Last year, when I rounded up the best recipes of 2011 I did it before 2011 was even over. Well, I am simply not that organized this year, but I still think there are some great recipes here which you may have missed – one for each month in fact. Also, if you are looking for even more recipe ideas check out the my favorite recipes from 2011, and my favorite recipes from 2010 and my my favorite recipes from 2009!
Last January, my favorite recipe was probably my crab risotto. Truly a labour of love, but worth every morsel. Second runner up went to the creamy broccoli and chicken pasta made healthy, as it is a cream-sauce without the cream!
I don’t bake that much and when I do it rarely ends up here – which is why I am so proud of these pistachio and chocolate chunk cookies. Impossible to eat just one.
Not to worry though if you are looking for healthy recipes as in March I made this chicken stew with spinach, tomatoes, feta, and quinoa.
I cook a lot of trout. It is excellent for weeknights as it cooks so fast, is sustainable and easy to make different every time. This recipe for trout fried in butter with apples and basil I make at least once a month.
My favorite recipes are almost always some kind of comfort food, so despite the potstickers and sticky grilled chicken I made in May, my favorite is still this polenta recipe. Because polenta can be texturally bland this dish is super fun because not only does it have Italian sausage and kale but it is topped with fried potatoes.
June? Two words: Steak. Tartare.
That is all.
..followed quickly by another travel inspired recipe: fried artichokes or carciofi alla giudia. You have to get all dirty with the deep frying, but it is worth every greasy pot.
For an easy summer appetizer, nothing is as impressive as seared scallops. Even better? Seasonal ingredients like peaches in this scallop recipe with a jalapeño and peach sauce. I realize it isn’t peach season, but bookmark it now for later, k?
In September, I fell for this unconventional lasagna recipe. Rather than beef and bechamel, this lasagna is made of of ground pork and heaps of sliced fresh fennel. Though admittedly a close second was my olive oil, lemon, and zucchini loaf.
Just in time for my birthday I made Earl Grey Cupcakes. It was a really fun recipe to develop as I had never used tea in any baking before, and I was really impressed with how they turned out. The extra icing lived in the freezer for awhile and got eaten by the spoonful.
Seems very recently now that I made these Swiss Chard and bacon turnovers. If you are looking for a way to make vegetables fun, this is the recipe for you.
Last, but not least, another recipe for Swiss chard, this time with potatoes and bacon. This is not only a casserole (boring) but it is made with swiss chard (eww), and yet was still a big hit!
Happy belated New Year everyone. Thanks for reading.