Shockingly Delicious Top Recipes of 2012 — My Choices

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 3, 2013

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Saturday we recalled the most popular recipes with readers of Shockingly Delicious. There were several Crock-Pot recipes, some peanut butter, a bit of kale balanced with some Nutella and muffins. Something for everyone!

Today it’s my turn. It’s equally fun for me to page back through my calendar to recall recipes I loved best, perhaps for reasons different than yours.

While I truly loved all of your choices, and some of them I have made a dozen times over the past few years, I have my own list of favorites from 2012.

It’s hard to pick favorites because each recipe is like a child – you love each one in a unique way! But this is a list, so behold:

  1. Prosciutto Goat Cheese Rolls with Fig Preserves and Arugula on Shockingly Delicious. Recipe here: Goat Cheese Rolls with Fig Preserves and Arugula: It’s a mouthful to say, but your mouth will be full of these, the best appetizer I have ever made.
  2. Preserved Meyer Lemons: A revelation in salty, lemony pure flavor, this is my new favorite condiment and I use it to perk up nearly everything! You must make some, because we’ll be using it in all kinds of things in the coming year. It calls for two ingredients and two weeks. You can do it!
  3. Roasted Roots and Fruits with Sausage on Recipe here: Roots and Fruits with Sausage: I have made this, literally, 100 times in the last decade. If sweet Italian sausage is on sale, I’m in.
  4. Dates Stuffed with Chile Chevre: My second favorite new appetizer or snack, this is sweet, salty, tangy, spicy and splendid. I like that I can make them ahead of time, too. They disappear fast.
  5. Lentil Tacos with Ripe Olives. Recipe here: Tacos: You won’t miss the meat in this hearty taco filling. Truly! I also use it to stuff burritos and quesadillas – a delicious multitasker.
  6. Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onion: Oh. My. Gawd. So good. That’s all.
  7. Nutella Ice Cream: (Pictured at the top) See comment above. Dangerously good. You have been warned.
  8. Skillet Granola on ShockinglyDelicious.comSkillet Granola: Who has time to stand by the oven for an hour baking granola? This is easy, quicker, and has perfectly balanced flavors.
  9. Crispy Ravioli in Cherry Tomato Sauce: I never would have believed you don’t have to boil ravioli, but this pan-crisped version is a revelation, topped with a 4-minute cherry tomato sauce. Summer in a skillet!
  10. Basilrita Basil MargaritaBasilrita: This vivacious cocktail won a contest for me. Now my friends in the neighborhood lure their friends by promising “We’re making Basilritas! Come over!”
  11. Lemony Garbanzo Kale Salad with Tuna: Sound weird? It’s not! It’s a meal in a bowl, and I predict you’ll make it weekly, like I do.
  12. Flourless Caramel Oat Cookies on Shockingly DeliciousFlourless Caramel Oat Cookies: Some readers have told me this is the best cookie they ever made. See if you agree! Gluten-free, too.
  13. Lasagna Soup: (Because I am allowed to choose a baker’s dozen) Soupy lasagna in a bowl? Why yes, yes indeed, and easier.

   Happy New Year, and let’s spend more time together in the kitchen in 2013!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nina January 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi! A new fan over here (and a new cook). Can I just tell you that EVERY SINGLE dish of yours that I have made has been so delicious! I am actually terrible at cooking, but I am now a stay at home mom and thought I’d give it (yet another) try. I can’t believe what I make actually comes out edible. Haha! I owe huge thanks to you. My husband is definitely loving it! Also, OBSESSED with Meyer Lemons! Never knew they existed. Just got a shipment from fresh direct (we live in NYC) and I just might have to stay up making the M Lemon Chess Pie. Tell me I should go to sleep because my baby won’t accommodate my late night baking obsession and I will be regretting it in the morning!! Anyways, thank you so much! Sincerely, Nina Negri


Dorothy February 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

You just made my day with your lovely comments! Thank YOU! I’m so glad you haven’t given up on cooking. I always say, “Start with the right recipe, and you are halfway home!” And the Meyer Lemons? Oh yes, you and I are in the club. Want to be vice-president?


Nina February 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

VP sounds great! Haha! Silly question, but how do you zest your m lemons? I didn’t have a zester, so I was doing it with a peeler which actually got a lot of zest. Then, I bought an oxo long zester. I barely get anything with that thing! The peeler was so much better and easier! Maybe it is because the lemons are a little soft, it can’t really scrape hard on the long zester. Anyhow, I use so much lemon zest, but barely get 1/4 teaspoon with each lemon. Any advice? Thanks!


sippitysup January 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Beautiful selections. Happy New Year XOGREG


Christina January 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

Now I’m hungry! Great posts!


SallyBR January 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

Great round up… the Nutella ice cream made me shake inside a little, good thing it is all covered with snow outside, and I retired my ice cream maker to the basement… he, he, he…

Happy New Year!


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