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Best of 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I’ve been looking back on the Recipe Realism posts of 2011.  A number of recipes really stand out as exceptional.  Hence came my idea for Recipe Realism’s first-annual, year-end ‘Best of . . .’ list.  I established criteria to rate the recipes in attempt to help weed out the best of the best.  As you can see, the decision wasn’t quite so obvious in some categories as it was in others.

Recipes were rated on the following criteria: ease, time, and taste.  See if any of your Recipe Realism favorites made the list!

Beverage of the Year

Holiday Eggnog

Dessert of the Year

Crispy’s Irresistible Peanut Butter Marbles

Runner-up – Lemon-Raspberry Mousse Squares
Honorable Mention – Strawberry Shortcake

Side Dish of the Year

Buttery Grilled Corn

Snack/Appetizer of the Year

Buffalo Chicken Dip

and finally . . .

drum roll please . . .

Recipe of the Year

Creamy Pecorino Pasta

Runner-up – Spicy Beef Kebabs with Lime
Honorable Mention – Salami and Spinach Stromboli

Did any of your favorites make the list?


  1. I think I forgot to tell you that I made the buffalo chicken dip for our holiday party. It was a huge hit! I also listened to your advice & made more savory dishes than sweet ones. Only two plates of cookies (almost NO takers!) & a bunch of protein-filled sides. The chicken dip, grape jelly meatballs & pigs in a blanket were all HUGE hits. Thank you!

    1. I did wonder what Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe you were using. hehe Cool!

      Sorry I didn’t get a chance to send my meatball recipe over to you, but I’m so glad you were able to get the one you were looking for. Too funny your Mom has had it all this time! hahaha

      Sounds like your party went very well. Happy to help, my friend!

    1. Buffalo chicken dip is the best! I was craving some last weekend and had all but one ingredient – canned chicken. And I’m NEVER out of canned chicken. lol I made sure to pick some up so I can chow down on it *this* weekend!

      Happy New Year to you, too! Thanks, Lisa!

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