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January 4, 2010

2009 Recipe Round Up

Before we jump in to 2010 I always like to round up the year before with a little recipe round up and share my favorite recipes from each month. This year I couldn't come up with just one for each month because there were so many I loved! So you're getting three for the price of one!

Overall 2009 was MUCH better than 2008 around our house. What was it with 2008 that was just so horrible for so many people? That is not a year I want to relive! Here's hoping that 2010 is even better than even 2009!

Now let's get started with that round up!

January:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars

So this obviously isn't something you would want to make every day because seriously...Calories! But oh my these are good! If you're looking for something a little bad and oh so good, then look no further...You've found it!

Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love blueberries and white chocolate. We had cookie Sunday at church and I wanted to make something just a little bit different and this is what I came up with. These are familiar and comforting, yet not your standard cookie. They are just perfect to share!

Do It Yourself Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

Do It Yourself Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

What is better than a big cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day? If you want hot chocolate with a twist then this is the cocoa for you! Why venture out in the cold to Starbucks when you can make it at home yourself?

February:

Beggar's Stew:

Beggar's Stew

I love soups and stews. They are a nice, hearty, yet mostly healthy way to enjoy a meal, especially when it's cold outside. This stew was something I had been thinking about for a while and it came together very nicely.

Baked Maryland Crab Cakes:

Better Bites: Baked Maryland Crabcakes

When you think of Maryland you often think of crabs. And more often than not crab cakes are what pop in to view. This version is just as good as the deep fried variety with a healthier twist. Who says you can't make something better for you and keep the taste?

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese:

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

This one was a hit even with Jamison, who obviously it was designed for. People automatically assume that gluten free is dull, but trust me on this one...This is anything but!

March:

Cinnamon Buns:

Cinnamon Buns: Yummy Bite

Who doesn't like a good, ooey, gooey, cinnamon bun? I certainly do! Another sometimes treat, but oh so good when that sometimes rolls around.

Swedish Meatballs With A Twist:

Swedish Meatball With A Twist

So what's the twist you ask? I made them with ground chicken instead of beef and let me tell you I think I liked them better that way!

Irish Brown Bread:

Irish Brown Bread

What's Saint Patrick's Day without a little brown bread? Trust me...This one is good! Serve with a little Irish butter and you're set!

April:

Nachos:

Nachos

I'm a huge fan of Mexican food and one of my favorite things to do is whip up some loaded nachos. They are easy, quick and delicious. Perfect!

Chocolate Sheet Cake:

Chocolate Sheet Cake

A childhood favorite. My one change though is no cinnamon. I think it tastes better without that addition.

Yeast Rolls à la Dianne:

Yeast Rolls

I don't make yeast rolls that often now that Jamison can't have gluten but once in a while when we have company I do like to whip up a batch. This version is just perfect. It's too bad Jamison can't enjoy them too.

May:

Blueberry Cashew Granola:

Blueberry Cashew Granola

Homemade granola is extremely easy to make. I love it because you can control exactly what goes in to the mix and as far as I'm concerned it's always nice to know what you're eating! This version utilizes dried blueberries to make a very satisfying mix. What's better than that?

Spicy Black Beans and Shrimp:

Spicy Black Beans and Shrimp

There is a common misconception that something that is good for you has to taste bad, but that is definitely not the case! This dish is a hearty, yet healthy meal that is just perfect all by itself or paired with a tossed salad. Yum!

Strawberry Asparagus Salad:

Strawberry Asparagus Salad

When we started getting weekly bundles from our CSA last season I had some really fabulous, fresh, organic produce to work with! I love asparagus, it's one of my all time favorite vegetables and there is nothing like a fresh, ripe strawberry. This salad is a simple, healthy dish that makes a fabulous side dish.

June:

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt:

Ice Cream Week Meets Better Bites: Frozen Strawberry Yogurt

This was my first attempt at frozen yogurt and I must say I was very pleased with the result. My sister was too, since I shared it with her and all! ;oP

Stir Fry:

Better Bites: Stir Fry Two Ways: Shrimp

Stir Fry is a very versatile, healthy alternative for dinner. Throw in the vegetables and/or meat that you like and pair with some brown rice and you've got the perfect meal!

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies:

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These are a fabulous little gluten free cookie that come together quite easily. Trust me...You'll never miss the gluten!

July:

No Cook Blueberry Jam:

No Cook Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. Actually they probably are just straight up my favorite fruit and over the past few years I've developed an affinity for blueberry jam. This jam takes fresh blueberries and allows you to make a fabulous jam without even cooking the fruit. How simple is that?

