As the clock ticks down to 2015, it’s hard to believe that 2014 is over. It’s all flown by: leaving my first real job to start business school; traveling to London, Paris, Portland and Wisconsin; cooking and shooting tons of food. Most importantly and relevant-ly to the blogging world, I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to meet a handful of truly fun and talented bloggers this year–Izy in London, Michelle in Portland, Kylie in Houston, Alana in LA, and Alanna in San Francisco!
It feels fitting to end this year with a post with photos from a collaborative shoot with one of my favorite bloggers. Alanna, an insanely talented recovering pastry chef, graciously invited me over to her gorgeous San Francisco apartment to cook and shoot these chilaquiles. I first fell in love with Alanna’s blog after making these insanely delicious flaky goat cheese biscuits–and full further in love with each successive post. Basically, getting to hang with her, nose around her beautiful prop cabinet, and watch her prep her shots was like a dream come true.
These chilaquiles turned out to be an accidentally perfect dish, given the ubiquity and popularity of this crunchy, cheesy, savory breakfast dish in Texas. Houston met San Francisco in this serendipitous brunch dish, complete with an array of creamy avocado, lime, salsa, queso fresco and cilantro.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, delicious new year! I so appreciate you coming to read, comment and hang out in this little space of mine <3
To get this recipe, head over to The Bojon Gourmet!
Sara @ Cake Over Steak
Oooohhh beautiful post and happy new year! It’s always fun to see what happens when two bloggers come together. 😀
Yay for new blogging friendships! This is another gorgeous post Erika, ah…. I’ve immediately headed over to The Bojon Gourmet to snag the recipe. I love (LOVE) your photos from your collaborative shoot. The light is beautiful and I’m loving the behind the scenes aspects of Alanna’s set-up. Those persimmons shine. Yum xxx
I love this collaboration! 2 great bloggers, 1 great recipe, AND behind the scenes shots. I’m such a sucker for all of this!
Aww you’re sweet! Thanks so much Cindy!! <333
Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
These look fantastic! Thanks for the lovely new blog recommendation – I can’t wait to make those biscuits!
Thanks so much Sarah! Hope you enjoy the biscuits–they’re utterly delightful 🙂
i love everything about this post – what a fun day! and is there anything better than chilaquiles, and at that — these damn good chilaquiles. i can’t wait to try the technique with tossing the chips in sauce before baking. happy new year!
Thanks so much, Amanda!! Dude, they were so delicious. YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM ASAP. Alanna is basically a recipe genius 🙂
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
I love this collaboration, Erika! You beautifully captured all of the intricacies of the light in Alanna’s apartment and those photos of the chilaquiles are stunning. I feel so lucky to have gotten to spend an evening chatting with you! Remember: spring break;)
Aww thanks SO much Sarah for your sweet words!!! *I* feel so lucky to have been able to meet + chat with all of you! I cannot wait to come back and hang with you guys again–and can’t wait to see your amazing gluten-free mag spread soon!!!! :)))
Happy happy new year Erika! I can’t believe all that you managed to achieve in 2014 and I hope that 2015 brings you every happiness + more! Love this collaboration – it’s so good to see some of my favourite bloggers coming together to make kitchen magic.
ERIKA!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collab and so jelly you hung and cooked with Alanna. She’s so awesome. Also thrilled that I got to meet up with you last (crazy to say) year and looking forward to hopefully seeing more of you (LA is awesome and should be visited often) this year! Happy New Year!! xo
Thanks girl!!! She IS so awesome, like you 😉 I’m so happy we got to meet up too!! And yes so hoping to meet up more often in the future–I would LOVE more excuses to get back to LA. By the way–major congrats on your amazing holiday cookie extravaganza–that was THE MOST amazing blog post series I’ve ever seen! Happy New Year to you + Moses + Vienna! <3 <3
Thank you, lovely!! Happy New Year to you and Erik (still can’t get over you guys having the cutest couple names ever)!!
What an exciting year for you Erika! These chilaquiles are GORGEOUS! Of course, because you and Alanna were in charge 🙂 Happy New Year!!
