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Your Top 10 Favorites of 2010

One of the fun things about having a food blog is seeing what posts are most popular to my readers.  I can see stats that show the most-read posts broken down by day, week, month, year and all time.  I wanted to round up the top ten favorites you’ve read this year and share them below:

Ham & Cheese Pretzel BitesHam & Cheese Pretzel Bites – These have been a hit since the day I posted them.  From the comments I received, even if you can’t achieve a desirable look, they still taste just as grand!

Oven Baked Tater TotsOven Baked Tater Tots – I’ve had a couple of people try these and say they are just too dang messy to make.  That’s where I say that it takes some practice to get to the perfect consistency so they aren’t as messy.  Either add less milk or do not mash it up as much.  Other readers shared their ideas for fillers and flavors.  One even mentioned making sweet potato tots!  Mmmmm, that just sounds too good!

Honey Yeast RollsHoney Yeast Rolls – This is a returning favorite from last year.  Even though I’m not a fan of honey in general, I love these rolls!  It’s also an easy recipe to try your hand at working with yeast for the first time.

Buffalo Chicken BitesBuffalo Chicken Bites – I am definitely not surprised that these are in the top ten.  It’s probably in the top five in my household alone for football food favorites.  Coating them with Cornflakes cereal and then baking in the oven creates the perfect bite size snack.

Baked Creamy Chicken TaquitosBaked Creamy Chicken Taquitos – This is the best recipe for prepping in advance and storing in the freezer for a last minute weeknight meal.   Whenever I’m out of town, I make sure there are a few of these ready for Ben to pop in the oven.

Chocolate Peanut Butter TorteChocolate Peanut Butter Torte – Wow, I honestly haven’t made this in a long time and now anxious to make it again soon.  Our guests still talk about this dessert and have since made it themselves for others.  It’s such a pretty presentation and not as hard to make as it may look.

Pizza BitesPizza Bites – My post earlier this week highlighting New Year’s Eve ideas included these pizza bites, but served on a stick.  Obviously they are going to be just as good off the stick, maybe even better!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick (Hearts)Hot Chocolate on a Stick – What else can you serve on a stick beside the pizza bites?  Hot chocolate, of course!  🙂 In the middle of winter, who can resist a comforting mug of hot cocoa?  This is a perfect gift idea, but also a great way to have hot cocoa (with GOOD chocolate) on hand and ready to stir up at a moment’s notice.

Freezable Lemon BarsFreezable Lemon Bars – One of Ben’s favorite desserts ever.  Whenever I give him the option for choosing dessert, this one usually comes up as one of the choices.  It’s also a good recipe for keeping in the freezer for when you have unexpected guests and need a last minute dessert.  I’ve also given this out a few times as the dessert with a meal provided for new moms.

Popcorn CupcakesPopcorn Cupcakes – These were fun to make for some of Ben’s college students that came over for a movie night.  The idea came from the ever so fun book “Hello, Cupcake” and seems to be one of my most highly searched recipes from Internet search engines.  It was even featured as cupcake of the week last year on ESPN.  Yes, you heard me right, ESPN…the sports channel!

As we close another year, I’d love to hear what you’d like to see appear on Pennies on a Platter in 2011.  You can email me (contact info on my About Page) or leave a comment here.  Happy New Year everyone!  2011 is going to be a blast!


11 Responses

  1. Just wanted to say I love your blog and all these recipes look great! I’m passing your blog onto another blogger 🙂

  2. So many delicious recipes! Happy New Year!

  3. Used your pretzel recipe and all I can say is….It was awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it. I will use it over and over again.

    You can see the post and pictures here: http://karenandcharlieskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/great-start-to-new-year.html

    Love your blog!

  4. What a tasty looking roundup!

    Happy New Year!

  5. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog today!! I popped over here and couldn’t BELIEVE all the yumminess!! I love it!!

    Have a fabulous new years and I look forward to reading your blog!!

    Kristan 🙂

  6. happy new year! i’ll have to try your taquito recipe! those look really good!

  7. I just bought this book yesterday. I can’t wait to start baking. Just having a hard time selecting which I’m going to tackle first. Your popcorn cupcakes look amazing!

  8. Hi! I am new to your blog from Veronica’s blog. First I would like to say that its a very nice thing that you are doing for her.

    Second I am definitely going to try your taquito recipe, but I have a few questions for you. I’m not sure where you live, but we have a restaurant around here called Long Horn Steakhouse, and they have an appetizer called firecracker chicken wraps, these sound similar, have you heard of these? Are they close to the same thing? It wont deter me from trying them, but I was just wondering. Second, have you fried them before? Just curious how those would turn out. By the way, your blog is by far the best I have found to date. I went through the entire thing the other day and there are only a few recipes that I wouldn’t try. I cant wait to start!

    • Hi Stephanie! Thanks for the kind words!

      I do know of LongHorn Steakhouse, but I have not been there, so I am not familiar with the firecracker chicken wraps. (I love the name of them, though!) I haven’t fried the Taquitos (which is technically the correct way to make them) but do not see the need as they are so delicious and crispy baked. And…much healthier! 😉

      Hope you like them! They’ve had great reviews and we enjoy them here all the time in our household. A great freezer recipe, as well.


  9. I just found your site through annie’s eats, and I am in LOVE! I made your taquito recipe today to take to my husband for lunch, and he said ‘You bookmarked her website, right? These are killer!’

    That’s a huge deal in our house! I can make a great dessert, but tend to be challenged in other areas of cooking!

    Thanks for the great recipe’s! I can’t wait to try some more!

    • Hi Jesseca (unique spelling!) 🙂

      Glad you like the site and also the Taquitos! It’s nice hearing when readers actually try the recipes and like them! Keeps me driven!


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