On January 13, 2014 I stared at the glowing, blank page of my laptop. Do I dare? My fingers began to type, as if by magic. Without a clue as to what I was doing, or what would become of it, Rosemarie’s Kitchen was born. By the blogging world standards, it’s not a huge, runaway hit. But then, I didn’t create Rosemarie’s Kitchen to become “famous”. I simply wanted a place to share my recipe collection and perhaps a few memories along the way. I yearned for an outlet beyond Facebook, and blogging, although a little scary, seemed the right fit for me. What I hadn’t anticipated at the start of this journey was that I would discover a more personal view into the world around me. Blogging connects people who might otherwise never meet in an exchange of ideas, customs and traditions – be it faith, family or nationality. The people I have “met” along the way are wonderful – creative, delightful and insightful. I have learned much from them. Thank you all for this wonderful experience. It’s been a hoot. One that I hope will continue.
Since mine is a cooking blog, as 2014 draws to a close, I thought it would be nice to post a few links to recipes I’ve shared with you this past year. Of all the recipes I’ve shared; these have been the “tops” among readers in their respective categories. Hope you enjoy a second look . . .
***** APPETIZERS *****
The Importance of Sunny Pepperoni Pie
The Deviled Egg You Say!
Christmas Party Potato Platter with Fresh Dill and Red Caviar
Filipino Egg Rolls – Lumpia
***** MAIN ATTRACTIONS *****
French Beef and Red Wine Stew on Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Country Ribs with Golden Eagle Barbecue Sauce
Another “original” recipe from my kitchen to yours, adapted from an old family recipe on Hubby’s side. The peppery-smoked flavor is perfect for summertime barbecued ribs.
Southern “Fried” Oven Chicken – No Lie!!
Filet Mignon in Red Wine Reduction Sauce with Tarragon-Garlic Butter
***** SOMETHING ON THE SIDE *****
Smokey Pan Seared Asparagus
Haricots verts à l’étouffée (Stewed Green Beans)
Filipino Pancit with Chicken, Pork & Shrimp
Roasted Red Rosemary Potatoes
***** SWEET ENDINGS *****
Best Pineapple-Up-Side-Down Cake that Ever Came out of a Box
Maria Luisa’s Leche Flan
Fresh Berry Trifle – A colorful Summertime Dessert
French Vanilla Cake with Blueberry Filling and Fresh Berry Basket
As 2014 draws to a close and we turn our attentions to the coming New Year, I leave you now with one more Irish blessing, in honor of my dear, sweet Dad.
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.