The 2012 Recap, along with my annual year end Giveaway!

by Irvin on January 3, 2013 · 137 comments

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Eat the Love presents the 2012 year-end recap. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Holy cow, I can’t believe 2012 went by so fast and despite the end of the Mayan calendar, we’re still here! Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was an intense year, with some wonderful happenings and a few tragic events as well. Taking a look back at the year, all I can say is that even though there are times when I think I need to take a step back from this blog I can’t imagine giving it up. In fact, I originally was thinking of taking the month of January off, but something keeps on compelling me to blog. That something is you, dear readers! You. I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting my site as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Looking back at what I wrote and all the things that I did, 2012 treated me pretty well, but I have grand plans for 2013! And, like last year, I’ve decided that it was time to clean out my closet for my random year-end giveaway with massive amounts of stuff, including six cookbooks, chocolate peanut butter, dessert sauces and more! All for one lucky reader. Details at the end of this post.

Sydney eating cake. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

January composite of Eat the Love Posts. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

In January, I blogged about obscenely good cookies, visiting Indiana and their art museum and did a twist on the classic Chinese dim sum treat with my Caramel Egg Custard tarts. But by far my favorite thing I wrote about was a white chocolate funfetti birthday cake for my two-year old niece. I love being a gay uncle!

Gingerbread Toaster Pastries. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Wordless Recipes and Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

February had me blogging about my Columbus, Ohio trip by making white chocolate pistachio chocolate chunk cookies as well as doing my only Wordless Recipe for 2012 – the Valentine’s Molten Chocolate Lava Cake. People seeme to really love the idea of a wordless recipe and I’ll be doing more of them in 2013. But my favorite post (possibly of the year) had me making a fake movie script in honor of the Academy Awards for Sherry Yard’s Gingerbread Toaster Pastries. So much fun, and it totally kickstarted me into designing “intro picture covers” for my blog posts. Gotta use my design chops, or they get rusty!

Carrot and Brownie Cake. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Carrot Cake Marshmallows and more! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I celebrated my two-year anniversary with this blog by making a Decorative Sugar Bowl and wrote an insanely popular post about the Food Blogger’s Guide to Google+. People still seem to be finding it and they are finally discovering the wonders of Google+ as well, which is great, as everyone know that Google is pretty much ready to take over the world and Facebook is kind of horrible with their Edgerank algorithm and ruining Instagram. I also made carrot cake marshmallows which were all kinds of awesome, and blogged about my final day in Columbus Ohio. Of course, my favorite recipe from March was my Carrot Pineapple Spice and Brownie Layer cake with Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s a ridiculous recipe that I wasn’t expecting anyone to actually tackle but several people did and a someone even wrote about making it vegan!

Kosher for Passover Coconut Basil Flourless Chocolate Cake by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Blood Orange Chiffon Cake and more by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

April had me going to Ohio Amish country which was spectacular, inspiring two recipes, a blood orange strawberry rosemary crust fry pie and an earl grey tart cherry cream scone. I found myself baking a classic Banana Coconut Cream Pie for my friends down in LA and I brought a blood orange chiffon cake with orange curd and rich vanilla buttercream to a dinner party of food bloggers. But my favorite recipe of the month is an old standby that I updated, which happened to be Kosher for Passover, a coconut basil ginger flourless chocolate cake with caramelized ginger pineapples.

White and Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Semolina Whole Wheat Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Strawberry Rhubarb Lime Pie with coconut meringue and more by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I tackled a few more pies in May, as the year progressed from late Spring to early Summer, including a strawberry meyer lemon cream pie, and a Southern Comfort pear almond frangipane pie. I also made it down to the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival and met a number of celebrity chefs, (most of whom I didn’t really know very well) and which lead me to make a strawberry rhubarb lime pie. May also had me posting about going to the inn at Cedar Falls in Ohio Amish country, as well as making a Bergamot Orange and Thyme Semolina olive oil cake which was fantastic. However, the one post that meant the most to me was something I didn’t even think I was going to write about, same-sex marriage (and chocolate blood orange cookies). This is a food blog, not a political blog, yet I felt compelled to write about it and the comments I got were so wonderful and supportive that I still go back and read them.

