This year has been a year of culinary exploration for me! While the things that I eat typically a day in and day out tend to revolve around a consistent healthy meal plan, I like creating an annual bucket list of recipes to make. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to work on collaborations that challenge me creatively in the kitchen, and this year those have ended up being some of my favorite posts to date. I’ve rounded up the mine and my reader’s favorite recipes from 2017! Enjoy!
Orange Cinnamon Stick Buns with a Pecan Citrus Glaze
These sticky buns/ cinnamon rolls have been on my list to make from scratch for ages. I carved out some hours one weekend when we went to the mountains to whip them up and to give them an autumnal twist, I infused the dough with orange and doused it in an orange glaze. They were worth every hour spent making them.
Hearty Winter Salad with Autumn Glory Apples and a Decadent Hot Chocolate
I love that this Hearty Winter Salad with Autumn Glory Apples and my decadent Hot Cocoa recipe are sitting next to each other in this recap post. The irony is overflowing, much like the flavor that is in these two separate recipes. If you aren’t using delicata squash for your recipes, you’re sorely missing out on an opportunity to add some “meat” to your typical salad. In the hot cocoa recipe, there are about 3 different chocolates in it, plus a secret ingredient that makes the cocoa that much more decadent.
Sage & Grapefruit Prosecco Fizz
We had an exceptionally warm autumn down here, so these sage & grapefruit prosecco fizzes came in handy when we were still seeing ninety-degree temperatures in October.
Grilled Summer Veggie Pizza
When I worked with Organic Girl earlier this summer, they challenged me to think outside of the box when it came to developing a recipe with their new Butter Lettuce hearts. I decided to make a salads antithesis by loading up a pizza with veggies, and it was delicious. The pizza was so easy to whip together and I love the buttery flavor the butter lettuce gave the entire dish.
Bourbon Prosecco Spritzer and Truffled Mashed Potatoes
This Bourbon Prosecco Spritzer was truly a delicious way to combine the manly taste of bourbon with the feminine effervescence of prosecco. It’s my new favorite way to drink bourbon. These truffled mashed potatoes are truly the most delicious side dishes you could serve next to any dinner. If truffle isn’t your thing, leave the truffle out and just make regular mashed potatoes. The secret to getting these potatoes so smooth may surprise you.
Blueberry & Lavender Peach Pie
If you read the original story, you’d be surprised to know what inspired this pie! It was my favorite pie to make this summer, and it gave me a chance to work on my latticing skills.
The Mint Julep
I think my favorite post of this entire year was the Mint Julep one I posted for the Kentucky Derby. I love how all the photos came out, and it’s truly an iconic, Southern drink.
Didn’t see your favorite recipe make the list? Check out the rest of the recipe index and let me know which one you think should be added! Stay tuned for 2018, lots more exciting food-related content coming your way!