my top 12 of ’12

December 31, 2012 by Ali

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

I can hardly believe that another year has come and gone, but an eventful year it has been! In my personal life, I left my full-time job of 7+ years to pursue blogging mostly full-time, I sold my house and moved across town to a loft in downtown KC, and then I decided to end the year with a 3.5 week tour around Europe. Craziness! If you would have asked me a year ago where I would be at the end of 2012, I never would have guessed any of this in my wildest dreams. But it has been an amazing year, and each day I am profoundly grateful.

But equally exciting have been some of the amazing developments that have transpired on the blog this year. Thanks to your amazing support, we were able to open 4 new sections of the blog this year:

After solely focusing on food for years, it has been such a joy and fun adventure to start sharing some of these other favorite topics on the site, and to bring on three amazing friends as new writers too.

I am so aware, though, that so many of these joys of the past year are in large part due to your continued support and encouragement with the site. I still think it is the craziest, coolest blessing that people from all around the world would take the time to tune in and check out these recipes and posts day after day, and I often find myself just stepping back overwhelmed with thanks.

So thank you, thank you for being the wonderful readers that you are! I seriously wish I could meet each of you and give you a big hug and say thank you in person. But for now, I offer you a little tradition I have each New Year’s Eve — the Top 12 or ’12! Here are my favorite 12 recipes, and I will follow with your favorites (based on traffic). Hope you enjoy!

12. Bailey’s Chocolate Cookies ~ I made these during my Bailey’s recipe week on the blog last St. Patty’s Day last year, and all of my friends and I LOVED them. A great way to use up leftover Bailey’s…or a reason to buy more. :)

11. Pasta with Goat Cheese, Chicken, Asparagus & Mushrooms ~ Love, love, love using goat cheese as a sauce for pasta.

10. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza ~ Probably my favorite pizza of the year. So flavorful and good!

9. Lobster Bisque ~ Success making one of my favorite decadent restaurant soups at home.

8. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade ~ The Pop Rocks lining the top of the glasses are fun, but this simple spritzer is even better!

7. Carnitas Caldo ~ My interpretation of a stunning new soup I tried this year at XOCO in Chicago. So good.

6. Parmesan-Crusted Shrimp Quesadillas ~ The name sounds questionable, but trust me — the Parmesan (and shrimp, and avocado, and sun-dried tomatoes) MAKES these.

5. Hummus Mashed Potatoes ~ I had fun experimenting with new uses for hummus in ’12. These potatoes were one of my definite favs.

4. Guacamole Cups ~ If you’re ever looking for a bite-sized appetizer for friends that will disappear in a snap, you must try these. The crunch of the baked wonton wrappers is the perfect pairing for fresh guacamole.

3. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies ~ I know, I know – who is this girl posting two chocolate cookie recipes as favorites? Well these chocolate cookies with caramel bits and sea salt on top are definitely some of my new favorites. Best fresh out of the oven, these chewy, sweet and salty treats are a total winner.

2. Homemade White Hot Chocolate ~ SO easy to make at home!

1. Roasted Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese ~ I think this one comes in as my favorite of 2013. Buy some really good aged white cheddar to make this one, throw in tons of veggies, and you will be amazed.

Cheers to more great recipes to come in 2013!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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7 thoughts on “my top 12 of ’12

  1. Just found your blog via pinterest – your recipes are amazing & so inspiring! Thanks for being awesome & sharing :)

    - Keri

  2. Huge congrats, Ali!! What a wonderful year for you and it’s filled with beautiful food! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2013!!

    - JulieD

  3. What a delicious looking collection! Those cookies, and the veggie mac and cheese are going straight to my “recipes I must try soon” list! =) Happy New Year!!

    - Glory/ Glorious Treats

  4. I love your roasted veggie mac & cheese – that’s definitely my favorite for the year!!

    - SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen

  5. You have had such an amazing year! I can’t wait to see where life takes you in 2013!! xo

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  6. Your blog was so chalk full of goodness this year! All the best in 2013!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  7. What an amazing year – congrats!!

    That pizza is stunning, and I’m totally craving it. You had quite a delicious year!!

    Happy New Year!

    - Aggie