Friends, I hope 2017 will be an excellent one for all of you. Before I start sharing how-tos, techniques, and recipes in this new year, I thought I’d share my top 10 recipes, the ones that were the most popular in 2016. Three pies made the list (so maybe expect more pie this year!) as well as an easy and delicious pasta dish, black-bottomed triple peanut butter cookies, that crazy Cow Tales® cake I made a couple of months ago, old-fashioned creamy cocoa fudge, a glorious port wine cheese ball and my cauliflower pizza crust you can fold over, pick up and reheat. I know you’ll find something you’d be happy to serve your family and friends. Enjoy!
This was my top recipe of 2016, and it is pretty far out of my normal wheelhouse. Gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, these blueberry muffins are made with a gluten-free flour blend and Silk Yogurt Alternative plus a ton of blueberries. What they lack in eggs, dairy and gluten, they more than make up for in blueberry flavor!
Sweet, simple and homey, Indiana Sugar Cream Pie will be a winter hit. You most likely have almost everything you need to make one in your pantry or fridge right this very second!
These, cookies, y’all. I used some peanut powder in them as well as chopped peanut brittle and natural peanut butter. The swoosh of coating chocolate on the bottoms really make these cookies. If you want more chocolate flavor, you could add chips or dunk the whole cookie in chocolate. Man, are these good!
I love the story of this recipe. A lady emailed to tell me her grandmother used to make this fudge every year, but she never told anyone how she made it. When she died, all she left was the ingredient list. The lady asked if I could recreate this fudge so they could enjoy it again. And I did. So they can. This is why I do what I do.
Think delicious fudgy brownie in a crust, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what chocolate chess pie is. Another “desperation pie,” you probably have everything you need to make this. And you should. For a Mexican chocolate variation, click on the photo of the snowman crust pie.
This cauliflower pizza crust is the result of a quest to create a cauliflower crust I could pick up and eat like regular pizza. Not only can you pick up this crust, you can also fold it over more or less just like your favorite NY-style slice, and it reheats beautifully. There are no pretty pictures of this one because we ate it way too quickly!
If you like vodka sauce, you’ll want to make this. Video included, and know that where it says to add water or stock/broth, you can use vodka. It’s a great little shortcut for busy nights!
I grew up loving port wine cheese. Seriously sneaking it from the fridge loving it. This cheese ball has a short list of ingredients and gets its sweet/tangy port wine punch from a port reduction. So good on crackers or just by itself.
This show-stopping cake is for folks who like their frosting and candy with a side of cake. This would make a wonderful birthday cake.
I guess people really do love their pies! Shoo Fly Pie is a classic molasses-based pie. And even if you think you don’t like molasses, you’re going to love this pie. The salt cancels out the bitter edge molasses can lend leaving a deep, sticky sweetness offset by all that crumb topping. A new favorite!
And there you have it. My top 10 recipes of 2016. You guys made them my top 10, so please enjoy them.
Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me. I endeavor to make it worth your while.
Have a lovely day, and I’ll be seeing you!