Friday, January 4, 2013

Top 10 of 2012

I hope everyone has had a wonderful new year!  I absolutely love this time of year.  It always makes me thing about how quickly time flies!  I can't believe that in the span of one year I have celebrated our one year anniversary, traveled to Maine and Mexico, ate as much fresh lobster as we wanted, I have completed my first Ironman (second iron distance), have five adorable new babies to play with thanks to all my family and friends, have had good friends who are truly happy together get engaged, and I got hired to make my first wedding cake!!!  Yes, this coming April I will be making a cake and getting paid to do it!!!  What more could I ask for? 

As is always hard to come up with a top 10 list, I just couldn't do it.  The problem is, I don't post anything unless I really love it.  Therefore my top 11 list of 2012 is below. 

I'm a glass half full type person so I'm going to say that even though a sugary treat made it to my top 10 list in January (where we're supposed to ward off all things bad) at least it is last on my list so I'm off to a good start.  Though the glass half empty type person might say that I created a top 11 list instead just to include it... Regardless, I have tried another chocolate cake recipe this year that looked promising and was severely disappointed.  In my opinion this is the BEST chocolate cake recipe ever!

We literally have pancakes or waffles using this mix at least once a week thanks to my husband.  It makes great hot breakfasts in the mornings, and leftovers make good snacking during the day.

These do take a bit of work to make, but are so handy to keep in the freezer for a quick meal on the go...without all the preservatives and MSG's and all the other stuff that I can't pronounce.  My brother and I are having a turkey cook off soon and the winner gets all the leftovers.  This is serious business and you can bet I will be making these with all the leftover turkey I'm confident I will have.  :-D

I absolutely love all risotto's and I was so happy with the way this turned out! I think my favorite part of it was the bit of lemon added at the end to add a little bit of brightness.

I really hate calling this a casserole, well, because it is so much better than the sound of "casserole".  This was the first dish that Raymond actually liked mushrooms in!

I love how easy this soup is!  It is thick and comforting and definitely always on my rotation.  Plus it's very easy on the budget which is always a perk.

This was soo good!  I made this for a dinner party using tenderloins and it was everyones favorite part of the meal!

Oh what a treat this was in the middle of summer!  We had plenty of zucchini thanks to the Farmers Market that I actually made this several weekends in a row!  It's a delicious way to make sure you get all your veggies in!


My uncle, whom I like to call Uncle Chef, gave me the greatest compliment on this when he told me that he has made this several times and really liked it.  He is the best cook I know!  I went home and probably told Raymond the story 20 times over.  This really is that good of a dish.


My husband was actually disappointed with this post in the fact that I didn't mention how excited I was about this dish that I actually fell through a bridge while telling someone about this.  Now I am.  We went on a bike ride the next morning and I was busy telling the person next to me about what an amazing burger I had the night before that I actually fell right into a crack in the bridge...the scars from that are still healing!

The first time I made this I knew without a doubt that it would be my favorite!  So much flavor in such a simple dish!  If you only make one thing I have posted this past year, this should be it!!

I hope you are in for a fantastic new year, and if you get bored, try out a new recipe!  :)

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