Happy New Year to everyone! This post is my way of saying I don’t have anything planned, I’m up to my eyeballs in work, and I can’t wait until Monday when the kids go back to school and hubby goes back to work! At least then, life has a chance to return to semi-normal. :-p
So in order to post SOMETHING I am listing out the top ten most visited recipes on this blog for 2009. Looking forward to a great 2010 with all of you!
TOP 10 COUNTDOWN
#10 – Homemade Ice Cream Recipes: Oreo & Butter Pecan – from January of 2009, this particular post got a lot of attention. The Oreo ice cream is definitely awesome, the butter pecan was pretty darn good too.
#9 – Sopa de Fideos: Mexican Noodle Soup – Have you ever had this? If you haven’t, you really should try it. It’s super easy to make and everyone here loves it. Most Mexican restaurants serve it as an appetizer, but it’s super simple to make at home! Posted in February 2009.
#8 – Shepherd’s Pie – For a long time I made what is known as Hamburger Pie. It consists of ground beef, condensed tomato soup and green beans. Funny thing is, I’m British born and Shepherd’s Pie is a common British meal, think I knew the right way to make it? Nope. Not until July of 2009 when I found this fabulous recipe. I’ve never turned back to Hamburger Pie.
#7 – Chicken Salad with Grapes – Don’t be afraid. Grapes and chicken salad are actually a fabulous combination. This is an easy recipe, one that is searched out every day on this blog. Posted in June of 2009.
#6 – Banana Upside Down Muffins – do you ever just get tired of banana bread and banana muffins? These upside down muffins made with bananas have a wonderful caramelized flavor that takes you out of the boring zone!
#5 – Penne with Tomato Sage Sausage Sauce – I posted this delicious recipe in August of 2009. It’s from a cookbook I’ve made quite a few recipes from, every one of them a winner. This recipe received quite a bit of attention after Saveur Magazine’s website picked it up and linked to it. Thank you Saveur!
#4 – Thanksgiving Cookies: Turkeys, Leaves & Pumpkins, Oh My! – Wow! It’s amazing that something I posted just two months ago is in the #4 spot! These were my royal icing Thanksgiving cookies. I really loved the way they came out, so fun!
#3 – Homemade Mocha Frappacinos – yeah baby, if you haven’t tried these and are still paying an arm and a leg at Starbuck’s, STOP. Try these. They are awesome. My daughter makes them all the time, we always have some cold coffee in the fridge just to make these.
#2 – Homemade Baker’s Square French Silk Pie! – Have you ever had French Silk Pie from Baker’s Square? It will rock your world! When I found this recipe I was amazed that it tasted exactly like the pie you get from Baker’s Square. It does use raw eggs, but I get mine from a local farmer so I’m not worried about egg problems. If you are, you can purchase pasteurized eggs to solve this dilemma :)
And the # 1 recipe of 2009 is…
#1 – Italian Lasagna (with meat) – This is the lasagna I have been making for years and years. Everyone loves it, it’s perfect, it’s delicious, it’s a winner. It came from the back of a Creamette lasagna box. I used to always just use the recipe on the back of the box, then throw away the box. One day when I went shopping, the recipe wasn’t on the back anymore, it was replaced with something else, a vegetarian lasagna no less! ACK! Luckily for me, I still had half a box of lasagna noodles in the cabinet, so I clipped the recipe and saved it for posterity. This recipe has received so much attention because it is in Foodgawker’s most popular recipe section. So thank you Foodgawker!
And a big thank you to all of you for reading along, sharing your comments, inspiration and encouragement. For your compliments, your advice, and just for being here! Happy New Year everyone! :)