Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Favorite's of 2011

     A couple of days ago I posted the Top 10 of '12. This list was made up of the most viewed recipes by you. There are lots of other recipes that I made this year that didn't make that list, but I thought they were amazing. So, now I'm going to share my favorite breakfasts, appetizers, dinners, breads, and desserts of the year.

Braided Sausage Bread
    This savory breakfast is perfect for breakfast or dinner. You can make the meat filling the night before and stuff and cook to save some time in the morning.
Strawbery Crepes
These almost seemed like they should be served at a bed and breakfast!
Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes
These were my mom's idea, and they were amazing!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
     I love these and they aren't as hard as you might think!

This recipe comes close to our favorite burger joint in town!

Bruschetta Pasta
I craved this for days after we had it! I think I ended up making it three times in two weeks.
Chicken Alfredo Pizza with Spinach, Bacon, and Sun-dried Tomato
This is so flavorful and a nice change from traditional pizza toppings
Creole Black Beans and Rice
This is one of my favorite meatfree dishes. Served with a side of garlic bread, it's very filling!
Mac N Cheese
Mac N Cheese is a staple at our house, and this is our favorite recipe.

Blueberry Pull Apart Bread
     This tasted like warm gooey blueberry cinnamon rolls.
Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins
These are my very favorite muffins(or bread). Ever.
Nutella Babka
Nutella with anything can't be bad...
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
I guess I should have made a separate section for muffins and bread! These take the classic combination to a whole new level and they are healthier than you would think.

Paper Bag Apple Pie
     This is my mom's award winning favorite apple pie!
Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes
You would never believe there is a secret ingredient in these!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Strudel
This is a dessert (or breakfast?) that is not super sweet and loaded with fresh blueberries.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle
I thought this was going to be on the top 10 of '11 post, but it just got kicked off last week!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 10 of '11

     New Year's is just around the corner, so I thought I'd take a moment to review the top recipes of the year.

10. Cinnamon Buns with a Secret
     These cinnamon rolls are sure to please and have a secret ingredient that makes them a little more guilt free!

     A mock recipe from PF Changs. It's pretty close; Try it and see!

     These pretzel rolls might be my favorite bread. Ever.

     This was for my sister's birthday, and she still talks about this cake! Yes, it really was that good. 

    A great recipe for guests!

     I actually prefer these to the overly sweet store bought brand.

     Even though I didn't actually use sour cream, these were pretty good!

     A new take on an old favorite...

     We love pancakes!

     These were so good. They really did taste like the Girl Scouts version!

These recipes were selected based on the top viewed posts of the year. Keep your eye out for another post on my personal favorites that didn't make this list!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Cookies

     My mom used to make these cookies for my high school swim team when we would go to sectionals or other big meet. They were always a favorite because they taste very similar to smiley face cookies from a certain bakery in town (This is for you, Kelli!). She would make them with a star cookie cutter since the star was our mascot. Since I'm all grown up now, if I want these cookies I have to make them myself. It's a once a year deal, folks. I just don't like to roll cookies, which is why J does that part. That is part of the deal, I'll make the cookies if he rolls them out.
     These are pretty much my favorite cookies. Ever.

3/4 cup shortening mixed with butter (about half and half)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
powdered sugar
food coloring

  • Mix shortening/butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Sift and stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Chill dough for at least an hour. 
  • Roll to about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut as desired. 
  • Bake 7-10 minutes @ 350* til the edges barely turn.
  • Cool completely
  • For the icing: Put about 1/4 bag of powdered sugar in a bowl. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla, then a small amount of water til it's the right consistency. If you want several colors, separate icing into individual bowls now. Add food coloring one drop at a time.


Egg Nog Waffles

     Sorry it's been so long! We have finished all our holiday travel, and we are ready to hibernate until Spring! Hopefully, I'll be more regular on posting from now on. I've been trying to keep up on all your posts, but I know I have missed so many good recipes!
     Because Christmas is coming up, we always have egg nog in the house. It's just not Christmas without it! For this mornings waffles, I thought I'd see what egg nog did to waffle batter. Besides adding a delicious, Christmasy (I'm sure that is a word) taste, it made the waffles super fluffy.

1-3/4 c flour (take out 3-1/2Tbl if using whole wheat)
1 Tbl baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
2 c egg nog
1/2 c canola oil (I use 3 Tbl flax seed + 7 Tbl oil)
2 egg whites
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In another bowl, beat egg yolk slightly. Add in egg nog and oil. 
  • Add egg yolks mixture to flour mixture all at once. 
  • Stir until just combined, but still slightly lumpy.
  • Beat/Whisk egg whites till stiff peaks form. I do this in the Kitchen-Aid while I'm combining all the other stuff. 
  • Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter, leaving a few fluffs of egg white. Do not over mix.
  • Pour onto waffle iron according to your manufacturers directions. For me, it's 1/2 cup and this recipe makes 9 waffles.

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