Best Recipes of 2005

Just One Per Month

It was a good year for recipes, 2005.
I'm extra-proud of this collection of best recipes from that year. In fact, it's not only that I still make every single one of these recipes almost two decades later, it's that I made every single one of these recipes in the last year!

Best Recipes of 2005, Just One Per Month ♥

A Dozen of Favorites from All Kitchen Parade's 2005 Recipes including Quick Suppers, Soups, Salads, Sides and Sweets. All Whole Food, Made From Scratch & Family-Tested. Mostly Made with Simple Ingredients Relying on Pantry Favorites. Many Budget-Friendly & Weight Watchers-Friendly Recipes, One-Pot Meals, Year-Round Favorites, Seasonal Specialties.

2005 Was a Good Year, a Very Good Year.

Maybe the source was the curiosity and creativity sparked by launching A Veggie Venture?

In hindsight, the prospects for a new food blog were not good.

  • I launched it on a whim and on April Fools' Days of all days, so it could be a "joke" to laugh off if didn't work out.
  • It was the very, very earliest days of blogs, especially food blogs. A couple hundred of us were learning on the fly. There were no good role models.
  • I launched it with no plan except to try a new vegetable recipe every single day for a month.

That didn't work out well ... instead I posted new vegetable recipes for an entire year. A YEAR. :-) And then I just kept on going ... collecting hundreds of vegetable recipes, all super-organized so you can find exactly what you're looking for, stat. Many followers even bookmark the famous A–Z Alphabet of Vegetables, just to keep it handy.

A Veggie Venture was an experiment so I've retired plenty of recipes. But there were definite favorites, see Best Vegetable Recipes of 2005. And on A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary, it was easy to select 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

But back to Kitchen Parade, already in its third year in 2005. That year, I really embraced my pledge to share "fresh seasonal recipes" for "everyday healthful living" and "occasional indulgences". That's been my tagline since 2002. As I update this page almost two decades later, the tagline remains my northstar.

  • I've simplified and streamlined my favorite cornbread, that's Skillet Cornbread, so good.
  • We rarely make mashed potatoes anymore but Mashed Potatoes & Carrots? I could make a pot right now.
  • During Covid, I made double and triple batches of Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding: "Pandemic Pudding" became a Friday night tradition, an excuse to see the twin grandsons before we could hug them again in person.
Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding ♥, just five ingredients so perfect for weeknights or late-night chocolate attacks.

Beef & Mushroom Stew ♥, a classic recipe with flavorful gravy and great texture.

Skillet Cornbread ♥, an adaptable, forgiving recipe. Rises Tall. Stays Moist. Not Too Sweet. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.
  • MARCH's FAVORITE RECIPE Skillet Cornbread My first and still-favorite cornbread, stays moist for days.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Sweet Cornbread Sweet and tender, absolutely delicous!

Moroccan Chicken ♥, a one-pot chicken stew simmered with eggplant and tomato in a sauce perfumed with Morrocan-style spices. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Roasted Salmon & Asparagus ♥, ever so simple, just salmon and fresh asparagus roasted together, easy enough for a weeknight, elegant enough for company.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ♥, a great make-ahead salad recipe. Hearty with quinoa and crunchy with vegetables, bright with lime.

Baked Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Berry Sauce ♥, no-wait recipe for baby back ribs. Delicious sauce of fruit, honey, ginger, balsamic vinegar.

Summer's Tomato Soup ♥, simple, light homemade tomato soup, made with fresh tomatoes. Beautiful color. Looks simple, tastes complex.

Panzanella (Classic Italian Tomato Salad) ♥, the classic recipe for Italian tomato and bread salad. Worthy of an occasion.

Creamy Wild Rice Soup ♥, a classic wild rice soup made creamy with vegetables (leeks, celery, potatoes, parsnips), not cream.

Mashed Potatoes & Carrots ♥, a family favorite recipe, potatoes and carrots mashed together, requiring virtually no added fat.

Cranberry Macadamia-Butter Cookies ♥, a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, crisp on the outside, chewy in the center, lightly spiced with fresh nutmeg.

"Most Useful" Recipe of All 2005

Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding ♥, just five ingredients so perfect for weeknights or late-night chocolate attacks.

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Best Recipes of 2005, Just One Per Month ♥

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.