I love looking back at all of the recipes that I have shared with you last year and seeing which ones ended up being the biggest hits with my readers. I have also made a commitment four years ago when I started blogging that I wouldn’t post and share a recipe with you that I wouldn’t make again for my own family and friends. What came as a surprise to me though after reviewing my stats, the cupcake posts actually received the biggest hits. Considering that I don’t make a lot of cupcakes in general – and don’t consider myself a fancy baker, I was glad to see that you enjoyed them as much as I did.
Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting I’m really glad that my readers agree that this was your favorite recipe in 2012, because it could pretty much be mine. I remember that snowy weekend when I finally decided to try Dorie’s recipe for Banana Cupcakes. I can never have enough banana recipes in my list. So moist, full of fresh banana flavors, and very versatile – you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Skip the frosting, you can have a fancy breakfast. Heck, if you dare to live a little, leave the frosting alone.
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - This cupcake recipe was so beautiful: it has a gorgeous fluffy texture, light almost like sponge cake, and this beautiful, pink frosting that tastes like fresh strawberries. This is definitely one of my top three cupcake recipes. Hands. Down. LOVE this cupcake!
Lemon Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting - Aaahh, if I get to pick just one – this is THE cake recipe that I love to make for myself. I love them with any frosting really, but especially with this Strawberry Meringue Buttercream. You can’t go wrong with them. I baked this cake for my own baby shower, and there weren’t any crumbs left on the cake stand.
Stromboli with Salami, Capocollo and Provolone - This is probably my husband’s favorite dish. Made from pizza “bready” dough, it is filled with all kinds of meats and cheeses. He was really glad that he finally convinced me to make them. Obviously, my readers agreed!
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries - Oh, if I could have these everyday, I would. I almost forget that they are actually pretty healthy. I couldn’t stop eating them.
Pumpkin Bars - These bars are absolutely a favorite all year long. I remember making this earlier in the year, way past the pumpkin season, but people still loved them.
Sweet and Spicy Korean Chicken - Now this is a fried chicken at a new level. While I am not necessarily fond of being covered in grease while deep-frying the chicken, the sauce was absolutely to die for. This was a savory indulgence at its best.
Creamy Egg Salad - This quick dish becomes a go-to staple for me during the week when time is tight. I can add a bowl of soup to go with this, and maybe a small salad – and have a pretty tasty dinner or lunch.
Soft Garlic Knots – I’ m glad that I finally made these!!! I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love these knots. Perfectness in a knot
Turkey Meatloaf - This is another dish that keeps on showing up on my menu. It is awesome since it makes a huge batch, and it is freezes wonderfully. I love making them in mini loaf pans – and stash some for future dinners.
Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal - OK, so this is #11, but I had to do a shout out on this baked oatmeal. It is my personal favorite breakfast item to make. During the first couple of months of my pregnancy, this was one of the only items that I was able to eat (breakfast or lunch). My husband would make this on Sunday nights and have them ready for me to take to work so I could eat them all week. While you can use any fruits really, my fave is fresh blueberries with bananas. In the summer when berries are plentiful, sweet and plump, I’d make them at least once a week.
Here’s the 2011 Top Recipes in Review for comparison! I hope you’ll join me again in 2013 and let me know what recipes you enjoy from my blog.