Food Bloggers love chickens! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Nectarine Blueberry open faced pie and more. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

June had me recapping the marvelous Meals on Wheels Fundraiser Gala that inspired the caramelized white chocolate pistachio brownies recipe on my blog, a recipe I still make. I also went to a photo workshop by New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani which was insanely inspirational. My nectarine blackberry open faced pie was one of my most popular and pinned recipes (and continues to be). But it was my throwaway filler post on “You know you’re a food blogger if…” post that got everyone riled up. It strangely went viral and I’m still getting comments on it. Apparently food bloggers REALLY do want to own chickens and are highly amused when I pointed that fact out to them.

Olive Oil and Chocolate Chip Orange Ice Cream by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Goat Milk Waffles and more. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I kind of took it easy here on the blog over the summertime moving into early autumn (July, August and September) traveling back to St. Louis and Indianapolis to visit my family (and AJ’s family). I baked a lot of pies and cobblers and tarts and visited a goat farm which inspired me to make goat milk quinoa waffles. I also made ice cream and was thrilled to see one of my close friends from college get married. August had me going on a real vacation with AJ to Yosemite, something I keep on meaning to post about, but haven’t had a chance to you. It’ll be up in the new year…

Hog Island Oyster Company by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Chocolate Pistachio cookies and more. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

October had me doing one of my most popular posts, a white mocha pumpkin “frappuccino” which is hilarious because I normally don’t do recipes posts like that. But apparently people loved it (or they loved the photos I took of the shirtless guys in my local park, I’m not sure). Speaking of shirtless guys, I also attended the annual Folsom Street Fair which meant even more photos of shirtless guys – and a recipe for a salted vanilla bean white chocolate multigrain cookie. I also attended my friend Garrett and Brian’s wedding up in Sacramento, who I adore and contributed chocolate chocolate chip pistachio cookies with toffee bits. I was rather nervous because there were going to be a number of awesome food bloggers there, but they were all complimentary toward my treats. October also had me start my Thursdays Photo Essays, which has been a fun little ongoing series for me. I’ve enjoyed breaking out of my “food blog” world a bit and moving more into the photography world and the photo essays have  been super fun to do!

New York Photo Essay for Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Chocolate Rolled Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream and more. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

November had me recapping the DIY Desserts Ice Cream social we had back in September, with my Tex Mex Sheet Cake as well as posting the ubiquitous pumpkin post (I went with a pumpkin white chocolate vanilla swirl cheesecake bar). I also finally got around to posting about AJ’s 40th birthday cake, a chocolate rolled cake with brown sugar buttercream and crushed pistachios inside. I love that cake! But November was also the month that bloggers responded to the devastating Hurricane Sandy, and I participated with a number of other blogs in a Support for Sandy blog post by dedicating my Thursday Photo Essay to New York City. It was one of my favorite Photos Essays to date.

Baking to Heal. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Reverse White Chocolate Crackle Cookies and more. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Finally in December, I did an unexpected thing and posts very few posts about food with recipes but the ones that I did do included the requisite classic holiday cookie: Speculaas, which I developed for Kroger’s iPad app MyMagazine, as well as an updated twist on a classic holiday cookie, the Reverse White Chocolate Crackle Cookie. I also threw in a last minute Triple Layer Holiday Spice Cake and did a fun Dickens Fair photo essay. But the majority of my blogs posts for December were giveaway posts, something I rarely do here on Eat the Love. I’m not a big giveaway type of blog (there are a number of other blogs that do that sort of thing and are known for it) but I thought, this being December, it would be fun to host a few ones, giving away truffle boxes, fruit of the month memberships or a few triple cookbooks sets. Of course this December was also when the Sandy Hooks tragedy occurred, and I think we are all still trying to cope and deal with that horror as we move on into the new year.

