It’s been a very special year, food-filled year for me in 2012 – my first child was born, a beautiful healthy 8.5 pound daughter. I ate my weight in citrus, frozen yogurt, kale chips and cake during my pregnancy; ate my way through Israel, New Orleans, Wisconsin and Florida, and tried out some great new recipes that I got to share with you all.
At Rosh Hoshanah I always take the time to reflect on my spiritual self and my relationships; but at the secular New Year, I like to take a look back and pause on all the special things that I did, places I went and of course, delicious things I ate (and cooked).
Best side dish: Za’atar Roasted Potatoes. Who knew that such a simple combination of Za’atar (a Middle Eastern spice mix) plus roasted potatoes could produce such an easy and delicious side dish. My husband loves za’atar and so every time we go to Israel or one of our friends goes to Israel, he insists we need more za’atar. This recipe was born out of my desire to use up some of the excess za’atar that had accumulated in my cabinet – it was such a hit that it has become a regular in my dinner rotation.
Best Cookbook: Jerusalem. This year brought a ton of new cookbooks: the good, the bad, the redundant and then there was Jerusalem, the first cookbook by the London-based duo Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli and Sami Tamimi, a Palestinian. Not only is the cookbook visually stunning, the recipes are a delight for those looking to branch out. The husband and I have already starting making our way through the book, and so far haven’t found a recipe we didn’t like. I highly recommend!
Best Shabbat Chicken
Everyone has a go-to for Shabbat dinner, and mine is citrus-herb roasted chicken. While my husband opts for a roasted chicken marinated in a host of dry herbs, I think the natural citrus juices, fresh herbs and olive oil keep the chicken super-moist. While I didn’t create this recipe during 2012, I still think its worth to include in my round-up of the year. I hope it will become one of your go-to recipes too!