Recipe Roundups

December 2012 Recipe Roundup

I’m still super far behind in blogging, but I’m going to make my year end post anyway.  I’ll catch up with everything else eventually. 

This post also includes the top visited recipes of the year.  Thank you all for the visits and indulging my hobby.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. 

Most Cooked Recipes
Tetrazzini - 4 Mom’s Chicken - 4 Horseradish Cream Sauce - 3 Molten Chocolate Cakes - 3 Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts, and Feta Cheese - 3 Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb - 3

Neat New Recipes
Best Beef Stew

Most Popular Recipes in 2012
Slow Cooker Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin Pan-Seared Cod with Herb Butter Sauce Slow-Roasted Eye Round Roast Beef Egg Pesto Pasta Crunchy Potato Wedges Pan Seared Salmon with Crème Fraîche Marinated Eye Round Steak Marinated London Broil Slow Cooker Lemon and Dill Salmon with Spinach Slow Cooker Honey Roasted Chicken with Rosemary and Dijon Pattypan Squash Fritters Smothered Yellow Squash and Zucchini with Chicken, Pasta, and Basil Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Sundried Tomatoes Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Dinner in a Skillet Amatriciana Pasta Bread Machine Sweet Potato Bread (2-Pound Loaf) Chocolate Chai Decadence Cake Bread Machine Olive Oil Bread Crispy Polenta Triangles with Herbed Goat Cheese Sautéed Chicken with Pesto-Mushroom Cream Sauce Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches Best Potluck Macaroni and Cheese Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin Teriyaki Flank Steak with Green Onions Herbed Roast Beef

October/November 2012 Recipe Roundup

Oh my gosh, did I really forget to do this at the end of October?!  Argh.  I blame Hurricane Sandy.  There has been some change in my top most cooked (recipes – Mom’s Chicken has finally been knocked off the top.  Clearly I need to cook it soon so it can reclaim its rightful place!  As you can see from the recipe counts, I’ve been cooking so many new (recipes recently that my old recipe counts haven’t really been increasing!  (I decided to only post the list of (recipes that had a count greater than two.) 

I was surprised to find that I did get a few (recipes posted in October and some of them were fantastic enough that I want to highlight them here.  

Most Cooked Recipes
Tetrazzini - 5
Mom’s Chicken - 4
Molten Chocolate Cakes - 3 Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb - 3
Less than Salad – 3
Horseradish Cream Sauce – 3

Neat New Recipes
Chicken and Brie Sandwich with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Croque Madame
Greek Cherry Tomato Salad
Grill-Roasted Beef Short Ribs with Mustard Glaze
Kofta Balls with Indian Tomato Sauce
Oslo-Style Kebabs and Kebab Sauces
Slow Cooker Basil Parmesan Chicken Pasta

August/September 2012 Recipe Roundup

As you probably have already figured out, my life has been a bit hectic for the past two months.  I didn’t realize how hectic it had been until I went to gather information for the September Recipe Roundup and found that I’d never done one for August!  Oops.  Thankfully I’ve only got two more events left in my schedule and then I’m done with this random travel for the foreseeable future. 

The most cooked recipe list only has 8 (recipes this time, because every other recipe has only been made a maximum of two times in the last 52 weeks.  Heh. 

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken – 5
Tetrazzini – 5
Bread – 4 (I want to make this again, but I keep forgetting to buy beer.  I found a method of cooking it in the slow cooker that I want to try out!)
Horseradish Cream Sauce – 3
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – 3
Less than Salad – 3
Chicken Sancoche – 3
Greek Chicken Salad – 3

Neat New Recipes
Cod with Lemon Caper Cream Sauce
Maple Bacon Cookies
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Tangy Barbecue Sauce

July 2012 Recipe Roundup

There’s a little bit of change in the most cooked recipe list, and I actually did post some (recipes in the last month.  A few of them even deserve highlighting!  It has been nice to start to get back on track with both cooking and posting. 

