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.
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!