Ten Best Recipes of 2009

Another year is coming to a close.  The RecipeGirl.com site has been up since mid 2006, but this blog portion of the site is turning just 2 years old tomorrow.  Launching the site (and especially the blog) was a most fabulous idea, it has fueled my passion for food & cooking & creativity in the kitchen, and it has brought me some unique opportunities.  I’ve met amazing friends in the world of food blogging… friends I feel like I could call up and say, “Hey, can I come for a visit tomorrow?” and they’d be clearing out their guest room for me and welcoming me with open arms.  Happy Birthday to my little blog.  It brings me a great amount of joy to write about food, photograph it and share my experiences with my readers.  Looking forward to an even brighter 2010… Happy New Year Dear Readers!

Here are my top picks for 2009- recipes I featured on the blog that were so good I still dream about them.  Click recipe titles to reach the recipe.

I’m a little obsessed with brown butter.
Kahlua Brownies
Fudgy Kahlua Brownies with Brown Butter Icing: I sent these with my husband for a Poker Night w/ the guys. They raved about them, and I managed to sneak a few amazing nibbles too.
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Browned Butter Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are a spin on Alton Brown’s The Chewy. I’m not a huge chocolate chip cookie fan, but I loved these & couldn’t stop eating the dough.
brown butter cornbread
Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese & Thyme: Just an amazing, unique cornbread recipe that is terrific with chili.

I had fun working with Puff Pastry, and two of the recipes that I created for them happen to fall in my best-of-the-year!
Peanut Butter Smores Turnovers
Peanut Butter S’Mores Turnovers: My little mind went to work and decided that S’Mores would be delicious all melty inside of Puff Pastry. I was right- loved these!
Margarita Shrimp Bites
Margarita Shrimp Bites with Southwestern Sauce: Friends gobbled these down quicker than I could bake them at a party that we hosted. Loved that they were colorful too!

Here are three family favorites with repeated requests for me to make again (which I don’t usually do!)
Creamy Gruyere & Shrimp Pasta: decadent & yummy (but actually from Cooking Light!)
Roasted Butternut Squash w Garlic Sage  Pine Nuts
Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Garlic Sage & Pine Nuts: So good, I’ve made this three times and included it as a side to our Christmas Eve Dinner too.
Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread 1
Cinnamon- Chip Banana Bread: If you can locate cinnamon chips, use them in this banana bread. Good stuff!

My personal favorite:
Chickpea & Spinach Salad w/ Cumin Dressing: This salad from Ellie Krieger is so unique and healthy. I loved making it for lunch… just for me.

And finally one from Beth Lipton’s new cookbook, “You Made That Dessert?”
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars: These were tough to stop eating. Oreos & cheesecake together… big time bonus- a lovely recipe from Beth.

I wish you health, wealth & happiness in 2010, and may you discover many wonderful things in your kitchen too! Happy cooking, happy baking, happy life 🙂

33 Responses to “Ten Best Recipes of 2009”

  1. postedDec 31, 2009 4:17 AM

    okay…i have not tried this brown butter thing..and I am interested in it for sure…hmm…those cookies look delicious…its too early to be looking at your delicious recipes…haha
    Happy New Year!

  2. postedDec 31, 2009 4:55 AM

    I’ve never baked with brown butter before! Love the PB smores!

  3. postedDec 31, 2009 5:11 AM

    Happy New Year! I’m a new-ish follower to your blog, and it’s so great to see a recap of your recipes. Looking forward to many more… especially if they look as gooey and delicious as those pb s’more turnovers!!

    • postedDec 31, 2009 6:38 AM

      Megan- Thanks! I promise to make lots more delicious things in 2010 🙂

  4. postedDec 31, 2009 5:32 AM

    Happy birthday to the blog Lori!! 🙂 I think I may make that cornbread tonight…

  5. postedDec 31, 2009 7:32 AM

    Fabulous look back at 2009, Lori! I’m bookmarking this page so that when I want to splurge I can easiy find those brownies!

  6. postedDec 31, 2009 7:38 AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Those recipes look wonderful!! I had something of a brown butter kick this year, too. Golly that stuff is magic!

  7. postedDec 31, 2009 7:49 AM

    Happy birthday to your blog! I love the sound of that spinach and chickpea salad, looks amazing!

  8. postedDec 31, 2009 7:49 AM

    I’m going to just go ahead and say that I want to make everything on this list, as soon as possible! Since I have yet to experience the wonders of brown butter, I’ll get on those brownies first.
    Happy New Year (and happy birthday, blog!)