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken - 6
Less than Salad - 5
Tetrazzini - 5
Bread - 4
Hamburger Helper - 3
Aioli - 3
Sweet Potato Fries (I can’t wait for sweet potatoes at the market.) - 3
Horseradish Cream Sauce - 3
Amatriciana - 3
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing - 3

Neat New Recipes
Chard Gratin
Fish Tacos
Lemon Simple Syrup
Zucchini Fritters with Ginger Soy Dip

June 2012 Recipe Roundup

I didn’t actually post a single recipe in June, but I have been cooking!  There won’t be much change in the most cooked recipe list, and I don’t have any neat new (recipes to highlight either.  I’ll share neat June (recipes in the July roundup post. 

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken – 6
Less than Salad – 5
Tetrazzini – 5
Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Sundried Tomatoes – 4
Bread – 4
Sweet Potato Fries – 3
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – 3
Aioli – 3
Chicken Sancoche – 3
Greek Chicken Salad – 3

May 2012 Recipe Roundup

I know I didn’t cook much in May because I was gone for almost three weeks!  There was still one recipe that was particularly tasty, so I’ll share that here.  I only cooked three new (recipes in the entire month.  This will not be the case in June!

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken – 6
Bread – 5
Less Than Salad – 5
Tetrazzini – 5
Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Sundried Tomatoes – 4
Hamburger Helper – 3
Horseradish Cream Sauce – 3
Hummus – 3
Sweet Potato Fries – 3
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – 3

Neat New Recipe
Shanghai Chicken Salad

April 2012 Recipe Roundup

I feel like I didn’t cook that many new (recipes in April, but it seems like I cooked about 25 of them!  Not too shabby.  A few of them were even standouts that I’ll list in this post! 

I think I’m also going to start including the cook count for each of the most cooked (recipes of the past 12 months, just because I find them amusing. 
Most Cooked Recipes**
Mom’s Chicken - 6
Bread - 5
Tetrazzini - 5
Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Sundried Tomatoes - 4
Less Than Salad - 4
Hummus - 3
Chicken Sancoche - 3
Amatriciana - 3
Sweet Potato Fries - 3
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – 3
Neat New Recipes**
Basic Barbecue Sauce
Basic Risotto Recipe
Breakfast Fried Rice
Island Marinade
Lemony White Bean, Tuna, and Arugula Salad
Linguine with Garlic Cream Sauce
Mini Yorkshire Puddings
Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts, and Feta Cheese
Thai Red Beef Curry

Dear Art, Please Don"t Starve

In about two weeks (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!) I’m going to be leaving for Norway with Lance.  We’ll be gone for almost three weeks and leaving Art to hold down the fort.  At one point, I had entertained the grand plan of cooking lots of big meals the month before I left and freezing extra portions so that Art would have a stockpile of food in the freezer to turn to.  For many reasons, this did not happen.  Instead, I’m giving him the next best thing – a list of hand-picked (recipes that I think he’ll like and have no problems cooking while I’m gone.  I assume he’ll supplement this with googled (recipes, grilled hamburgers, and delivered pizza.  I also hope that he’ll remember to go to the farmers market every Saturday to pick up some good seasonal vegetables to supplement these (recipes with. 

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice – Make the rice in the rice cooker.

Breads and Grains
Quinoa with Squash and Garbanzo Beans and Cumin – There should be quinoa in the Red Mill boxes in the utility room.  This goes well with Moroccan Chicken.
Apple Raisin Bread Stuffing – You can make this in the Dutch oven with a package of turkey tenderloins on top.  Yum. 
Pumpkin Bread – I think we even have a can of pumpkin. 
Almost No Knead Bread

Chicken Korma
Hoisin Chicken with Noodles and Green Beans
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar
Grilled Barbecued Chicken Kebabs – These are the ones with bacon paste!
Mom’s Chicken – I know you know how to make it, but I’m linking the recipe for the timing. 
Elegant Garlic Chicken
Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic
Moroccan Chicken – This goes well with the aforementioned quinoa dish.
Pan Glazed Chicken with Basil
Peanut Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables – Got to eat that peanut butter while Lance is gone!
Baked Pesto Chicken
Chicken Sancoche – The Caribbean curry powder is in one of the square jars by the knife block.
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Saltimbocca
Grilled Jerk Chicken – Please, make this a lot. 
Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto
Mexican Lasagna
Chicken Bacon Quesadillas – Or any quesadillas. 

