The SGCC Top Ten Recipe List of 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

2013-cupcakes

First of all, I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! That, and lots and lots of cupcakes!   I thank you all for taking the time to stop by and visit from time to time.  I may not articulate it enough, but your continued support, feedback and friendship over these past five years means the world to me.   We’ve been through a lot together, and I appreciate you, dear Readers.  I truly do. 

As I prepare to say goodbye  to 2012, I must admit I’m a little ambivalent.  In some ways it was one of the worst years I can remember.  In others, It was one of the best.  When I think back to those dark days after Mini SGCC’s accident and her struggle to recovery, I cringe.  It was a long, scary road.  But, she made it!  And when I relive her graduation day, six months later, as she walked down the aisle to accept her diploma – I beam with pride. 

Our little family has seen some big changes in the past twelve months.  Mini SGCC has gone off to college, and Mr. SGCC and I are now empty-nesters.  When we said our goodbyes last August outside of her tiny cozy little dorm room, I cried.  I cried through the whole three and a half hour drive home too.  And also for a solid week after that.  In fact, I’m crying now just thinking about it!  For eighteen years, Mini SGCC was my raison d’etre.  She is my sun, my moon and my stars.  For the longest time I didn’t know what to do with myself without her.  But, I’m figuring it out. 

Blogging became very different for me as well.  With just Mr. SGCC and me at home, there didn’t seem to be much reason to cook or bake the way I used to.  Not that Mini SGCC ever ate that much, because she actually eats like a bird.  But before, there were always poor, hungry teenagers sniffing around, ready to pounce as I took a freshly baked pan of brownies out of the oven.  I suppose that now, they’re sniffing someone else’s brownies.   Spending all that time in the kitchen just kind of seemed like a waste for just the two of us.  And, with a brand new Trader Joe’s practically across the street, it was oh, so easy to let them do my menu planning.   So, I got complacent, uninspired…and a little lazy.   Truth be told,  2012 plumb exhausted me – both physically and mentally.       

But, that was last year.  This year is going to be different, and I’m raring to go!   That’s the great thing about a bright, shiny, new year.  You can leave the past behind, regroup and start fresh.   So, watch out, people!  I’m revving up my Kitchenaid, sharpening my knives and looking forward to sharing lots of great food with you in 2013! 

In the meantime, I’ve put together a list of my favorite recipes from the past year.  Enjoy!  read more >>

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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