Several of my favorite recipes of this year landed in the Top 10 Most Popular, but here are a few that are worth mentioning as well - they are some of our family favorites. When I went through the archives of 2010, I had more than 10 that i wanted to include, and I managed to narrow the list down to 12. I asked Joey to strike out two, but I was super sad by the ones he chose. So I'm just going to feature all 12. It's my blog and I'll do what I want. ;-)
I hope you all have a fun and festive New Year's Eve, and a Happy New Year!
Cajun Red Beans and Rice were a bit of a surprise hit. I knew I would like them, but I didn't know we would love them as much as we did. They are hearty, filling, spicy, and delicious. I was actually really sad that I only made a half batch. I'll definitely be adding these to the weekly menu in January.
Baked Fontina? I have raved and raved about this recipe to anyone who will listen, and have already made it at least 3 times. Bubbly, gooey cheese, garlic, and fresh herbs. This is my ideal treat.
Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel-Swirl Icing because it is one of my proudest culinary feats. I had never been happy with a layer cake before I made this one - I always felt like they were leaning, crooked, or the icing didn't look great. But this one came out just as beautiful as I'd hoped. It was also super delicious - moist, spicy, sweet, and rich. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Chorizo, Potato, and Mushroom Tacos were pretty life-changing. A dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes, uses minimum ingredients, and is chock full of delicious and spicy flavor. This is my favorite weeknight dinner, and I'm pretty sure that it's Joey's as well. Don't forget the roasted tomatillo salsa!
Grilled Shrimp Gumbo Salad because it capped off one of the best summer days we had this year. But I do know that it was healthy, quick, and delicious. I plan to eat my weight in this again next summer - the leftover are perfect served chilled, so I think I'll make a big salad every Sunday and enjoy this for lunches throughout the week. The fresh corn vinaigrette was also stellar, and makes a great dressing on side salads as well.
Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam were another hit of the summer. Grilled burgers glazed with fig preserves, then topped with red onion jam and meunster cheese, they are a super fun and gussied-up burger that can be enjoyed year-round. Joey went so far as to say this is his new favorite burger, and I can't say I disagree.
Mexican Corn Salad every week for the entire summer. I've made countless variations on this recipe, from adding fresh diced tomatoes, to black beans, to avocado, to leftover grilled chicken. Even though corn isn't in season, I may try this with frozen corn. It's just too good to only eat in the summer.
summer vegetable gratin. This is great as a side with grilled meat, or served on its own with a green salad. This will definitely be in my repertoire for years to come.
Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad was so popular with my best friend that I renamed it "Tomatoes Emilie." Sweet tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. So simple, so delicious. Even though I made this with height-of-summer tomatoes, Ina Garten says it is a great way to serve caprese salad with out of season tomatoes. I haven't tried it yet, but I have a feeling it will make an appearance sooner rather than later.
Jalapeno-Cheddar Sandwich Bread off. Cheesy, with just a hint of spice, this made the best BLTs ever this summer. I'm pretty sure we ate BLT sandwiches for several nights in a row thanks to this bread. In fact, I think I should make another loaf and use it for grilled cheese or turkey sandwiches this winter.
Strawberry Wine Coolers. I couldn't resist turning them into peach wine coolers, and I liked them even more than their strawberry counterparts. FYI, this recipe is also delcious when made with a mixture of summer berries, but this Georgia Peach can't turn down this particular variation. :-)
beer-pairing dinner, I really wanted to serve Fried Green Tomatoes. Frying food wasn't so scary after all, and these had the perfect coating, perfect crispness, and were enjoyed by everyone. These are traditionally southern food, but even those damn yankees love them too ;-)
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies could possibly be one of my favorite cookies I've ever made. Some say they taste like a Nutter Butter, some compare them to DoSiDos, but everyone loves them. I took some to a friend after she had a baby, and she declared them to be the "best cookies ever." I can't say I disagree....
Can you tell that I'm already yearning for summer produce? I really really hate the cold weather, and it's pretty obvious that I love summer produce from this round-up. Only 5 more months.....
I hope you all enjoyed my round-up, and I'm already looking forward to all the deliciousness that I hope to share in 2011. Cheers to a Happy New Year!!!