Perry’s Plate Best of 2012

Everyone’s doing a 2012 round up it seems, and it makes me so happy.

Perry's Plate Best of 2012 - www.PerrysPlate.com

I love hearing about highlights from the year. Ours were adding a new baby girl to our family, settling into our first home, and finally joining the rest of civilization and getting smart phones. I also conquered (somewhat) French macarons, sent my oldest off to Kindergarten, and grew to love minivans (that last one I swore I’d never do).

Of course there were recipe highlights. I’m getting hungry all over again browsing through this year’s posts! For 2012 I chose one recipe from each month. Some months were easy. Some months required a “runner up” because I struggled choosing a favorite, but they all were ones that we loved, my kids devoured, and many were made over and over.

April was sparse because most of my efforts were going toward the Staying Whole in a Processed World series.

June was probably the most memorable, although I have to say my appetite for that month’s choice no longer exists. I’m still enjoying the first helping.

And now, starting at the beginning of the 2012. . .

Marinated Chicken Skewers with Clementine Salsa - www.PerrysPlate.com

January: Marinated Chicken Skewers with Clementine Salsa

Runner up: Turning scraps into Homemade Vegetable Broth

Homemade Nutella -- www.PerrysPlate.com

February: Homemade Nutella

Runner up: Tropical Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Stacked Chicken & Zucchini Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chile Sauce -- www.PerrysPlate.com

March: Stacked Chicken & Zucchini Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chile Sauce

Runner up: The smoothie for people who hate green smoothies (this gets made about 5 days a week)

Creamy Spinach and Avocado Pasta -- www.PerrysPlate.com

April: Creamy Spinach and Avocado Pasta (aka Green Noodles)

Spicy Butternut and Black Bean Egg Rolls with Citrus Avocado Cream -- www.PerrysPlate.com

May: Spicy Butternut and Black Bean Egg Rolls with Citrus Avocado Cream

June: Definitely the tastiest thing I made all year.

Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing - www.PerrysPlate.com

July: Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing

Runner up: Popcorn-crusted White Fish

Raw Cookie Dough Bites -- www.PerrysPlate.com

August: Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Runner up: Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Swirl

BLT Quesadilla Wrap -- www.PerrysPlate.com

September: BLT Quesadilla Wrap

Best. Sloppy Joe's. Ever. -- www.PerrysPlate.com

October: Best. Sloppy. Joe’s. Ever. (according to us)

Runner up: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Frosty Pumpkin Pie Shots - www.PerrysPlate.com

November: Frosty Pumpkin Pie Shots

Runner up: 5-Minute Maple-Ginger Glazed Pecans

Chocolate-Dipped Spicy Gingersnaps - www.PerrysPlate.com

December: Chocolate-Dipped Spicy Gingersnaps

And there you have it! I loved 2012.

What was the best thing you ate this year? Did you have any culinary breakthroughs or make any steps toward healthier eating?