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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Favorite Recipes from 2013

As 2013 comes to a close we reflect on the memorable moments throughout the year, express gratefulness for the people and blessings in our lives and begin to look forward to a whole new year of possibilities and dreams. 
 Part of my reflection includes the recipes I have tried this year and shared with all of you.  I want to thank you for following me!   Here is a compilation of some of the fan favorites from 2013.  I look forward to sharing more deliciousness with you in 2014!!

In January I made  the Best Carrot Cake from Southern Living Magazine ~ 3 Moist, full of flavor layers loaded with carrots, pineapple, coconut and pecans,  glazed with a buttermilk glaze, and filled and frosted with a sweet cream cheese frosting:

For February a delicious Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake ~ a bit of a shortcut using boxed yellow cake mix (but no shortcut on taste!) that is brightened up with fresh lemon zest.  The cake is layered and frosted with fresh whipped cream and strawberries:

In April a creamy Italian Cheesecake with Strawberries ~ a combination of Ricotta and Mascarpone, baked on an amaretti and graham cracker cookie crust, topped with macerated strawberries and strawberry sauce, inspired by my favorite Italian restaurant ~ Becco:

In July for my daughters graduation party a fresh and flavorful Table Caprese Salad ~ tender baby arugula is used for the lettuce, then heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh marinated mozzarella balls are arranged on top.  This lovely salad is then drizzled with a homemade Lemon -Pesto Vinaigrette:

In August a favorite cookie turned into a delicious bar ~ Raspberry Linzer Bars with Sweet Almond Glaze

In the summer I made a BBQ favorite that doesn't need an actual BBQ because it is slow cooked in the oven, this Slow Baked Brisket with Bourbon Mustard Barbeque Sauce is just melt in your mouth delicious and full of flavor:

In the fall I made these Apple Pie Muffins ~  a delicious batter chock full of apples, and pecans, then covered in a sweet crumble topping.  If you love apple pie you will fall in love with these muffins:

Another fall favorite was these Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts inspired by a trip to our local apple picking farm, there's nothing like fresh warm homemade doughnuts!

For my father-in -laws birthday in October I made this Chocolate Cream Pie and it was really good!!  A chocolate Oreo crust (store bought) is filled with a rich and silky creamy chocolate filling the topped with a sweet vanilla whipped cream topping and garnished with bittersweet chocolate shavings:

 Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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