Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010: July, August, and September

I posted a ton of really delicious things over the summer and early fall months, and I had the hardest time narrowing this list down. Therefore, at the end of this post, you'll find a list of honorable mentions. I don't want anything to be left out! :)

Spinach and artichoke macaroni and cheese. All the flavors of spinach-artichoke dip, mixed up with pasta and tons of cheese. So delicious!

We loved this strawberry cheesecake ice cream. It had a delicious strawberry flavor and, with the addition of cream cheese and graham cracker chunks, it really did taste a lot like cheesecake. It's not a custard-based ice cream, so it's incredibly quick and practically no-fail. I'm trying this recipe with blueberries as soon as it gets warm enough to reasonably eat ice cream again.

This creamy roasted tomato pesto pasta is hands-down my favorite pasta dish of the year. I love all of these flavors, and I could eat this every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy about it.

Rachael Ray's summer sweet corn fettucine tastes like corn chowder all mixed up with pasta. It was a huge hit in our house, and I can't wait until I can get fresh sweet corn so I can make it again!

These cream cheese chicken enchiladas are hands-down our favorite enchiladas. I make these all the time, and we just love them.

This sweet and sour chicken is one of those dishes that surprised me with how good it actually tasted. I didn't have really high expectations, but this has turned out to be one of our favorite meals. It's so easy to make, and it always turns out perfect and delicious.

Peanut butter, chocolate chips, Nutella, and butterscotch chips. I mean, really: What more do I need to say about these triple chocolate scotcheroos? They're amazing!

True to its name, this summer vegetable and pesto tart tastes like summer in your mouth. The combination of zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, tomatoes and basil is to die for.

My grandma's zucchini bread. I love this for sentimental reasons, but it helps that it's also incredibly delicious.

I can't even begin to describe all the reasons I love this shredded buffalo chicken salad. The spicy chicken, crunchy tortilla chips, creamy avocado ranch dressing, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese all combine to make a salad that I just can't get enough of.

These gigantic toffee chocolate chip cookies have such a deep, rich flavor. Their texture is great, too; they get all crispy on the edges while they're baking, but the insides still say soft. There are few things on this earth more delightful than biting into a gooey chocolate chip cookie warm from the oven, and this is the perfect cookie to use for that activity.

Have you tried this cornmeal-crusted chicken with jalapeno popper sauce yet? If not, please do so as soon as possible. You'll want to eat the sauce with a spoon. Trust me.

Yep, barbecue chicken and bacon pasta. It sounds a little strange, but it's so delicious. The sauce is tangy and sweet, smoky and creamy and cheesy. I can't get enough of this stuff.

Honorable Mentions for these months (as if this wasn't already long enough):

Lemon tassies
Chicken in creamy carrot sauce
Strawberry shortcake cake
Hot Italian turkey sandwiches
Chocolate zucchini cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting
Greek-style chicken skillet
Fruit and yogurt muffins (Andrew's favorites!)
Nutella mousse tartlets
Chicken cordon bleu in pastry


Kitten with a Whisk said...

I'll take one of everything please!

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

I just started following your blog so thanks for filling me in on some of the recipes I missed! The food looks delicious!

Monica H said...

It cracks me up that you have so many favorites from the year you have to divide the year up into quarters :-)

Can't wait to see what makes your winter list!

Happy New Year Cassie!

Desi said...

I already have a ton of your recipes that I consider faves, but alot of these I haven't tried yet so I have a feeling I will have alot more favorite recipes of yours. Pretty much every recipe I have tried of yours has been delish! You are my go-to girl!