Tomorrow is January 1st, which marks not only a new year, but also the 2nd anniversary of my blog. So before I get to anything else, I want to thank you all for your support over the past two years, and particularly in the past few months that I’ve been blogging full-time. THANK YOU!
And now, onto the Best of 2012! Because it’s New Year’s Eve and I don’t want to write a real post! Like last year, I’ve taken the 5 most popular posts of the year and combined them with my 5 favorite posts of the year for a grand total of 10.
Most Popular Posts of 2012
Banana Chai Breakfast Shake // I still have this for breakfast all the time! I wanted to come up with an oatmeal smoothie that didn’t feel gritty like an oatmeal smoothie and soaking the oats ahead of time did the trick.
Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake // And fine, I totally did another breakfast shake because the first one was so popular. I admit it!
Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake // Maybe I should just give up this whole vegetarian blog thing and only do breakfast shakes, huh? This was the first breakfast shake I did and it’s the most popular too.
Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather // Whenever I look at this post, I’m reminded that I really need to do animated GIFs more often. I should also make fruit leather more often. This recipe has minimal added sugar (thanks to the banana!), you don’t need to pre-cook the fruit, and you don’t need a dehydrator.
Vanilla Ice // I published this over six months ago and it’s still always one of my top five posts each day. Although most of the people who have made these ice cubes love them, I’ve also heard a few people say that they curdled in their coffee, which prompted me to obsessively test and retest the recipe. From the research I’ve done online (and oh, I’ve done research!), it seems that the curdling is a result of coffee that’s either too hot or too acidic. Despite this, it’s one of my favorite recipes of the year and I’m glad so many of you have enjoyed it too!
My Favorite Posts of 2012
Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce // Not only do I love this recipe (and I do!), but I think these are some of my favorite photos of the year too. This is one of those posts where I was a wee bit disappointed that it wasn’t more popular because we enjoyed the recipe so much.
Baked Sriracha Potato Chips // I’ve made a bunch of baked potato chip recipes this year, but I don’t want this to become the baked potato chip & breakfast shake blog, so I’ve held back on posting them. But this is probably one of my favorites.
Chocolate Lambic Cupcakes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting // Desserts don’t do well on my blog unless they’re healthy and/or light, and this one is neither. But it is so good. Also, it involves beer. Beer!
Baked Fried Brown Rice // I love this recipe. If I had to choose one favorite recipe of the year, this would be it. I never would have guessed that the best fried rice I’d ever make would be baked in the oven and not fried!
A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu // It kind of felt like I spent all of September and all of October coming up with this Thanksgiving menu, but I think it was worth it. I loved this feature and I loved having the chance to collaborate with my fellow blogger (and professional photographer) Rikki Snyder. I heard from so many people telling me they made some (or even all!) of these dishes for Thanksgiving, so I guess the bar is set high for next year.
So that’s the best of 2012! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that 2013 brings you success, good health, delicious food, miniature ponies, and everything else your heart desires!