Bacon Burgers with Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam – Or just the jam :)
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes
Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce – Our old favorite. 
Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Dinner in a Skillet
Nacho Beef Skillet
Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches – You love this stuff.  The coffee pot is in the utility room and there are coffee pouches in the kitchen freezer on the top rack. 
Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze – Nick’s flank steaks, please!
Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Molten Chocolate Cakes – They’re easy and you should treat yourself to nice things. 

Scrambled Eggs with Parsley and Goat Cheese
Quiche – Easy to make and you can use whatever. 

Pork Sausage Pasta
Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine
Cajun Chicken Pasta – We’ve got Cajun seasoning somewhere… under the knife block I think?
Farfalle Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream
Sausage, Basil, and Mustard Pasta
Baked Ravioli – Or tortellini, or whatever stuffed pasta you fancy. 
Creamy Lemon Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Sour Cream Hamburger Noodle Bake
Egg Pesto Pasta
Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Sundried Tomatoes
Italian Ziti Bake
Amatriciana Pasta
Spaghetti Pie
Creamy Parmesan Orzo – Another old favorite.  We used to make this all the time with the aforementioned filet mignon recipe. 
Skillet Carbonara Casserole
Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms, Risotto Style
Queso Chicken Pasta

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs – I don’t think we’ve ever grilled this, but you can!  Please don’t use the Zekiah tenderloin. 
Szechuan Green Beans with Pork

Devilish Potatoes – We used to make these a lot and now we never do, I wonder why?

Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts, and Feta Cheese
Breakfast Fried Rice – Remember to add more veg. 

Chickpeas with Sausage and Sundried Tomatoes – I think we’ve got a package of Aidell’s in the kitchen freezer that you could use for this. 

Sauces, Spice Blends, and Stuff
Sundried Tomato Butter – If you grill steaks.
Basic Barbecue Sauce
Island Marinade – You can use this for any meats. 

Sausage and Lentil Soup – You sure love sausage…
Beef Chili with Bacon and Black Beans – We made this a while back for a Game Day and really enjoyed it.  It would go well with a cornbread recipe.

March 2012 Recipe Roundup

I think that we had the algorithm wrong for figuring out the most cooked (recipes since I noticed that January and February’s lists hadn’t changed at all.  Art and Lance both tweeked some things in their processes, though, and I think that this is the correct list.  I also think that it will be correct from here on out – now that we know what we’re doing!  (Now that we’ve gotten right, I’m amused that the (recipes I’ve cooked the most in the last year were only cooked a maximum of 6 times.  My average cook count for the (recipes on this list is 4.  This explains why the guys say, “Great meal!  Too bad we’ll never have it again!” when I cook.) 

Apparently I only cooked 7 new (recipes in March, but 3 of them were standouts so I guess that’s acceptable.  When I’m not home very much I tend to cook tried and true favorites when I am home! 

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken
Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Sundried Tomatoes
Less than Salad
Chicken Sancoche
Amatriciana Pasta
Sweet Potato Fries
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Neat New Recipes
Makhani Dal
Spinach and Orzo Salad
Tilapia Piccata

February 2012 Recipe Roundup

This post is super late.  I’ve had the information in an email since March 6th and I fully intended to make this post while in French Lick, IN.  Then we didn’t have internet so the whole blog posting thing was a no go.  Better late than never, so here goes!  I didn’t cook that many new (recipes this month, but two deserve to be mentioned here. 

Most Cooked Recipes
Mom’s Chicken
Chicken Sancoche
Baked Manicotti with Prosciutto
Szechuan Green Beans with Pork
Cheater Greens

Neat New Recipes
Wheat Berry Salad with Orange Dijon Vinaigrette