Best of 2011–The Savory

What a fun year I’ve had in the kitchen.  I feel like this year was a year when I really came into my own in the kitchen.  I tackled some recipes that I might not have tried even a year ago and I became more familiar with ingredients I hadn’t really used before.  And thanks to that, I made some pretty tasty food.  Food that is delicious and comforting and, above all, perfect for sharing with those you love.  Food like the following recipes–my favorite savory dishes of 2011.

chipotle chicken tostada bites 

 Chipotle Chicken Tostada Bites–You guys certainly responded to this one.  It quickly became not just one of this year’s most popular posts, but one of my blog’s most popular recipes overall. 

tequila orange shrimp 

 Orange-Tequila Shrimp with Cilantro-Lime Rice and Beans–This dish looks fancy but couldn’t be much easier to make.  It’s great for company or for making you and your family feel little more special. 

roasted tomato soup

 Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup–I’ve really been enjoying my Meatless Monday posts, in large part to recipes like this one.  With just this soup, great bread, and some fancy cheese, a favorite childhood meal becomes perfectly comforting for a grown up.

strawberry goat cheese grilled cheese

 Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese–Do you see a trend?  Yep.  We really love our grilled cheese sandwiches around here.  This one was a big winner with a decidedly summery twist.


 Zucchini Boats–Another perfect summer recipe.  I don’t know about all of you, but I can never seem to get my fill of zucchini during the summer months.

slow cooker tex mex chicken

 Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken–What
could be simpler than putting all your ingredients in the crock and
letting the slow cooker do the work?  Nothing.  And when the result
tastes like this dish, there’s noting not to love.

slow cooker asian pork

 Slow Cooker Asian Pork Shoulder–Another
winner for the slow cooker.  The flavors were spot on for what I
wanted.  Just make some rice for the side and dinner is ready!

tex mex meatloaf

 Tex-Mex Meatloaf with Chipotle Glaze–If you’re one of those people who say they hate meatloaf, I beg you to give this one a try.  The flavor is completely different from any meatloaf I’ve ever had.  M and I both loved it.

chicken with tomato pan sauce

Chicken with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce–I
saw this recipe in one of my favorite food magazines and on a few of my
friends blogs.  That was all the impetus I needed to give it a shot. 
It only took one bite to know I definitely wasn’t sorry.

pork tenderloin with apples and port

 Roast Pork with port Jus and Chipotle-Glazed Apples–I made this meal to show my husband just how much I loved him.  The flavor was absolutely incredible and I was quite surprised at how easy this meal was.  I’d say it was my absolute favorite of 2011.

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  1. Rebecca
    December 29, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    WOW! I want to make all of those recipes! Thanks for doing a recap of the favs!

  2. That Girl
    December 29, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    I'm going to have to try those tostada bites!

  3. Nicole, RD
    December 29, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    I want to make it all! Those zucchini boats were on my summer to-do list. And now it's nearly January – ugh! So many recipes, so little time! I can see why those toastadas were a hit – how cute are they?!`

  4. Kira
    December 29, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    The presentation on the shrimp and the rice looks phenomenal. Nice job! You should also do a Meatless Monday recap. 😉

  5. Chrissy
    December 29, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    Everything looks wonderful. Wishing you all the best in 2012!

  6. Jessica @Sunny Side Up
    December 29, 2011 / 7:19 pm

    Having all of these recipes in one post is just too much! I am drooling! 2011 was a good year for you!

  7. Josie
    December 29, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    Kelsey I was thisclose to splitting my posts into sweet and savory! I pretty much want to make everything in your round up – especially the tostada bites and the slow-cooked Asian pork. I hope you and M have a very happy New Year!

  8. Kelsey
    December 29, 2011 / 8:01 pm

    Thank you so much, ladies. Kira–I like that idea. I'll have to look back at my first MM to see when it was. Maybe I'll do a recap for the anniversary. Thanks for the idea!

  9. All Things Yummy
    December 29, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    Tomato soup looks delicious and I love love love roasted garlic.

  10. Jessica
    December 30, 2011 / 6:22 am

    I will take one of each please! I love all the round ups!

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