2009 was my first full year of blogging so I’m very excited to feature my favorite posts of the year. 2009 has not only been full of delicious recipes but also full of growth. The blog has really challenged me to try new recipes, ingredients and techniques. It’s also encouraged me to really utilize seasonal ingredients.
I’ve put together a recap of some of the top posts and my favorite recipes from the past year. I hope you’ll enjoy reading through my favorites and find a little inspiration to kick-off 2010.
And look out for an exciting (at least in my opinion :)) announcement coming up on Bakin’ and Eggs after the New Year!
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Brandon came up with this one all on his own and it has become the most popular recipe on the blog. Bacon was definitely a huge trend in 2009 and this recipe got a lot traction from that. It’s one of Foodgawker’s all-time most favorited entries! You can’t beat this great combination of chicken, cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce!
Lady Strawberry Cake
I made this cake for my dear friend Cristen’s baby shower and it was the hit of the party. It’s so beautiful and I’ve had several friends make it since then and customize the ribbon color for the occasion! Strawberry is my favorite cake flavor. I know this will stay in rotation for special occasions for years to come.
This is one of Brandon’s all-time favorite recipes. His mom made this growing up and it’s now a favorite in our house too. It’s the perfect way to use those flavorful home-grown summer tomatoes.
Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers
One of the surprise favorites of the year, these “burgers” (more like meatballs on naan) are delicious and full of flavor – and also pretty healthy! Great with homemade naan.
Pina Colada Cupcakes
This was one of those recipes that I knew I had to try the moment I saw it. They’re so fun and festive. I made these for a co-worker’s Stock the Bar shower and they were a huge hit for both presentation and taste with everyone at the party!
Seared Tuna with Wasabi Aioli
Brandon and I are huge tuna fans and this is our favorite way to prepare it. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve made this recipe. The marinade provides the perfect flavor and the wasabi aioli is a great finish with a kick!
Macaroni and Cheese
I made this macaroni and cheese for 68 Days of Gourmet and it is now my favorite mac and cheese recipe. After all my gushing, I had lots of friends and family members make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a must try!
Rocky Road Brownies
These were the first post of 68 Days of Gourmet and have been very popular on the blog. What’s not to love about a fudgy, chocolaty brownies with a rocky road topping! Even better with a scoop of ice cream.
This dip seemed to be present at many parties when we lived in Birmingham. I decided to bring the tradition to the Carolinas. It’s so easy and a definite crowd pleaser. Include this in your Super Bowl line up!