My 2014 Culinary and Blog Goals

Looking back at what I had planned for 2013, boy was I way off.  This year has knocked me on my butt way more than once. I lost my bloggy voice, my beloved Sous Pug headed to the Rainbow Bridge, and I did not do as much retail therapy as I used to.  My priorities changed.  My outlook changed and, to be honest, I changed.  The person I was years ago is not the person who I am now and, quite frankly, the one that I am now – I kinda like her – even if she is a bit “outspoken.”  With all that has happened, I learned that there is truth in the saying that some people are in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Some things I am very thankful for this year is the power of friendship. I’m blessed that there are some amazing people that have come into my life, both from the past and current, which have kept me on sanity’s path – especially after losing Wiggs. They have been amazing and I look forward to lots of adventures with them in 2014.   Another added bonus – I have a ton of new amazing blogs to read going into the New Year. While I would like to look back and spotlight what happened this past year, I get a bit teary so let us just look forward shall we?… 

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Looking Back At The Best Tried and True Recipes of 2013

This is a sponsored post. My opinions, as always, are my own

Cooking In Stilettos Best Tried and True Recipes of 2013 | Cooking In Stilettos

This has been a whirlwind of a year. As I’m starting to think back to all the blessings that 2013 brought, I’m also thinking of how my cooking has evolved over the past year. It’s been a long way since my original “let’s try to burn water” style that I started with so many years ago.

When Foodie asked us what we thought our best recipes for 2013 were, I thought long and hard and focused on recipes that I knew were loved by friends and family, took me out of my comfort zone or I improved upon using skills I learned over the past 5 years. These, my friends, are my absolute faves for this year.
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Celebrating Food Babbles’ Blogiversary With A Creamy Hazelnut Martini and a Giveaway

Creamy Hazelnut Martini | Cooking In Stilettos

When I started blogging eons ago, I never knew what a wonderful path it would take me on and the fabulous people blogging would put in my path.

One of the most amazing bloggers I have been thrilled to know is Kate from Food Babbles.  If you don’t read her on the daily, you need to.  She’s got the biggest heart, the most adorable family(and one is a fashionista in training – love that!), is a first responder with her work as a medic.  Of course, she’s a foodie at heart and Food Babbles is a testament to her amazing culinary skills!

Food Babbles turns 3 this week and Kate is throwing a blogiversary blowout with a blogger giveaway with some of my must read daily bloggers.  Look at who is celebrating with Kate:

Taking On Magazines Food Babbles Crumb Chocolate, Chocolate and More Cooking In Stilettos Created By Diane Juanita's Cocina Diethood Cravings of a Lunatic Try Anything Once That Skinny Chick Can Bake Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker It's Yummi

She’s celebrating this soiree with a bang  – specifically a 5 Qt. Kitchen Aid Mixer  – and you are going to want to toss your hat in the ring for the chance to win this lovely in a color of your choosing.

Kitchen Aid Mixer | Food Babbles Giveaway … 

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Come Visit Me At The Redhead Baker – It’s All About the Beer Baby!

Harvest Pumpkin Ale Short Ribs - A Guest Post at The Redhead Baker

Y’all know The Redhead Baker, right?  I discovered her site some time ago and it hit my must read daily list. Coleen is a gem and a fellow Philly gal so I was thrilled when she said that she was letting some bloggy buds guest at her site to celebrate all that is Cooking With Beer.

Coleen was kind enough to let me bring a dish to her soiree so I ran to WholePaychex, talked to my fave beer guy and brought what I think is the perfect fall beer to the party – a Pumpkin Ale.  Then I did what he might have thought was unthinkable – braised some short ribs with it. Seriously – who says you can only braise the short ribs in vino or stock – pshaw! It’s all about the beer baby! Of course you can add a sip or two for the cook – I mean you do have to taste your ingredients – quality control and all…. 

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