Best Recipes of 2012

Best Recipes of 2012 on

Surprise! I got a makeover!!!!

Well, not me personally.

I’m still sporting my yoga pants and messy bun, but A SPICY PERSPECTIVE got a big-time makeover. And since it’s an extension of me, I feel all shiny and new!

Welcome to the new and improved

This sleek site, built by mastermind Lindsay Landis of Purr Design is designed to make poking around for recipes even more fun.

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So please spend some time exploring the new site. I hope you are as happy with it as I am!


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Before we jump into another year of red-hot recipes, I wanted to take a moment to share some highlights from 2012.

I’ve included two lists below… The “Best Recipes” of 2012, or Reader’s Choice List, is based on popularity. The second list is made up of personal favorite recipes that should have been more popular. *wink*


Reader’s Choice

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Crab Gnocchi Gratin

Epic Brownies

The Epic Brownie

Raspberry Basil Mojitos

Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe | #soup #pumpkin

Baked Potato Mac and Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Authentic Indian Chai

How to Make Chai Tea

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Yeast Rolls

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Beer


My Underrated Favorites

Green Bean Mushroom Tart with Blue Cheese

Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels

Homemade Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels | #SoftPretzels #CaramelApples #FallRecipes

Tres Leches Cake with Mango Whipped Cream

Maple Blackberry Yogurt Panna Cotta

Bacon and Pecorino Popcorn

Popcorn Recipe

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

Vegetable Lo Mein

Moroccan Grilled Lamb with Tahini Mint Sauce

Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Corn, Grapes, and Creamy Ranchero Sauce

Creamy French Onion Soup with Cheese Pillows


Thanks for visiting week after week. I’m honored you come to ASP and look forward to a delicious 2013 filled with tasty dishes and tantalizing stories.


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67 comments on “Best Recipes of 2012

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted January 2, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    I love it, Sommer! Happy New Year! xoxo

  2. Julieposted January 2, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    Loving the new look, especially the color scheme!

  3. Abbyposted January 2, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    gorgeous! I can’t wait to try those pretzels!

  4. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 2, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

    Love the new look!!

  5. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted January 2, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    It looks fantastic! Love the new look :)

  6. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 2, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

    Love the new look, Sommer! Gorgeous!

  7. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted January 2, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    It looks absolutely lovely! That Buffalo Mac and Cheese was so amazetastic, it made my Top 12 recipes of the year as well!

  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 2, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    This looks lovely!! I love the font choice and all your delicious looking dishes that I must try!!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 2, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    You had an awesome year in 2012. All the best this year!

  10. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted January 2, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply

    It’s gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to look around!!!

  11. Jenny Flakeposted January 2, 2013 at 9:39 am Reply

    Great new look and love the round-up of favorite recipes! :)

  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 2, 2013 at 9:43 am Reply

    Love the new look and the best of 2012 roundup! Congrats on the makeover!

  13. Mariaposted January 2, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

    Love the new site! Great recipes too!

  14. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

    LOVE your swanky new site, Sommer! Totally gorgeous :) and those caramel apple pretzels are one of my personal favorites, too! SO glorious.

  15. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

    Sommer, the new site is awesome! Just like you! So glad to call you friend! Your dishes are always an inspiration! Happy New Year!

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 2, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    Great list Sommer! Happy New Year

  17. naomiposted January 2, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    looking good! loving the new look.

    Great round-up. . . now where to start??

  18. marlaposted January 2, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

    LOVE the new look Sommer and of course all of these recipes!!!! Happy New Year!

  19. Bree {Skinny Mommy}posted January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Yay! Always fun to start the new year with a new look :)

  20. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoaposted January 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Love the new look! Happy New Year!

  21. Lizposted January 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Your new look is wonderful!!! Perfect way to start the new year!

  22. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Congrats on the beautiful new site, I love it! Great round-up of recipes too! Happy New Year! :)

  23. Wendy W.posted January 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply


  24. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Happy New Year sweets!

  25. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted January 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

    LOVE the new look– great start to the new year!

  26. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted January 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

    LOVE the new look— great start to the new year!!!

  27. Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchenposted January 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    The site looks wonderful! Happy New Year! (I love this font too!)

  28. Hollyposted January 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    The new look is wonderful! Keep the yoga pants and bun and enjoy your updated site. I know I will!

