Top Ten Recipes of 2012

Happy Holidays, imaginary internet friends! And congratulations on surviving the end of the world. Now I’m off to Barnes and Noble to demand a refund for my Mayan wall calendar. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll take another look at the 10 most popular recipes I shared this year.

S’mores Fried Ice Cream with Chipotle Chocolate Sauce


Asparagus Lasagna Slice

Asparagus Lasagna with Pancetta, Goat Cheese, and Lemon


Baked Churros with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche


Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Cinnamon Roll Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Oatmeal Cream Pies

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies


Cookies and Milk

Toffee Cashew Cookies


pie crust crackers

Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers


Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And the most popular recipe of 2012:

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Here’s to a delicious (and gooey) new year!

Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

July, August, September, Souptober

After weeks of stalling, I have finally come to terms with Minnesota’s harsh reality: it’s soup season. And you won’t find a creamier, sweeter, or more buttery soup in which to dip a timid toe—er, spoon—than this delicate, yet decadent, chicken corn chowder.

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Tuna Melt on Rye

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

What can I possibly say about the tuna melt on rye that hasn’t already been said? It’s a classic, and I saw no reason to mess around with it. Creamy tuna salad and gooey American cheese on hearty, fragrant caraway rye is perfect, just the way it is.

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese IV: The Phantom Menace

Handsome Greg and his sandwich

Handsome Greg and his sandwich

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

I’ve never been a fan of buffalo chicken wings. Don’t get me wrong — I love the tart tomato kiss of buffalo sauce — but chicken wings just seem like an awful lot of mess with very little payoff.

National Grilled Cheese Month provided a perfect excuse to transform the spicy, pungent flavors of a sticky wing night into a tidy grilled cheese sandwich. I made this one for Handsome Greg and I on date night, and it was a hit. The cheese was creamy, the sauce was bold, and the combination was unmistakably hot wings.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Recipe Type: Sandwich
Author: Bake Up, Little Suzy
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
The cheese is creamy, the sauce is bold, and the combination is unmistakably hot wings.
  • Generous 1/2 cup shredded roast chicken (I used a thigh and a drumstick)
  • 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese dressing
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 4 slices white bread
  • Butter
  1. Combine shredded chicken and buffalo sauce.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix blue cheese dressing, cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and cheddar cheese.
  3. Spread cheese mixture on each slice of bread.
  4. Top with buffalo chicken and green onions.
  5. Close them up, and butter the outsides of the bread.
  6. Griddle on high heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.


Hearty Lentil Soup

Y’know how sometimes the dumbest thing ever can be hysterically funny, particularly when someone else finds that same dumb thing inexplicably funny?

And how the harder you try to maintain composure, the funnier that stupid thing may seem, until the both of you dissolve in giggles with tears streaming down your cheeks and soda shooting out of your nose?

That’s what it’s like spending time with my friend, Sharee.

She and I took a trip to Los Angeles with my mom and Handsome Greg a coupla years ago, and we savored every opportunity to embarrass them (and ourselves) with our mindless, uncontrollable laughter.

Sharee has since become a most dignified photographer, and she recently sent me these gorgeous photos of her favorite lentil soup, along with the mouth-watering recipe.

Based on the pics, you’d think food photography was her specialty, but she’s actually focused more on maternity, baby, and family portraits.

Check out her portfolio here.

Shoot her an email if you’re looking for a Twin Cities photographer to capture the most beautiful moments in your life. Or if you just need someone to snort root beer with.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

Welcome to the obligatory Valentine’s Day post!

pie crust crackers
This soup recipe is not fancy or expensive. It doesn’t have lobster or truffles or oysters or chocolate. And other than the adorable heart-shaped pie crust crackers, it’s entirely unsuitable for an elegant, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup
I made it for Handsome Greg’s lunch, so that he could be embarrassed/warm and fuzzy when he nuked it in front of the dude-bros at the office.

Honestly, I think the dude-bros likely had a serious case of lunch envy when Handsome Greg brought in these lovely leftovers. The comfort casserole-turned-soup is rich and creamy, with tender, flaky pie crust crackers. I just want to give it a hug. With my teeth.

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