Cooking with Karin

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and a Recap of Popular Posts

I've been off the radar not only because of the holidays, but because Hubs had to have his previously detached and re-attached retina re-attached again. Poor guy has spent the holidays in a face-down position lying in a special device at the foot of our bed.

That's meant I've been busy taking care of him, feeding young adults and enjoying spending time with family over the holidays.

It has been a somewhat tough final quarter of 2012 for us, but we're so very thankful that everyone is well and we continue to count our blessings. We know things could be so much worse, and that for many families, things are so much worse.

As we head into 2013, I thought I'd share links to the most popular posts on the blog instead of posting my weekly Menu Plan Monday post. Most of these recipes can easily be incorporated into your weekly menu plan, and we'll definitely be enjoying some Hungarian Cabbage Rolls over the next few days!

So, here they are. The top five posts of 2012.

#1: Greek Potatoes.

I am a bit surprised that this recipe keeps bringing in the "hits" but I'm also thrilled. I was a major failure when it came to making these potatoes. I'm talking about multiple attempts that ended up with basically lemony roasted potatoes, but not the slightly chewy, extremely flavorful potatoes I'd enjoyed at Greek restaurants and Augusta's annual Greek Festival.

#2: Creamy Black Bean Dip.

This one is another surprise, as this is a recipe I developed a long time ago. It's my version of a packaged, prepared grocery store dip Hubs and favorite son picked up. This is good stuff!

#3: Creamy Buffalo Chicken Pasta.

This recipe resulted when I tried a cookbook version that had WAY. TOO. MUCH. GARLIC. So much so, in fact, that this garlic-lover couldn't even eat it. No joke.

I adapted it to include less garlic, and used the recipe for Alfredo Sauce from "Second Round, Tea-Time at the Masters" (one of my all-time favorite cookbooks) in place of the garlic-laden sauce in the original recipe.

#4: Hungarian Cabbage Rolls.

This is my grandmother's recipe, with a few updates for ease of preparation. They're a Gage family tradition on New Year's Day.

#5: Mickey Mouse Party for Gage Part 3.

My sister threw a fantastic 3rd birthday party for her son, Gage. It was months in the planning and came off almost without a hitch. (My poor mom's project, the Mickey centerpieces below, were the hitch. The oasis she bought to stick the greenery into didn't absorb the water. Instead, it floated. Repair of the centerpieces was a frustrating project, but we got it done and they ended up looking awesome!).

The food at the party was great, and I highly recommend the cupcake recipe! It uses a cake mix, but Leslie consulted friends who have worked in bakeries for the recipe so it the cupcakes are really delicious.

Well, that sums up the top five posts of 2012. I hope to get back to posting more often in 2013, but bear with me if I go absent from time to time. Life can get complicated!

Happy New Year!!! -Karin

As usual, I'm linking this post to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.


BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

MPM definitely keeps me on track. I actually look forward to Mondays!
This New Year's Eve, I'm staying home, cleaning our house and doing some blog visiting. Hubby had to work so it will be quiet.
Your menu plan looks delicious.
Have a wonderful week and a Happy New Year!

Lisa @ CheapThrillsInOmaha said...

Thanks for the recap. Love the Mickey cupcakes, too. Visiting from Menu Plan Monday.