Best of 2011

I believe I'm a little late in posting what I think are the best recipes I've posted in 2011.  I've seen a lot of my fellow bloggers posting about what they think is the best.  I've been meaning to get to it but it's been a rough week...both boys have been sick and I've been sick.  Now everyone is starting to get better so I have some time to think about what I think are the best recipes on Chocolate & Chillies in 2011.  This has been my first year blogging.  I started out looking for a hobby, a way to document my recipes and help to improve my cooking.  Over the year I have discovered so many amazing bloggers and found some great recipes.  In the beginning there were really only 2 sister in law, Reshma and my cousin, Naseeba.   They were my loyal followers from the beginning...Thank you!  I am now amazed at how many comments and readers I have.  Thank you so much for visiting and for all the comments.

Orange Streusel Coffee Cake

This is a recipe I got a long time ago from my cousin.  When we were growing up we would drive to Chicago to visit her and her family in the summer. She made this for us one day and we all loved it.  It is very quick to put together.  It is not overly sweet and goes great with a cup of tea.  It tastes best when made with freshly squeezed orange juice but you can substitute regular orange juice if that is all you have.  When the cake is done baking I usually turn the broiler on to crisp up the topping.


This is another breakfast made just for Hasan.  He loves waffles.  This is a recipe I got from Joy of Cooking.  We had more than we could eat so I froze the leftovers.  They can be heated them up in the toaster when you want to have them again.  We had this with some maple syrup.

Pan Pizza

I loved pan pizza growing up but the last few years I have stopped eating it because it is so greasy.  Awhile ago I found a recipe for it at America's Test Kitchen.  It didn't seem as bad at I thought.  I gave it a try and was very impressed!  As usual I went easy on the cheese to please Hasan.  The amount of sauce they recommend was too much for me.  Next time I will use less.  But I'm thinking it might because I used so little cheese which made the sauce too much.  Sorry about the bad pictures...Hasan was hungry so I didn't have much time to take a nice picture but wanted to share it regardless.  Looking forward to making this again soon!

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