by valentina on December 31, 2012

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I don’t make a list of New Year’s Resolutions.  I used to, but if I didn’t accomplish the things I’d set out to, well, that was a bum out.  Instead, as I get ready for the new year, I make a list of what I did accomplish and feel good about.

One of the things on my 2012 list  is that I wrote almost 200 delicious recipes for Cooking On The Weekends!  And I’m proud of all of them.

This is a collection of the 12 recipes — one per month — that were the most popular, receiving the most praise and views in 2012.

I really want to thank all of you who hang out on Cooking On The Weekends for spending part of your year sharing my love of cooking with me.  I truly appreciate your readership, comments, emails, and I love when you try my recipes, and let me know about your culinary successes in the kitchen.

I look forward to writing many more tasty, fun and unique recipes for you in 2013!  And  I wish you all a year full of love, laughter, and happiness.

Click on each image below to get the recipe.

JANUARY: Spicy Kale Soup With Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato

FEBRUARY: Valentine’s Day Nutella Brownies Full of Heart {Gluten-Free}

MARCH: Herbed Garlic Bread

APRIL: Chocolate-Chocolate Gelato

MAY: Chocolate Biscoff Truffles

JUNE: Lemon Basil Pizza

JULY: Spicy Sriracha Spaghetti and Meatballs

AUGUST: No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

SEPTEMBER: Easy Thai Curry Paste

OCTOBER: Pumpkin Almond Cookies

NOVEMBER: Spiced Cranberry Sauce

DECEMBER: Port Glazed Manchego Figs and Prosciutto

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious December 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I would like a 12-course dinner party with every single one of those things! Brava!


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:09 am

Dorothy, and then I’ll turn up at your house for another 12 courses. ;-) Happy New Year to you and your family. xo V


Laura @ Family Spice December 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Wonderfully done! Two hundred recipes in 2012? You were a busy bee! Happy new year!


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

Thanks Laura — and I know you’re a busy bee, too! Happy New Year to you and yours! xo


amee December 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I liked Dorothy’s comment. I second that! :) 200 is a lot! i don’t think i have that in total…ever. lol.


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

Amee, thank you and I wish you and your sister, and families a very happy new year! xo


Colette @ JFF! December 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Valentina, I think I made most of those.
Not sure how those Biscoff truffles got past me though.
Guess what I’m making tonight? ;)
Happy 2013! xoxo


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

Colette — thank you for being one of my loyal readers! Hope you tried the Biscoff truffles — I can’t keep jars of Biscoff in the house anymore. Way too dangerous for my sweet tooth. ;-) Happy New Year to you. Here’s to more delicious cooking in 2013! xo V


Joan December 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Wow, looks terrific! And resembles our family cookbook I helped collect, assemble, & bind — almost half of the recipes are for desserts!! The brownies look absolutely sinfully rich — can’t wait to try!


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:05 am

Thanks so much, Joan! Happy New Year!


Linda K. Smith January 1, 2013 at 2:12 am

So glad you included my very favorite–July’s Spicy Sriracha Spaghetti & Meatballs!!!

But, who could resist the Nutella Brownies? Delicious! Started my Nutella adiction.

And for cute, the pumpkin almond cookies!

Thanks for a great food year, Valentina.


valentina January 3, 2013 at 1:05 am

Linda, thank you so much! I always knew you had good taste — must be why July’s winner was the Sriracha. . . . xoxo


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