2012 – A Look Back

As the end of 2012 fast approaches I find myself reflecting back on events that took place in my life and kitchen.  The biggest event in my life would be Miss T heading off to college, leaving her parents as “empty nesters”.  I enjoyed the beautiful beaches of the BVI’s and USVI’s for the first time.  To my amazement I harvested over 20 gallons of honey from my precious bees. I taught my first cooking class at Central Market.  I watched with great joy as my oldest daughter LuLu, became engaged on Christmas Day in front of 20 family members.  I admit it was the icing on the Christmas cake!

From my kitchen came cheesecakes of different varieties, which seem to be the recipe most viewed on The Orange Bee.  I was reminded in looking back of at least a dozen new recipes I tried and fell in love with.  “Keepers”, I call them.  In no particular order I’d like to share my favorites from 2012 with you one last time.

Before doing that, I wish you a Happy New Year full of blessings, good food, good friends and boundless love!  I’ve got big plans and new adventures for 2013 so come back soon and see what’s happening at The Orange Bee!  “Cheers!”

Gorgonzola Potatoes

Potato Gorgonzola Gratin

beef stew1

Beef & Wild Mushroom Stew

Low Country Shrimp & Grits

 Low Country Shrimp & Grits


Honey Beer Bread

monster cookies

Monster Chippers

lemon honey custard

Honey & Lemon Custard

Pork on the grill

Brown Sugar Brine Pork Chops with Peach BBQ Sauce


Chocolate Swirl Espresso Cheesecake

banana pudding

Caramelized Banana Pudding

Moroccan chicken soup

 Moroccan Chicken & Butternut Squash Soup

Orange Cheesecake

Orange Cheesecake


Hot Spiced Wine

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12 Responses to 2012 – A Look Back

  1. I enjoyed looking back with you at your favorites…that was some delicious cooking on your part.

    • Thank you Karen for your kind remarks. I’m trying to play catch-up with life…you know how sometimes it’s just gets crazy! I”ll be by to see whats up at Back Road Journal soon. Happy New Year!!

  2. So much deliciousness! Here’s to a great 2013. Is it too early to break out the tequila?

    • Aww gee thanks! Too early to break out the tequila – now that’s a crazy question! How about champagne until January 2 and then let’s break out the tequila! We did do a few shots over the holiday week – I believe we polished off 2 large bottles of Don Julio! Happy New Year to you and Katherine!!

  3. My you’ve been busy! Wishing you much luck & happiness in 2013 – Dallas

  4. sallybr says:

    Happy New Year! I only “met” your blog a few months ago, so it’s nice to see your round up of favorites here, I wil certainly indulge soon!

    2012 was quite a year for us too, sometimes I feel a hurricane passed us by…. let’s say I’m ready for 2013! and of course, more of “The Orange Bee”

    • Awww Sally…what kind words! Thank you. 2011 was the “hurricane” year for us – I was very happy to see 2012 and even happier to see 2013 around the corner. Happy New Year & all blessings to you!

  5. Gusteau says:

    The beer bread, it is a winner. With the shrimp and grits so close. Yummmmm…

  6. What a great collection! Happy New Year to you!

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