My Top 10 Favorites for 2012

My Top 10 Favorites for 2012 | Very Culinary

by Amy on December 30, 2012 · 11 comments

Who knows why some recipes hit a cord and others don’t. A lot of times it’s just timing – who’s taking a break from their computer, who’s dieting, if the recipe used seasonal ingredients, and if the picture got picked up by FoodGawker or TasteSpotting

But these are my favorites of the year – recipes that are loved in my house and made often. Unlike the Top 10 Reader’s Favorites, these aren’t really in any particular order…that would be like asking me to pick a favorite child. Not possible.

Classic Popovers – with a crispy exterior, hollow interior, and light, buttery taste, they are my absolute favorite roll.


Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta, & Grilled Bread – salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy…and absolutely wonderful.


Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Thighs – this right here is reason enough to own a grill. And use it, even if it’s cold and snowing.


Dill Pickle Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese – you’ve got sloppy joe meets grilled cheese meets dill pickles. It’s a trifecta of pure happy.


White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Pretzel Cookies – these. Sigh. Doesn’t the name say it all?


Stir Fry Sirloin with Snow Peas – such a simple dish that comes together fast and packs so much flavor. This is absolutely one of my favorite and frequently made meals. I wish I was making it for dinner tonight!


Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – this is my very own creation and one I am quite proud of *pats self on back* With awesome flavor and on the table in 20 minutes, plus plenty of sauce for the rice to soak up!


Deep-dish Chocolate Chip, Caramel, Toffee Cookies – what’s better than a gooey warm cookie straight from the oven? One that’s eaten with a spoon. And ice cream. I die.


Cheeseburger Macaroni – such an easy and tasty one-pot dish…I make this all the time.

Cheeseburger Macaroni | Very Culinary

Cran-Turkey (or Chicken!) Enchiladas – gaaawd. THESE. I think everyone got tired of me fawning over them. Can you handle one more mention? I can’t help it! They are so freaking good. And just as yummy with chicken, I will be making them all year long until my family grows tired of them.


Thanks for a fabulous 2012 everyone! I know you’re all so busy, but hopefully visiting Very Culinary is more of an escape than it is work. Here’s to more delicious food and fun in 2013!

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Mom January 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

I recently made the Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Thighs and shared with a friend recovering from open heart surgery. It was a big hit in both households.


kari December 31, 2012 at 6:33 am

Well my family loves the cheeseburger mac, so now it’s a countdown to try all your other favs. Happy New Year!!


Amy December 31, 2012 at 6:51 am

Awesome! Thanks for following along, Kari…and happy happy new year to you and your family! :D


Aggie December 31, 2012 at 4:40 am

It’s so hard to pick out favorites isn’t it? But I can see how these made the list – I have a few that I immediately want to try…Hawaiian chicken, both stir fries, cheeseburger macaroni and those enchiladas!! You cook up the best food! Happy new year to you!!


Amy December 31, 2012 at 6:50 am

Aaaah, Aggie…you flatter me! I think that about your food, too. My stack of to-do’s got bigger after your round up. And a few, I was like “How did I miss that?!”


Joanne December 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

How did you manage to limit yourself to TEN?!? I would probably have had trouble narrowing down my favorites of yours to twenty-five. Just saying.

Man those cran-enchiladas need to happen in my life. Sans turkey. That wouldn’t be weird, right?


Amy December 31, 2012 at 6:49 am

It was difficult! You would need to categorize a Top 10…like “Top 10 Desserts”…”Top 10 Squash dishes”…”Top 10 Pastas”…it could go on for months! It would be awesome, actually.


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Those popovers are still calling to me!


Amy December 31, 2012 at 6:46 am

HEE. You really need to make them! You should have asked for a Popover pan for Christmas! ;-)


Bev @ Bev Cooks December 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

Fab fab fab! Happy New Year!


Amy December 31, 2012 at 6:45 am

Thank you Thank you Thank you! Happy New Year to you, Bev! :D


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