2012 Top Ten Recipes ~ Savoring a Year of Celebration and Sorrow

2012 began with an exciting redesign of Savoring Today along with a list of goals and aspirations, some accomplished and some remaining part of the list. We joined a wonderful group of bloggers at Hearth & Soul Hop to co-host a weekly blog hop, sponsored cookbook reviews and giveaways, as well as cooking our way through another tasty year. Looking back, it is easier to recognize how this blog has become a journal of life’s journey in the heart and at the table—both are better when shared.

After patting myself on the back early in the year for making my own Sprouted Wheat Buns, we jumped on board the Celebration Express and rode through a whirlwind of 5 weddings, 4 bridal showers, graduations, birthdays, engagements, and births—all before the end of May. It’s a good thing the party schedule slowed down, because June brought everything to a screeching halt when the Waldo Canyon fire blazed through our beautiful hillside wrecking homes and lives.

Grief was no stranger in 2012, the post Tears of Gratefulness and Grief Roll off the Same Cheek written in May remained a constant theme. The trauma and loss our community experienced in the fire swirled in the shadows of three friends unexpectedly losing adult children, a shocking tragedy in Aurora, and the heartbreaking atrocity in Newtown.

The year concluded with joy and extra celebration on Christmas Day as close friends got engaged—so romantic! We were grateful for refreshing hope and renewed joy as we said good-bye to the year behind us.

Happy New Year, everyone!

A salute to our Top 10 posts for 2012 …

10. Chicken Teriyaki & Stir-Fry Vegetables

Teriyaki Chicken 2 close up (1 of 1)

9. Thai Chili Sesame Chicken Wings

Thai Chili Sesame Chicken Wings - plated (1 of 1)

8. Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Fried Onion Topping [GF]

Chicken Broccoli Casserole Close-up (1 of 1)

7. Key Lime Cheesecake

Key Lime Cheesecake - Anniversary

6. Cheesecake Strawberries with Chocolate Accents

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Accents 2 (1 of 1)

5. Emeril’s Cajun Shrimp Stew

Savoring Today Cajun Shrimp Stew

4. Emeril’s Turkey Club Casserole [GF]

Turkey Club Casserole Plated 2 (1 of 1)

3. Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks

Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks - plated (1 of 1)

2. Bridal Shower Menu Collection

Bridal Shower Dessert Table (1 of 1)

1. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake   I was a little surprised this was the top post, didn’t know that many folks were looking for gluten-free chocolate cake, but hey, ya never know.  It is a fabulous cake, GF or otherwise!

Chocolate Cake - GF - Slice with Raspberries (1 of 1)

Abundant blessings to you all in 2013!

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  1. says

    I’m so glad you’ve done a “round up” of your top posts as there were some I’d missed. I can’t wait to have my next book club so I can bring those strawberries or the key-lime cheesecake! I’m so sorry to read that your year had so much sorrow.. this has been a trying year for myself as well, although my reasons don’t begin to touch yours. We have so much to be grateful for and I need to be reminded of that! xxx Smidge
    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen recently posted..Resolving New Year’s ResolutionsMy Profile

    • says

      We do have so much to be grateful for, Barb, and need the reminder from time to time. I hope your new year continues to be blessed!

  2. says

    Such a year you had, Judy! I hope this year’s highs are many and the lows quite scarce with none of such great magnitude as those of 2012. Your round up is filled with so many great dishes. I’ve pinned 2 — for now. I’ll be back for more as 2013 progresses, I’m sure.
    ChgoJohn recently posted..Engineering the Standing Rib RoastMy Profile

    • says

      Yes, the Cheesecake Strawberries are a favorite of many, just got a request for a bridal shower coming up. Thanks for stopping by, Raymund, Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • says

      Thank you, John, for your kind compliment — I was happy to discover your blog this last year too! Happy New Year to you and yours. :)

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