Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread and The Other Top 11 Recipes of 2012

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It’s always fun to look back at the end of the year and see what recipes hit people with “I gotta make that now. Like RIGHT now.” Or at least “I’m going to Pin it and then forget about it. Like that DIY shower door miracle cleaner I never tried.”

The Top 12 Most Viewed recipes of 2012, as clicked on by you:

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

1. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread – It’s 2 parts pizza, 1 part finger food, and 3 parts awesome. I modified a recipe I found over at the lovely Annie’s Eats and then within 7 days of being posted, it became the most popular recipe I’ve ever, ever, ever posted. Like, ever. And it has stayed that way. Kinda like my embarrassing love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift songs.

Brie & Brisket Quesadillas

2. Brie & Brisket Quesadillas with Mango Barbecue Sauce – Thanks to the Crockpot, it’s a really easy – and a pretty fancy – dinner or appetizer. One of my all-time favorites from The Pastry Queen.

Fresh Strawberry Cake

3. Fresh Strawberry Cake – Real, from-scratch strawberry cake recipes are nearly impossible to find if you’re trying to make one without Jello and strawberry extract but this one is a friend & family (and internet) favorite.

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

4. Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries – Last summer, zucchini invaded my backyard and threatened to take down the Monarchy. With some breadcrumbs and some Ranch Dressing, I quashed the rebellion.

Green Monster Smoothie

5. Green Monster Breakfast Smoothie – A fresh, easy, and healthy way to start the day. It’s green – but it doesn’t taste like it!

Restaurant Style White Queso Dip

6. Restaurant Style Queso Dip – Most restaurants won’t tell you that the secret to their awesome white queso is white American cheese. But it is. And you can make it at home for less than $7 for a small bowl.

Homemade Margarita Mix

7. Homemade Margarita Mix – #7? C’mon, guys, this is way better than the pizza monkey bread! And you’ll want to stock your freezer so you can make these 20 (woah) flavored margaritas.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Creamy Jalapeno Ranch

8. Homemade Ranch Dressing – Skip the squeeze bottle and pull out your blender. You’ll never go back, I promise. And the variations (especially the Chuy’s version) are just as awesome.

Hot Asiago Crab & Artichoke Dip

9. Hot Asiago Crab & Artichoke Dip – We recreated – and improved – a brewery favorite appetizer. It’s killer. And uses a reduced fat base so it’s better than the original in pretty much every single way.

CrockPot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

10. CrockPot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw – The greatest thing to ever come out of my Crockpot, courtesy of the beautiful Tina from My Life as a Mrs.

Dr. Seuss Cupcakes

11. Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 & Thing 2 Cupcakes – The attention-getter at my daughter’s Cat in The Hat Birthday Party this year.

Healthier Stove Top Mac & Cheese Healthier Stove Top Mac & Cheese Healthier Stove Top Mac & Cheese

12. Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese – 4-ingredients to stove top mac & cheese perfection. The secret to our better-for-you mac & cheese is fat-free Greek yogurt – it’s loaded with protein and makes a creamier sauce. And the variations are endless (challenge accepted).

That’s it! The Top 12 for 2012. Thanks for making 2012 such a happy blogging year!

11 comments… add one
  • The Korean Beef Tacos will be in my belly in the next week. They sound amazing! How did I miss them the first time around?! Thanks for the compilation! You’re going to post your favorites of the past year, right?!

  • I have a chuck roast in the freezer with the Korean tacos written all over it. Can’t believe I haven’t made them yet! I was looking over my personal favorites for the year, and I’m embarrassed to admit that half of them were booze related.

  • Beverly

    so much wonderful all in one place!

    BTW, those brisket tacos are going in the crockpot ASAP:-)

  • I’m happy you posted this because I somehow missed the Korean tacos. I have to try those! And a bunch of these other recipes. They all look great. And fun, too. 🙂

  • How did I miss that homemade ranch dressing? And the fresh strawberry cake? And why do I, too, have a love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift songs? It’s so humiliating.

  • It’s truly absurd how many of these I’ve had pinned for FOREVER and haven’t made yet. I need to get on it!

  • I’ll take one of EVERYTHING!!!! 🙂 Girl you sure know how to make me drool with your yummy recipes and DROOL-worthy photos! Happy 2013 my friend!

  • I would be so happy with all of the above as an afternoon spread. Yumm!!! Can’t wait to see what you whip up in the coming year.

  • Kelsey

    What a delicious year, Shawnda. Here’s to an even tastier 2013!

  • Rebecca A.

    Great top 10. The strawberry cake was my grand-father’s 90th birthday cake, which my aunt loved so of course I directed her to your website. I can’t wait for strawberries to come back into season so I have another excuse to make that cake. (oh, and we had it with white chocolate frosting).

  • Great Roudup! I enjoy your blog so much!

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