A Year in Review

Wow! 2011 came and went by so fast I don’t think I had time to take a breath. It is crazy to look back to when I first began this amazing journey of blogging my recipes. I knew NOTHING! NADA! I didn’t have one clue how to take pictures of food-NOTE THE PIC BELOW-

Gumbo from my very first post! YIKES!

I had no idea how to do the “social media” thing nor did I realize how much time I would need to devote to the site. I certainly didn’t realize that I would meet so many amazing and wonderful people who have enlarged my heart, shared special moments with me and of course those of you (both readers and bloggers) who have made me become a better cook.

I am continually impressed and inspired by your comments and blogs and I look forward to a Belleicious New Year with all of you. Thank you for your support and making Kitchen Belleicious what it is today! Here is to more yummy recipes in 2012!

Here is a look back to my favorite dishes for 2011.

1) My first try at Homemade Sushi

2) Smashed Yukon Potatoes with Garlic Herb- Butter Compote

3) Saffron Seafood Paella

4) Eggplant Napoleon

5) Mint Infused Plum Tarte Tartin

6) Sauteed Portabella Mushrooms in Balsamic and Butter Sauce

7) Ultimate Chewy Brownie– ULTIMATE

8) Tomato and Onion Tart with Cornmeal Crust


  1. Erica

    You’ve had a fantastic year (food and life wise!). I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful dishes!! I want those brownies

    02 . Jan . 2012
  2. flip flops & pearls

    Congrats my friend!!!

    Your recipes/pictures are always so awesome. You are such a creative girly girl!

    Happy New Year!!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  3. Roz

    Every single recipe that you’ve posted here and on the rest of your blog has been spectacular and have left me being so inspired. I’m so glad that you’ve joined the goodie blogging community! You have warmed our hearts too, sweetie! Happy 2012!!!!! xoxo Roz

    02 . Jan . 2012
  4. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I so totally agree your recipes are always so awesome!! I like your list but I think it would be hard to pick favorites since you had so many great ones this past year. I especially like the tomato and onion tart and the smashed potatoes!! Look so forward to many more of your wonderful recipes this year.

    02 . Jan . 2012
  5. Maris (In Good Taste)

    Your year has been amazing and your photos are magnificent!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  6. Bonnie

    I have enjoyed your blog so very much and look forward to continued deliciousness from Kitchenbellicious! Happy New Year my friend.


    02 . Jan . 2012
  7. Collette Osuna

    Happy 2012 Sweets!!
    Soooo happy I discovered your awesome blog this year…looking forward to more fabulous food posts!!
    All of the food shown looks fantastic..loving the smashed potatoes:)

    02 . Jan . 2012
  8. Shawn

    And a wonderful year it’s been for me since finding your lovely blog, Kitchenbelleicious! Not only do I enjoy the stunning photography, I actually prepare your dishes…Your Spicy Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Mac & Cheese & Jalapeno Coleslaw were among my favorites this year.

    Happy 2012 🙂

    02 . Jan . 2012
  9. Three-Cookies

    That gumbo photo actually looks nice. Lot of varied and nice dishes. All the best for 2012

    02 . Jan . 2012
  10. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    Wow, so many yummy things here! Can’t wait to see what you make in 2012! Happy New Year!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  11. Greg

    I still remember those potatoes. Need to try them. Your blog has featured so many wonderful things!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  12. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    Wow Jessica, you’ve come such a long way from your first post, congratulations. I look forward to reading more of your wonderful Southern inspired recipes. Happy new year!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  13. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Happy New Year! Photo’s can be tricky especially taken in the winter when it’s so dark. You can have an amazing recipe but sometimes trying to capture it in a photo does not always do it justice.

    Blogging is fun but tons more work than I ever imagined. Cooking and taking photos of each step is time consuming but so rewarding when the post finally goes up and you get to see the labors of your work.

    It’s a whole new concept and like owning a small non-profit business. Your blog is lovely and here’s to a happy and blissful 2012.


    02 . Jan . 2012
  14. Ruth

    Seeing those i feel bad for falling off the recipe challenge.
    I hope you have a wonderful 2012.

    02 . Jan . 2012
  15. Biz

    I still don’t know much about social media! That’s one of my goals for 2012. 😀 That and to learn how to use my camera better! Happy New Year!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  16. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog last year and enjoyed reading you. I’m looking forward to see what 2012 has in store for you.
    Happy New Year Jessica!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  17. Caroline

    It’s OK, I think we all started out the same way. I knew nothing about social media, and didn’t realize that I needed natural light to make my photos look appealing! You shared such wonderful dishes, they all sound/look incredible. That tomato and onion tart….oh my!! Happy New Year. 🙂 x

    02 . Jan . 2012
  18. sportsglutton

    I remember those smashed potatoes…awesome!

