How was everybody’s Christmas? We have been having an awesome time with family. Having 12 kids 8-years-old and under (including four 2-year-olds) makes things a little more exciting of course. On Friday I went with my mom and sisters on a girls night out. Halfway through we got a call from the guys that all the 2-year olds (including Charlotte) had stripped naked, piled into a pack n play, covered themselves in lotion, and then smeared it all over our laptop. The next morning a couple of them got into the toothpaste. Then later that day they smeared diaper rash cream all over their faces and pretended to shave…except that they were using a real razor. (Don’t worry no blood was spilled.) In spite of the chaos, we are having a blast. Happy holidays everyone!
I thought I would share the 20 recipes that got the most traffic on my site this year. If you are new to The Food Charlatan, this is a great place to start. Here we go!
17. S’mores Bars
I will make an admission here, I like these better than regular S’mores. No marshmallow squishing out! Plus there’s more butter in this. Maybe I should bring butter to the campfire? Okay maybe that’s gross.
Bread smothered in cheese that is done in under an hour. What’s not to like? I like to use this bread for my Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado Sandwiches with Aioli Sauce. Yum.
11. Chicken Shawarma
So caramel and cinnamon is the best combination ever, and I didn’t even know until I made these bars. Just typing this out I’m realizing that I have not made this enough times. Caramel-y cinnamon-y amazingness.
My brother is making these as I type this. My sister walked by a minute ago and said, “Mmm, smells like Wheaties cookies.” Her husband said no, it smells like butterscotch. My sister and I both shouted that that’s exactly what butterscotch means. These are a family classic and they take less than 10 minutes to make.
I didn’t even like asparagus before this recipe. It is incredible. My sister Nikki pinned it and said, “I made one pound of this and ate the entire dish without ever leaving the stool I sat on to fry the butter. Every asparagus. Bare-handed. This is complimentary? This is disturbing? At least I’m six months pregnant.” Someone commented, “Gotta love the asparagus!” and she responded with, “Well, I was thinking ‘gotta love the butter,’ but…um, yeah. The asparagus!”
And my number one recipe for 2012…drumroll please….
1. Maple Bars!
I published this recipe back in April and have over 10,000 hits to date. I think one of the main reasons is because there is a severe lack of maple bars on the east coast, so I get a lot of west coast transplants looking for some maple lovin’ that they can make at home. These doughnuts are so freaking good!!
Happy 2013 everybody!