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a year in review, 2012

2012 was, certainly, a doozy.

personally, we’ve:

– moved 408 miles south

– celebrated our third wedding anniversary

– changed states, homes, jobs

– watched my sister, lauren, get engaged LIVE on google hangout

– brought the sweetest most wonderful pup into our lives

– seen a second annual pie festival become wildly successful

– run, run, run

– painted a number of rooms

– spoken at my grandmother’s alma mater

– stuck our toes in the pacific ocean

– learned to love tofu and quinoa (okay, maybe that’s just me)

– created a space on the internet for thoughts about things other than southern cooking

– given a pie to one of my online heroes

this here blog has: 

– seen it’s 4th year

– survived a rocky 6 months of transition

– increased in size and scope

-rehabbed our first piece of cast iron

– experimented wildly in the field of “boozy pies”

– continued our education about how to best handle crabs

– continued to chug away, week in and week out

As always, thank you for visiting, your support, your interest, and your sweet words. Here’s to 2013!

2012 in review from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.


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Best of 2012

2012 was an awesome year for us, personally and here on B&S. Here are some of our favorite posts:

cast iron pt1 Best Series

Cast Iron Chronicles


olive pimento cheese 3 Best Appetizer

Green Olive Pimento Cheese


baltimore bomb 4 Best Sourced Recipe

The Baltimore Bomb

icb pie 11

Best Pie

Irish Car Bomb Pie


fried chicken eggs benedict 3 Most Outrageous Recipe

Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict

quinoa cakes 1

Most Often Consumed by Us

Chickpea & Quinoa Cakes

honeysuckle butter 5

Most Fun to Make

Honeysuckle Butter

jones falls jammer Best Cocktail

Jones Falls Jammer


chocolate strawberry

Most Inspirational Pie

Chocolate Strawberry Pie for The Bloggess

bloody mary 8


Best Use of Pickled Okra

Bloody Mary


tomato shrimp & grits 2 Best Grits

Roasted Tomato Shrimp & Grits


crab steaming 1 Tribute to the Chesapeake

Steamed Crabs


hummingbird cake 3 Most Emotionally Charged Dessert

Hummingbird Cake


pork and cranberries 1 First Recipe in the New House

Slow Roasted Pork & Cranberries


Thanks again for following along, coming here, reading our recipes. We look forward to 2013!


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Roasted Chestnuts

chestnuts 2

Merry Christmas! We are in Durham with family and friends, soaking up our first real Carolina Christmas together. We’ve had a wonderful week and it’s only looking up. Tomorrow we’re throwing my sister Lauren a bridal shower, which I’m so excited about and I’m sure we’ll see plenty more people before we head home Sunday. it’s good to be home.

chestnuts 1

chestnuts 3

This month I discovered that winter is an ideal time to buy patio furniture and I picked up a few plastic adirondack chairs and a fire pit. We celebrated our newly equipped backyard by roasting chestnuts over an open fire (15-20 minutes until they crack open. Cut an “x” on each one before it goes on the flame), which I thought was fitting for the season.

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