Shockingly Delicious Top Recipes of 2012 – Your Choices

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 29, 2012

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As we put a bow on the year and cinch it tight, it’s fun to revisit the calendar and see which recipes and articles were the most popular with readers.

You loved your slow cookers, peanut butter, Nutella (well duh!), and some simple pleasures like tomato soup, pumpkin muffins and deviled eggs.

Here, according to Google Analytics — which measures pageviews and visitors with precision — are a baker’s dozen of the most popular recipes on Shockingly Delicious in 2012.

  1. BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs in the Slow Cooker: (pictured above) Who woulda thunk your most viewed recipe would be an ordinary cut of meat (often on sale!) cooked in an old-fashioned appliance? This recipe gets dinner on the table without muss or fuss, and does it deliciously. Winning!
  2. Nutella Hot ChocolateNutella Hot Chocolate: Published last December, this two-ingredient drink still delivers! Try it and then come back and tell me it’s all kinds of genius.
  3. Green Chile Stew from the Pink Adobe: Hatch chiles seem to have taken the country by storm this year, and this classic stew from the famous New Mexican restaurant shows them off nicely. Can’t find Hatch, which are only in supply in September? Substitute Anaheims.
  4. Shredded Beef Brisket in the Crock Pot for BBQ Beef Sandwiches: That Crock-Pot – gotta love it! Who doesn’t like brisket?
  5. Peanut Butter Fudge Peanut Butter Fudge: Ah, finally, a sweet for my sweeties! This fudge is so easy you don’t need a candy thermometer – just a timer – and it makes a lot and is hard to put down. So make sure you have people to give it to. There will be a line waiting outside your door for it, don’t worry.
  6. 5-Ingredient Gluten-Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: You…you have an obsession with peanut butter, right? Me too. Rich, classic, without flour, these will surprise and delight you. So easy you can make them after dinner when a dessert craving hits.
  7. Smoky Baby Back Ribs in the Crock-Pot: my Crock-Pot got a workout this year, apparently. I hope yours did, too! I used to roast baby backs low and slow in the oven. Now I throw them in the slow cooker and forget about them until dinner pangs hit. Try it.
  8. Crock-Pot Caramelized Onions: Slow and steady does the trick, to make a slow cooker version of caramelized onions. I make a large batch and freeze them in portions so I always have them around. They make everything better.
  9. Sweet Tomato Basil BisqueSweet Tomato Basil Bisque: Shockingly…well…delicious! A fabulous, easy version of tomato soup with just the right touch of sweetness to balance the tomato tang. Just talking about it now, I want some.
  10. Better Than Trader Joe’s Kale and Edamame Salad: And that’s saying something, because their Bistro Kale and Edamame Salad is quite good! But it is expensive, which was my impetus for replicating it at home. While doing so, I made it better — lucky for us kale lovers!
  11. Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs: A perennial favorite. Make them even if it isn’t October 31, and see how much more fun your party is!
  12. Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins: That’s right, we take shortcuts. When they make delicious sense, who cares? A couple of ingredients is all this takes, and you’ll have pumpkiny goodness for breakfast or snack.
  13. Grilled Lemongrass Ginger ChickenGrilled Lemongrass Ginger Chicken: We all need a new chicken recipe, don’t we? Make this one yours! It’s a bit outside your usual envelope, but will surprise you with flavor.

Come back Wednesday, Jan. 2, to see my personal favorites for the year. They’re different than yours!

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

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

sarah January 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

The grilled chicken is simply wonderful. I prefer similar meals especially after the holiday season when losing weight should take priority over anything else. 🙂


Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought January 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I just back got back from visiting my relatives in Australia who are still talking about your BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs in the Slow Cooker recipe that I made for them while they were in the U.S. They absolutely loved it and so did we.


Dorothy January 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Sweeeeet! Thanks for telling me, and I am so glad they were a hit. So easy, so good, just a perfect way to do some country style ribs, eh?


Kristina December 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

you have had quite the delicious year, Dorothy! I need to make that hot chocolate AND the fudge – I love peanut butter fudge.

happy new year! I can’t wait to see YOUR favorites!


Geez Louise! December 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

wow, those all sound great. I’m going to check out the crock pot ribs. I made your potatoes (kinda) for Christmas. Couldn’t buy Boursin for $6 so I used low-fat cream cheese and fresh herbs + lemon zest…. sooooo good!


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