My Favorites 2012 – Part 1
Now that Christmas has come and gone, and with the New Year upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite recipes since I started Cookie Monster Cooking this past April. Long before I even began this blog, I always enjoyed reading these types of posts on other food blogs. So, I knew I just had to do something similar myself.
I decided to split up my favorites into two posts. Part 1 – not dessert. Part 2 – dessert. Because clearly that’s how I think about my food! So let’s get started…
Wheat pizza dough – Because of this recipe, I can no longer buy any type of store-bought pizza dough. This homemade version is just so much better. Make it in advance and keep a batch in your freezer for whenever the craving for pizza strikes.
Homemade iced coffee and vanilla syrup – Okay I know, I’m cheating. Technically, these were separate posts. But these two recipes go together! Discovering the secret to homemade iced coffee and vanilla syrup was truly a revelation for me. I haven’t turned back since.
Oven baked fries – These babies have a perfectly crispy texture. A wonderful side dish for burgers or, really, anything. We made these a little too often this past summer…
Pork tacos with mango salsa – Flavorful pork tacos topped with a fresh mango salsa (and a quick weeknight meal). We ate this on a regular basis when mango was in season.
Baked blueberry and apple oatmeal – This oatmeal is truly a staple in our house. So simple and healthy at the same time. Make a double (or triple!) batch over the weekend so you can eat leftovers for breakfast during the week.
Peanut butter and jelly swirl bread – Gah, I think the name says it all for this one. The ever-popular combination of peanut butter and jelly rolled up into homemade bread.
Roasted sweet potato salad – An unexpected favorite. This salad can be a light meal or a side dish. The sweet potatoes and kale pair so wonderfully together.
Minestrone soup & honey yeast rolls – I know, I’m cheating again, but these two go hand in hand and we always have them together. A light and simple soup with soft, tender dinner rolls. A perfect meal in my book.
Company corn – Another unexpected favorite. We had this with our Thanksgiving meal and it was such a hit. It’s creamy but not overly rich – I think I need to make this again soon.
Chicken and broccoli stir fry – One of our very favorite quick weeknight meals. Simple and fresh – so much better for you than takeout.
And that concludes the “not dessert” portion of my favorites from 2012. Stay tuned on Monday for part 2 – dessert. Get excited.