Sunday, December 30, 2007

Recipe Favorites: The Best Recipes of 2007

I know some people don't really care about year-end hoopla, but I always enjoy looking back on the year that's ending and reflecting on my life. Here at Kalyn's Kitchen this was really a great year, so when Nupur from One Hot Stove announced her idea to have food bloggers post about The Best of 2007, I thought it sounded like fun. Nupur left the rules very flexible, but I decided to pick one favorite recipe from each month.

It sounded easy, but when I looked through the archives, I found that there were quite a few months where I really had a hard time deciding what my favorite was! (This is what my mother would have called "a good problem to have.") If I missed a recipe that was one of your favorites from Kalyn's Kitchen this year, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Be sure to visit One Hot Stove to see what other food bloggers chose as their favorite recipes of the year. It's quite an amazing list of blogs participating, so you're sure to find lots of good recipe ideas there.

In January I was doing phase one recipes for the month, and this Southwest Chicken Salad was really delicious and easy to make.

Simple as they come and completely delicious, I picked Roasted Asparagus with Garlic for February.

One of the many recipes from Fine Cooking Annual that rocked my world this year, the pick for March was Chicken Picatta with Fried Capers.

In April I became infatuated with mangoes after I made Grilled Lime and Chile Chicken with Mango and Red Bell Pepper Salsa.

When I discovered skinny green beans at Costco, one of the favorite recipes using them was May's Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts.

When the garden started producing Zucchini in June, I loved Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley from another favorite cookbook this year, Food to Live By.

2007 was the year I fell in love with fresh tarragon, and one recipe I loved using this herb was the Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Warm Tomato-Tarragon Salsa I made in July.

Eggplant was another food I learned to love this year, and the dish that made me an eggplant lover was Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint from August.

I've been making grilled salmon for years, but the Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, Caper, and Parsley Relish from Fine Cooking Magazine turned into something I cooked over and over.

 Sweet potatoes were another new food for me this year, a craze that started in October with the recipe from Epicurious.com for Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.

I fell in love with a Moroccan Spice Mix from Fine Cooking Magazine, and the Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices was my pick for November.

I found a wonderful recipe on 101 Cookbooks for Cottage Cheese Muffins and this version of Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Ham and Cheddar was something I loved in December.
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21 comments:

  1. What a great idea - and great personal round-up.
    I missed this one - buried up to my eyeballs in another project... Oh well -
    Happy New Year!

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  2. What a gorgeous round-up of the year's tastiest recipes! The first thing I noticed was how every plate is so eye-catching and colorful; brimming with vegetable and herbs :)
    Thanks so much for participating, Kalyn. And a very Happy New Year to you.

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  3. A great idea, Kalyn. Thank you for past posts with creative ideas for healthy & happy eating. Indeed you are a gift ... Happy New Year!

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  4. So many great recipes to choose from, Kalyn, and your photos are really mouthwatering. Happy New Year!

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  5. Looks like a wonderful round-up. I agree about falling in love with Taragon. I wishe more people used it. It is so good.

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  6. Thank you so much for giving us such a treat!
    Very happy New Year:)

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  7. Have a safe and happy New year Kalyn. I'll look forward to many more delicious recipes from Kalyn's kitchen in 2008!!!!Weekend Herb Blogging rocks!!!

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  8. I like looking back on the year too! Especially at good recipes! Your picks are wonderful!! I think they will be my favorites too:) Thanks for a great year of blogging! I am looking forward to Kalyn's Kitchen in 2008!

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  9. Great list--I've made several of these and heartily concur that they're favorites--especially the butternut with morrocan spices.

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  10. Kalyn I just wanted to stop by and thank you for including a link to my gingerbread success post on your blogher post. That was such a fun surprise to come back to after a holiday break! I tried to login to BlogHer but I couldn't remember my login info and it's not coming through to my e-mail yet. I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for visiting my corner and sharing the link love. Your recipes look awesome and I'll be coming back! :) I really enjoy good food.

    Hugs,
    Holly
    Holly's Corner

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  11. I have to second the spicy sweet potato fries--I've never been much of a French fry gal, but these are downright addictive. Happy New Year, Kalyn!

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  12. What a nice review of the past year. I remember most of those dishes! Really great.

    Happy new year, Kalyn!

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  13. What an amazing list of favorites for 2007! Your recipes and photographs are an inspiration for eating healthy and delicious food all year long. I can't wait to see what's new for 2008!

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  14. So many people tell me that they go to your site everyday, to get ideas for meals. You never let anyone down, and that's just amazing! Wonderful recap--and we all look forward to Kalyn's recipes for next year. Happy New Year!!!!!

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  15. I love these round up posts! I am definitely now wanting to make your southwest Chicken Salad and the Eggplant recipe.

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  16. That is a nice looking roundup! Happy New Year!

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  17. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I just can't seem to get back here on any kind of regular basis to respond, but I do read them all!

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  18. Oh thanks for the reminders. I think Gorn would really enjoy that Chicken Picatta again!
    Wishing you a very Happy Happy Healthy New Year.

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  19. What a great list of recipes, Kalyn! Have a very Happy New Year!

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  20. great recap Kalyn! it was great that Nupur organized this event so we could catch more from the blogging community much faster:)

    PS: I love your blog:)

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  21. yum! i love your round-up. more inspirations to cook again for 2008!

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