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!

Peas and Pancetta Pasta Topper

Sometimes I get really tired of red sauce.  I always have to wear shirts that I’m okay with getting spots on because I tend to slurp.  I usually end up fixing any red sauce that comes out of a bottle since public demand requires things to be a bit on the bland side in order to please the bulk of the customers.  And after 28 years of eating that same bowl of pasta and sauce, I just need something different once in a while.

Luckily, pasta is a food that can easily take on flavors other than marinara.  That’s why you can find a lot of different dishes at good Italian food places that don’t involve red sauce!  I’ve already given you  fantastic recipes for my alfredo sauce and meat sauce (also called a “ragu”).  I’ve also shared other toppings for pasta – a veggie saute and a sundried tomato, asparagus and feta combo.  All four of these are amazing, but I think that this newest one is my favorite thus far!

Peas and Pancetta Pasta Topper
Servings: 3
PointsPlus Per Serving: 5 PP


  • 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh green peas, 4 PP
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced cooked ham, 1 PP
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, 2 PP
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, 2 PP
  • 2 tbsp Smart Balance light buttery spread, 4 PP

1. Get out a large non-stick skillet and place in your bacon. Turn it to medium heat and cook up that bacon until it’s fully cooked, but not crispy. Take out the bacon to cool, but leave the drippings in the pan.

2. Take your garlic and diced onion and put that right into the bacon drippings. Let it cook for a few minutes and then toss in the ham and peas. Cook for another five minutes or so until everything is warmed. Add the buttery spread and balsamic vinegar and stir until the spread is melted.

3. Put a lid over it all and let it simmer for a few more minutes. Once it’s done, divide over your favorite noodle, top with one tbsp of that parmesan cheese (unless you’re keeping it dairy-free) and enjoy.

After making this a few times, I think that this tastes best over gnocchi! There’s just something about those supple potato dumplings that makes all these flavors blend perfectly. I bought Archer Farms regular potato gnocchi, which is 16 PP for 3 cups. That would make each serving 10 PP…. not bad for 1 cup of filling gnocchi and about 1/2 cup of topping. A wonderful ratio of noodle to topping. YUM! You could also just put it over any other noodle or even rice. Or just do like I do and eat it over the stove with nothing but a spoon because it’s so damn tasty.

One last note… don’t think I’m going to skip out on all the wedding details.  They’re coming soon!  I know you all want to see some pictures and hear about it all :)