Our Editors' Favorite Recipes of 2012

Bacon-Asparagus Strata
We asked our editors to share some of their favorite recipes of the year, and they came up with a list of fresh, seasonal dishes (and a few truly amazing desserts) that you'll want to make over and over again.

Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

Sneak a little savory into your sweets with our low-cal rosemary and apricot dessert bars. Pine nuts give the treat it's satisfying crunch, and a drizzle of icing is the perfect finishing touch.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

More than one of our editors picked this standout macaroni bake as their favorite recipe of the year. With a hint of sweetness from the squash along with caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and smoky cheese, it's a delicious dish that's worth the effort.

Enjoy a fall comfort food favorite, macaroni and cheese, with the addition of fresh butternut squash. Watch as our Better Homes and Gardens food editor guides you through this rich and delicious fall recipe.

See How to Make Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Watch the secret to making this decadent and oh-so-delicious macaroni and cheese recipe. 

Beet, Blue Cheese & Almond Salad

One of our editors took this flavorful beet salad to a summer potluck and converted everyone at the table into beet-lovers. Our team loves it so much we continue to make it well into the winter months.

Tlayuda con Chorizo (Mexican Pizza with Chorizo)

We based our bean- and chorizo-topped pizza on Tlayuda, a traditional dish from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. To save time, the bean mixture can be made ahead for easy weeknight prep.

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Pinterest went crazy for these little guys, and so did our editors! While they're perfect for holiday cookie exchanges, we like these super easy cookies so much we'll be making them all winter long.

Two-Tone Green Bean Salad with Hazelnuts & Parmesan

Fresh green and wax beans get transformed into a seriously moutherwating summer salad thanks to a simple lemon-Djion dressing, crunchy hazelnuts, and Parmesan cheese.

Brown Sugar-Butternut Squash Tart

Looking for a special holiday dessert? Our stunning tart pairs sweet brown sugar with slighty nutty squash and mozzarella cheese. Top with nutmeg whipped cream for uniquely delicious treat.

Coconut- and Sweet Potato-Crusted Shrimp with Honey-Papaya Dipping Sauce

The secret to this restaurant-worthy dish? Instant mashed sweet potato mix gives the coconut shrimp its delicious flavor. The greens and sweet-and-sour dipping sauce make it a fun tropical weeknight dinner idea.

Lemon Icebox Pie

Serve up a slice of summer goodness with this light and refreshing no-bake pie recipe. Candied lemons and mint leaves add an elegant finishing touch to our showstopping dessert.

Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza

Make the rosemary-studded dough for this strawberry-topped dessert pizza in the oven or on the grill. Having a party? Serve in tumblers with sweetned whipped cream or ice cream.

Butter Bean Ragout

You know a recipe is good when multiple editors rave that it was their favorite of the year. Turn dried beans into a creamy bold-flavor side dish with the help of an easy gremolata and seasoned bread crumbs. 

Lemony Kale Salad with Tomatoes

Fresh uncooked kale becomes tender when it absorbs lemon and olive oil. It pairs nicely with crunchy homemade croutons and fresh sliced tomatoes.

Cheese & Chive Popovers

Rumor has it that these flaky Gruyere and herb-filled rolls were so popular on the photo set, they could hardly keep them in the pan long enough to photograph them.

Mediterranean Kale & Cannellini Stew with Farro

Kale, farro, and cannellini beans make this tasty stew a healthy, low-cal winter staple. Lemon juice and basil give it bright flavor, too.


Blistered Green Beans

Our editors loved how blistering, or cooking at a high heat until slightly blackened, turns almost-wilted beans into crispy tender ones. Quick pickled shallots, jalapeno, and bacon gives this easy side a litte heat and lots of flavor.

Thai Chicken Stuffed Peppers

The secret to this spicy, tangy, 100-calorie appetizer? Peanut butter! Try it with jalapenos or larger Anaheim peppers.

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Our editors love this recipe because not only can it be made the day before, but it's perfect for company. Our only warning? You might want to print out copies of the recipe because your guests will be asking for it.

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