My Favorites of 2012

Coz and I tried out a lot of new recipes in the past year.  Most of them were super tasty.  Some were less than spectacular.  Lucky for you, we only share the good ones!

banana applesauce bread

Delicious Banana-Applesauce Bread

I already posted the WordPress Stats for 2012, but I wanted to share some of my own stats; logical and otherwise.  Let’s start out with some logical, numerically based truths.  First off, we need to start putting up better pictures of the food we make because when those get published on sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting, page views go through the roof!  The only image I’ve ever been able to get published on Foodgawker thus far was for Banana-Applesauce Bread, hence why it was the top viewed post of last year.  Natural sunlight mojo!  I even got an email from my sister who happened to click on a picture of some delicious-looking banana bread and it led to my blog!  She didn’t even know said bread was mine.  That was fun :)

More truth: Any time zero-calorie soda and chocolate foodables are combined, people will flock to it.  That explains my #2 viewed post being Diet Coke Brownies.  They were, in fact, delicious.

alfredo sauce healthy

Yum doesn’t even begin to describe this.

Last truth: My alfredo sauce will beat out any alfredo sauce you get from a can, jar, or restaurant.  Just saying. People must have realized it too because it’s been pinned like crazy on Pinterest and landed at #4 on the most-viewed list.  I’m working on a vegan version too, so look for it in the future!

I’ll stop giving you a story for each one now and just let you see the whole list.  Oh, one other truth though: CARBS.  ‘Nuff said.

Most Viewed Recipes in 2012:
1. Banana-Applesauce Bread
2. Diet Coke Brownies
3. Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Angela’s Alfredo Sauce
5. Vanilla Meringue Cookies
6. No-Bake Cheesecake Filling
7. Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
8. Fajita Stuffed Chicken Poblanos
9. Hungry Girl’s Paella
10. Homemade Pizza Dough

I have no qualms with the list above.  Those are very delicious recipes indeed.  But you all MUST work your way through the list below.  These are by and far my favorite recipes of the last year.  #1 is the most-favorite-ever-I-want-to-marry-it dish and #10 is the hot-dang-this-sh*t-is-tasty dish.  As you can see, that’s quite a scale.  I’m a woman who appreciates a perfect marriage (or civil union? They’re the same, right?? NOT.) of flavor and texture and these dishes are exactly that. Please visit every single one and try them out!  It was so hard to rank them; they are all so magical.

bacon blueberry goat cheese salad walnuts

One of the most perfect combinations of flavors in a salad that I have ever tried!

My Favorite Recipes of 2012:
1. Curry Braised Lamb with Indian Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Rice
2. Bacon Blueberry Goat Cheese Walnut Salad
3. Inside Out Stuffed Peppers Meatballs
4. Agave-Lime Salmon
5. Pork Enchilada Soup
6. Peas and Pancetta Pasta Topper
7. Spicy Peanut Pork and Noodles
8. Lemon Curd
9. Angela’s Nut Bread
10. Havarti Ham and Veggie Frittata

Now, your mission is to try at least ONE of the dishes in my list above and comment with some feedback. Was it tasty? What would you change? Did it make you feel all warm and toasty and satisfied on the inside? These are things I want to know. Because when I know I make someone happy through a recipe, it makes ME feel all warm and toasty and satisfied on the inside!  YAY!

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