  29. Sandy @ REposted January 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Love your new look, Sommer. The font is fun, too. And great recap/posts for 2012. It was so lovely meeting you in 2012. I can’t wait to see you in ’13! Hugs!

  30. Chrisposted January 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Congratulations. The site is gorgeous and easy to nagivate.
    Loved the “best of 2012” selection:)
    Happy New year to all ,

  31. Colette @ JFF!posted January 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

    Love the new look.
    Happy 2013, Sommer!!

  32. Leslieposted January 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Love love love the new look !!!
    and what a yummy roundup!

  33. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Love the redesign! It looks so great! And I love this round-up of recipes, although I can’t believe that the Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels were underrated! That’s my #1 favorite :)

  34. Gabyposted January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm Reply

    LOVE the new blog design! so fresh and so clean :)

  35. Kristenposted January 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm Reply

    What a beautiful new design, Sommer! LOVE it!

  36. JulieDposted January 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Love it all, Sommer!! Happy New Year!

  37. Kate (from NC)posted January 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply

    This is one of my very favorite food blogs. Love the new look!
    Oh – and the brownies do look Epic!

  38. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted January 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Your new site is STUNNING! And so inspiring for me to get on doing the same. Happy New Year, Girl!!!

  39. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted January 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Wooooooo hoooo! Oh I love it! Congrats, lady!

  40. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted January 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm Reply

    The redesign looks absolutely fantastic! Congratulations!

  41. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted January 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I love your set-up! I was looking into a new blog change up and I simply love yours!! Not that I would copy, but dam I love it!!! The recipes look amazing as always! Bookmarking this for future making!!

  42. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Beautiful ! Loving the new look :) Happy New Year!
    Hugs <3

  43. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted January 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Wow, very nice! I love how it’s so simple to navigate around. Very clean and pretty design ;) Such an amazing roundup of drool worthy recipes! I think I will have to put that Moroccon lamb recipe waaaaay up at the top of my to do list.

  44. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply

    very pretty!!! Congrats!

  45. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Love your gorgeous new look!

  46. Rachel @ Twin Toughposted January 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

    The new site looks great, Sommer!! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful new year so far! Much love and many blessings!!

  47. Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted January 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Love the new look Sommer. Best wishes for the New Year to you and your family.

  48. Lydiaposted January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

    Congrats on the new design, like the new fonts! I made the Vegetable Lo Mein with homemade pasta for New Year’s Eve with my new pasta roller and it tasted amazing – maybe next time it won’t take me so ridiculously long to roll the pasta :)

  49. Lizposted January 3, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    Love the new website! Happy New Year…..hope it’s wonderful for you!

  50. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply

    Your new home is absolutely gorgeous and perfect, Sommer. You must be thrilled! It was so great to meet you this past year – I’m looking forward to more of your smile in person in 2013! :)

  51. vianneyposted January 3, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply

    sweet new look and what a list of yummy treats~~ Hope to meet you in 2013!

  52. Amyposted January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    I love the new layout! I hope you have an amazing 2013!

  53. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Love the new look!

  54. Julia @ A Cedar Spoonposted January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Beautiful site! Love the new design. I remember those pretzels–they looks so darn good!

  55. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted January 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Love the new site, it is gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see what happens in 2013!

  56. Diane {Created by Diane}posted January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm Reply

    Love the new look, and that yummy line up of recipes…looking forward to seeing what you’ll dream up this year!

  57. Julia Marksposted January 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Very, very nice. Congratulations.

  58. Kristi @ Cherry Jasmineposted January 4, 2013 at 4:13 am Reply

    Love the new look!…it’s going to be great for browsing recipes. Nicely done!

  59. Carolynposted January 4, 2013 at 4:24 am Reply

    Love your new design, girl. And all your recipes! :)

  60. Andiposted January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm Reply

    The crab & gnocchi dish was divine, I’m not surprised it was near the top. The new site designs looks great and I especially love the font change. A good font really sets your site apart.

  61. Jersey Girl Cooksposted January 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Love your new look!

  62. Colleen Martellposted January 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Love your new website look! Very professional!

  63. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted January 5, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply

    I’m loving the new look! It looks very clean and user-friendly.

    Have a great weekend!

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  65. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 6, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

    What mouth-watering recipes! Congrats on the revamp and looking forward to what you’ve got in store for 2013!

  66. Ninaposted January 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    These sound wonderful. Thanks for your website. It gives me ideas and inspiration.