In the end, 2012 was a pretty significant year for everyone. I look forward to where things go in 2013, and I hope you all continue to stop by in the future! I can’t wait to see where things go in 2013 as this blog turns three years old. In the meanwhile, Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to a fabulous 2013!

Oh, and you probably wanna know the details of the giveaway right? Well throughout the year I get products from companies and swag from going to conferences. Most of the stuff I don’t need or want, but that doesn’t mean the stuff isn’t great. In fact, I usually donate the stuff I don’t think is worth even keeping (boxed cake mix, canned soup) and save up the good stuff for this year-end giveaway. So don’t think you’re getting leftovers from me, think that you are getting curated items that I think most everyone would love!

The Giveaway items! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

This giveaway is book heavy, because I have an inordinate amount of cookbooks, almost all of them fabulous, but I just don’t have room for them all in my tiny apartment. So, with a heavy heart, I am giving them away to a happy new home. These include Frugavore, So Sweet!, Desserts in Jars, Quinoa Cuisine, Lard, The Cookie Dough Lover’s cookbook, and How to Eat a Small Country. Included in the giveaway is also a few other non edible items like a Driscoll’s berry colander, a set of two espresso cups and saucers, a teal Tasty Kitchen Tshirt (size women’s XL), and a woman’s fitted Kitchen Grips silicon mitt.

But that’s not all! There’s other awesome stuff including Christmas Brittle from Peanut Butter & Co., along with a book about the history of Christmas Brittle (it’s super cute!), a jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams (it’s like Nutella but with peanut butter!), a jar of Sonoma Syrup Co. Meyer Lemon Cheese Drizzler candied marmalade for cheese, Beautiful Briny Sea Lavender Salt (this stuff is gorgeous and I almost kept it for myself), two bottles of Sanders Dessert Topping (one classic caramel, the other extra dark chocolate hot fudge), and a four pack of LorAnn Flavor Fountain. Whew!

Because I want everyone to have as many chances as they can, here’s what you need to do enter. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite recipe that you’ve made this past year. It doesn’t have to be from my blog (in fact, I’d love it if you pointed me to another blog that I don’t know about!). If you want extra chances to win, just follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Google+ and then come back here and leave a comment telling me you followed me (or leave me a separate comment if you already follow me, that’s totally legit too!). Leave a separate comment for each social media network that you followed me on! That’s five chances for you to win!

The fine print – PLEASE READ

By leaving a comment below to enter, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
▪ NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
▪ VOID WHERE PROHIBITED
▪ You must be over the age of 18.
▪ This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens. Sorry non-US people!
▪ The contest starts as of today, and will run until Jan 10th, 2013, 9am PST.
▪ The retail value of all this approximately $225.
▪ The winner will be chosen by a randomly selected comment. All comments will be numbered and I will use Random.org to pick a random number.
▪ The number of eligible comments below determines the odds of winning.
▪ If there’s a problem with contacting the winner, I reserve the right to award everything to someone else randomly chosen. So in other words, make sure you type in your correct email address if you want the membership and respond within a week to me when I contact you or I’ll give everything to someone else.
▪ Everything will come directly from, which means, I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it to you in a timely fashion. Let’s face it, I’m totally lazy and have to package and send this stuff to you via UPS or USPS which means I have to actually go to the post office/UPS store. BUT if you haven’t gotten all the stuff from me by mid-February, you can totally go online and publicly shame me on whatever social media network you prefer to give me a kick in the butt! Or, you can just email me and ask me what’s up. I’ll get back to you ASAP. ;)

Good luck! Special thanks goes to BlogHer, Peanut Butter & Co., Driscoll’s, Sanders, Sonoma Syrup Co., Beautiful Briny Sea, Kitchen Grips, Quirk Books, Clarkson Potter, Harvard Common Press, Ulysses Press, Andrew McMeel, LorAnn, Tasty Kitchen and the Fancy Food Show for these items!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone who entered!

