My Favorite Recipes from 2011

I keep saying it out loud and it seems strange typing it but it’s almost 2012!!! I’m excited for the new year but wanted to share with you some of my favorites from this year. I couldn’t pare it down to 5 so I have 15!

Happy New Year to you and yours! I can’t wait for 2012 and what it will bring!

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Huge thanks to Jamie from My Baking Addiction for originally posting this recipe. It’s my go to cupcake recipe. My friends and co-workers love this cupcake!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops

This was a guest post I did for Jaden earlier this year and by my estimation was the first to do a combination cheesecake and cake pop. It’s messy but well worth it and I was even interviewed by the Tampa Tribune about them!

Chicken Pot Pies

We make these all the time…the only chicken pot pie recipe I will use. I can’t believe I forgot to use turkey leftovers & make turkey pot pies this year.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We love lettuce wraps! These are so simple & pretty darn quick to make too.

Beef Tenderloin Filet Skewers with Dubliner Cheese Sauce

All I can say is that I’m a Dubliner cheese addict.

Meyer Lemon Mojitos

My favorite flavor combo for 2011 is Meyer lemons & mint…you can’t miss with this cocktail. There are instructions to make it a mocktail too!

Simple Tomato Sauce

Sometimes simple is all we need and it’s still comfort food. I love Pomi tomatoes and this sauce delivers.

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs (Slow Cooker)

Okay, I have a problem, I many obsessions with food and short ribs are one of them.

Red Rocker Margarita Chicken

Tequila and chicken…that’s all I have to say. This is actually on the menu for next week!

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

The only chocolate chip cookies for me. Next time, I’m going to try it with brown butter.

Easy Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

My husband, Curtis, is a creature of habit and he loves this dish. He requests it all the time. We make this stir-fry at least once a month. I never get tired of it because we switch it up between chicken and beef.

Irish Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

Another obsession of mine is the slow cooker, with red wine & Guinness beer, you can’t go wrong. It has loads of potatoes too which is the way I like it!

Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

Here’s another dish that we make ALL the time. We use the leftovers to make chicken pot pies.

M&M White Chocolate Candy Corn Blondies

Mmmmm…white chocolate. I blame that addiction on my Mom, she loves white chocolate!

Mini Meyer Lemon Bundt Cakes

And last but not least, I just made these this month and they had to be mentioned. They are so cute, aren’t they? They are so light and buttery, I ate too many to count as soon as they came out of the oven.

Here are some more recipe round-ups from some of my favorite bloggers:

The Novice Chef
Love & Olive Oil
Two Peas & Their Pod
Beantown Baker
Recipe Girl
Bev Cooks
Miss… in the Kitchen
Live Cook Love
Koko Likes

If you did a 2011 recipe round-up, feel free to share the link the comments. Did you have a little kitchen favorite?

Also, what’s the best dish you made this year? For me? Too hard to say just one…that’s why I shared 15. Hehe

25 Responses to “My Favorite Recipes from 2011”

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 30, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Julie, those cheesecake cake pops look to die for well and everything else you made too. I must try that Dubliner sauce too!
    Thanks for including me!


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    Leslie — December 30, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Alll of the recipes look FABULOUS!!! I am going to have to try the chicken in the slow cooker!


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    Stephanie @ LiveCookLove — December 30, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    I have been dying to make those NY Times chocolate chip cookies!! I think I’m going to have to try them sooner than later. Thanks for including me in the link up too :)


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    Mikkel — December 30, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    Congrats on an amazing year! I am so proud of you and forever impressed and over-the-moon by The Little Kitchen’s success! YOU DESERVE IT!! Here’s to a delicious 2012!


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    Bev Weidner — December 30, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    LOVE every single thing you posted. My stomach is screaming at me.

    Thanks for the link love, love!

    Happy New Year! XO.


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    Maria — December 30, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    All of your recipes look superb! Happy New Year!


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 30, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Great roundup!

    I have seen that cupcake recipe and have wondered how it is…well, now I know it’s truly amazing if it’s your #1 go-to!


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    I'm At Home Baking — December 30, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Everything looks so yummy!


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    Cassie — December 30, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Great roundup Julie! I fell in love with blondies this year, yours look fabulous! Looking forward to your posts in 2012. Great to meet you at FBFNash this year too. Hopefully I’ll see you in Orlando. Happy happy new year!


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    Jeanette — December 31, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    I’ve really been enjoying seeing everyone’s year-end roundups. I have your slow cooker chicken on my list to try. Here’s my roundup for the year:

    Happy New Year and wishing you the very best in the New Year!


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    Koko @ Koko Likes — December 31, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    Thanks for including me! What a wonderful and delicious looking roundup!


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 31, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Happy New Year, Julie! Great round up:-)


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 31, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Awesome list Julie!! The cupcakes and CC cookies are incredible. I need to revisit your slow cooker chicken as I have plans to do one soon. :) Have a great new year!!


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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 31, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Those mini meyer lemon bundt cakes are to cute!! Happy New Year!!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 31, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    The Peanut Butter Cupcakes look out of this world!


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    Melissa K — December 31, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    What an awesome year of recipes! Everything you made looks incredible.

    I also did a recipe round-up…here’s mine:


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    Winnie — December 31, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Beautiful round-up Julie!
    Happy New Year, and hope to see you again, and spend some more time, in 2012!


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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — January 1, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    Looks like you had a beautiful and delicious year! What a great collection of recipes! Happy New Year Julie!

    Here’s mine,


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    Paula — January 2, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    A wonderful round-up of a great year Julie. All the best to you in 2012!


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 2, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    great posts! I am so glad to meet you in 2011 and see you twice. Looking forward to seeing you in a few months!


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    Kavi @ Lab to Fab! — January 2, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    All of your recipes look delicious! I’ve never made lettuce wraps before, so I’ll have to give that a try. The best dish I made this year was, hands down, those New York Times chocolate chip cookies – always get rave reviews!


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    Bunkycooks — January 3, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    You had me at the Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops!! This is a great round-up of best dishes for 2011. Thank you for including me in your links. :-) Looking forward to see what 2012 brings!!


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    Lauren — January 3, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Those mini bundts are seriously too cute!!


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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 7, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Red Velvet Cheesecake PopS! Those are my favorite, for sure!


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    Dakota — April 16, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Those are some of my favorite recipes to drool over! The red velvet cheesecake pops look especially delicious.


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