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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best Recipes of 2012

This year I really branched out in my cooking.  I don't know what prompted it, I really think it was a couple of things--primarily joining Pinterest, but also just getting tired of eating the same stuff all the time, and watching too much of the Food Network!  I can honestly say that there was only one that was really a heavy duty bomb, it's not often my husband will tell me to toss something in the trash, but that's where it ended up.  I don't even have it bookmarked anymore, so I can't share it, but it was a crock pot mac and cheese recipe that was just plain disgusting.

So here are the top 5 recipes I discovered in 2012--I hope perhaps you can find something you like in them!  We have tried them all and they are all keepers--and all of these ones are gluten free to boot!

5)  Oven Baked Parmesan Fries--these are delicious and I especially like them with a dollop of sour cream.  It also had me buy a new spice--Old Bay Seasoning--which I had never tried before, but I'm hooked!  I even made this with frozen french fries with good results. 

4)  Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce--I love anything I can toss in the crock pot and walk away from and this recipe is truly a winner.  I did do a little bit of experimenting with it--cut the meat and the sugar by 1/2 and added 1/4 of extra virgin olive oil--and it is still really very good.  It also freezes exceptionally well.

3)  Peanut Butter Pie With No Bake Cookie Crust--this all started because of a dinner out.  One of our favorite places from where we used to live has this on their dessert menu and we drove there not so much for dinner, but because I was craving this!  Afterwards I decided that there had to be a recipe for this somewhere online and I was right, and this particular recipe is spot on to what they served.  What I really like about it is it makes a lot and can be frozen for an extended period of time.

2) Gluten Free Peach Crisp--My recipe for apple crisp came up missing, not sure what happened, so I started poking around Pinterest looking for something similar.  I came across this and not only was it similar to what I had, but is actually WAY better.  I've made it with apples, fresh peaches, frozen peaches and combination of peaches and blackberries as well as making it in a sugar free version using Splenda for the hubby--and they all turned out good.  I did leave the nuts out as I am allergic.  I have three bags of frozen peaches sitting in my freezer right now waiting........

And the number one recipe for 2012 is......................................

Crack potatoes!!!!!  So named because they are so addictive, and I can't believe how stinkin' easy they are to make!  I made a batch of these for our Christmas Eve get together and everyone raved about them.  They reheat very well too and not a single hash brown went to waste ;)  Hubby also voted this as his favorite recipe find of the year! 

Happy New Year and Bon Appetite! 

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