  9. postedDec 31, 2009 7:55 AM

    Happy Birthday to your blog, Lori! I really enjoyed reading your blog this past year. It’s one of my favorites!

    All these recipes look amazing; I just wish I had some of that Creamy Gruyere and Shrimp pasta right now! It’s good to know that’s from Cooking Light, since that’s what I’ll be focusing on for Ten in 10!!

  10. postedDec 31, 2009 8:14 AM

    What a fantastic selection of recipes! I’d gladly indulge in any one of them right this minute.

    And Happy Bloggy Birthday!

  11. postedDec 31, 2009 8:40 AM

    Happy Birthday little blog and Happy New Year Lori! Everything looks so good. I’m wanting that Gruyere and shrimp dish!

  12. postedDec 31, 2009 9:26 AM

    Happy blogoversary!! And these photos look wonderful! I don’t know which one to make first!! Happy New Year.

  13. postedDec 31, 2009 9:40 AM

    Congrats on your blogs 2 year birthday!! That is so awesome. These photos of your top picks of the year are irresistible!! Thank goodness I am looking at these treats through my computer screen. Good thing my eyes can enjoy everything without taking in the calories! I too love browned butter in my sweets and savories. If I were to splurge on one of these treats I think it would be the Kahlua brownies.
    I want to give the butternut squash and the chickpea salad a whirl when I return home from vacation. Happy New Year!!

  14. postedDec 31, 2009 9:49 AM
    Richard T

    Hi Lori, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your life’s journey with us on this blog, I am a new reader as well, but always look forward to your posts!

    Haven’t yet made any of your recipes, they all look so good…where to start?!? I will in 2010, though!

    I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

    Take care…

    Richard T
    Dallas, TX

    • postedJan 1, 2010 7:06 AM

      Thanks Richard- what a sweet comment. You made my day!

  15. postedDec 31, 2009 9:57 AM

    I might just be dreaming about these recipes tonight. They all look fabulous! Happy Blog Birthday and best wishes for a wonderful 2010!

  16. postedDec 31, 2009 10:46 AM

    Mmmm, brown butter. Happy blogoversary!

  17. postedDec 31, 2009 11:17 AM

    Happy Bday to your blog! I’ve been a follower for a while and really enjoy it and love your recipes!

  18. postedDec 31, 2009 12:57 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday and New Year! I’m glad I met you in 2009 =).

  19. postedDec 31, 2009 3:51 PM

    Happy blog birthday, happy new year! It’s been fun getting to know you a little better via twitter! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you have coming for 2010!

  20. postedDec 31, 2009 4:06 PM

    congratulations! I love to peek in at your blog. Your salad with the chickpeas looks good (probably good for new years resolutions!)

  21. postedDec 31, 2009 4:57 PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments thusfar! Your talents have spread around the world and we are all thankful for that! I can’t wait to try some of your best of 2009. Keep up the fantastic job and we’ll be in touch in 2010!

  22. postedDec 31, 2009 5:17 PM

    Congrats on two years – thats fantastic! Everything looks delicious and I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings!

  23. postedDec 31, 2009 10:01 PM

    Wow! I’m drooling, and I just ate a full dinner! Happy Blogiversary, Lori, and Happy New Year to you and your family as well. I hope your 2010 is filled with wonderful and delicious new adventures!

  24. postedJan 1, 2010 5:30 AM
    Mark Boxshus

    Lori, you ROCK. Love your blog and reviewing your recipes. I’ve tried several of your creations, and love your Shrimp and Gruyere dish. De-Lish! Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday


  25. postedJan 1, 2010 5:58 AM

    Happy blog birthday, happy new year! Everything looks delicious!))))

  26. postedJan 1, 2010 7:06 AM

    I adore this blog! Happy Birthday!!!

  27. postedJan 1, 2010 6:05 PM

    Happy Blogiversary! Hope 2010 is even bigger and yummier for you.

  28. postedJan 1, 2010 8:05 PM

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait for your posts in 2010!

  29. postedJan 1, 2010 9:37 PM

    Mmm, everything looks great! Happy Blogiversary and New Year!

  30. postedJan 3, 2010 8:34 PM

    Happy New Year and Blogoversary 😀 The kids and I love your recipes 😀


  31. postedJan 14, 2010 6:58 AM

    Can’t forget the Milky Way Brownies either!! mmm you always make me drool Lori!

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