    Very Happy New Year to you!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  19. Linda

    Nice year in review! Gosh, I’ve been meaning to make those brownies!! I’ve enjoyed following along with you and look forward to seeing more of you in 2012!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  20. Veronica's Kitchen

    You have been such an inspiration to me, and you’d done a wonderful job this year with all this happening around your family!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  21. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Happy new year, Jessica! Wonderful recipe round up! Can’t wait to see the new recipes that you’ll share with us this year! More power to you…

    02 . Jan . 2012
  22. Shea

    What a delicious year! I’m so glad I found your blog last year–some of my most-loved meals have come from you, so thank you! I’m sure 2012 will be just as amazing!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  23. Asmita

    Wow, you are an incredible chef. Very impressed to see home made sushi. I really would love to try it out. Love your blog!
    Happy New year.

    02 . Jan . 2012
  24. anthony stemke

    A nice retrospective, beautiful recipes.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.

    02 . Jan . 2012
  25. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    A fantastic 2011 indeed! I hope to try my hands on sushi-making 😉

    Happy New Year to you and the family 🙂

    02 . Jan . 2012
  26. Vianney Rodriguez

    what a tasty year!! so happy to have met you!!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  27. 2 sisters recipes

    Happy New Year! wonderful photos and recipes, we are so glad we become friends!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  28. kelli

    I am loving each and every one of these recipes! I am so glad you have this website and want you to know that you are so awesome and I know another great year is yet to come!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I must have missed those potatoes the first time around but they are being bookmarked for sure now, yum. Here’s to another delicious year of blogging!

    02 . Jan . 2012
  30. Kate

    Not only do your recipes always sound delicious, the presentation is always gorgeous! Happy new year 🙂

    02 . Jan . 2012
  31. Pure Complex

    That paella and those brownies have sent me into a frenzy right now because I am definitely hungry after viewing this post lol. Amazing year

    03 . Jan . 2012
  32. daphne

    what growth! You learn so quick. I am still struggling! LOL what an awesome 2011 and here is to 2012!!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  33. lena

    when i looked back at my very old entries, i feel like taking them off my blog, i just didnt know how to take photographs but i guess along the way, all of us have improved and learn as we blog. Keep it up and wish all of us a wonderful 2012!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  34. Kristy

    Great round-up. I still have your eggplant Napoleon in my list of things to try. 🙂 Mmmmm. It looks so good!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  35. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    Wow, these all look great. My first sushi try did not look quite as pretty as yours…mine was such a failure I made a pledge to just try one of the many sushi bars around town instead…so far so good. What fun to look back at previous entries…Good Eating in 2012 to you.

    03 . Jan . 2012
  36. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Kitchen Belleicious did have a great year! I’m so used to seeing posts one at a time on here but now seeing all of the great stuff you made—woah! Fancy delicious food, you made! Can’t wait to keep reading the new stuff! <3

    03 . Jan . 2012
  37. Sheila

    What a delicious year you have had! Cant wait to see what 2012 brings!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  38. Chandani

    Your year 2011 looks delicious. Looking at your sushi I am inspired to make my own sushi.

    03 . Jan . 2012
  39. Jessica @ Cajunlicious

    Happy New Year! I feel the same way, I even asked my husband where the year went. Your Saffron Seafood Paella looks so delicious!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  40. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    They all look delicious, but how did I miss the Ultimate brownie. I’ll look forward to even more delicious recipes in 2012. Happy New Year!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  41. Malli

    What a wonderful way to start the new year. Wow, you had that many delicious dishes (I love the sushi, paella and pizza the best) in 2011. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2012!!
    Happy New Year !!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  42. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    It is always nice to see the favorite posts from the year past. If I had to pick one of those posts, I think it would be the paella…it is beautiful. Have a wonderful 2012 with lots of blogging success.

    03 . Jan . 2012
  43. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Only a year? Dude, you are impressive x349!

    03 . Jan . 2012
  44. Liz

    My blog is full of a ton of awful photos and bad lighting…thank goodness no one was paying attention back then! You have highlighted some fabulous dishes…I’d especially love to try your sushi, mushrooms, tomato tart and of course the ultimate brownies! I always love stopping by your warm and welcoming blog!! Here’s to another great year~

    03 . Jan . 2012
  45. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious

    I cringe too when I take a look at my earlier pictures, but hey – that also tells me how long I’ve came – so no worries 🙂 Everything you posted looks delicious, and those sushi look amazing my friend! Wishing you a delicious 2012.

    03 . Jan . 2012
  46. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Such brilliant recipes for your round up! It was a brilliant year in your kitchen. I am looking forward to the next year of your magnificent cooking.
    🙂 Mandy

    04 . Jan . 2012
  47. Bree

    Wow! Everything looks so amazing. Great for you! 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    04 . Jan . 2012
  48. val

    Who had the best food year, ever???? YOU DID!!!

    04 . Jan . 2012
  49. Rivki Locker

    You’ve come a long way, baby. Amazing year for you. Hope this another equally successful one.

    04 . Jan . 2012
  50. Torrie @ a place to share...

    So many wonderful recipes, and so much heart & soul poured into, and out of, your blog. I’m incredibly happy to have you as a friend (my very first blogging pal!!), and look forward to another year of posts =).

    07 . Jan . 2012
  51. Mary

    Wow Jessica! what a fabulous line up – if my girls saw this they would want to move in with you!
    Mary x

    31 . Jan . 2012

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