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Best Recipes of 2012

Best Recipes of 2012 on ASpicyPerspective.com

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 aspicyperspective.com.

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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There are new SHARE buttons on the top and bottom of each post so you can pass around ASP recipes ’til your heart’s content.




RECIPE SEARCH just got easier, with ingredients lists and photo recipe menus.

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 | ASpicyPerspective.com #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 | ASpicyPerspective.com #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. These sound wonderful. Thanks for your website. It gives me ideas and inspiration.

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

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

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Love your new website look! Very professional!

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. Very, very nice. Congratulations.

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

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

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

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

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

  15. 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! :)

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

  17. 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 :)

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

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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!!

  23. The redesign looks absolutely fantastic! Congratulations!

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

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

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

  27. Love it all, Sommer!! Happy New Year!

  28. What a beautiful new design, Sommer! LOVE it!

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

  30. 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 :)

  31. Beautiful! I love the colors!

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

  33. Love the new look.
    Happy 2013, Sommer!!

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

  35. 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!

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

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

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

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

  40. Beautiful!!!

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

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

  43. Love the new look! Happy New Year!

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

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

  46. looking good! loving the new look.

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

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

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

  49. Love the new site! Great recipes too!

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

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

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

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

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

  55. It looks absolutely lovely! That Buffalo Mac and Cheese was so amazetastic, it made my Top 12 recipes of the year as well! http://www.neighborfoodblog.com/2012/12/the-top-12-of-2012.html

  56. Love the new look, Sommer! Gorgeous!

  57. It looks fantastic! Love the new look :)

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

  59. Loving the new look, especially the color scheme!

  60. I love it, Sommer! Happy New Year! xoxo