As we near the end of 2017, it’s fun to look back and see what’s been accomplished over the past 12 months. It’s been a busy year for me, not just creating new recipes, but revisiting some old ones (as in remaking them and re-photographing). Today, not only am I sharing the most popular new recipes of 2017 from Garlic & Zest, but I’ve also assembled some truly groan-worthy “before” photos of recipes I shared when I first started blogging (in 2013) side by side with their recently rephotographed counterparts. If I had known how bad my photography was when I started — I would have called it quits right then. I guess ignorance IS BLISS.
Without further ado… The Top Recipes (by month) of 2017:
Authentic New England Clam Chowder – made with fresh clams, a divine broth — and BACON.
Mardi Gras Grilled Oysters – This is a winner because of its simplicity, I think!
Chicken Sates with Avocado Cucumber Relish – You can’t go wrong with meat on a stick and the peanut sauce gives it a whole new dimension.
Key Lime Mousse Tart – This is two desserts in one. Refrigerate it for a creamy, light, melt-in-your-mouth treat – or freeze it and serve as a delicious semi-freddo!
Lobster Bisque From Scratch – There’s a “wow” factor with lobster bisque and this one doesn’t disappoint. No wonder it’s a 2017 favorite!
Chilled Cucumber Soup – This light summer soup is healthy and vibrant topped with pico de gallo. Not what you want in the middle of a snowstorm, but definitely a must for June!
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream – A creamy banana ice cream with peanut butter magic shell swirls. #doesntsuck!
Spatchcock Jerk Chicken with Sweet Curry – Layer after layer of flavor. I could seriously eat this once a week!
Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie – Quintessential comfort food with a meaty filling and creamy mashed potatoes!
Homemade Italian Wedding Soup – When the weather gets cold, this is a definite MUST.
Banana Pumpkin Streusel Quick Bread – Um, yes – it’s that good!
Raspberry Almond Cream Cheese Braid – This one has only been up on the blog for about a week and it got by far the most comments and likes… I guess I’ve found your sweet spot!
And Now… The Good, The Bad and The UGLY:
Most of the before shots were taken in my first year of blogging — others — I have no excuse for…
Well, that wraps up 2017. I hope it was a good one for you! Wishing you good eating in 2018! Happy New Year!
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