Ten Best Recipes of ’08

Happy New Year!

I began blogging just one short year ago today. I’ll begin the year by reviewing what was the best of the best in my first year of blogging. Most of you likely began reading my blog in the latter half of the year and didn’t get to see my early stuff (which is actually where many of my favorites originated). You’ll see that with many of the recipes (interestingly enough), it was my first time working w/ a specific ingredient. Moral of the story: trying new things is always a good thing! A rule I live by is ‘Why repeat a recipe? You’ve already had that!’… just about everything I end up making and blogging about is from a recipe I’ve never tried before. Scouring old food magazines and cookbooks, as well as trying new & unique ingredients keep cooking interesting and fun.

These were tough to choose since I only blog about recipes I’ve really enjoyed- I had 20, then I whittled it down to 12, then 10. I picked not just the most popular, but truly my faves. Click titles to go to the recipe.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Blogged Recipes in 2008:

Cappuccino Brownies- I made a few new brownies recipes this past year, but these were the WOW of the bunch.

Butterfinger Blondies- I brought these to a party and they were devoured immediately. They’re quite addicting!

Red Velvet Cupcakes (the Red Velvet Cheesecake was amazing too!!)- It was my first time making Red Velvet. Now I’m a huge fan!

Maple Apple Tartlets- These were inspired by my first-ever trip to an apple-picking orchard. I was really pleased with both how these looked and tasted, as well as how simple they were to make.

Meyer Lemon Loaf- This recipe (along with the Meyer Lemon Curd) made me fall in love with Meyer Lemons.

Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ White Barbecue Sauce- I made these for a Charger’s playoff party. We ended up losing the game, but I discovered a great, new recipe! These were a big hit with party-goers.

Sauteed Chicken with Olives, Capers & Roasted Lemons- I had never roasted lemons before… what a great flavor they impart, and this recipe was great.


Chicken Paillard with Fresh Fig Salad and Blue Cheese- Again, a first experience in cooking with fresh figs. I was impressed with this dish- so delicious.

Roasted Winter Squash with Browned Butter and Crispy Sage- First timer for me with acorn squash. I love the stuff now, and browned butter and sage made it perfectly wonderful.

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables- LOVED this salad. The roasted veggies were fabulous. It made a ton, and we ate it for days.

There you have it- the favorite new recipes of 2008. Makes me want to get right back into the kitchen and discover some more, which is what I’ll be doing this year.

May you have a Happy, Prosperous & Delicious 2009!

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31 Responses to “Ten Best Recipes of ’08”

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    Tanya — January 1, 2009 @ 4:47 PM

    Great list! I’m sure it was hard to choose out of so many great recipes!

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    Ievgen Verveiko — January 1, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

    Looks nice, i try to make something.

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    Judy@nofearentertaining — January 1, 2009 @ 4:59 PM

    Love all of those recipes!!! Can’t wait to try the Meyer Lemon loaf!

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    Half Baked — January 1, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    Love the list! Made the brownies a couple of months ago. They were great! I have a bag of Meyer lemons so I must try the Meyer lemon loaf. Happy New Year:)

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    Karen — January 1, 2009 @ 6:36 PM

    All wonderful recipes, can’t wait to make the Meyer Lemon Loaf (if that tree will ever produce!) I’m also drooling over the Cappuccino Brownies, they are calling my name.

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    SmilynStef — January 1, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

    Those Butterfinger Blondies have been a hit at my office … I’ll have to try a few more of these yummy looking dishes.

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    Aimée — January 1, 2009 @ 7:35 PM

    Wow, impressive line-up!! Thanks for sharing your favorites. Now I just need to get my hands on some Meyer Lemons.

    Happy New Year!!

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    noble pig — January 1, 2009 @ 8:44 PM

    Love the cupcakes! Thanks for all your inspirations in 2008…and Happy New year to you and your family.

