As 2011 draws to an end, my first thought is "holy crap, this year went by fast!" It has definitely been a great year - both for the blog, and for me personally. Over the next two days, I'll be posting year end round-ups. Today I'm sharing the most popular recipes posted this year, and tomorrow I'll share with you my personal favorites. So let's jump right in...
chicken enchiladas I posted over two years ago still reign supreme as the most-viewed recipe on my blog, these baked chicken taquitos are quite popular as well. They are easy, delicious, and relatively healthy. And they can be made ahead and frozen, which makes them even more wonderful. I prepped a double batch of these to freeze when I was pregnant, and I loved having a quick and easy lunch or dinner on busy days. I have a few variations of these in the works as well, so I can't wait to share those with you in the coming months!
blackberry pie bars are not only popular because they are just so darn good, but also because they are open to so many variations. I've made them with raspberries, strawberries, peaches, and a combination of of these as well. These are equally good chilled as they are fresh from the oven. And since they use frozen berries, they can be enjoyed year-round.
Cookie dough fudge. I feel like I shouldn't even have to say anything else about this.
Oven-fried onion rings are a bit labor-intensive, but they are well worth the effort. They are coated with a combination of potato chips and saltine crackers, and it creates the most perfect onion ring. I won't lie - they still aren't healthy. But they don't make a big mess from deep-frying, and I guess you save a few calories. You can just tell yourself that if it makes you feel better in any case...
spiced chipotle-honey chicken with roasted sweet potatoes is healthy though. It is also a one-pot meal, which makes my dishwasher/husband very happy. The potatoes and chicken are tossed in a sweet-spicy sauce of chipotles, honey, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. It's a wonderful combination of flavors, and I can see why so many of you loved this dinner!
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts made the list. Pop Tarts are a childhood favorite, so to recreate them as a pumpkin pie flavor - well it was sure to be a hit. I am already antsy to make another flavor soon. The possibilities are endless....
Peach pie is a perennial summer favorite, and this version is gussied up with the addition of brown sugar, cinnamon, and bourbon. I'm already craving peaches, and I know I'll be making this again next summer.
Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes as a Valentine's Day treat, but they can be enjoyed throughout the spring and summer as well. A rich, chocolatey cake topped with one of the most delicious icings I've ever had - totally irresistible.
Foil-Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn was not only one of the easiest meals I made this year, but it is also really tasty. Halibut is coated in a compound butter made of chipoltes, orange juice, garlic, and herbs. My mom made foil-packet meals a lot when I was growing up, and this is definitely an updated version of one of my childhood favorites.
Steakhouse Mushroom Burgers with Creamed Spinach Sauce. Mushrooms. Burger. Creamy spinach. Parmesan. This is a fancy, fork-and-knife burger, and I loved every single indulgent bite.
See you tomorrow - I'll be posting my personal favorites of the year!