Monday, December 31, 2012

Countdown to 2013-Most Viewed Recipes






Today is the day in Countdown to 2013 hosted by Finding Joy in My Kitchen to post our most viewed recipes.


Far and away the most viewed recipe on the blog in 2012.  Easy, quick and versatile.  Perhaps that is why.


The number 2 most viewed.  This is a great cookie for the lemon lover.

This came in at number 3.  I was a little surprised since I can not get meat to photograph well.  This recipe, however, makes a nicely seasoned roast.


This dessert is very near the top of hubby's most favorite recipes for 2012.  I love to cook with apples.


This was the first post for 12 Weeks of Christmas Sweets  All of the recipes I posted were based on this cookie mix.

This completes my countdown posts for 2012.  Here are links to the other countdown posts in case you want to check them out.


Thanks so much to all my followers and others who have visited my blog this year.  I so appreciate all of you.  Have a happy and safe New Years Eve.  I will see you in 2013.

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Countdown to 2013-Desserts


Yesterday we celebrated our family Christmas.  Due to family logistics, we almost always have to pick another day besides the 25th to celebrate with our kids and grandkids.  I did not get back to finishing this post on desserts.  Since the linky is still open over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen, I have decided to go ahead and finish it.

It is no secret that desserts are my passion, so here are a few I posted this years that I especially liked.


These are my absolute favorite peanut butter bar cookie, and the recipe was the first recipe I posted in 2012.  I had lost the recipe book that these were in for several years (Oh yeah, I can manage to do that.).  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I found the book so I could make them again.


I make these often when rhubarb is in season.  They almost make me want to grow my own rhubarb.  This is a unique recipe that people really seem to like.  They can be cut into larger squares and served as a dessert.  I had to use green rhubarb to make these.  They are much prettier when made with red rhubarb.


This is the dessert I created this year using my favorite no-machine ice cream recipe that takes sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream.  I try to make one new no-machine ice cream dessert each year.


This is a recipe I created for Improv Cooking Challenge which was very well received by friends and family.  It is a bit of a different way to use up zucchini.


Of course, with me being Cookie Monster's grandmother, you knew there would be lots of cookie recipes on the blog this year.  This is more candy, than cookie, I think, but oh so good.


I don't make many pies, but this one was a winner.  It is so nice to be able to make a fresh fruit pie during the winter.

That is a few of my favorite dessert recipes posted in 2012.  There are, of course, many more on the blog.

I am linking up to Countdown to 2013 over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

I will be back later with the 5 most viewed recipes of 2012.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Countdown ti 2013-Snacks and Appetizers


It is day 4 of Countdown to 2013 hosted by Sno White over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  I don't have many posts in either category, but I did post a few dip recipes.


This is a post to make homemade dip mixes.  There are recipes for Onion/Cheese, Curry, Bacon and Taco Dip Mixes here.


A tasty dip made with my perpetual green onions.


The homemade version of this popular cheese is less expensive, cheaper, and the herbs and seasonings can be adjusted for personal taste.


The sandwiches can be cut into smaller amounts and served as hot appetizers.


Love ranch dressing, love dill.  Putting them together gives me the best of both worlds.  

Remember there is still time to join in tomorrow and post your list of desserts from 2012.  

I am linking up to Countdown to 2013.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Countdown to 2013-Main Dishes


The subject for day 3 of Countdown to 2013 hosted by Sno White over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen is main dishes.  Since I only cook three nights a week due to my job, I tend to make roasts, casseroles, and one-dish meals so that hubby will have leftovers to fix on the nights I work.  Here are several recipes I shared in 2012.


Pork tenderloin is a pork cut that I use often.  I served this for our Valentine's Day dinner.  It is a take-off of the apricot jam, Catalina dressing and onion soup chicken recipes.  Hubby liked it a lot.


Sirloin tip roast is a beef cut that frequently appears on our table.  This recipe makes a very flavorful roast.


This was for Crazy Cook's Challenge and was based on a recipe from Plain Chicken.  It was a fun and different way to serve spaghetti which was enjoyed by all who ate it.


The original version of this recipe was my favorite meat loaf when I was a child.  Now that I am using the Chinese 5-Spice I like it even better.


I like to make oriental food at home.  Don't know why I don't have more posts of it.  This is my adaptation of a recipe from Soupbelly.


Since we had our turkey dinner the night before, this is what my hubby and son got on Thanksgiving.


My new favorite pork tenderloin recipe, and the best meat photo I have taken all year.

Going back through my posts for 2012 reminded me of many recipes that I need to make again.

There is still time to join in the Countdown to 2013.  Tomorrow is Snack and Appetizers and Sunday is Desserts.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Countdown to 2013-Soups/Breads


Day 2 of Countdown to 2013 hosted by Sno White over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen is Soups and Breads.  Since we have homemade soup for lunch at least 80 per cent of the time, I posted several soups recipes in 2012.


Low calorie and inexpensive this is a hearty soup even though it contains no meat.  It is among my hubby's favorite soups so I make it at least once a month.


This may be my favorite potato soup.  It uses browned breakfast sausage and make a ton so I am good for lunches for several days after I make this one.


This is a very hearty soup with barley and lots of veggies.


This was a post for Secret Recipe Club, and the original recipe came for It's Yummy to My Tummy Blog.  This may be my new favorite soup.