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Culinary Collage January 3, 2013 at 6:03 am

First, let me say Happy New Year Irvin! I love your blog, totally love the beautiful photography and the recipes look like they are to die for……yum. I really hope that I win this giveaway. I see that you have Sanders Hot Fudge too (I’m a Michigan girl and Sanders is our hot fudge of choice). My favorite new recipe of the year is Chicken Tamale Pie from Pinch of Yum. Check it out for yourself at http://pinchofyum.com/chicken-tamale-pie.

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Anna January 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

This is one of the most delicious recipes that I’ve made this year: http://pepacooks.com/2012/12/polvorones-mantecados-estepa-de-canela-y-almendra/ is a typical Spanish sweet, that is made in Xmas, it’s very easy to do and so yummy!

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Anna January 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

I follow you on Twitter, my username is @annikiole

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Anna January 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

I follow you on FB, my name there: Anna Barri

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Anna January 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

I follow you on Pinterest, my username is Gastroadikta

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Anna January 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

I’m following you on Google+

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The Suzzzz January 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

This year was a down year and I didn’t cook much and when I did it wasn’t anything cool or crazy. I guess my favorite thing I made was inspired by your brown butter rice krispies treats. I made s’more rice krispies treats with browned butter, valrhona chocolate, and then for the cereal I used half rice krispies and have golden grahams. Simple but ridiculously hard to stop eating.

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Belinda @zomppa January 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

All I want from you is more great stories in 2013!! What a year you had, and here is to a happy new one!

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penny January 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

Fresh sour cherry pie. Finally sourced some sour cherries and froze a few bags of them. Spent the holidays making pies.

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Katherine January 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

I learned how to make homemade tootsie rolls! I’ve been using this recipe: http://acozykitchen.com/homemade-tootsie-rolls/ The toughest part is making nice rolls out of the dough.

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Katherine January 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’m also following you on G+.

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Lauren January 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

Love this post and love, love, love the blog. It’s my favorite. Everything of yours I’ve ever made is pretty much the best thing I ever ate. :)

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Heather January 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

My favorite thing I baked this year was either the “French Apple Cake” from Cooks Illustrated or the rye-rosemary crackers from “The Herbfarm Cookbook” by Jerry Traunfeld. I can’t decide! I love your blog.

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Trish January 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

My favorite thing I made this year HAD to be a homemade pie without a recipe. I was on vacation, with no access to the internet or a pastry cookbook. After picking tons o blackberries, I decided to wing it. I still can’t believe it came out delicious! I threw in some peaches and plums I had extra of too.
SO tasty. Boosted this girl’s confidence times a thousand. :)
Trish

http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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Trish January 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

Also, I follow you on Bloglovin!
Trish

http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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Lacey January 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

I made some amazing raw chocolate mint cups from the Sweet Gratitude book for the holidays this year. YUM! Two people told me it was the best chocolate they’ve ever eaten.

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Lacey January 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

I follow you on Facebook too.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food January 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

What a delicious year it was! I’m so glad we got to see each other a few times and that you had such a fun-filled year! Here’s to a great 2013!

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Ryan January 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

2012 was a great year! I really enjoyed the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake wordless recipe. And although those came out great, my favorite recipe of the year was The Kitchn’s popover recipe. I got a popover pan for Christmas 2011, and they are probably the only thing I’ve ever made that come out perfectly every time. I’m convinced the key is letting the batter rest while the oven heats up – I always leave mine to sit for at least 30 minutes though. Looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) January 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Great post! Your photos are beautiful and I actually look forward to the “posters” you create.

What’s the name of the typeface you use in “apricot amaretti cookies”? Did you get that one from Lost Type? Thanks!

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Dora January 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Well, happy new year…thanks for the graham crackers…and I follow you on FB :)

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Sofie T January 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I follow you on Facebook.

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Sofie T January 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Some of my favorite recipes came from Joy the Baker this year.

