It seems like 2012 went by so quickly. A lot happened for Boomer and I this year. I finished graduate school and I moved halfway across the country to start a new job. Along the way I tried out lots of great new recipes and completely fell in love with my ice cream maker.
Here are a few of my favorites from the last year:
Tomato Basil and Parmesan Soup
I make this soup on a regular basis and still haven’t gotten tired of it. The soup can be made in a crock-pot which makes it the perfect weeknight meal.
I love having lasagna for dinner in the winter, it’s so warm and filling. This kale version is one of my favorites, and the recipe can be easily adapted to use whatever vegetables are in your fridge. It also re-heats well!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
There’s really no way I could leave these thick, chewy, peanut butter filled cookies off my ‘best of’ list for this year. This is one of those recipes that I know I can make for nearly any event and they’ll be well received.
Baked Potato Soup
Of all the soup recipes I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot, this might be the one I make most often.
Red Berry Vinaigrette
I started making my own salad dressing this summer and I’m so glad I did! The bright berry flavors in this dressing can’t even be compared to any store-bought dressing that I’ve tried.
Spicy Thai Noodles
This pasta dish is great any time of year, but I especially enjoyed it in the summer. It is incredibly flavorful, but still light enough for a warm summer night.
S’mores Ice Cream
I really could have made a ‘best of’ list that just included ice cream this year. I had so much fun experimenting with my ice cream maker, and this was one of my favorites!
Raspberry White Chocolate Cake
The cake I made for my cousin’s wedding turned out so well and it is definitely the thing I’m most proud of from last year. I loved the combination of the pound cake, raspberry filling and white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream!
Caramel Apple Crumb Bars
I think I made these bars at least 4 times this fall, and if that isn’t enough to vouch for a recipe I’m not sure what is! This recipe has everything I was looking for in an apple bar- a delicious crust, flavorful apple filling, and a crumb topping.
Cheddar Swirl Rolls
I experimented with this recipe once earlier this month and then made them again for Christmas where everyone enjoyed them.
Gingersnap Ice Cream
Of all the ice cream flavors I made this year, I think this is my favorite. I loved how well the molasses and ginger flavors carried through in the ice cream base, and the crunchy cookies were the perfect complement to the creamy ice cream.