When I started this blog in February, I never really knew how much work or how much fun it would be. It's been very rewarding, and I love the people I've "met" who understand my love for food. Here are my most popular posts in 2012. I'll post some of my favorites before the end of the year.
1. Slutty Brownies. How can you go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie layer, an oreo layer, and a brownie layer? Answer: you can't.
2. Salted Caramel Brownies. Yes, the caramel really is that gooey and stays that way. Every time I make these, I want to eat the entire pan in my closet while wearing yoga pants. I definitely don't like to share these. Ever.
3. Shells and White Cheddar. Only three ingredients for creamy mac and cheese. You boil the noodles in milk and add white cheddar. Easy and cheesy. I was about to say just like me, but then I realized I'd be calling myself easy...and I'm not. Anyway...
4. Key Lime Cupcakes. Vanilla cake, key lime curd, and cream cheese frosting. They are light and fluffy...this recipe is adapted for high altitude, but you can make them at a regular altitude, too.
5. Caramel Apple Cupcakes. I'm a little surprised these made it into the top 5 because I didn't think they were so popular. They are really good though. They're a spiced apple cake with caramel frosting and caramel drizzle. Perfect for fall/winter!Also adapted for high altitude, but you can make them at regular altitude, too.
6. Soft Frosted Sugar (Lofthouse) Cookies. These definitely don't surprise me. With 4 sticks of butter going into 24 giant cookies, you know you can't go wrong. I just made these this week for Christmas (with green frosting), and they're a big hit!
7. Homemade Queso. I adore queso, and this version of queso is awesome. Made with deli yellow American cheese and fresh veggies, it's a win for any appetizer/dinner/party.New Years Eve anyone??
8. Cinnamon Russian Braid. This beautiful loaf of bread is easy to make and is just as good as cinnamon rolls. You can substitute cocoa powder for the cinnamon to get a chocolate loaf, too.
9. Homemade Hamburger Buns. This reminds me that I need to get some of these going. They're pretty easy to make, and they taste a lot better than the store-bought ones. They're definitely worth the effort.
10. Orange Creamsicle Cookies. An orange buttercream filling sandwiched between two vanilla cookies equals an awesome cookie sandwich. Love these, and I'm really looking forward to making them again (and reminding myself of summer when it's snowing outside).
Cooking is fun and easy at high altitude, but baking can be frustrating. About 90% of my recipes work everywhere, but some are adjusted so us mountain dwellers can enjoy baked goods from scratch. I hope you find great recipes on here for your family, and I'll let you know if any are adjusted for high altitude.