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Dora January 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Whenever I make my aunt Wanda’s fruitcake cookies, I think of her and put on a big smile. She is the kindest person you will ever meet. She greets everyone with open arms (new and old). When she makes the cookie, she preps everything by hand…shelling and breaking the pecans by hand and snipping the fruit with sissors by hand while watching the television. I, on the other hand, use my little bamboo cutting board and sharp paring knife to do the work while looking out the kitchen window watching the garden grow. Anyway, every year I make her cookie, I feel like she’s giving me one of her great big hugs :)

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Katherine C. January 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I’d have to say my favourite recipe that I have found was on Around The Table: Loving food in RI & Beyond. Her quinoa mac & cheese that rocked Pinterest. Here’s the link, http://aroundthetableri.blogspot.com/2012/02/cheesy-quinoa-mac-cheese.html I believe she got it from another pinner, but it’s pretty awesome. Enjoy!

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Katherine C. January 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I “like” you on FB

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JulieD January 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

What an awesome year you have had!! all o if it’s beautiful…now I want a slice of that carrot cake and brownie layer cake!! Happy New Year to you and hope our paths cross again in 2013!

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Katherine C. January 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I “follow” you on Pinterest

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Katherine C. January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I “follow” you on Twitter! : )

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HapaMama January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

What a great year! Your photos and graphics look so pretty and scrumptious all lined up like that. Happy 2013!

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Sarah January 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

i think my favorite recipe was Smitten Kitchen’s granola. I’ve already devoured several batches. Happy new year!

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susan January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Not only are your recipes unique and inspiring, but your graphics and design aesthetic are truly some of the best on the web. I enjoy your humor, your creative eye, and your style. I am sure HUGE things are in your future and I would not be surprised if some sort of published material is on your horizon. Happy New Year, Irvin – cheers to more wonderful creativity!

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Karen January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Happy New Year Irvin.
I loved your speculaas cookies and made it multiple times during the holidays. I also loved this recipe for apple pie bread which is perfect when you have apples lying around. We visited an orchard this fall and had quite a few.
http://bakerstreet.tv/2012/09/apple-pie-bread/

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Anita January 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

My favorite new recipe this year came from one of my favorite cookbooks: the birthday layer cake from Momofuku Milk Bar. It has become my go to celebration cake, and frankly I love to make it simply to have leftover birthday cake crumb to sprinkle on ice cream or yogurt… or just to eat by the handful!

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Anita January 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I like you on fb, and always look forward to your posts and more inspiration!

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Anita January 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I just started following you on Twitter!

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Anita January 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

…and Pinterest, too!

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

My favorite “new” recipe of 212 was a pie I made for one of my nephews for Christmas – a Raspberry Pie with a Coconut Macaroon Crust topped with fresh raspberries, blackberries and a white chocolate drizzle. Was a HUGE hit. :)

Somehow, I had never seen your rolled cake – that looks awesome! And by the way, all the gay uncles I know refer to themselves a Gunkles. ;)

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I follow you on Twitter as @HyeThymeCafe

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I follow you on Facebook as Hye Thyme Cafe … Just went to post this and got a pop-up telling me I’m posting too fast and to slow down?! LOL I apparently type too fast.

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I follow you on G+ as @HyeThymeCafe

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I also follow you on Pinterest as @HyeThymeCafe

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Christina January 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Favorite recipe of the year: Hazelnut Scone with Maple Glaze from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.

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Christina January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I am a fan on facebook!

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Christina January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Following you on pinterest

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Christina January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Also following on twitter.

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Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

My absolute, positive, total favorite recipe this year was Lovely Lanvin’s curry udon. I made it about a month ago, and am obsessed – I’ve been craving it ever since! I’ve had a lot of delicious things in the past year, but when I tried the curry udon, there was no doubt in my mind that it was the absolute BEST thing that came out of my kitchen in all of 2012. :D

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Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Already followed you on Twitter…

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Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Already followed you on Facebook…

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Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Already followed you on Pinterest…

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Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

And… already followed you on Google+! ;) (P.S. The link for the curry udon recipe: http://www.lovelylanvin.com/2012/06/25/curry-udon/ )

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Mary January 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

moravian cookies!

