Today, I’m sharing some of my most popular posts this year in honor of my Second Blog Anniversary! These are your favorites along with mine.

Family at St. Mark's Square in Venice

Second Blog Anniversary

My first post went live on March 14, 2010. I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing. My second post featured two sentences and a photo lifted from Cook’s Illustrated (which has since been updated)…thank goodness, not a soul was reading. For the next few months, I snapped photos with my flash and the steadiest hands I could muster and started sharing my favorite recipes. Who knew this little venture would be the source of so much joy and satisfaction as well as lasting friendships?

Through French Fridays with Dorie, Tuesdays with Dorie, Daring Bakers, Foodbuzz, The Secret Recipe Club, two Improv Challenges, Sunday Supper, Twelve Loaves, and Chocolate Party, I’ve met the nicest folks from across the globe. I want to thank each and every one of you who visits my little ol’ blog whether daily or just a couple of times a year. THANK YOU!!! I’m happy to be celebrating another Blog Anniversary!

Popular Posts from 2011

For those of you who may have missed these, here are a few of my most popular and personal favorite posts over the past year. Perfect for any occasion and to celebrate my blog anniversary:

Red velvet brownies on a white ceramic tray

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing 

Not a true chocolate brownie, but a dense red velvet base topped with an amazing white chocolate frosting!

3 twix bars stacked on a square white plate

Homemade Twix Bars

With all the delicious components of a Twix Candy Bar, this homemade version with shortbread, caramel, and chocolate is even better!!

Overhead view of French Apple Tart

French Apple Tart

With a layer of applesauce topped with a swirl of apples in a buttery crust, this apple tart is tres bien!!!

Mascarpone strawberries on a glass serving stand on a red and white napkin

Mascarpone Filled Strawberries

I’ve been making versions of these cheesecake-filled strawberries for decades! Perfect for dessert buffets or a sweet appetizer.

A bowl of red pepper artichoke tapenade next to a tray of fresh vegetables

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade

I made this again for my book club (10 years after the first time I served this to them), and it was still a major hit!

Spinach pinwheels on a white ceramic tray

Muenster Spinach Pinwheels

These are super impressive and delicious! Plus they look harder to make than they really are.

White chocolate Monster munch popcorn in a red striped bowl

White Chocolate Popcorn

I’m a popcorn addict and adding white chocolate was genius!!

A stack of grasshopper bars on a square white plate with a sprig of mint

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars

These mint cheesecake bars are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but delicious any time of the year!

A close up plaited Easter bread pm a white tray

Plaited Easter Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

A braided loaf is always impressive! And when it’s filled with sweetened cream cheese, it’s also incredibly delicious!