My Favorite Recipes of 2012

Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

I decided to look back through my blog posts of 2012 and pull together a few standout recipes that I will definitely be making again and again.  First up is this somewhat unusual spring appetizer that I made with some of our delicious local strawberries.  I can’t wait til next spring when I’ll be able to make this Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil again.

Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

This Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese has been a favorite for years and I’m really glad that I finally shared the recipe with you this year.  If you’ve never stirred crumbled blue cheese and bacon into a creamy coleslaw, you have really been missing out!

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

I think these Cranberry, White Chocolate, and Pecan Cookies are seriously the best cookies I’ve made in years.  I haven’t stopped thinking about them and currently have all the ingredients on hand so I can make another batch to take to my grandparents.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Last, but certainly not least, are these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar Shortbread Crust.  This is by far my favorite recipe of the year and I’ve already made them a few times.  My grandmother actually requested that I make these instead of a traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and no one seemed to notice the missing pie.  They are easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Happy new year, everyone.  I look forward to sharing lots more recipes once I get moved into my brand new kitchen next year!

  1. Tagg

    Wow, these all look so good! I want to try them all. Happy new year!


    4:22 am  Jan 1st, 2013
  2. A Canadian Foodie

    I like how you just shared 4 recipes instead of 24 – or even 10. That adds credibility to them in my opinion and I am much more apt to try each one. Particularly the strawberry bruschetta! Wowsers!
    Happy 2013

    10:17 am  Jan 1st, 2013
  3. Natalie

    The pumpkin bars look so delicious!

    6:41 pm  Jan 2nd, 2013
  4. Julia

    That coleslaw looks amazing–when we go to Traverse City, MI in the summers we have a favorite little deli that sells blue cheese coleslaw and it is to die for. Definitely trying yours out! Happy New Year!

    1:21 pm  Jan 3rd, 2013
  5. The Squishy Monster

    Happy New Year! I thoroughly enjoyed staring at your round up…I’m a sucker for a cookie, however =)

    7:59 pm  Jan 3rd, 2013
  6. sue

    Yum! I have made the strawberry bruschetta and it is wonderful. A nice change from the usual!

    8:54 am  Jan 6th, 2013
  7. Marthasseniorgourmet

    A delicious recipe for 2012, with Everclear® alcohol, Blue Curacao liqueur, orange juice and grenadine syrup. Also lists similar drink recipes.

    1:19 pm  Jan 7th, 2013
  8. Anna

    I always feel like when i put together these types of lists on my blog, it’s a cop out. But really, it’s such a great way for readers to be reminded of some really great recipes! This post has me looking forward to summer for strawberries and coleslaw, and I love the idea of a brown sugar shortbread crust. Besides pumpkin, I bet it would go great with berries too.

    10:31 pm  Jan 7th, 2013
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    1:42 am  Jan 8th, 2013
  10. kimek

    Wow. Stunning pictures. Strawberry bruschetta is definitely gorgeous. Thank You for sharing.

    11:40 am  Jan 11th, 2013
  11. Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box

    Love them all, but I will definitely keep the pumpkin bars in mind this fall. I love bars, and so do my readers. Thanks for sharing your version. I like it because it appears to be very moist compared the Kraft recipe, yet it calls for much less sugar. Perfecto!

    8:28 am  Jan 22nd, 2013
  12. The Lazy Suzan

    These all look great! I can tell I’m going to enjoy paging through your blog. 🙂

    10:30 pm  Feb 1st, 2013
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    12:04 pm  Feb 4th, 2013
  14. Culinary USA

    Anything on Bruschetta is the perfect appetizer for me. Easy to make and yummy, looking forward to trying the recipe you mentioned in your top picks.

    8:06 pm  Feb 4th, 2013
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    This blog was very helpful towards healthy eating and staying fit, Thank you.

    11:51 am  Feb 5th, 2013
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    3:20 am  Feb 27th, 2013
  17. Leucadia Chiropractor

    Strawberry bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar looks very appealing. I wonder what would it taste if i put mango instead?

    7:01 am  Mar 3rd, 2013
  18. Callum Pragnell

    They all look great! Nice pictures and some good ideas here. I like how this promotes healthy eating and the benefits of a good, balanced diet. I doesn’t have to be bleak, just look at the pictures and you’ll see that!

    8:25 am  Mar 6th, 2013
  19. Susans

    I am a daily checker of this website and enjoy everything you write (and cook). I am hoping your absence means you are deeply involved in something wonderful – classes in Tuxedo Park or strolling the foodie stalls in Paris. Come back soon.

    7:09 pm  Mar 9th, 2013
  20. Steve_S

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    1:41 am  Mar 15th, 2013
  21. ?ifal? Bitkiler

    I jut had it and it was awesome! Thank you for sharing!

    6:07 am  Mar 18th, 2013
  22. Sarah

    I found the Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil a while back. It has been a family favorite since then. I’ve also given to dinner guests – most leave with the recipe! Great site by the way. Thanks.

    10:54 am  Mar 21st, 2013
  23. Emma

    Are you coming back? I check regularly, but nothing for such a long time…. this has been my favourtie food blog for years and I miss you!

    10:54 pm  Mar 31st, 2013
  24. J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats

    Would definitely add goat cheese to that strawberry bruschetta, it looks amazing!

    3:12 pm  Apr 5th, 2013
  25. dkzody

    I am discovering how wonderful basil and strawberries are together.

    6:18 pm  May 1st, 2013
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