Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Banana Bread- I've made this too many times to count this year. Mark has learned to grab a slice quick before it's all gone. 

Sweet Potato Hash- This recipe wins surprise of the year. I wasn't too excited about it when Angela told me I needed to make it but it turned out to be a meal I couldn't get enough of. I think I went for thirds.

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches- I made this for dinner swap and had fun with different meats, adding high-class cheez whiz on some, horseradish sauce on some, etc. YUM

Carnitas- Totally amazing. Makes a lot so serve to people you want to make friends with :)

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches- The Mojito mayo in these babies is totally awesome. I always carmelize the onions

Pork Ragu- Perfect dish to serve company

Tarraon and Dill Soufle- I also made this one a lot. Great for a potluck breakfast/brunch, breakfast for dinner, community group meal, etc.

Honey Lime Fruit Salad- This was a fun new staple for the summer. The lime! Love it.

Chicken Chorizo Tacos- Get some fully-cooked all-natural pork chorizo for these amazing tacos (PCC market, whole foods, etc)

Coconut Shrimp- Great flavors and easy to throw together

Did you have any favorites from Bites this year that didn't make my top 10?

Week of December 23rd, 2013

BBQ chicken sandwiches

Dinner at my sister's

Christmas dinner- ham, green beans, salad, mashed potatoes


*Artichoke Mustard chicken- Thank you Beth for the recommendation! We LOVED this. Totally worth making.

Ham Bone White Bean soup

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Week of December 16th, 2013

*Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burgers- Totally worth making

*Homemade Refried Bean Burritos- my first shot at homemade refried beans, I doubled it. I will be making this recipe again!

*Honey Mustard Chicken- Thanks Kelsey for the recommendation! This was fantastic. I loved the dipping sauce.

*Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche- Interesting crustless quiche. It had a lot going on inside so it was really hearty

*Carnitas- AMAZING 5 Stars

Quick dinner with kids before electric boat date- leftovers

Out to Eat before snowflake lane

*Peaches and Cream French Toast- it was good but not as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Blueberry French Toast is much better!

* = new recipe

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week of December 9th, 2013

This week we had our dear friends the Paynes in town. It is always fun to share our love of cooking together!

Grilled Mojito Chicken Sandwiches- I had to share one of my favorite recipes of the year with them.

*Bow-tie pasta with butternut squash, spinach and mushrooms- Thanks Jaime for the recipe recommendation! I don't make dishes which feature lots of mushrooms often because Mark isn't the biggest fan. It was fun to plan this for lunch one day when Angela was visiting because I knew she could appreciate it with me.

*Potato, Chicken and Green Beans- One of Angela's easy one-pot meals (don't forget to plan for it to be in the oven for an hour)

*Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese with caramelized onions- yum. Couldn't find challah bread but it was still delicious on normal wheat bread

*Thai Green Curry Meatballs- Will definitely make again. Not too spicy for the kids

Dinner out at Chipotle

*Eggnog Baked Oatmeal- It was tasty. The carmelized bananas were really what made it. If I make it again I will skip the egg nog because I couldn't really taste it and just do the carmelized bananas.

*Cinnamon Bun White Hot Chocolate- Infusing the milk with cinnamon sticks totally made a difference.

* = new recipe

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week of December 2nd, 2013

I was running low on meal planning ideas so I turned to a few friends for suggestions this week.

Hamburgers with homemade buns

*Parmesan Pea Risotto- Thanks Kristi! I added about 3X the parmesan. The whole family loved it!

Community Group

*Skillet Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos- Thanks Becky! Delicious!

*Asian Beef Wraps- Thanks Beth! Our family devoured these! (I left out the fish sauce)

*Martha Stewart Spinach Salad- Thanks Lisa! I used the herb salad mix from TJs, pears instead of apples, and raisins instead of dried cherries.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham- we're FINALLY done eating the leftover Thanksgiving ham :)

* = new recipe

Monday, December 2, 2013

Week of November 17th, 2013

*Rosemary White Bean Soup- thanks for the recommendation Jentry!

Community Group- taco night

*Veggies and Cheese Pasta Bake- thanks for the recommendation Angela! (Add more salt/pepper than the recipe calls for)

*Eggs Benedict in Puff Pastry- Mark liked it as much as I thought he would

Dinner at the Mullaneys

Dinner at a parenting conference

Chocolate Banana Bread- Again :)


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