Best Recipes of 2011

My favorite recipes from 2011, just one "best" recipe per month. Made with "real food" (not processed food), these are everyday recipes, recipes to make again and again throughout the year, throughout our lives. They are recipes that express the hallmarks of the Kitchen Parade style, 'fresh' and 'easy' and 'healthy' and 'flavor-forward' and 'seasonal'. Weight Watchers, all Kitchen Parade recipes include Weight Watchers points and nutrition information!

Kitchen Parade's best recipes from 2011

At New Year's, it's a food blogger tradition to select our "best recipes" for the year. This is an impossible task, really, since Kitchen Parade isn't a "hey I tried this recipe and it was only okay but I'm going to post it anyway" kind of recipe site. Instead, here, every recipe – every single one – is already a favorite and is often tested many times to simplify, to perfect, to understand variations.

You know all those "ALANNA's TIPS" which so many readers say they just love? That's experience talking, years of experience in the kitchen, yes, but also experience with each and every recipe individually.

Still, some recipes really do stand out as extra-special and deserve special attention. So here they are, my favorite recipes of 2011. How to they match up with your favorites?

PS I'm kinda nutty about saving year-end lists for books, movies, recipes, etc. This year I'm collecting them on Pinterest, which is totally-definitely-completely my favorite new website of 2011.

Follow me on Pinterest, I'll follow you back! And if you need an invitation to join Pinterest, just e-mail me via recipes@kitchen-parade.com, I'll send an invitation!

Happy New Year's to all!

My Favorite Recipes from 2011
SAVORY

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January - Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad February - How to Cook Popcorn in a Microwave in a Paper Bag March - Greens & Grits
April - Rainbow Chicken May - Herb-Coated Broiled Fish June - Easy Shrimp Bites
July - Greek Pasta Salad August - Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd September - Homemade Granola with Almonds & Apricots
October - Homemade Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Puree November - Champion Chicken December - Festive Holiday Salad

My Favorite Recipes from 2011
SWEET

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February - Sugar-Free Raspberry Bliss October - Apple Pudding Cake with Cinnamon Butter Sauce December - No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies

More 'Best of the Year' Favorite Recipes from Kitchen Parade




Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Follow Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

Year in Pictures 2011

Especially for visual cooks, all of 2011's recipes in one place. Do you have favorite recipes from 2011? Are any of these recipes still on your "to try" list?

A selection of Kitchen Parade recipes from 2011

As the new year approaches, it's natural to look back, to reflect upon acccomplishments, to tally up the wins, the losses, the hits, the misses. Here's something I'm proud of.

Late in 2010, I set out to better live up to the tagline I wrote for Kitchen Parade back in 2002, the one that still fits what I strive for today. "Fresh Seasonal Recipes for Everyday Healthful Living and Occasional Indulgences". How did I do?

FRESH & SEASONAL RECIPES Check! Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits here! All real food! New additions to the very popular easy summer recipes! Recipe inspiration for Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
RECIPES for EVERYDAY HEALTHFUL LIVING Check! Lots of recipes for tonight's supper: doable, affordable, good to eat and good to our bodies, too. Vegan Done Real, the collection of whole-food vegan recipes from fellow food bloggers.
OCCASIONAL INDULGENCES Until 2011, I let myself get carried away with sweet stuff – nothing like "other blogs" (you know the ones) but still. All too often, I was tempting myself and all of you with what should be "occasional indulgences". And so I quit. Without saying a word, I quietly let go of nearly all of the sweet stuff. Visually, it's easy to see below with all of 2011's recipes, row after row of "recipes for everyday healthful living" and only two of "occasional indulgences".

BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT YOU

Which recipes did you make this year? Are any on your "recipes to try" list? And more importantly, what would you like to see MORE of in 2012? and LESS of in 2012?

Here's to focus! Here's to feedback!

2011 Recipes
EVERYDAY HEALTHFUL EATING

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Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad Baked Cabbage Wedges Easy Margarita Chicken
How to Cook Popcorn in a Microwave in a Paper Bag Chimichurri Seared Scallops with Chimichurri and Garlicky Polenta
Sugar-Free Raspberry Bliss Greens & Grits Vegan Done Real
Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Compote Banana Nutter Muffins Rainbow Chicken
Mini Egg Salad Sandwiches with Rhodes Multi-Grain Rolls Herb-Coated Broiled Fish Green Mayonnaise
Favorite Summer Salad Recipes Mad for Mangoes (Mango Smoothie Recipes) Easy Shrimp Bites
Chicken Burgers with Fresh Spinach, Feta and Garden Tzatziki Sauce Citrus Slices with Orange Flower Water, Spices & Chocolate Shavings Beer & Ginger Ale
How to Cut the Skin Off an Orange for Slices Greek Pasta Salad Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp
Cantaloupe-Tomato Gazpacho Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd French Scrambled Eggs
Homemade Ricotta - Skinny & Creamy Creamy Ricotta with Tomato-Cucumber-Corn Salad Homemade Granola with Almonds & Apricots
Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables Homemade Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Purée Perfect Lamb Chops
Easy-Easy Pear Sauce Homemade Sazón Champion Chicken
Pumpkin-Stuffed Lasagna Rolls Christmas Chicken Salad Festive Holiday Salad

2011 Recipes
"OCCASIONAL INDULGENCES"

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Southern Belle Lemon Layer Cake Homemade Peach Syrup with Fresh Peaches Apple Pudding Cake with Cinnamon Butter Sauce
No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies Christmas Trifle Overnight Coffeecake

'Best of the Year' Favorite Recipes from Kitchen Parade




Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Follow Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

About the Photo Collage

Since early 2010, I've been shooting with my much-loved Nikon D90 with a single 35mm wide-angle lens. Late this year, I started to shoot in manual mode and am learning to "find the light". It's still not easy but I'm getting there!

In the center:

Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd

From the top left corner, moving clockwise:

Homemade Granola with Almonds & Apricots, Herb-Coated Broiled Fish, Homemade Sazón, How to Cook Popcorn in a Microwave in a Paper Bag, Easy Margarita Chicken, Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp, Easy Shrimp Bites, Sugar-Free Raspberry Bliss, No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin-Stuffed Lasagna Rolls and Banana Nutter Muffins.

A selection of Kitchen Parade recipes from 2011