Friday, December 30, 2011

A Look Back on 2011 and a Leap into 2012- The Virtual New Years Eve Party

Welcome to the Food Bloggers Virtual New Years Eve Party!  Do you have your champagne in hand? If not grab one, and follow me.
#10 Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bars- These were one of my donations for my Online Bake Sale in May
#9 My lunch date with Stef, from Cupcake Project, the "Rockstar of Cupcakes" and Carrot Cake Cupcakes.
#2 My First Top 9 Apple Walnut Cake
#1 Online Bake Sale  This is the post that overwhelmed me the most by the generosity and caring from the blogging community to benefit the American Cancer Society . I want to thank again the bakers, who donated their time and baked goods, as well as the bidders, who participated as well.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart
SP Cookie Queen's Oatmeal, Cranberry, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies, one of the many cookies that were on the Online Bake Sale

And now a Leap into 2012
This is a new take on an old standby French Onion Dip, only healthier, and with a few additions, and tastes better, in my family's opinion.

Caramelized Onion Dip with Sun Dried Tomatoes
Inspired by Liv Life
 1 Tbsp olive oil
2 - 3 large sweet onions, cut in half and thinly sliced, then cut in quarters  
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
1/2 cup low fat cream cheese
1/2  cup sun dried tomatoes, diced 
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring often for about 20 minutes, or until they turn golden. Be careful and watch them, because they burn easily.  Add the garlic and balsamic vinegar and cook for another 3 minutes, until deep golden and caramelized.  Set aside to cool slightly.

Place onions to a medium bowl and stir in sour cream, cream cheese, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary, and  salt and pepper.    Cover and chill,to let the flavors mingle, or serve warm.  Serve with pita chips, crackers, or veggies. Enjoy!

 Have a Safe and Happy New Year Everyone!!!
Come and join the Party!!!!


  1. Happy New Year! Your caramelized onion dip looks fantastic, a perfect addition to a new year's eve party!

  2. Great roundup...Happy New Year, sweet Becky!

  3. I lovef your King Cake!! Happy 2012 to you! Xoxo

  4. What an amazing spread you have here! Everything is delish! Glad to party with you on this Virtual Bloggers event! Happy New Year!

  5. Happy, happy New Year, my friend!!! So nice to celebrate with you via this virtual party! All your dishes look amazing...I still want to make those tempting Almond Joy cupcakes....mmmmmmm.

  6. Happy New Year Becky!!! Looks like you are ringing it in in style. I remember most of these recipes, though I think I missed that chicken. It looks fantastic! And then I get to your dip and immediately think, oooh!! I love the title of this! LOL! Love the sundried tomato addition. My neighbor is having a mardi Gras party in feb, I told her I would bring an appetizer, I think this will do it1
    Have a wonderful New Year Becky, I'm so happy that 2011 brought you into my life (Baily too!) and I'm eager to see what comes for 2012!

  7. Happy New Year, Becky! Looks like a fantastic year of great recipes...especially those Nutella brownies! YUM! And your turkey soup reminds me that I need to do something with my turkey carcass. Definitely time for soup!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012...

  8. Natasha- Happy New Year and a great 2012 to you and your family!

    Wendy-Happy New Year to you and Michael. Maybe we'll get to meet each other this year:)

    Katrina- Happy New Year to you and your family. I liked the King Cake the best, because I faced my fear of yeast!

    Betty Ann- It was great to party with you, too at the Virtual NYE party. Your Cathedral Stained Glass Dessert was amazing!

    Lizzy- so glad we are blogging friends and got to spend NYE at the Virtual NYE party. Have a great 2012.

  9. Kim-I am very lucky to have you in my life, too. If you make this dip, let me know how it turns out for you. Looking forward to a great 2012 and your posts.

    Karen-those Nutella Brownies are so good and so easy! I hope that you have a great 2012.

  10. Man those cupcakes are a diffinite celebration waiting to be eaten! Love the coconut.... Hope you have a healthy happy new year in 2012... glad to have had the pleasure of meeting you this year!

  11. Your dip looks soooo good, we are dip family, always looking for fun new recipes:-) Love your round-up, your king cake is just beautiful. I have said for two years I would make a king cake, maybe this year I will finally do it:-) Happy New Year! Hugs, Terra

  12. Claudia-It was so nice meeting you too, this year. We have a lot in common, health wise.
    Hope that you have a great 2012!

    Terra-This is a fun dip that you can serve with chips or veggies. You should try and make the King Cake. If I can make it you can make it. I had a fear of yeast, but it worked out fine.

  13. the caramelized onion dip looks so yummy and the round up was lovely! i love your baked goods specially the nutella fudge brownies!

    happy new year!

  14. Thanks for joining the #Welcome2012 with all of us, wonderful to see the recap of these scrumptious recipes from 2011.
    Glad to connect and looking forward for more foodie fun this year. Love.

  15. Happy New Year!!! Your recipes are beautiful!

  16. Happy New Year, Becky! What a fabulous roundup of the "best of the best" you have made in 2011. Such a great job you did on this project. I just did my own version of what I would serve for New Year's Eve, or Day, or for brunch from my 2011.

    Wishing you health, wealth, and prosperity for the New Year. I'm blessed to have you as a friend through our food blogs, and hope to meet you in person one day, soon:DDD

  17. dudut- Nice to meet you! can't beat those Nutella brownies. Hope to see you back again.

    Sanjeeta, Thank you for hosting this wonderful party. It was so much fun to see everyone's review of 2011.

    Terry Ann-So nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and your sweet words.

    Elisabeth-Thank you for your new year wishes! Happy 2012 to you and your family! I am so fortunate to have you a foodie friend, and can't wait to see what 2012 brings.


  18. Thank you for taking us down memory lane Becky! I still ADORE that King Cake post! Happy New Year to you and HUGS!

  19. Happy New Year Becky. Thanks for showcasing your best of your wonderful blog. I love each and every recipe.
    Wishing all the best in the new year!

  20. These highlights sure to portray your talent and versatility in the kitchen. Glad you did this because some of these I did miss. I look forward to more goodies from you in 2012-Happy New Year!

  21. Tiffany-I love the King Cake,too. I conquered my fear of yeast, when I made it. Looking forward to 2012 with you.

    Roxana- Thank you for your sweet words. I'm looking forward to all you great recipes and posts in 2012.

    Tina-Thank you for your foodie friendship. Your comments are always very inspiring to me, just like your blog. Can't wait to see your creations in 2012!

  22. Christine- Happy New Year to you, too.


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