February 2010: Was it really only a year ago that I got an ice cream maker for my birthday? That’s given rise to several tasty recipes this year. But my favorite post of the month is one where I didn’t follow any recipe, winging it on a loaf of bread and expounding on the reasons I cook.
March 2010: I had a week off, and ate my way through several of Paris’ arrondissements. I made corndogs from scratch for Nick’s birthday, and when I got stressed out looking for a new apartment, I made apple pie.
April 2010: Ah, the month we moved. I kissed my old apartment goodbye and with it, my internet access. I did manage to write about Fribourg d’Alpage, a truly fantastic cheese I found at the cheese festival in Coulommiers.
May 2010: May is undoubtedly the month of long weekends. I made the most of the one I got, joining Nick and his colleagues on a short trip to La Rochelle on the West coast of France. We ate a fabulous meal there at Les Flots, and it really felt like a vacation.
June 2010: I spent much of June testing recipes for Hope and D.’s wedding cupcakes. The best thing to come out of all that (apart from the happy union of two good friends) was this recipe for chocolate-hazelnut financier cupcakes.
July 2010: This summer was neither long nor warm, but I still had a lot of fun getting to know my new neighborhood. One of my favorite features is the fromagerie-caviste-boulangerie-pâtisserie-traiteur juggernaut that is Julhès.
August 2010: Like the rest of Paris, Nick and I went on vacation for most of August. I cooked my way around the States, making wedding cupcakes in Massachusetts, raja green beans in Nevada, and lavender-mint chip ice cream in California.
September 2010: I recapped my eating adventures over the vacation, entered Project Food Blog, and nearly died (not really) in a bee attack.
October 2010: Football season got into full swing, and with it, my weekend baking habits and beer consumption. Speaking of beer, I tasted my very favorite French beer so far: Agent Provocateur.
November 2010: We took an excellent day trip to Chartres, but if there’s one food adventure from November that is going to stick with me, it’s Le Bistrot des Soupirs. I want to go there all the time.
December 2010: The highlight of December was without a doubt our trip to Lisbon, Portugal. I continue to dream about those pastéis de Belém.
January 2011: What did I do last month? From the looks of it, I ate cheese, Chinese noodles, and things I baked at home. How have I already forgotten about my rediscovery of rugelah?
And there you have it. Another great year of food, travel, and more food. Many thanks go out to all of my readers, new and old. I love it that you come and visit me here in my little corner of the blog world, and your comments encourage me more than you know. I can’t wait to see what awaits me in my fourth year of writing Croque-Camille, and I hope you’ll all stick around to see where 2011 takes us.
Originally published on Croque-Camille.