Favorites of 2011 – Yours and Mine

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas with lots of good food, a relaxing time with the family, and not too much stress!

I’ve had a horrible holiday season. My grandfather was sick for a few weeks and then died two days before Christmas. It absolutely stinks. He was my baking pal and my last grandparent. He was 90 and still loved to bake, which I think makes him pretty neat.

I still don’t really feel like coming up with new recipes and taking pictures, so here’s a list. I’ve enjoyed reading such posts from other bloggers, and although I’ve only been around since September, I thought why not.

And because there are so many fantastic recipes out there from other bloggers, I’m going to share the ones that I’ve made and enjoyed the most. 

So! My number one most popular recipe by far is…

Spicy Potato Wedges

Hmm. I don’t get it and I don’t know what this means. It’s the only non-baked good on here besides this Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter and German Egg Liqueur. I personally prefer the baked goods, but I’m happy other people like this so much. :)

This banana bread is by far the least popular and it just happened to be my first post. Poor banana bread never got any love.  

Here are some of my favorite recipes of the year! A lot of my favorites were already in my Holiday Goodies post and it’s killing me not to repeat some of them here. 

Food food:

Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread
 from Lauren’s Latest – I’m all over this recipe right now. When I first saw it, I thought, “… no. Better not. It’s just a disaster waiting to happen,” and then I’d go back a few times a day and look at the pictures. I finally made it but only made a 1/3. Next time I made 1/2.  Definitely not healthy but making it with half whole spelt made me feel better about eating it all at once. It’s amazing.

Close to Perfection Pizza Dough from The Healthy Foodie – Whole grain pizza dough that’s not cardboardy and is even better than “normal” pizza. It makes enough dough for four pizzas, which can be easily frozen. Really, we prefer this recipe and my whole wheat pizza recipe to pizza made with white flour.

Lemon Garlic Spaghetti from i nom things – Super quick and easy and delicious. I make it with whole grain noodles.

Cream Cheesy Potatoes from Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake – Have you noticed something about all my links so far? I really love carbs. And cheese. Carbs and cheese together! Ahh, they make me so happy. I didn’t use all the cream in this recipe, though. There was some milk and cornstarch involved.

Chick-fil-a Copycat Chicken Sandwich from From Away: Cooking and Eating in Maine – Germany doesn’t really do fried chicken. They have KFC, but it’s not the same. And they definitely don’t have Chick-fil-a! I haven’t had Chick-fil-a in years so I can’t say if this recipe tastes exactly the same, but whether it does or not, it’s pretty amazing. Extremely delicious!

Sweet stuff: 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat – Whole grain and no butter or oil! I just can’t get over these cookies. They really taste like normal unhealthy cookies!

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies from Craving Chronicles – I LOVE white chocolate. And lemon. And together it’s just amazing. I’m so over this winter thing and am ready for these cookies. 

Christmas Rum Cake from EatGood4Life – I actually made this on the last day of 2010, but I just had to throw it in here as a New Year’s Eve idea. It’s fantastic! It’s whole grain and is one of very, very few rum cake recipes out there that don’t use a cake mix. And it’s full of rum flavor. 

Butterscotch Pudding from Kitchen Treaty – Someone lent me a book and I made them this pudding in return (I really look for any excuse to make food for others). They kept forgetting to pick it up from the work fridge and I finally just took it back and ate it all and was so very happy. It’s awesome! I don’t need any other pudding recipes. Who wants chocolate and vanilla when you could have butterscotch?! One thing, I used light brown sugar without extra molasses and think it tastes way better that way, but maybe how dark you like your butterscotch is a personal thing. :)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles from Bran Appetit – I dipped these in white chocolate and people didn’t believe that they were homemade. Super easy, too!

Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Scones from Chocolate & Carrots – Super yummy healthier scones! And this post actually inspired me to get into photography and blogging. So it’s pretty cool.
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9 comments on “Favorites of 2011 – Yours and Mine” — Add one!

  • Erin says
    January 2, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Nora – Hello, fellow Texan! I'm from the Dallas area and I'm happy you stopped by too. Those pumpkin donuts are a really, really good choice. I just made eggnog donuts which I'm super happy with, but it got me thinking that I want more of the pumpkin donuts! The caramel brownies are also another favorite of mine. Really, you have very good taste. :)

    Becca – Thanks a bunch. It's been hard but at least it's getting easier. And about the wedges, you've got to make them. They're so easy! If you like spicy, you'll love them. Happy 2012 to you. :)

  • Becca says
    January 2, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    Man, I cant believe youve only been posting since September and your pictures are fabulous. Thank you for reminding me about those potato wedges, it's close to midnight and I really want some potato wedges, haha.

    I am so sorry for the loss of your grandfather, losing someone so close to you is hard, and I cant imagine losing one so close to Christmas. Take care and happy new year.

  • Nora @ Natural Noshing says
    January 1, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    Oh all of your recipes looks fantastic! What a great recap, I am so glad I stopped by Erin :) I am a fellow Texan too (Houston) and it appears we both love pumpkin things as well!
    I have my eye on those doughnuts and those caramel brownies…yummmmm!

  • Erin says
    December 31, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Aww, you are so kind. And so funny! You know what stinks? My photography skills haven't improved one bit since September (yes, 2011 :)). I need to take a class or something. I don't post a ton of recipes because I never get good pictures.

    I can't even imagine how much more difficult it must be to lose a parent. Like you said in your other reply on the yule log post, we'll have a better Christmas next year. It just can't get any worse than this year. Thanks again for the kind words! Have a lovely New Year's Eve. :)

  • Sonia The Healthy Foodie says
    December 31, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    OMG, I just want to pin every single picture from that post. AND lick my screen from top to bottom, then left to right and probably corner to corner too!

    What a great recap this is, Erin. Did you really say you've only been around since September? As in September of this year? Nooo, that can't be. Surely I misunderstood… I mean, you look like you've been doing this for ages!

    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Having recently lost my dad, I know just how devastated you must be. Christmas without a dearly missed loved one can be so, so tough. Take comfort in all the good memories that you have of him. These can never be taken away. Cherish them with all your might and remember he'll always be watching over you. Big virtual hug to you, my friend.

  • Erin says
    December 29, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    Regan – You leave the nicest comments. I'm sorry about your grandma. I hope that you still have many nice memories of her. At least we were old enough to make memories of them so I guess that's something positive.

    I'm happy someone likes the recap. :) I spent a lot of time narrowing down my favorite recipes from other bloggers that I thought needed to be shared. Most of them aren't healthy but I like to mix things up a little!

    And one of your favorites? Wow. You just made my day. Week. Seriously, my month. Thank you. :) I hope to get back in the swing of things soon so that I can post more yummy baked goods and not sound so depressing.

    Have a great New Year and thanks again for the lovely comment.

  • Regan @ The Professional Palate says
    December 29, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I felt the same about my dad's mother. I still miss her now, ten years later.

    And I love your recap. I am being honest when I say yours is one of my fave blogs of all time. Your love of wholesome baking is so me. I only recently started following but cant wait to see what comes out of the oven next!

    Wishing you comfort in your memories for the New Year.

  • Erin says
    December 28, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    Hi Tami,

    Thanks a bunch for your kind comment. It's always nice to hear from new readers! I hope that you had a nice Christmas despite being away from home. Thanks again. I really appreciate it!

  • Tami says
    December 28, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I'm another American in Germany (Reinland), and I've enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it last month. My deep sympathies on your loss – I know how hard it is to be far from family at these times. Hang in there, and take care.


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