Following on the previous post, here are my favourite dishes which I made for the first time in 2010, followed some year-end musings.
Top Savoury Dishes
5. Yorkshire Pudding – from My Grandmother Jessie’s Recipes
4. Jewish Pork Tenderloin - from My Grandmother Jessie’s Recipes
3. Linguine Umami – My original creation
2. Deep-Dish Chicago-Style Pizza – from America’s Test Kitchen
For the top savoury dish, top sweet treats, and…
1. Qualicum Sea Scallops in Brown Butter and Hazelnuts - My creation
Top Sweet Treats
In the previous post, I included pictures of the Double-Chocolate Double-Malt Frosted Brownies and My Grandmother Jessie’s Brownies (the latter is the lead photo), I made five other new sweets I really enjoyed:
5. Hot Fudge Pie - from My Grandmother Jessie’s Recipes
4. Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake - Dorie Greenspan’s recipe
3. Sponge Cake – from My Grandmother Jessie’s Recipes
2. Pink and Perfect Strawberry Chiffon Pie – Kathy Casey’s recipe
By far, my favourite ongoing project was the 19 recipes I discovered 19 years after the death of my grandmother Jessie. The series, What Would Jessie Dish?, allowed me to remember my grandmother, her quirky and witty character, and her cooking prowess. Many of my grandmother’s own recipes are on my favourite lists above, despite the fact that I did not remember them from my childhood. So it was fun to discover them, just as many of you did.
It was a test of my own culinary abilities, as many of her handwritten and hand-typed recipe cards were laconic at best, in their directions, and woefully incomplete, at their worst. However, I was able to make all her dishes, having to research, re-try, and re-make some.
Thank you to my readers for joining me – and indulging me – in this trip down memory lane. I am kicking around the idea of turning the series into a biographical-cookbook, with a few more recipes, more photos, and some even more outrageous tales from Jessie’s life.
A Few Final Thoughts
I have enjoyed interacting with my readers from all over the globe, checking out your sites, and learning more about you. This blog has been a way to create new friendships even – with one of my “regular” readers and blog buddies coming to visit, from “across the Pond” early in the new year!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and to visit IslandEAT. I hope you will return, find a recipe or two to your liking, and have a few laughs even in 2011. A healthy and fulfilling new year to you, wherever you may be.