You Made That? Top Recipes from 2012

by Suzanne on December 31, 2012

in Tidbits & Miscellaneous

Well it’s been a good year over all for You Made That? blog.  I’ve had fun cooking and baking this year, believe it or not I made a goal to try to do more cooking and less baking.  I thought I did okay on that goal but there is plenty of room for improvement   My creativity just doesn’t come easily for cooking but it does for baking.  I again will make the goal to cook more and bake less since the more baking I do the more eating of it I do :).

It’s hard to believe that this blog is almost 3 years old {in April}. Each new year I  learn more about cooking, blogging and photography.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and I’ve met some really wonderful people through blogging that I call friends.  I also appreciate my readers those who comment and those who silently support me. In the picture below I share the high lights from the year and then a few of my all time favorite recipes from the year, finally what readers said by statistics of course is their favorite.  Do you have a favorite recipe from You Made That?   Let me know what your  favorite recipe from this past year was.

Aunt Cyndi’s Fresh Apple Cake
Homemade Granola
Rocket Rolls
Chocolate Lover’s Fudge Brownies
Chocolate Almond Pudding
Homemade Soft Bread Sticks
Chocolate Banana Bread
Greek Quinoa Salad
Italian Lentil Soup
White Texas Sheet Cake
Light Fruity Orzo Salad with citrus Vinaigrette
Berry Protein Shake
Peanut-butter Cup pie
Lemon Olive Oil Roasted Carrots
Low-fat Eggplant Parmesan
Italian Cream Cake
Honey Lime Ginger Chicken thighs
Berry Yogurt Parfaits with Granola
Chocolate covered nut brittle
Blueberry Hand Pies
Easy Apple Walnut Pastry with Buttermilk sauce
Citrus Candied Nuts
Grilled Portabellos stuffed with quinoa & veggies
Roasted garlic, avocado, tomato chicken melt

My favorite recipes from this year are hard to narrow down to three but hard to believe I didn’t pick three sweets:

3) Low-fat eggplant parmesan that I shared on The Mother Huddle it is so flavor packed and delicious.

2) Steamed Top Neck Clams are easy, flavorful beyond belief and I really can’t believe I made these and liked them!

1)  Italian Cream Cake is rich and full of coconut and pecans and super moist with a creamy frosting you will love.

Now for the top 5 recipes that were most popular:

5) Roasted sweet potatoes and applesnot so likely to cook these together but it’s healthy, delicious and can be flavored the way you like by adding more sugar and spice and everything nice.

4) Rocket RollsAll I have to say is I love, love, love these rocket rolls and so glad I found the recipe it’s a must make one.

3) Photo a day challengethis one surprises me, I’d like to think that tons of people like my photos but I know the reason why it’s in the top 5 is that people google search for photo a month challenge.  If you haven’t tried a photo a month challenge then you should it’s fun and more challenging than you might think.

2) Homemade Granola thanks to my friends on pinterest this one has recently been noticed and soared to the top, you will love this recipe, it’s easy, versatile and delicious.

1) Warm Bacon & Cheese dip– this one is a total fluke to me because my sister-in-law is the one who made his lovely dip and it was so tasty that I snapped the photos and put it on my blog.  How could anyone not like warm bacon and cream cheese mixed together, it’s so not calorie free but oh so worth it.

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1 Sandra's Easy Cooking December 31, 2012 at 12:24 am

So mouthwatering!!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!

2 Suzanne December 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

thank you Sandra same you and your beautiful family!!

3 Valerie December 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

It was a pleasure to have found your blog, Suzanne! All of your recipes (and photos!) are amazing…I hope you won’t stray too far from the oven this coming year. ;D

Happy New Year to you and your family!

4 Suzanne January 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Valerie, I am so happy to have found you as well, you are quite amazing baker yourself.

5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

Happy New Year, Suzanne! All of these recipes look delicious! 🙂

6 Suzanne January 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thank you Laura, happy new year to you too!

7 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

All of these look wonderful! Happy New Year!

8 The Café Sucré Farine January 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

Happy New Year Suzanne! I’m so happy to have gotten to know you this year in blogland! I love all your recipes and have no idea how you find the time to blog with, not only your children but also a foreign exchange student. I have loved all your recipes but looking at these photos I have to say that, after looking at these delicious photos, I’m torn between the yummy looking granola and those stunning apples and sweet potatoes!

9 Patty January 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Suzanne!
It’s a good thing I just had breakfast!!!! Your recipes and photos are fantastic 😉
Your cake looks too pretty to cut into and anything with eggplant that’s lower in fat is going on my recipe to try list!
Here’s to 2013 and more mouthwatering recipes! It’s been great following and getting to know you this year;-)

10 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers January 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Your choices made me very hungry! They look so good! I am so glad I met you this year Suzanne and I also had the pleasure of working with you on the guest post. Happy New Year and wishing you the best this 2013!

11 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Such a great year that you had! Love the fluke of the bacon dip – thinking I will make that for the Super Bowl!

12 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

It has been great getting to know you and your blog in 2012! Look forward to 2013 and all of the tasty treats you will be making. I can see why your dip was number one – anything with bacon is always a winner! Happy New Year!!!

13 Sophie January 4, 2013 at 6:03 am

What amazing & appetizing best of your recipes 2012! Yeah! I really love your cool blog & your grand & stylish pictures too! Your recipes rock! 😉 xxx
I wish you a happy 2013 filled with tons of laughter, fun & some really good foods too! 🙂


14 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) January 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

It’s been so nice to get to know you and your blog, Suzanne. Wishing you an equally great 2013. 🙂

15 Magic of Spice January 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Happy New Year Suzanne! Everything looks fantastic, and does seem as you stuck to your goal pretty well 🙂

16 Carol | a cup of mascarpone January 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

Suzanne, thanks so much for this round up of your incredible recipes. Since I didn’t meet you until after I got into blogging mid year, I missed out on some real treasures, that I must go pin right now! I’m so thankful to now know your wonderful blog and you! Happy New Year to you and your family!

17 Suzanne January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Awe thanks Carol, so glad to have met you too. Blogging is a fun way to keep up with my recipes and new foodie friends 🙂

18 Kathrin @ ginger, lemon & spice January 31, 2013 at 4:23 am

Hello Suzanne!
I wanted to like your page on facebook, but the fb button on top of your page does not work for me. It links to my facebook start page and not to your page. I tried searching for ‘you made that’ but I wasn’t succesful.
Can you send me the direct link to you fb page?

19 Suzanne January 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thanks Kathrin for letting me know about the facebook button I will see what I can do to fix it. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope you come back often.

20 Kathrin @ ginger, lemon & spice February 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Thank you very much for following me on facebook Suzanne! You are the first person from ‘overseas’ to like it I am sorry but I have to say that I can still not reach your facebook page! I tried to type it in manually but it still redirects me to the home.php page. I have tried it with two different explorers (windows internet explorer and google chrome) but I still have the same problem. Maybe it is only a problem I have? I will keep on trying

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