Happy New Year!! I am kicking off 2013 with a look back at all of my favorite recipes of 2012. I tend to only post recipes that I love, so it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just a few favorites, but in no particular order here they are!


Meyer Lemon Rosemary Sticky Buns
I am so happy that it is Meyer lemon season again so that I can make these!  There is nothing quite as unforgettable as the smell of these babies baking in the morning.


Bulgur and Kale Casserole with Yogurt Topping
I proclaimed this as being my favorite recipe in all of January last year and I can still remember how hearty and delicious it was even though a whole year has passed.


Carrot and Tahini Soup
Melissa Clark is a genius when it comes to her soup recipes. Simple and satisfying.


Barley Risotto with Brussels Sprouts, Apples, and Champagne Honey Mustard
This recipe won a Saucy Mama recipe contest last year! The challenge was to create a new recipe using one of their mustards.  I don’t even like mustard and I still loved this risotto. That’s saying something.


Sweet Potato Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls
These sweet potato spinach pesto lasagna rolls were the first meal that I ever cooked for The.Boy. so they hold a special place in my heart and taste buds.  Not to mention that they are just downright delicious.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache
I also made these peanut butter and jelly cupcakes for The.Boy. to celebrate his birthday.  They contain pretty much all things good in this world.


Giant Chipotle White Beans
I didn’t realize how delicious this bean casserole would be, but between the smoky chipotle spice, the melted cheese, and the bread crumb topping it’s no wonder they were one of my favorites of 2012!


White and Dark Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Cookies
I know a lot of people are iffy about coconut in baked goods, but it really helps to add a great chewy texture to these cookies!


Baked Macaroni with Tomato Sauce and Goat Cheese
Every time I crave macaroni these days, I’m actually craving this dish.  The goat cheese somehow transforms this baked pasta dish into something magical.


Butternut, Carrot and Goat Cheese Tartlets
These tartlets were just pure magic. They take a lot of time to make…but they are worth it. So worth it.


Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Collard Greens
These black-eyed pea cakes from Cooking Light have all the best of southern flavor without all the calories!


Warm Fava Shallot Barley Salad
I love it when salads are big on flavor and texture and low on leaves. This warm fava shallot barley salad had the perfect amounts of both.


White Balsamic Custard Tart with Fresh Berry Topping
I made this tart for the 4th of July and it was a huge hit with my family. Plus it’s just so damn pretty.


Masa Crepes with Chard, Chile, and Cilantro
Are we all as shocked as I am that I managed to make crepes, of all things, without having a panic attack? These savory crepes seem intimidating but they were SO easy to work with and the chard, chile and cilantro filling was seriously addictive.


Chocolate Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream
This was my favorite crazy combination cupcake of 2012. The basil buttercream may seem a little weird but it really does pair perfectly with the chocolate cupcakes!


Tomato, Squash and Red Pepper Gratin
If you’re looking for a dish that tastes like summer – this is it.


Carrot Cake Ice Cream
I finally started using my ice cream maker this year and this was definitely my favorite ice cream that cake out of my kitchen!  Cheesecake ice cream with a brown sugar carrots swirled in.


Beer, Been and Cotija-Stuffed Poblanos
These stuffed poblanos were big on spice and flavor, which is just the thing that I am constantly craving!


Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Cupcakes
These were the last things I baked before my dad got sick, so I like to think there is something special about them.  Plus, peanut butter cups baked into mini cheesecakes? Can’t go wrong.


Lasagna Soup
The.Boy. has proclaimed this as his favorite thing that I have ever made for him.  And yes, it does contain fake meat.


Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts
Every component of this cake is absolutely amazing! A must-make for 2013.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Swiss Chard Pesto
The sweet potato and black bean combo is one that I’ve utilized before but the swiss chard pesto and the queso fresco definitely ties these all together.


Whole Wheat Carrot Gnocchi with Peas, Butternut Squash and Ricotta
These carrot gnocchi were pillows of gnocchi perfection!  And way easier to make than you would think.


Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Pomegranate Syrup
This is the ultimate holiday dessert…or really anytime dessert given how protein and antioxidant rich it is!


Apple, Leek and Gruyere Grilled Cheese
Of course I had to give some love to this grilled cheese! I may have created it just a few weeks ago but it was instant love.

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63 Responses to My Favorite 25 Recipes of 2012

  1. What a beautiful line up of delicious foods you have made. Good luck in 2013 Joanne and keep cookin’ and showing us what you got!

  2. I remember almost all of them, esp. that basil buttercream cupcake ;-))
    Joanne, I wish you a healthy and sweet 2013!

