December was crazy. Among the many things that kept me busy was shooting the images for Bon Appetit’s 2012 Food Lover’s Cleanse. Last year, I fell in love with the Food Lover’s Cleanse for its straightforward, reasonable, un-faddish recipes whose focus is more on eating wholesome, nutritious food that tastes good than extreme dieting. The recipes are amazing and hold up well year-round. So it was an absolute thrill to not only shoot but also cook every single recipe for 2012. It’s really hard to choose favorites, but here are a few that will undoubtedly become part of my regular arsenal. It was a tremendous team effort and I’m so proud to have been a part of it! Follow the link above to find each recipe tucked into the slideshow on their given day, which is noted below.
Miso Lime Dressing. Just delicious, and such a welcome variation on simple vinaigrettes. It will make any salad sing. Recipe in Day 1’s lunch. (Those lentils are also great.)
Who knew that pears with just yogurt and maple syrup could taste so amazing. It’s listed as a snack but I’d cast a vote for this as a perfect, simple dessert too. Day 4 snack.
I had been in a quinoa rut. Never would have guessed that all it took were ginger, scallions and garlic to get me out. Addicted to this stuff. Find the recipe on Day 9’s dinner.
This pork tenderloin is ridic. Ridic. Day 10’s dinner.
I love the unusual addition of hemp seeds to this awesome chocolate bark. Not something I ever would have tried, but they add a really interesting nutty quality. Find on Day 7’s dessert.