Reader’s Favorite Recipes from 2011

Today I’m going to share the top reader’s choice recipes from each month in 2011. By the way, I only considered new posts from 2011. In some months, old posts rated the highest, but I ignored those.


January: This Brasato al Barolo (Beef Braised in Wine) was the first recipe I made in my new dutch oven. Braising beef in wine for hours is a great way to make dinner. The meat was so tender and it made for such a hearty meal in the middle of winter.


February: Hubby loves caramel and dulce de lecehe. I made this Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot to use in some cupcakes for his 30th birthday party. It was so simple to make, there’s no reason I’d ever buy dulce de leche again.


March: You all know I’m a huge fan of the combination of sweet and salty. These Sweet, Salty, Chewy, and Crunchy Brownies take that combination to a whole new level. The brownies are topped with caramel, pretzels, and more chocolate and are so indulgent.


April: I have enjoyed making layer cakes over the past couple of years. After getting some 6″ cake pans for Christmas last year, I used them to make this Coconut Layer Cake Filled with Lemon Curd. It was a perfect spring cake to enjoy with friends.


May: It seems that cake batter and funfetti flavored everything were all the rage this year. I gave in to the trend and made these Funfetti Blondies. I loved these colorful treats that were so easy to make.


June: I created a to-go tag this year to tag some of my favorite recipes. My Favorite Brownies are seriously so simple to make, there’s no reason to make brownies from a box. And they’re just delicious.


July: As I mentioned the other day, we really enjoyed all sorts of fresh produce thanks to our CSA last summer. This Summer Shrimp Salad used quite a few vegetables from our CSA box and provided a great salad for lunches. And, it gave me a chance to try a new food – radishes!


August: I had a lot of fun participating in Secret Recipe Club this year. It gave me a chance to “meet” some new bloggers and try plenty of new recipes, like this Egg, Avocado, and Apple Salad. It was like a cobb salad, but healthier. And just look how pretty it was!


September: I went to a potluck picnic with some girlfriends over the summer. Part of my contribution to the picnic was Baked Zucchini Sticks with Caramelized Onion Dipping Sauce. The sticks were amazing, but seriously, that dipping sauce was out of this world.


October: In October, I made a bunch of pink food for my Power of Pink challenge. This Berry Cream Cheese was such a no-brainer, I can’t believe I’ve never made it before.


November: It’s no wonder this Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Pecan Pie was so popular in November. I mean, just look at it. It’s beautiful. And it tastes even better than it looks. In fact, I made it again for Christmas this week and Hubby’s family agreed that there’s simply no reason to ever make a plain old pumpkin pie again.


December: Last but not least, this Peppermint Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake made the top choice for December. I had been lusting over the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake recipe for years and finally made it for our holiday party. It does require a decent amount of effort because of all the components, but believe me it is WORTH IT.

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17 Responses to “Reader’s Favorite Recipes from 2011”

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — December 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love that your readers’ favorite recipes are both savory and sweet.  It looks like you had a wonderful year in the kitchen and I’ve enjoyed following along!

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    Megan — December 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Great roundup! I still want to make that berry cream cheese.

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    Emily — December 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    That lemon cake looks divine! 

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    Elizabeth — December 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My favorite is the brownies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love that you divided it up by month!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — December 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Great roundup, these all look so yummy!

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    Silvianavarromurcia87 — December 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

    great post honey!!!!
    lots of love to you!!!=D

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    Megan @Country Cleaver — December 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of the coconut layer cake with lemon curd. Just pinned it for the world to see – and for me to make!! ~Megan

    • beantownbaker — December 28th, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

      Thanks for pinning it!

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    Erin — December 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Great list of recipes! I like how you did the best from each month. I was just going to do a best overall for the year post. Now you have me contemplating redoing my list!

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    Daisy — December 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    what a delicious compilation. you made a lot of beautiful food in 2011. 

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    Samantha Angela — December 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    So many great looking recipes there! That cheesecake looks gorgeous! And those Zucchini sticks sound good too.

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    Dorian LaFerrara — December 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for all the great recipes! I made all of my Christmas goodies from your blog-  including your Fresh Cranberry Orange Cookies and Candied Vanilla Pecans just today!
    I look forward to your posts every day! :-)

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoy the posts :) Happy New Year

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    Robyn — January 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I made the braised beef for a special occasion and it was AMAZING! Thinking I might need to make it again, now that you’ve reminded me…

    • beantownbaker — January 4th, 2012 @ 8:02 am

      I’ve reminded myself to make it again as well! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I made it.

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    ashley — January 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    tasty round up! 

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