As 2012 comes to a close tonight, I’m looking forward to celebrating with friends at home tonight. I’ve enjoyed New Year’s Eve a number of ways in the past- sometimes visiting friends, sometimes hosting parties at home, and sometimes hanging out on the couch eating Chinese food and waiting to see the ball drop on tv. This year, we’re enjoying the evening at home with M and O, and a dear friend of mine and her two girls. I won’t be making fancy things, or coming up with signature drinks. Instead, we’ll have some kid-friendly snacks (snacks as a meal are a New Year’s Eve guilty pleasure tradition for me), maybe in our pajamas, and see which of the grown-ups is snoring first.
I had a good year here at Diana’s Dishes, and it seemed fitting to celebrate that as I look forward to a better one in 2013. A lot of posts were competing for popularity on here, but these are the top ten as determined by my readers.
#10 Soft Pretzels
I made these for day 6 of my Summer Olympics feature, showing foods from countries that have hosted the Summer Games. These soft pretzels, for Munich, are easier than they look and incredibly delicious.
What happens when the birthday girl loves cannolis and the baker can’t find her cannoli forms? These cannoli cupcakes, which made a delicious dessert for M’s eighth birthday.
I made a huge batch of this and put it in jars for both of my dads, and for Lane as a Father’s Day gift and it met with rave reviews. Definitely man-approved.
We had absolutely no trouble working our way quickly through four dozen of these easy one-bowl cookies.
Ditch the boxed mix and make fresh waffles. These are amazing with fruit and whipped cream or butter and syrup. Make a big batch and freeze them for another day!
An amazingly easy chicken and rice dish, simplifying a classic.
There are hardly words for how delicious these are. Oh, and if you were wondering how “Lane” got his nickname, this would be an entertaining post to read.
There are hardly words for how absolutely amazing this stuff is. I made it for a New Year’s Eve party last year, and a year later, we’re still talking about it.
#2 S’mores Bars
When I ask if I can bring anything to a party, the answer now is almost always “yes, those amazing s’mores bars.” Every bit as delicious as traditional s’mores, but without the open flame and sticks.
Great for a snack anytime, super for a party and easy on your waistline since they’re baked, not fried. Isn’t the Super Bowl coming up?
While I completely enjoyed every one of the things in my top ten as determined by my readers, there were a few things that were my personal favorites that didn’t make the list. I’d like to take a moment and give these ten recipes the love they deserve, in no particular order.
The high heel cupcakes I made for my birthday. Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. We’re still talking about these!
The homemade Cookie Puss ice cream cake replica I made for Lane’s birthday. This was worth the effort, and I solved the mystery of how to make amazing ice cream cake cookie crunchies.
Fettucini Alfredo, for my grandmother’s 80th birthday. It turned out to be her final birthday, and I’m glad I got a chance to make her one of her favorite dishes.
The chicken sandwich that was so good, it changed my life.
Roses, made out of bacon. I’m sure no further explanation is necessary.
Blue Moon beer cupcakes to celebrate the blue moon we had in August. Hope you made it count!
Apple crumble pie we made after apple picking. It was the first project I took on with Chef M and Chef O, and I can still hear O declaring his love for the “apple peeler machine.”
Cranberry Apple Sangria. This delicious (and easy) beverage saved my sanity this holiday season.
Classic cheesecake. I brought this for dessert the first time I met Lane’s family and it was enjoyed by all.
Looking through the twenty posts above has provided me with a great look back at 2012, and I can’t wait to share the excitement of 2013 with all of you. Happy New Year!