This has been one hell of an ass-kicking year for Jenny. I’ve watched my little girl grow from innocent baby to toddler with a huge personality. I’ve had the best times with my husband, my #1 pal, traveling, eating and causing mischief together with our daughter. I’ve seen this blog slowly grow from about 2 readers (thanks, Ma!) to well…a lot (thanks, y’all!). And I’ve cooked. Oh how I’ve cooked.
So for my last post of 2010 I leave you with my favorite recipes of the year. They’re all ones that have stuck with me for one reason or another. And I have the hips to prove it.
Before we get to the good stuff, let me say one thing from the bottom of my heart: thank you. You, the person reading this glowing screen, are the reason I continue to write RDG. I started because I had something to say, and I keep trucking because of what you have to say. I’ve found the most incredible community of readers, writers, cooks, moms, and everyone in between thanks to this little corner of the interwebs. Thank you for reading. And please keep the dialogue coming here, on Twitter or on Facebook.
Alright. Before I get all weepy, here are my top 10 recipes of the year, divided into sweets and savories.
Sweets and baked goods:
5. Honey Beer Bread A quick, simple bread made from your favorite ale.
4. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bittersweet Ganche The moistest, richest cupcakes you’ll ever try.
3. Greek Yogurt and Honey Pie A summery dessert with delicate flavor, akin to an incredibly light and fluffy cheesecake.
2. Compost Cookies Not my recipe mind you, but it deserved a spot on this list. Moist and chewy cookies dotted with everything but the kitchen sink. I’ve made more batches this year that I care to admit.
1. Double Chocolate Brownies Mom’s tried-and-true recipe. The most popular entry on RDG for good reason!
Savories and main dishes:
5. Sweet Potato and Onion Fries Crisp on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, these fries go with everything from burgers to wintry roasts.
4. Creamy Corn Chowder with Bacon Sweet, creamy, rich. Enough said.
3. Crowded Rice Eat your veggies and get your kids to eat them too with this green-packed version of “fried” rice.
2. Gemelli with Turkey Spinach Meatballs What began as a healthier take on Spaghettio’s morphed into a meal that graces our table monthly.
1. Mexican Lasagna Make a double batch and freeze one for a rainy day. This has been my go-to dinner this year.
And a few of my favorite recipes from others that I discovered this year:
Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from All Recipes
Green Chile and Chorizo Breakfast Strata originally from Bon Appetit
Pregnancy Pasta by Tyler Florence (link goes to my post about it—original can be found in his book Dinner at My Place)
Tarragon Pesto and Pear Melts originally from Sunset Magazine
Tres Leches Cake from Ree Drummond
I hope you all had a fantastic 2010 and have an even more memorable 2011. Cheers!