  3. Excuse my while I go stock up on ingredients for every single one of these recipes…

  4. It is so hard to pick your favourites, I understand. Everything looks so delicious! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013. 🙂

  5. Kevin says:

    Great roundup! You definitely had a tasty year!

  6. Simply Life says:

    ugh, so many great recipes! isn’t it fun to look back and see all the great food you’ve created and eaten!?!?! Happy New Year!

  7. Jessie says:

    A fantastic year of recipes for you, Joanne, as always! I want to start in on the peanut butter and jelly cupcakes … and the PB cheescake cupcakes … hmm, I’m noticing a definite trend here … 😉

    Happy New Year, Joanne!

  8. Yum! You just made me hungry!! All of your recipes look amazing! However the Butternut, Carrot and Goat Cheese Tartlets are calling me! I have to check out that recipe!! Happy New Years my Friend!!

  9. You had such an amazing year (cooking/baking wise) that I can barely keep up! Here’s to this one being even better! xo

  10. Hey Joanne, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wonderful roundup, I did notice that I don’t believe I saw any TOFU recipes! Good for you!

    I did take a minute to pin your Sweet Potato Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls… Looks especially good!

    Dave, who used to be Year on the Grill

  11. marla says:

    Love ’em all!! Happy New Year Joanne 🙂

  12. Amy says:

    It IS hard to pick favorites. Nobody would blame you if you had a Part II tomorrow, ya know 😉 I’ve had the Sweet Potato/Black Bean Burritos and Cotija-Stuffed Poblanos bookmarked forever. Happy New Year my love!

  13. Greek yogurt cheesecake. That is exactly what my birthday needs. Awesome sauce 🙂 and happy new year!

  14. Danielle says:

    oh my goodness – I am so hungry now after reading this and looking at these amazing pictures.

  15. Gloria says:

    Dear Joanne you made me remember some of your delicious recipes and someones of my favorites!! I have to bookmarked someones:)
    Happy New Year!

  16. I know what you mean, its like picking a favourite child, well in this case favourite 12 children. Having at least 12 children might create other issues, suppose its easier with recipes, bad analogy:)
    Have a great year ahead

  17. I will have a hard time picking favorites from your arsenal of fantastic recipes!! These are all making me very hungry… Happy New Year!

  18. I dont even know where to begin. The meyer lemon buns, the last gruyere grilled cheese, the banana cake, the PB cupcakes, the carrot cake ice cream (would be worth it to buy one just to make that!) – so many amazing things and all beautifully photographed!!

  19. Erica says:

    Wonderful list, Joanne! I love all your recipes and these are a great top 25! happy New Year!

  20. Natalie says:

    Great list of recipes! The PB cupcakes and Chipotle Beans look amazing! Pinning some of these 🙂 Happy New Year!

  21. love the line up! all so delicious looking and sounding! this page has been bookmarked for easy access to the recipes. happy new year girl! i know 2012 was both good and really tough to you but i am so proud of you and the way you are carrying on inspite of everything. all the best to you, your family, and the boy in 2013.

  22. OMG! You made some fabulous things this year. The sticky buns, and the carrot cake ice cream, and the white balsamic tart. Such unique treats that are so beautiful too. I bet you’ll make even better treats in 2013 🙂

  23. Great roundup! I literally want to make every one of these recipes:) The carrot and tahini soup looks especially amazing!

  24. I wish the screen was lickable because your recipes always looks so great!! Happy New Year!

  25. You picked some great ones, Joanne! Gorgeous photos and mouth-watering recipes. That grilled cheese is calling my name today.

    Happy New Year to you!

  26. Everything looks gorgeous and scrumptious, Joanne. 🙂 I especially love those Meyer lemon buns. Wow. They must smell HEAVENLY!! Happy New Year, luv! XO

  27. OohLookBel says:

    So many lovely healthy recipes you’ve posted! But I’m still *guiltily* pointing to the sweet ones and thinking they’re the heroes. Nice work, Joanne.

  28. Great list! I know I pinned some of these things to make back when you first posted them. I really need to get on tackling that list!

  29. Black eyed pea cakes with collard greens is perfect for today!!

  30. oh man, i’m seriously hungry after reading this!! it’s so hard to choose favorites, but you certainly have some gems 🙂

  31. Thank you for the recap! Believe it or not, I missed the cupcakes on the first ‘go round,’ somehow!

  32. Sarah says:

    What a list of recipes! And beauteous pictures as well. Happy new year!

