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!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

, , , , ,

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

  1. Karen (Back Road Journal) January 3, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Your photos of the recipes that you prepared make you want to try them all. I hope this year will be a better one for your community. Have a happy and healthy New Year.
    Karen (Back Road Journal) recently posted..A Picture Is Worth A Thousand WordsMy Profile

    • Judy January 4, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Thanks for saying so, Karen, capturing good images is still an uphill climb for this cook, I appreciate your encouragement. :)

  2. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen January 3, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    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

    • Judy January 4, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      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!

  3. ChgoJohn January 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    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

  4. mjskit January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    What a great year in food! Delicious recipes! When we drove to and from Denver back in July we saw the devastation of the fire. What a scaring thing! I hope that those affected are getting back on their feet. Such a difficult task.
    Happy New Year!!!!
    mjskit recently posted..Skippin’ Jenny (aka Hoppin’ John, Black-eyed peas)My Profile

    • Judy January 4, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Yes, it was a great year in food! Thank you for your concern, MJ, I know many still struggle to settle with insurance companies and rebuild — the process is not as smooth as one might assume and our hearts go out to them.
      Look forward to seeing more great recipes from your kitchen in 2013!
      Judy recently posted..2012 Top Ten Recipes ~ Savoring a Year of Celebration and Sorrow My Profile

  5. Raymund January 6, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    That Emeril’s Cajun Shrimp Stew and Cheesecake Strawberries with Chocolate Accents were one of my favourites
    Raymund recently posted..Honey Walnut PrawnsMy Profile

    • Judy January 7, 2013 at 6:27 am #

      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.

  6. john@kitchenriffs January 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Great roundup of recipes! I hope you have no significant lows this year – you had more than your share last year. Thanks for your blog – it’s terrific.
    john@kitchenriffs recently posted..Easy Homemade ButterMy Profile

    • Judy January 7, 2013 at 6:28 am #

      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. :)

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge