Fan Favorites: The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2011

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Here are the ten most-viewed recipes that I posted in 2011. Maybe it was one of these recipes that brought you here. Maybe it was another one. Either way, Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012!

My Seven Links & Free Yogurt


I had every intention of posting a new recipe and launching a new series on cooking for one last night, but I got caught up in design issues that took longer than expected and left me feeling like my brain was fried.

Hopefully it was worth it though. I still have a few loose ends to tie up, but my hope is that the new layout is crisper, cleaner and (hopefully!) quicker to load. I’ll be back soon with that new recipe. In the meantime, my friend Amy tagged me in the Seven Links post that’s been going around – I thought it would be a fun way to revisit some of the older recipes I’ve posted.

A Contest, Winners & Lentils for Everybody!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with lentils and dry peas. In addition to the three recipes that I’ve posted here, I made a fantastic taco salad using seasoned lentils instead of beef (I didn’t post it because the photos were dark and the recipe wasn’t all that fascinating – but I urge you to try it!) and I’m working on a recipe that uses lentils as a filler in lamb sausages. So even thought the challenge is now over, you definitely haven’t seen the last of lentils around here!

As a participant in the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council Blogger Challenge, I was asked to choose my favorite of the three gluten-free pea/lentil recipes that I developed to be entered into a contest. Since I absolutely loved each recipe, deciding on one was really difficult! It was a tough call, but I finally decided on the Lentil and Strawberry Salad with Pepper-Crusted Tuna. I just loved the balance of sweet, spicy, and earthy flavors.

So here’s how the contest works: if I receive more comments on this post than the other participants receive on their final posts, I win a set of Le Crueset Stainless Steel pots. Pretty sweet!

Go check out the other entries. Then – if my recipe is your favorite – come back here and leave a comment letting me know. Or let me know if you preferred one of my other recipes (the lemony lentil patties with massaged kale salad or the chocolate pea-nut butter cookies).

As a final gift, the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council has agrees to send lentil samples to the first 500 people who email their name and address to (Your information will not be used again or shared with any third parties.)

And now for the winners!! I really loved all of your responses and I wish that I had a prize for everyone. But the winner of the Stainless Steel Le Crueset Casserole with Steamer insert is comment #25, left by Jenn T., who loves to eat tomatoes right off the vine. The Chicago Metallic Winged Cookie Sheet goes to Comment #18, left by Cindy, who loves to make pea soup. I’ll be reaching out to the two of you for your mailing info. Enjoy!

I’ll be back later this week with a great summer drink recipe that you won’t want to miss.

Six Recipes to Start the New Year Right

The start of the year is a great time for new beginnings and I, like so many other people, hope to take the time to refocus on eating healthily. After a season of festivity, it can be difficult to get back on track — and cold, gloomy weather that makes me crave comfort foods certainly doesn’t help!
Starting this week, I’ll be back to regularly posting healthy and delicious recipes — I have a chili recipe planned for Thursday that you won’t want to miss — but before I get to that, I thought I would take the opportunity to look back at some of my favorite healthy recipes from the past year or so. These six meals (I just couldn’t narrow it down to five; you get a bonus) are comforting, easy to prepare, and full of flavor that’s perfect for the cold winter months. In other words, they’re the perfect way to start 2011 off on the right foot, without feeling deprived.
Happy New Year!

Spicy Crab and Corn Chowder

Mahi Mahi in Oolong Broth

Taco Bake

Southwest Lentil Patties with Creamy Lime Dressing

Recipe Rivalry!



Thanks you all for following along these past two weeks as I had fun playing with dry peas and lentils. I really enjoyed creating the recipes, and I hope that you enjoyed them too! I definitely came up with a few winners! Speaking of winners, I’ve entered my Pea & Herb Stuffed Flatbread into the Recipe Rivalry contest…. with your help, I could win a great set of Le Crueset cookware. I absolutely adore Le Crueset, so I’d really like to win! I’m up against some other great bloggers, but I’d appreciate your vote. You can vote once per day from June 17 until June 23rd. ;)

So sweeten the deal a little, the first 500 voters will receive a free sample of lentils! AND once of you will win a very generous supply of lentils and dry peas, courtesy of the USA Dry Pea, Lentil, and Chickpea Association! They’re calling it a “lifetime supply” but I don’t know exactly how much they’re sending – and it’s all coming at one, so if it really is a ridiculous amount, I recommend a nice donation to your local food bank. ;)

TO WIN: Leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite lentil recipe is. Simple as that. I’ll pick a winner on June 23.

I was planning to have a fun, new non-lentil post for you tonight to celebrate the end of the lentils, but that will have to wait. I had a really long day at work and I juts can’t spend any more time looking at the computer. All I’ll say is: Cookies. With brown butter. And espresso. Coming very soon.

Meanwhile, you can head on over to the Mushroom Channel to see my recipe for Mushroom Stroganoff. This is one of our favorite weeknight meals and I just know you’ll love it too!