Top 12 Recipes of 2012

I just spent an hour or so browsing through all the recipes I shared this year, so I could post a little roundup of my top 12 recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

1. We’ll start with some of your favorites. These Individual Breakfast Pot Pies packed with eggs, sausage, red peppers, mushrooms, and cheese, and then topped with puff pastry got the most page views.

individual breakfast pot pies

2. And my decadent Late Night Snack Bars, inspired by the amazing Ben and Jerry’s flavor of the same name, received the most comments. You can’t go wrong with sugar cookie bars topped with Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, a bit of pretzel crumble, and chopped milk chocolate covered potato chips.

late night snack bars

3. Now on to some of my favorites. The win for best appetizer goes to these Falafel Appetizers. The crispy falafel patties topped with hummus and a lovely tomato and cucumber salad were just delicious.

falafel appetizers

4. My Avocado Crab Cake Sliders were the perfect mini sandwiches to enjoy for dinner in the summer. The crab cakes were bound together with avocado and then nestled on pretzel buns spread with more avocado and a festive corn and red pepper mixture.

crab cake sliders 2

5. During the fall and winter months, these Pulled Pork Quesadillas were a lovely main dish. There’s nothing like the smell of pork in a homemade pomegranate BBQ sauce braising away for hours in your Dutch oven when it’s cold out. The combo of the pulled pork, sharp cheddar cheese, and corn tortillas was a winner.

pulled pork quesadillas

6. Picking a favorite dessert is always tough, because desserts are my specialty! The one that especially made my mouth water though was this M&M Cookie Dough Tart. I topped a sturdy chocolate chip cookie base with a creamy eggless cookie dough packed with mini M&Ms and then decorated the tart with full size M&Ms. The kid in me loves this colorful treat!

M&M Cookie Dough Tart

7. I’m usually more of a savory breakfast fan, but the win for my favorite breakfast item has to go to this Pumpkin Custard Stuffed French Toast. French toast stuffed with pumpkin pie…yes, please!

pumpkin custard stuffed french toast

8. Apolinaras’ favorite dish was hands down my Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto with Pancetta. He raved about it and told me it was his favorite dish I’ve ever made, which is a huge compliment!

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto with Pancetta

9. My most sentimental recipe has to be my Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread. I will always look back fondly at this one, because it’s the first thing I baked after Greta arrived. Being in the kitchen again and taking a few quiet moments to enjoy this bread brought me great comfort when I was completely sleep deprived and needed a little break.

banana bread

10. The best dish inspired by a meal we’ve enjoyed at a restaurant is this Mediterranean Lamb with Gnocchi. I had to whip up a lamb dish inspired by our trip to New Zealand! I used to be intimidated to cook lamb at home, but I realized that it’s very easy to braise. The tomato sauce in this preparation is extra tasty because it’s kicked up with chickpeas, roasted red peppers, and sun dried tomatoes.

lamb 1

11. My weirdest, aka most creative dish, may just be these Cornmeal Pancakes with Corn, Bacon, and Sun Dried Tomatoes. I thought the flavors in these savory pancakes worked really well together, but you have to be a little adventurous to try them!

cornmeal pancakes

12. And last but not least, my favorite video! Ok, so I only managed to post two videos this year, but that’s two more than last year! I actually have a few more I recorded a couple months ago that still need to be edited. Maybe I’ll make that my New Year’s resolution. Anyway, this video for my eggless Sugar Cookie Dough Decorations is really fun. The decorations are such a tasty alternative to fondant and very easy to make.


I had a blast writing up this post. I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

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