your posts about canning. I haven’t done it in years.

    Liked by 1 person

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