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    Patsyk — January 1, 2009 @ 9:03 PM

    Nice list! Not sure how you narrowed it down, but those on the list look fantastic!

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    Snooky doodle — January 1, 2009 @ 9:19 PM

    wow how many ice recipes. my favorite is the cappucino brownies. i ll give them a try they loook so so yummy

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    Katrina — January 1, 2009 @ 10:04 PM

    Yum-Yum! Especially love those butterfinger blondies I’ve made serveral times now!
    Can’t wait for year 2 of Recipe Girl’s blog!

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    Laurin @ Laurin and Kelly Talk — January 1, 2009 @ 11:05 PM

    They all look fantastic and I’ll be trying several.

    Happy New Year!

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    Bunny — January 2, 2009 @ 2:44 AM

    You picked a great 10! I’ve got my eye on a couple of those!! Happy New Year!

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    Girl Japan — January 2, 2009 @ 3:06 AM

    cappuccino brownies… oh.. my oh my.. I am going to try your pinwheel cookies again.. they are the BEST butter cookies EVER. I wanted to know if I could use that base recipe for a tart cookie bottom? You are fabulous!!! And you inspired me!

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    Megan — January 2, 2009 @ 4:52 AM

    They all look good but the lemon loaf is speaking to me. If only I could find some Meyers lemons in N. Ca. Thanks for a great round up!
    Happy Blogavesary!

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    Grace — January 2, 2009 @ 10:47 AM

    frankly, everything you’ve done has been appealing to me. you provide a nice blend of savory and sweet, and the recipes are always doable. thanks, and keep it up! :)

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    VeggieGirl — January 2, 2009 @ 12:49 PM

    Brownies, blondies, cupcakes, a loaf, and squash – those are my favorites, for sure!! HOLY YUM!!! :-)

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    mswhit36 — January 2, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

    All of your recipes look so good. Can’t wait to try some of them.

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    Elle — January 2, 2009 @ 2:14 PM

    What a beautiful and delicious looking list! You know, i had no idea you’ve only been blogging for a year–when I first started reading your blog-like last February, I thought you were a seasoned pro already. You are amazing!

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    Mike of Mike's Table — January 2, 2009 @ 2:22 PM

    This is a great collection of the past year’s dishes. I was worried I’d come home from vacation with no ideas about what to eat…thankfully, not a problem any more! Now where to start…the brownies or the pulled pork?

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    Kara — January 2, 2009 @ 2:53 PM

    Love your “best of” lists… after you posted this one, I got motivated to look back at your best of 2007 lists, too! The only problem now is I have too many things I want to make! Happy 2009!

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    The Short (dis)Order Cook — January 2, 2009 @ 3:40 PM

    Great roundup. So many delicious ones in one post. Great sweets.

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    Nancy — January 2, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

    You are so very kind to have done this list AND this whole blog!
    I love it…

    Thank you.

    Nancy

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — January 2, 2009 @ 5:18 PM

    Wow, what beautiful dishes, Lori! I am sure that they were hard to pick out from all the other wonderful dishes you featured this year!

    Hope 2009 is just as yummy!

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    Clumbsy Cookie — January 2, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    Happy 2009, may this year be as delicious!

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    Ivy — January 2, 2009 @ 6:29 PM

    Happy New Year. Looking forward to your new recipes.

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    Gretchen Noelle — January 3, 2009 @ 1:59 PM

    These all look delicious! I am tempted to try those butterfinger blondies as I have leftover halloween candy still. Great round up Lori!

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    Debbie — January 3, 2009 @ 2:19 PM

    All the dishes look great. I want to try the Meyer lemon loaf…

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    Proud Italian Cook — January 4, 2009 @ 2:07 AM

    Lori, I cannot believe you’ve only been blogging a year! You have such an established blog, like it’s been here for years! Your food all looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 09!

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    henzy — February 5, 2009 @ 9:00 PM

    yummy..going to try those red velevet cupcakes for sure. Congrats on ur 1st blogiversary

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