Food Bloggers Virtual New Year’s Eve and My 12 Favorite Recipes from 2011!

Happy New Year’s Eve my friends! {Or, for those of you reading this in 2012, Happy New Years!!!}

What better way to celebrate the new year, than with a party???

{A huge thank you to Lora from Cake Duchess, and Sanjeeta from LiteBite for hosting this virtual party…to Junia from Mis Pensamientos for coordinating the partiers…and to Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for her lovely and festive logo design!}

So what will we be serving at this party you may be asking???

Why a bit of champagne the bubbly, of course, and for those of you not imbibing, perhaps a glass or two of my Mocktail Spicy Apple Gingertini.

And to go along with the libations, we’re sharing our favorite recipes from 2011.

In light of the 12 months of the year, I’ve picked my own personal favorites, one for each month.

Some sweet and indulgent, but most on the lighter side, as I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve had a wee bit more sweets this past month than I normally do.

Just being honest here 🙂

So, please raise a glass and join me in celebrating the new year with my favorite recipes, then check out the links below, and head on over to party with all the other fabulous chefs!


January 2011: Homemade Applesauce with Mulling Spices {Big Tex, my applesauce lover, had a blast making this with me.  We love it a little bit on the chunky side.}

February 2011: Super Easy, Super Cheesy Super Bowl Toast {It was a toss up between this and my Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fried Rice, but this photo just makes me smile-thanks for being such a good sport SiSi :-)}

March 2011: Coconut Flour Pancakes with Pecans and Raspberries {Yum!}

April 2011: Big Tex’s Vanilla Birthday Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries {Big Tex loved his cake so much that I didn’t have time to take photos of the uneaten cake.  This has since become my “go-to” gluten-free vanilla cake.  For Christmas dinner, I made a Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake using this cake, whipped cream, and this recipe for Coffee Crunch.  I think it has become my dads new favorite cake -after my mom’s angel food cake of course!}

May 2011: Amazingly Addictive Artichoke Squares {Not only a favorite of mine, but I’ve loved hearing back from many of you about how much you have enjoyed these delectable cheesey egg and artichoke bites, perfect for any meal or snack.  Make a big bunch and freeze them for later!}

June 2011: Decadent Dark Chocolate Muesli {A healthy way to start the day, and I promise not to tell anyone if you drink the “cocoa milk” straight from the bowl when you’re done with your cereal :-)}

July 2011: Ginger Peach Frozen Yogurt and Gingery Peach Float {A tough month for me to pick a favorite, but I was really happy how my first experiment with my new ice cream maker turned out!}

August 2011: Cilantro, Tomato, and Green Onion Baked Eggs {Baked for my Twitter friend Patti of Easton Place Designs, this egg dish has become a healthy and easy favorite dish of mine to start the morning with.}

September 2011: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crisp {The perfect way to celebrate fall…I kept the sugar to a minimum in this recipe and it still tasted delicious.  You can even make a breakfast out of it by serving with Greek Yogurt.  Yum!}

October 2011: Pumpkin Pesto Bruschetta {This is a favorite of mine, because it was a total experimentation for the Recipe ReDux.  The combo of fresh pureed pumpkin, homemade pesto, and tangy goat cheese turned out to be quite remarkable-even my husband agreed :-)}

November 2011: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting {Made with teff, these cupcakes were another Recipe ReDux experiment that turned out to be delicious.  Yes, the maple buttercream frosting is on the indulgent side, but you can serve without and call them “muffins” for a lighter, less decadent version :-)}

December 2011: Homemade Chocolate Lollipops {Making these with SiSi and her friend was a fun “school vacation” project.  Big Tex was supposed to help, but somehow never made it to the kitchen, other than to eat them, that day.  I’m not much of a “crafty” person, but these were so easy to make, and if you think about it, the dark chocolate version with nuts and dried fruit is actually kind of healthy for you :-)}

Cheers my friends! I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012!!!

Do you have a favorite Spicy RD recipe from 2011?  What about a favorite recipe of your own? {Join the party by linking up a post of your own with your favorite recipes from 2011, or bring a brand new recipe to share!}  How will you/did you celebrate the New Year?

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  1. Great round-up and gorgeous photos…love the Super Bowl Toast on the head! 🙂
    Glad to “meet” you from the party…fun event! Happy New Year!

