My Favorite Recipes of 2011

I love countdowns and Best of’s…

I remember when I was growing up always secretly watching MTV’s countdown of the best music videos of the year. MTV wasn’t allowed in our house back then…and now with shows like Jersey Shore…ha ha…there’s no way it would be allowed now either.

So here’s my own G-rated countdown that even my mom would approve of. Yesterday I listed Your Favorite Recipes of 2011 and today are some of my favorites that may have gotten overlooked. I was pregnant most of 2011, so you were subject to my cravings and food aversions.

We did, however, share some of the same favorite recipes of 2011. For the first couple of months of my pregnancy it was hard for me to even look at food let alone actually cook anything, but I came back with a vengeance with I nearly ate this entire Peanut Butter “Cheese” Ball by myself. Then, all I wanted was something savory and this Bloomin’ Onion Bread was just what I craved. Finally, the S’more Cookies, come on…who wouldn’t love those.

It was so hard to choose but here are a couple more of my favorite recipes from 2011…

I tried to replicate a treat my husband had at work. We stuffed as much cookie dough into a cupcake as we could.
Dinner doesn’t always have to be extravagant. This is one of those meals with simple and fresh ingredients that I fell in love with.
Every time I make this recipe from my grandma, I almost eat the whole pan.

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu:

WAY easier than the traditional Cordon Bleu and just as tasty. This is a comforting meal that my family loves.

This molten lava cake is from one of our favorite restaurants, Roy’s. I was amazed when they actually gave me their recipe. Don’t ask how many of these I’ve eaten…
These are one of my all-time favorite muffins. No wonder they are all over the Internet. They are perfectly moist and full of spices with a cream cheese center.

Here’s another dinner that has made it into our regular dinner rotation. It’s hard to please picky eaters and this one made my whole family happy.

                                                      Cranberry Bliss Bars:

These chewy blondies are festive and unique. This Starbucks knockoff will be on my holiday baking list every year from now on.
Pregnancy proved to make me lazy or maybe just really tired. All I know is that I got some major mileage out of my crock pot this year. This was one of my favorites…

With just a few ingredients, I was surprised how easy and good these were. If you are scared of making cheesecake, these are the fool proof way to go.

Can’t wait to make some more food memories with you all next year. There are a lot of good things to look forward to in 2012!

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  1. Yum. That’s all.

    Where to even begin..I have been making Christmas crack, i.e. Saltine Toffee and going to town on it, too.

    And those stuffed muffins. I need to get busy on those!

  2. Oh boy! All of these look oh so very yummy!

  3. Those are some great picks! Happy New Year:-)

  4. I tried your slow cooker chicken caesar sandwiches, and they were amazing…they will be made A LOT in 2012!

  5. Happy New Year! Awesome round up of recipes!

  6. Every single one of these recipes looks amazing! What a tasty year you had 🙂

  7. What a great round-up of recipes! I tried many of them this past year! Glad 2011 was such a good year for you (welcoming your baby girl and all). Hears to wishing you another great year in 2012 (of course full of more tasty recipes)!

  8. Thanks for all the great recipes! We have tried so many and they are all great. Can’t wait to see what the New Year brings.

  9. I love to eat those food. yum!!!

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  10. I made those cranberry bliss bars and they are SO good. They will appear on my holiday table for a long time to come!
    Happy New Year!!!

  11. delicious pictures!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  12. Christy, it was so fun to get to meet you the other day!! And I think you’re adorable, no matter how you’re feeling. 🙂

    Thanks for all of the great ideas during 2011, and keep them coming!

  13. Oh boy! Those recipes are all classics! I have tried almost all of them, and I make them again and again! Thanks for sharing!
    Best wishes for 2012!

  14. I think I’ve made every one of these 🙂

    Great choices!

  15. I am so happy I found your Cooking blog in 2011! Happy New Year! And I saw your family picture in the Desert Book add we got in the mail! There was not an article about it, just a picture.. It was fun to see the picture and tell my hubby I got his favorite new cookie recipe from you! The oreo pudding cookies! thx!

  16. @rachel,
    It was so nice to meet you too. I think I had the flu because I felt awful. Sorry I was such a mess!

  17. @kelly,
    Interesting. No article? There was supposed to be an article about the nfl with it not about cooking:) I love those cookies!

  18. I keep ending up on your site via Pinterest, so I decided it was time I became a follower/subscriber. Then I just read that you went to BYU, and I love you even more!
    Congrats on your baby girl btw; we had 4 boys before getting our little princess. So fun, isn’t it!

  19. Feliz Año 2012. Todas las recetas del Top Ten son fabulosas. Saludos

  20. I’m going to have to go back & look at some of these – I must have missed them! They look so yummy. I too, saw your family pic in the Deseret Book flyer …. it was sort of floating above info on getting the SLTrib & Des News. It’s such a great picture of you guys!

  21. Oo thanks for reminding me about the slow cooker chicken caesar!

  22. It was just the Desert Book Add.. And there was a pic of your family were the time out for women add was.. Is there an article on line? I would Love to read it. My hubby also played in the NFL, he is a convert to our church. We were not active during his NFL carrer, But have since been sealed to our 3 boys. 🙂

  23. @Kelly,
    The article was a couple of months ago. Here’s the link:
    How neat that your husband played too whets his name and what team?

  24. Love your blog! So many great food ideas. I have a hard time choosing which ones to make!

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about the award process on my blog at in the Versatile Blogger post. Congratulations! And thanks for your awesome blog!

  25. Taco Pasta = made for me

  26. All of these look so yummy!

    You are amazing that you still have time and energy to keep up with your food blog….new baby and all!