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    A Trip Down Memory Lane – Year 1 Round-up

    23 monthly recipes


    12 bonus recipes


    1 budget recipe


    a heck of a lot of recipes to choose from!

    It sure has been quite a year!! Below, you will see a collection of favorites from a handful of the BB members from over the past year.  Choosing certainly was not easy because for me as it seemed like every recipe was just so good…each better than the last!  Enjoy your fellow members’ picks below and if you didn’t submit yours, leave a comment and let us know what it was!



    Kate of Warm Olives and Cool Cocktails says, “My favorite BB challenge to date was the Butternut Squash Risotto, hands down.  I finally “got it” — why so many people love it and why a Seinfeld episode revolved around the orgasmic sounds we make when eating it.  This dish was delicious!”  Yet another example of Seinfeld imitating life.



    Carole of Hey Mom, What’s for Dinner? also thought that choosing just one was tough but thought that the Chicken Piccata was one of her favorites. Dontcha just want to dig in?



    Brandie (BMK) of Reservations Not Required listed off 4 recipes she needed to choose from but ended up going with the Herb-Baked Eggs as her favorite because this is the dish she has made over and over again.  Great choice!



    Aggie over at Aggie’s Kitchen had no problem choosing – the Panzanella was her instant favorite! Perfect for those too-hot-to-cook nights that are coming soon!



    Todd at A Cooking Dad was worried that his wife going to go for the Asian flavors of the Chinese Chicken Salad but good ol’ Ina proved him wrong; she went back for seconds!  Sounds like a winner to me too!



    Kanella of I Pray to Feta thinks that the Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart recipe is her tip top favorite Ina recipe. Ever.  It’s tough to argue against that!



    Deb from Kahakai Kitchen still craves crunchy bread topping from the Pappa al Pomidoro; the soup that helped get her recoup from being sick this past Christmas. She says this is “The kind of soup that warms you up, fills your tummy and your soul…”



    Melissa of Made by Mel already has plans to keep the Chinese Chicken Salad in her dinner rotation! Send some this way Mel!



    The Chicken Piccata was Jenny’s (of Peanut Butter & Jenny) first – and favorite! – BB recipe.  Sans breadcrumbs but definitely not lacking in any flavor!



    Veronica over at Supermarket Serenade says that after eating the Banana Sour Cream Pancakes, “It came as no surprise to me that Ina could improve upon something as tasty and simple as pancakes – her version did not disappoint.” Ditto that!!



    Another vote for the Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts!  This actually was Anne’s pick (of Anne Strawberry) for her April recipe and boy oh boy did she pick a winner! She changed it a up a bit, using bell peppers in place of tomatoes but that sounds like delicious substitute to me!



    Yudith of Blissfully Delicious and her husband have shared many, many banana pancake breakfasts but Ina’s Sour Cream Banana Pancakes have taken her “little old pancake recipe to a completely different height.”  Sounds like the banana pancake connoisseur approves!



    Ezra Pound Cake’s Rebecca has a new BFF.  And it’s name is Butternut Squash Risotto.  It was love at first bite which prompted her to fill a bowl the size of her head with the risotto. I don’t Rebecca was the only one of us who fell in love with this risotto!



    Personally, I had a serious issue choosing just one recipe.  Would it be the Risotto, the Tomato and Goat [Feta] Cheese Tarts, or the California Grilled Pizza?  In the end, I had to defer to the hungry, hungry hubby to help me choose.  And so we mutually concluded that the Croque Monsieur was our favorite recipe.  An easy weeknight meal with salty ham and ooey gooey tangy cheese sauce.  If it’s this good, I certainly don’t mind having to eat a sandwich with a fork!


    8 Responses

    1. So many fun recipes, I love the round up! I agree with Aggie about the Panzanella and the Croque Monsieur must be a favorite since I’m making it tomorrow for the third time! Thanks for the fun choices everyone!

    2. I am happy to see that some of my other favorites made the list too. It was so hard to pick just one! For me it would easier to pick the ones I didn’t like!

    3. These recipes look absolutely delicious! What’s not to love?


    4. Nice roundup – I might have to go back and make that herb-baked eggs this month since I didn’t get to try that one.

    5. I had a hard time picking this one out!!! The question should be more like: Which Ina’s recipe you did NOT care for? 😉

    6. What a great range of mouth-watering recipes!

      I have to say the herbed-baked eggs are on of my favorite ‘go-to’ recipes from Ina. For breakfast, for lunch, even a quick dinner -anytime! (I’m sounding like a commercial, but I really mean it!). They’re quick, easy and delicious!

      I don’t have the exact sized dish that Ina uses though; mine are a bit smaller so I tend to put less of each ingredient in. Does anyone actually own the dishes Ina has?

    7. p.s. Oops, I just spelled herb-baked, herbED-baked! hee hee!

    8. […] The BB has just celebrated its first year anniversary, and we got to vote on our fave recipe. It was very difficult, but I picked the Banana Sour Cream pancakes! Of course, it was so yummy that I wasn’t patient enough to take good pictures of the food. I was ready to eat, so there you go. Please check out some of the other member’s favorites. […]

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