Sunday, January 5, 2014

Best Recipes of 2013

2013 was such a great year for recipes.  After we shared our Top 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2013 we had many requests for our personal favorites.  Chad and I each chose 5 and Munchkin picked 3.  It was tough only picking a few, but every one of these recipes hit it out of the park.

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Chad's Favorites from 2013

The Ultimate 3 Cheese Lasagna Soup - a thick and rich one pot soup.  Ready in just 30 minutes.  This classic comfort food has been transformed into your new favorite soup.  Chad love's soups, but only likes Italian food.  This recipe may have converted him.  He commandeered the leftovers!

25 Minute Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken - BACON.BEER.CHEESE.SOUP - You're welcome.  Again Chad went nuts over this soup.  I can't even tell you how many times I made this recipe. 

Unbelievable Corn Flake Crusted French Toast is perfectly toasted and caramelized with a moist interior.  Creamy sweet french toast dip makes this fabulous.  This is Chad's absolute favorite breakfast and is on the menu for next week, boy will he be excited!

Jack Daniels Double Kick Pork Chops are loaded with Jack Daniels for a smoky and sweet flavor.  Then we added some red chili pepper paste to kick things ups a notch.  They are out of this world!  So good Chad ate them for a week straight!

Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits are light and flaky, garlicky cheddar drop biscuits glistening with butter and speckled with parsley.  Slightly crisp on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.  Perfectly moist, tender and delicious.  These are so easy we both absolutely love them and can have them any night!

Donna's Favorites from 2013 

Choosing my favorites was like trying to pick a favorite child, for me it was anyway.  I love all of the recipes that I have shared with you this year.  So, I had to dig deep.  The bar was set pretty high.  Every recipe below garnered a full 'happy dance' in the kitchen while I taste tested.  Not to mention there were all remade again and again with the same 'happy dance' oncore.   Trust me when I tell you if you have not tried these recipes, get on it!  You will thank me later.
Quick and Easy Cheesy Meat Lasagna with layer after layer of flavorful meat, pasta and cheese that comes together in 15 minutes.  Only 40 minutes from prep to plate this simple Italian meal is a dream come true.  This lasagna was even served to my Italian relatives this summer and they devoured it!

The Best Ever Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  This is the only recipe you will ever need.  I have never liked Brussels sprouts.  Until now.  Oh and I ate the entire 2 pound batch of Brussels in one day.  I may need a Brussels intervention.

Lemon Burst Pound Cake is an incredibly moist delicious cake loaded with lemon flavor with a little something to really make it zing!  This cake is so simple and absolutely amazing.  Every time I make it I have numerous requests for the recipe.
Outrageously Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bombs are the perfect bite size appetizer to impress your guests.  Pretzel bites are loaded with cheddar cheese and baked to perfection.  All of this comes together in under an hour.  I could live on these little beauties.  Pretzels oozing with ooey gooey cheese.  I get goosebumps just thinking about them. Texas Roadhouse Rolls - fabulous tender sweet rolls slathered in butter that are perfect enough to be a meal in itself.   OK, so I am an admitted carbivore.  But these are the most delicious dinner rolls.  Perfectly sweet and tender.

Munchkin's Favorites from 2013

My 3 (almost 4) year old is extraordinarily picky.  She got that from her father {{{ugh}}}.  Luckily I have been able to put together a few favorites to make some scrumptious dishes that she loved.   

Broccoli and Cheese Quinoa Power Bites are loaded with vegetables and healthy protein and are absolutely delicious.  What's even better is that they freeze fabulously.  I make a batch of these and freeze them.  Then I can defrost them on the day I wish to serve them or pop them in the oven or microwave frozen.  Munchkin ate these all summer long.  They were dinner every night for weeks. 

Fudgy Walnut Black Bean Brownies are so delicious, my entire sugar loving family went crazy over these!  Munchkin has declared these her favorite dessert ever and she gets so excited each time we make them.

Very Berry Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes are a combination of our Best Ever Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, 3 Ingredient Homemade Strawberry Syrup, fresh strawberries and cream.  Munchkin thinks these pancakes are STUPENDOUS.  I have to agree. These pancakes will truly knock your socks off.


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