I need your opinion

Last week I introduced you to Nancy from Spicie Foodie; she has a monthly roundup for food bloggers to share their best recipe for that month. This time she’s making it the best recipe of the year… a tough call when you consider how many recipes I¬†have posted since 01/01/10.

This left me pondering what would be the criteria for best recipe? My favorite? The creation I’m most proud of? The most popular?¬†One that speaks to my cooking identity? All of the above? Well, I’m going to include a recipe from each of these criterion and let you decide which is¬†Chef It Yourself’s best recipe for 2010, dig it?

So here they are, after going down memory lane, use the poll to select your favorite.

I absolutely love this recipe, it falls under the criteria of my favorite.¬†There’s just something about Al Ajillo that makes me happy.

This one makes me very proud for many reasons. Creativity, simplicity, delicious-ratio, celebrity factor: Mangalitsa Wrapped Halibut.

This was one popular post. It landed me on WordPress’ front page, aka Freshly Pressed. There’s no doubt the recipe was a delicious original, but I never expected it to go viral. Not quite, but work with me. Spareribs with Tamarind Glaze.

This one answers all the questions about my cooking identity, at least I think so. It brings Latin flavors to common American ingredients and cooking techniques from various cuisines. Achiote & Herbs Turkey.

This one did it all. I was incredibly proud of it, I loved it, it was crazy popular and it speaks to my Latin background. Amazing bringing all of this together in one plate. Chicken in Beer.

If you’ll take a couple of seconds to vote in the poll, I’ll be forever in your debt. I have to submit the recipe before month’s end, so I’ll keep this little poll open until Thursday, December 23rd. Go on, do the clicky.

Keep it on the side

Well, all the ghouls and goblins have moved on. The weather is finally cooling down here in Houston, so it must mean Thanksgiving is around the corner. It’s Turkey Time! I plan to bring have a few recipes for you to get your turkey and side dishes on, but first a poll. Because we all know that’s how good turkey starts. Maybe not, but you know how you like to have a say.

What I’d like to do is recreate the traditional Thanksgiving¬†side dishes, but add¬†a Latin-Caribbean flair. Sounds good already, doesn’t it? I’ll leave this poll open until November 7th. The side dish chosen will be recreated and posted a few days later. Don’t be shy, though, let me know what sides you like to serve and how you prepare them. Go to the bottom of the post for the poll.

In other news, one of my blog buddies, Nancy over at SpicieFoodie, is hosting a monthly recipe roundup and I will be participating for October’s roundup. The event is called Your Best Recipe and depicts bloggers favorite recipe posted for that month. Do check out SpicieFoodie¬†and all the other delicious recipes in the roundup. Click on the photo or the link to go directly to the YBR page.

And for my final announcement. This is my Blogiverssary month, so stay tuned for some exciting things to come in the next few days.

Now make your vote count!

Cookingly yours,

Rock the vote – et tu, Foodie!

So, Top Chef It Yourself Challenge Round 2 is on. The entries are in and the voting has commenced.

There were some flops and vacations and injuries, so only¬†4 entries were submitted in time for voting. That isn’t to say¬†these aren’t creme de l’creme¬†type entries. So take a moment to cast your vote for your favorite. Voting will be open from today until February 24th, so do it now!

Do your voting here.