  33. Hotly Spiced says:

    I can imagine it would have been impossible to narrow down the list as you have so many wonderful recipes. I just love the chocolate cupcakes with basil cream and the pomegranate dessert – such pretty colours xx

  34. I’m getting ready to head for dinner with my sweetie, and I’ve been fasting all day (I fully intend to eat whatever I want). So, looking at this collection of recipes is pure torture. What? How did I miss the carrot cake ice cream? Be still my heart. OMG! All of these look fabulous, of course, and that is why you’re on my blogroll. That ice cream…damn, you got me seriously thinking that winter or not, ice cream is appropriate during any season.

  35. iscribbler says:

    Not only do you create such creative dishes, but you also take beautiful pictures. This has been a hard year in many ways, but this list just proves that some goodness was also present. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to in my reader every morning! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure you get this all the time…but have you ever considered being a contestant on Masterchef? I’ve been recently obsessed and have watched all 3 seasons in 2 weeks…you would BLOW THE COMPETITION right out of the water!!!

  37. Reeni Pisano says:

    So many unique and delicious vegetable creations! And the desserts! Sigh. I need those pb & jelly cupcakes in my life. Immediately.

  38. Jayne says:

    That Bulgur and Kale Casserole with Yogurt Topping is getting me excited! I just bought a pack of bulgur wheat. Need to try this.

  39. That Girl says:

    I love those masa crepes!

  40. Kari says:

    I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to say this, but I share your round up favourites more so than the reader ones 😛 Both sets are gorgeous of course, but this set has more of my own favourites – just about all of the sweet ones, for a start!

  41. Suzie says:

    I don’t think there is much here I do not want right now. I love lasagna soup, mine is a different version but, I’m sure they’re still both good! Happy New Year!!

  42. Katie says:

    I’m not sure how that carrot cake ice cream escaped my notice the first time you posted it, but the situation will be rectified soon. I can’t wait to try it! Happy 2013!

  43. These recipes are making me seriously hungry! Happy new year!

  44. Nina says:

    Lovely collection Joanne. The carrot cake icecream caught my attention:). Wana try it now:). Happy new year to you!

  45. Cathleen says:

    Ooh, yum! I missed some of these! What a collection. Will be making some of these in the new year 🙂

  46. I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s, Joanne! And this here is such an amazing round-up! I think this is the year that I finally try kale so I can make a bunch of your awesome recipes 🙂

  47. Drool. I had to pin several of these. Just wish I’d seen those black eyed pea cakes before I ruined my new year’s day with a nasty pot of black bean soup-lol. Well I’ve got it pinned to “new year’s” so I’ll know better next year.

  48. That sticky bun and that grilled cheese, Joanne!! You cannot post these things for a pregnant lady to read and not have them delivered to my doorsetp! I kid… what a great year on this blog – can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store! Happy New Years!

  49. Esi says:

    Excellent roundup! Happy new year!

  50. Katerina says:

    Happy 2013 Joanne! Beautiful collection of recipes!

  51. Roz P. says:

    Joanne, you truly have one of the top 3 recipe round ups for 2012 and I certainly agree that these are delicious recipes! I apologize for not commenting lately . . . trust me, I have read each of your posts. We have had a stressful holiday season in Iowa with my father in the hospital since December 22nd. Double pneumonia and influenza on top of the lung cancer. One day at a time with strong faith in God’s will. I do think of you and your blog, hope that you had a lovely Christmas, and wish you a wonderful, Buon Anno!

  52. elly says:

    Happy new year, Joanne! You definitely had an awesome year of blogging. I already have so many of these recipes saved, I just wish I could eat like 6 meals a day so I could get through them all. 🙂

  53. Claire says:

    Joanne, I love your blog! It has led me to so many wonderful foods and encouraged me in running (I’m still working on 5Ks). I have been with you for many moons but the comment mechanism is blocked on my work computer. So I wanted to finally wish you well and offer you all my support (without comments but with frequent recipe use) in the future.

  54. london bakes says:

    A belated happy new year Joanne and thank you for such a delicious year!

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    I love new year for all the round ups but my bookmarks go crazy – just too many good dishes and I really want to make so much of this – happy new year and keep up the yumminess – it is so so so good

  56. Oh myyy thank you for putting 25 recipes up, not the standard 12 😉 And thank you for putting many with kale and goat cheese. And peanut butter. And ok everything on here is sooo amazing 🙂 Happy New Year!

  57. Beth says:

    I’m loving the looks of those beans, and the tacos. Either would be a great way to kick off a year of healthy eating!

  58. Lora says:

    Wow I love this round up. A showcase for beautiful, healthy eating.

  59. cindspectus says:

    Wow, I’m just saving this post and the last one so I can keep going back to them for recipes. Those black-eyed pea cakes look delish, I would love to make more Southern-but-healthy dishes!

  60. Ashley says:

    OMG. Great roundup! Remind me to stop looking at your blog at1am though 😉

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