Ten Best Recipes of 2009

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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 🙂

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Shannon wrote:

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

  • Kelly wrote:

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


  • Kerstin wrote:

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

  • Cheryl wrote:

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

  • ingrid wrote:

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

  • megan wrote:

    I adore this blog! Happy Birthday!!!

  • Alona wrote:

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

  • Mark Boxshus wrote:

    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


  • Susan @ SGCC wrote:

    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!

  • Lauren wrote:

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

  • Lazzy wrote:

    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!