Awwwww thanks Karen!! Happy New Year to you! So happy to have crossed paths with your hilarious blog this past year <3
You wonderful, lovely, talented gal! I loved this collection and am absolutely in love with the adventures you’ve had so far. Here’s to another eventful year full of food and lots of blog love! <3
YOU wonderful, lovely, talented lady! Thanks so much for all your kind words and support, Ala! It’s been so fun getting to know you and watching your blog presence explode!
Choc Chip Uru
Such gorgeous photos, you both work together so well 😀
Happy New Year my friend!
Choc Chip Uru
Nancy @ gottagetbaked
What a fun, cool experience this was, Erika! I’m seriously drooling over these chilaquiles and oohing ‘n aahing over these gorgeous photos. Every shot is beautiful. You have mad talent, my friend. And what a year you’ve had! I’m so proud of you for taking the plunge, quitting your job and starting business school. I know you’re going to have an incredible 2015 – you deserve nothing but love, happiness and success!
Oh Nancy, you are too kind! I wish all the same to you–so much love, happiness, success and TONS of good food!!! Hopefully this will be the year that will finally bring us together in grand bloggerly reunion style!!
so much talent! I can’t even <3333
Oh stawp 😉 <3333
Linda | Brunch with Joy
How fun! Love the behind-the-scene story and that runny eggs totally calling my name. Yum!! Happy New Year, Erika.
Yes! Runny egg twins for life!! Happy New Year, Linda!! <3
omg I LOVE these behind the scenes shots!! Such an amazingggg collab between two of my fav bloggers <3 Happy new year, Erika!! I'm so glad to have been one of your readers through 2014 and so excited to follow you into 2015!
Oh psh please lady!! But thank you, thank you for your undying, extraordinarily kind support this year. You make the blogging community a joy to be a part of and I can’t wait to follow YOU into 2015! <3
Traci | Vanilla And Bean
What a fabulous peek into Alanna’s kitchen and shoot! Thank you, Erika! I discovered Bojon’s site this past summer and recently your site too! A fan of both.
2014 sounds like it was a whirl wind for you! I hope Business School is going well and your 2015 is off to a fabulous start! Cheers to you Erika!
Nora (A Clean Bake)
What a year you have had and what an AMAZING way to end it! You are both so talented in the kitchen and behind the camera. It makes totally sense that you would totally kill it on a collaboration. I’m so intimidated of all the talent captured in this one post!!
Oh Nora you are too sweet!!! NO WAY NO HOW should you be intimidated you crazy talented lady!!! It’s been so fun to watch your new healthy clean blog blossom thanks to your wonderful recipes and I’m so glad we got to hang out more virtually this year 🙂
Shikha @ Shikha la mode
Omg you were here!!! This looks so delicious and such a fun time!
Yes still here! We should hang! 🙂
It looks like you guys had SO MUCH fun together, and that was wonderful, Erika. So happy to have found your blog in 2014, and I surely will continue checking out your blog in 2015. Happy New Year to you & your family, Erika. Can’t wait to see you soon. 🙂
Aww thanks Pang! Your incredibly kind support means so much to me! Happy New Year to you and can’t wait to see you at Alanna’s!!!!
janet @ the taste space
Love it! Great minds think alike. Rob made a hack version of migas that turned out more like chilaquiles. Totally gonna blog about it now. 🙂 Hope all is well
Ooh la la I love migas too!!! I’m sure they were super delish (Houston inspired?!)! Happy New Year to you and Rob–hope all is well with you guys and not toooo chilly 😉
Michelle @ Hummingbird High
I love Alanna and her blog; it’s always been an inspiration of mine. So fun that you got to help her cook and shoot!!! Love the behind the scenes shots, and this dish looks absolutely stunning.
Right?! She’s so incredibly talented. Like you, of course! Thanks for the kind words, as always <3
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
Happy New Year you talented girl!!
You too, lovely lady!! <3 <3
Millie l Add A Little
This looks amzing! Wishing you a happy new year Erika!! 🙂
Thanks so much Millie! Same to you! <3
carol in nyc
Beautiful and yummy looking! Happy New Year Erika!!! And congrats on a superb blog.
Thanks Auntie Carol!! Happy New Year to you too 🙂