Two For One: Gazpacho Salad or Gazpacho Soup:

Soup:

Gazpacho Soup

Salad:

Gazpacho Salad: You Can Stop Here or Proceed to Make Soup!

This was my first attempt at gazpacho and I have to say I'm hooked! It's the perfect summer treat in soup or salad form! It's also the perfect way to use up abundant vegetables in the summer. The soup also freezes well.

Bread Salad:

Bread Salad

This is a slightly sinful, yet really delicious salad. It's another way to use those summer vegetables when the harvest is bountiful.

August:

Squash and Zucchini Fritters:

Squash and Zucchini Fritters

Another instance of playing around with my summer vegetables. These would be perfect as an appetizer or used in place of hush puppies. They are fabulous!

Frozen Blueberry Margaritas:

Cocktail Time! Frozen Blueberry Margarita

Margaritas are one of my favorite drinks, and blueberries are as I've mentioned before a favorite too, so I decided to combine them. Loved this creation! I'll definitely be making them again.

Pan Seared Salmon With Tomato Avocado Relish:

Better Bites: Pan Seared Salmon With Tomato Avocado Relish

Growing up I was not a fan of salmon. The only instance of it I had tasted was canned salmon and I have to say I just wasn't a fan. A few years ago I tried a salmon fillet and fell in love immediately! This version pairs salmon with a relish that just blends together perfectly.

September:

Pumpkin Mousse With Honeyed Sugar Pecans:

Pumpkin Mousse With Honeyed Sugar Pecans

Pumpkin is another all time favorite. I decided this fall it would be fun to take some roasted pumpkin and make mousse and loved the result! This is relatively simple, yet very impressive and delicious. That's my idea of a fabulous dish!

Eggplant "Fries" with Creamy Onion Dip:

Eggplant "Fries" with Creamy Onion Dip

Eggplant is also a recent addition to my diet. A few years ago I bought one just because I couldn't ever remember ever actually eating one other than possibly an eggplant Parmesan in the far distant past. This summer we got several eggplant in our CSA bundles and I wanted to try something new. This is the resulting dish and I will definitely be making them again come summer.

Chocolate Cake à la Alexis:

Chocolate Cake à la Alexis

If you've been around Dianne's Dishes for a while you know I'm a huge fan of kids in the kitchen. It teaches them valuable life skills that they will use as they grow. It also encourages creativity. This cake came about one day when Alexis told me she wanted to make a cake and told me what we should put in the cake itself. I figured out the amounts and the cake was born! It's really good too.

October:

Caramel Apple Cider:

Caramel Apple Cider

What's October without a little cider? I love it when the local farms start putting out their yearly batches! This is my take on Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice and it's delicious!

Cheese Fondue:

Cheese Fondue

Fondue is a blast to play around with and cheese fondue is one of my all time favorites! It's easy to make and fun and delicious to eat.

Baked Apples:

Baked Apples

Another thing I love about Fall are all the local apples! This is a very simple, yet delicious twist on the classic baked apple. What's not to like?

November:

Creamy Spinach Noodles:

Creamy Spinach Noodles

This is a fast, easy, comforting pasta dish that you can throw together in no time. It's just perfect for a busy day!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls:

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This is another one I've had dancing around in my head for a while. I really liked how they turned out! A definite make again sort of thing. I mean pumpkin...What's not to like??

Broccoli Cheese Soup:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I always assumed that Broccoli Cheese Soup would be hard to make and thus didn't attempt the feat. In fact though it's really easy. This is a delicious, hearty soup that is just perfect for that cold winter day!

December:

Pumpkin Pound Cake:

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Another pumpkin creation for Thanksgiving because I seriously just can't get enough pumpkin! This was really fabulous!

Classic Pecan Pie:

Classic Pecan Pie

This was my first time making a pecan pie. Yet another thing I assumed was complicated when in fact it wasn't. Another very sometimes food, but very good none the less!

And last but not least possibly my favorite creation of the year....

Gingerbread Fangtasia!:

Gingerbread Fangtasia

A good gingerbread recipe, some candy and a little imagination ends up with a fabulous result! Throw in Eric, Sookie and Bill and you've got a little gingerbread vampire bar of your very own! ;oP

And so that sums up 2009. Bring on 2010! Happy New Year everyone! May it be a blessed year for you all. I'll be back tomorrow with a new recipe. Until then...

Posted by Dianne at January 4, 2010 11:38 AM

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Comments

All of your recipes look delish... way to go!!

Blessings-
Amanda

Posted by: Amanda at January 4, 2010 4:14 PM

I'm officially starving now!

Beautiful!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!

Posted by: Allie at January 4, 2010 7:34 PM

Thanks Amanda and Allie!

Posted by: Dianne at January 5, 2010 4:44 PM

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