  2. I love your recap! I love all your amazing recipes! So glad to have met you through FOOD, a common passion for us all. Thanks for the blog-love & all the tweets shared! Happy New Year!
    P.S: Hope you don’t mind if I copy your paragraph to thank Sanjee, Junia and Heather! I must thank them, too on my post. Cheers!

  3. What a nice collection of favorite recipes. Can’t wait to see what you come up in 2012! Happy New Year!

  4. These look great.. Bookmarking your lolipop recipe. Glad to meet you through this virtual party! Happy New Year 🙂

  5. I love that photo of the lolipops. I hope you and your adorable family have a great year!

  6. Such a beautiful display, you are a true artist your photography is captivating.
    My pick would have to be the coconut flour pancakes…GENIUS!!!
    We went out to a Lebanese cafe that had belly dancers and then bowling for a game…I was still asleep by 11…true wuss!

  7. baked eggs and artichoke squares, how have I not made those, 2012 I will for sure. Happy New Year EA. Can’t wait for another year of deliciousness and humor.

  8. Happy new year!
    What a fabulous post! These all sound wonderful, and I love that picture of the super bowl toast 🙂

  9. Happy New Year!!
    It has been a joy connecting with you and reading your blog =)
    I look forward to more yummy recipes and amazing pictures in 2012!

  10. Hi my lovely friend! I didn’t write a list of bloggers who have influenced me, but if I would have, you would’ve been on my list!!! I continue to be inspired by you, and love all your recipes! Thank you for all your gluten free baking help:-) I seriously need to make the pumpkin pesto bruschetta, it seriously looks AMAZING!!! Sending lots of love and hugs! I hope you have a VERY happy New Year, Terra

  11. Happy New Year!! I really love your round-up. Your photos are mouth-watering to boot. My fav is the pumpkin bruschetta..very clever. Wish you all things wonderful in 2012!

  12. love your recipes fun to see them I remember the pumpkin bruschetta

    happy new year sweet lady

    hugs rebecca

  13. Wow, this is a jaw-dropping recap. Loving the pancakes, but the pumpkin bruschetta is a no-doubt-about-it-must-try!

    Happy New Year!

  14. i love the Ginger Peach Frozen Yogurt, sounds refreshing and tasty!

    here’s to more for 2012! Cheers!

    and by the way, i love the picture of your sis with the toast on her head 🙂

  15. Thanks for joining the #Welcome2012 with all of us, wonderful to see the recap of these scrumptious recipes from 2011.
    Certainly one of the best that 2011 could give me is to know you, EA! Hope our foodie adventures will go along for years to come.

  16. Happy New Year, EA!
    Wow, all these recipe look just delicious! I must have missed the artichoke squares. They look divine!! 🙂

  17. You have chosen a delicious array! Everything looks wonderful! Happy New Year!

  18. What a gorgeous and delicious round-up of recipes. I LOVE those artichoke squares (need to make them asap), and the cheesy toast photo is priceless..a true ‘cheesehead’, so cute! That said..I’m sure the tuiles could easily be made gluten-free. Please let me know if and when you get to it! Glad to have taken part in #Welcome2012 with you! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!!

  19. Hi and a very Happy New Year to you!Loved all your scrumptious recipes, especially the Pumpkin bruschetta and artichoke squares!

  20. Happy New Year to you as well! I’ll toast to a happy and healthy new year with a glass of your Spicy Apple Gingertini.

  21. I’m officially hungry! Oh yeah! Happy New Year! #Welcome2012

  22. EA, you have been such an inspiration to me. thank you for encouraging me not to give up on my health and exchanging all those emails with me! i love how you make GF look so delicious and fun. i heart you! looking forward to 2012!

  23. Happy New Year! I really like this round up you provided. Since I am new to blogging, I will have to go back and try out some of these earlier recipes I have missed. First on the list: Coconut Flour Pancakes!

  24. You just made me really hungry! I can’t wait to try these recipes. Happy New Year!

  25. Thank you everyone so much for all your lovely comments and happy new year wishes! I’m thinking 2012 is going to be a great year for us all 🙂

  26. What a mouthwatering collection of favourites of 2011!
    Happy New Year to you too!

  27. Happy New Year, EA! Your 2011 roundup is making me hungry! 🙂

  28. WOW! This is cool! Thanks! 🙂 And, Congrats to the winners Who Won The Ssuperbowl 2012

  29. Wow! Thanks for sharing!
    Whats your camera? The pictures are stunning!!!


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