I didn't havet many bread recipes on the blog this years, but here are several recipes I posted that go great with soup.


Homemade crackers are great fun to make and go great with almost any soup.


Any of the Chex type cereals can make a nice change from bread cubes to use as croutons in soups or salads.  If rice or corn are used the croutons are gluten free.


Pita chips are very fast and easy to make at home, and any flavoring desired can be used.

Come back tomorrow for main dishes.  You can join us any day you like and post your own best recipes for 2012.  Just click on the graphic at the top of this post for the schedule.

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Countdown to 2013-Breakfast

I hope that everyone had a wonderful day of family, food and fun, and that Santa was very good to you this year.



For the remainder of the year I am joining Sno White over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen to countdown to 2013 by linking to some of my posts in specific categories.  Today’s subject is breakfasts.

Since there are just the two of us, and hubby does not usually eat breakfast, I posted only a few breakfast type dishes this year.  However, I am sharing what I did post.


I do eat oatmeal for breakfast quite often, and I love to eat this one.


This is good any time, but it does make a nice drink to have in the morning with some toast.  If you don't have the syrup on hand, you can use a flavored creamer instead of the plain one.


Oh how I love recipes with versatility.  Both this recipe and the next one have that aspect to them.  These are great to have on hand to warm up for a quick breakfast or lunch.


This is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It can be a side dish, meatless main dish or cooked meat can be added.


I had this with some toast for breakfast a lot when fresh rhubarb was in season.  I have some rhubarb in the freezer.  Think I will have to use a batch to make this.


This is a use for fruit juice that may have been drained from canned fruit to use the fruit in another recipe.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Greetings

FROM ME AND MY FAMILY TO ALL MY READERS AND THEIR FAMILIES,

MERRY CHRISTMAS

GRANDMA LOY

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Teresa’s Tropical Bars

 

Today's Saturday sweet will be the last post of 2012 for cookie recipes that use the Holiday Cookie Mix.  I do have more recipes but have decided to save them for 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats 2013.

I named this recipe Teresa’s Tropical Bars to honor my friend and coworker.  She is my taste tester and cooking muse.   When I take something for her to try, she will make a comment like, “I wonder what it would be like if?”.  I am then off and running with whatever she suggested to see what would happen.

When I took the Salted Mixed Nut Bars for her to sample, she wondered what the cookie might be like with white chocolate chips and coconut.  I then began to think about a cookie with other tropical things besides coconut.

The result is this recipe which features a shortbread-like crust with a toffee topping embedded with dried pineapple and papaya, broken banana chips, coconut, chopped macadamia nuts and almonds.  A tribute to the tropics.

I give a range for the cookie mix because, if I am using the last of the mix, I usually just use the amount that I have, although I would not use less than the 2 1/2 cups.  Use of a larger amount of mix will just make the crust thicker.

I used a package of dried pineapple and papaya that I found at the Dollar Tree.  It measured about 3/4 c. chopped.

 
Teresa’s Tropical Bars
2 1/2 to 3 c. Holiday Cookie Mix
1 pkg (11 oz.) white chocolate chips
1 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
2 T. water
1/2 t. coconut extract (opt.)
3/4 c. of a combination of chopped dried pineapple and papaya
1/2 c. broken dried banana chips
1/2 c. coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1 c. flaked coconut

Measure cookie mix into a foil-lined 10x13-inch jelly roll pan.  Pat out to cover the bottom evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees 10 minutes or till light golden brown.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool 5 minutes.  Sprinkle pineapple, papaya, banana chips and nuts over crust evenly.  Sprinkle coconut over the top.  Set aside.  Place  white chocolate chips, corn syrup, butter and water in a medium sauce pan.  Cook and stir over medium heat, melting chips and butter and bringing to a boil.  Boil and stir 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in coconut extract if using.  Quickly pour over mixture in jelly roll pan, spreading as evenly as possible.  Return to oven and bake 10-12 minutes.  Place pan on rack to cool.  Cut into 48 bars.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Finds

This is the last Friday Finds for this year.  Next week I will be participating in the Countdown to 2013.  Would love to have you join us over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  You can stop by for a day or join in all week.

Today, I am back to sharing recipes posted by bloggers who attend Online Blogcon.  I am having such a good time going through this list and discovering lots of new blogs.

Jesuis Almentageuse 

These wonderful looking confections are made of sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, and a little butter with some sprinkles on the top.   A great last-minute sweets idea.

Candy Girl

I think this is going to be the next new pork tenderloin recipe I try.  Recipes for one-dish meals are so great to have.  However, I must tell you to go check out the recipe for Pecan Pie Cheesecake!

The Freshman Cook

This is a recipe idea I had not seen.  Dried apricots are my favorite dried fruit.  This would be a wonderful gift paired with some homemade crackers.

The Domestic Rebel

With four different mint/peppermint candies, this must be the ultimate mint lovers treat.  My mouth loves this blog, my hips not so much.

Kitchen Meets Girl

I don't drink coffee, but I think this would be a great gift for someone who does.  Ashley also suggests using it with cocoa or pouring it over oatmeal.  Sounds like a fantastic idea.

As always the photos were taken by and are the property of the owners of the respective blogs represented.

That is going to conclude my Friday Finds for 2012, but I look forward to finding many more in 2013.    I am linking up to Friday Favorite Finds over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

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