Jan 03

Top 11 of 2011

When Satisfy My Sweet Tooth came into existence this past summer, I had no idea where this adventure would take me.  What I started as something to share recipes with friends and family and hone my photography skills has slowly developed into a full-time obsession that I just can’t get enough of!  Experimenting, writing, taking photos and sharing all of it with you has been such a pleasure and I thank you sincerely for following along with my on my culinary adventures!

I thought I would sum up my first 6 months of blogging with some highlight of my favorite recipes and yours.

1.  Possibly my most popular recipe are these Coffee-Spiked Chocolate Caramel Bars.  Rich and buttery graham cracker crust topped with homemade caramel, chocolate ganache and sea salt.  Need I say more?

On another note, did you know that “espresso” is one of the most commonly mispronounced words?  I read a list of words in the newspaper this week.  People usually stick a “c” in there to make it “ek-spress-oh”.  Just thought you would want to know.

2.  I was surprised how gaga you all went for these sweet and salty beauties.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I drool over these Peanut Butter, Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I am so happy at how many of you lovelies have let me know that you have made and enjoyed these as well.

3.  Next are these Coconut, M&M Cookie Bars.  These bars combine two of my favorite ingredients:  chocolate and coconut.  The flavor of these cookies is almost like the Samoas Girl Scout cookies and they are just so chewy and addicting.

4.  One of my favorite savory recipes that I have shared with you is this pasta with Red and Green Pesto.  I can’t believe I have only made it once and I also just realized that this would be a very festive Christmas recipe!  I really should start making a list for next year’s holiday season already…..


5.  And of course, my all-time favorite pasta, Grandma Suzy’s Fettucini Freddi.  This sauce is so clean and simple, yet every time I eat it, I cannot stop oohing and aahing over it.  And especially now that I received the pasta maker attachment for my mixer, I cannot wait to make homemade noodles with this silky, delectable sauce!

6.  I was so thrilled when I stumbled upon this Crock Pot Apple Butter this fall!  Talk about an easy food gift to share with others.  This will be a staple that I make every fall when friends and family give me apples from their fall harvests.

7.  Nothing really satisfied my craving for crunch like these Heath and Macadamia Nut Blondies.  Chocolate, toffee and nuts are such a rich combination and all of the textures together makes these bars particularly drool-worthy.

8.  I took my first cooking class in 2011 with Emily.  The recipe that I have made the most often from that evening of learning is these Fresh Spring Rolls.  I love how diverse they are because of all of the possible fillings and the sauce is so perfect that I do not even want to order them out at restaurants anymore!  And they are a perfect healthy recipe to start off 2012 right.

9.  I never realized how starting my own blog would lead to an obsession with other blogs!  There is just so much inspiration to be found by browsing through other people’s creative ideas.  No ingredient was more prominent in the blog world during the fall than pumpkin.  I have a few pumpkin classics that I make each year and possibly my favorite is this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake.  It is so moist and incredible.

10.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.  These bars are a perfect example of how i see a recipe and then brainstorm about how I can change it to fit my preferences.  These are chewy, nutty, filling and healthy.  A breakfast treat or snack that you can really feel good about.

11.  And finally, one of my favorite combinations, chocolate and peanut butter combined in these soft and chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and Sea Salt.  Cookies are my absolute favorite dessert!  I’ll take a perfect cookie over a rich chocolate tart or cake any day.  They are also very dangerous though because I can never eat just one!  This is a cookie that you could easily put your own spin on with several different ingredients.  Let your creativity shine!

I am not big on resolutions, but a new year does make me think about what improvements I would like to make in my life.  As always, I know that I want and need to exercise more.  I actually feel excited about it after lounging non-stop and eating way too many holiday delights.

I have an email folder, Pinterest board and cookbooks full of recipes that I cannot wait to try this year.  I hope that you will continue to join me on my adventures in the kitchen.  I do so appreciate your readership and support.  I always love hearing from you and please let me know if there is anything special you would like me to share with you in 2012.  Happy New Year sweet teeth!

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13 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    I think I must be hungry, I want all of these. Especially the fettuccine. Yum!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 04, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      Thank you Cassie! I would bring you some if I could!


  2. Liz @ Southern Charm
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I see why all of these recipes are the favorites!! Yum!!

    And I want more pretzel peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!! haha. … and a bite of everything else 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jan 04, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      I need to make those again sometime soon also!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I’m so glad you started blogging, it has been so fun to read Satisfy My Sweet Tooth this past year, looking forward to much, much more in 2012!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 04, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

      Couldn’t have done it without you Em!


  4. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    WOW, I see I found your blog at just the right time – what an amazing, mouthwatering recipe list! I’ll definitely be trying that pumpkin chocolate chip cake, and those m&m bars. Beautiful blog, I’m looking forward to seeing what you cook up in 2012!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 9:06 am

      Thank you Anna! The pumpkin chocolate chip cake is really a crowd pleaser! I am so glad you found me too because now I can discover your blog as well! Thank you for reading and for your kind words!


  5. Anna Johnson
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Mercedes – I really enjoy reading your blog…..I just wish you could come over and make these delicious treats for me! 🙂 2012 will be the year I step into the kitchen, hehe. Hope to see you soon!


  6. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Such a delicious top 10. I’m craving those M&M bars now. Samoas are my favorite!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      Thank you Barbara! The Coconut M&M bars are delicious and I love that you can make them festive for different occasions simply by using different colored M&Ms!


  7. kaceyt @ om&nom
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    so many delicious looking recipes! the red and green pesto pasta looks absolutely delicious! and the apple butter is probably going to need to be made asap…well, after i try that monkey bread recipe. sounds like i need a snow day!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 17, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      Thank you Kacey! That red and green pesto pasta was pretty amazing-I need to make it again soon! And the apple butter is so easy and great to give as gifts! Thanks for reading!


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