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edward ang January 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I’m a huge fan, and follow you on your website, and on FB. I don’t have twitter, goggle _ or pininterest yet. Happy new year to you and AJ! XO

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StoryScott January 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Okay – now I know this is probably the easiest thing for you to make – but growing up in Iowa… I fell in love with anything on a stick and pie. This summer I catered the grand opening of a kid’s toy store. While I was searching for kid-friendly food, I hit the jackpot one afternoon when I was walking through Pike’s Market. A vendor was selling pie pops. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Before I could make my millions – they were ‘popping’ up all over town. I make a variety of flavors – but here is good instruction on “in sock monkey slippers.”

http://www.insockmonkeyslippers.com/blueberry-pie-on-a-stick

And… I follow you pretty much everywhere already. Cheers!

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Lori R January 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Favorite food blog recipe of the year was the pancetta, white bean and chard pot pies from Smitten Kitchen.

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Lori R January 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Following you on Pintrest

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Lori R January 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Following you on Facebook

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Lori R January 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Following you on Twitter

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christag January 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Happy new year. I have been dieting this past year, and using your website to dream. Thanks for the inspirations.

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Laura W January 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hooooly Irvin! What a giveaway! I found your blog thru Brian-a thought for food and I am loving your posts…I may go back and read them all! My favorite recipe was Momofuku Milk Bar’s Banana Cake. I made it twice…the first time was to feed about 30 people and the second time it fed about 12. I was able to email Tanis who had already made it a couple of times for tips. Her blog is http://properfare.com/

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Laura W January 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I am following you on Facebook.

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Laura W January 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I am following you on twitter.

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Angela January 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

My favorite recipe was for almond flour banana bread from the Wanna Be Chef: http://www.thewannabechef.net/2012/06/04/almond-flour-banana-bread/. So delicious for a gluten free foodie like me!

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Angela January 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I “liked” you on Facebook!

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Angela January 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I’m following you on Pinterest.

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Angela January 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

And following you on Google+

Happy New Year!

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CJ at Food Stories January 4, 2013 at 4:41 am

Fairly new to your site but I love your roundup & pics. My favorite recipe as of late is one I just posted yesterday … Borscht … http://foodstoriesblog.com/2013/01/03/chunky-borscht/

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Diana January 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

I’m following you on FB

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Diana January 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

I’m following you on pinterest!

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Diana January 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

I’m following you on twitter

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Diana January 4, 2013 at 5:01 am

I’m following you on Google+

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Diana January 4, 2013 at 5:06 am

My favorite recipe that I created this year was my version of potato skins. It’s a lovely appetizer on roasted potatos with herbed chevre and a corn salsa. It is also great on bruchetta if you don’t have potatoes. The leftover corn salsa is awesome on steak, and the leftover herbed cheese is nice as a spread in pinwheels with black forrest ham, spinach and cheddar. Enjoy- http://balsinfullygooddrizzles.blogspot.com/2012/12/dis-drizzle-skins-potato-skins-worth.html

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Rafal January 4, 2013 at 6:02 am

My favorite recipe this year was probably creamed corn from the Ad Hoc cookbook.

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Bernadette January 4, 2013 at 6:48 am

I have “liked you” and wanta be your BFF!!!!!
LOVE LOVE your site.
Also follow you (not a stalker) on Pintrest!
Keep doing what you do so well!
p.s. I would be a great BFF!!!!!! Love to eat and cook!!
Peace
Bernadette

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Jan January 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

My favorite new recipe was a chicken tamale casserole

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Jan January 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

I’m an email subscriber

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Elin January 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

One of the first favorites that comes to mind was the caramel shortbread from Two Tarts. The shortbread was delish and so were the caramels. They were perfect to package up as little surprise gifts for friends at work.

http://www.two-tarts.com/2012/01/caramel-shortbread.html

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Elin January 4, 2013 at 7:21 am

I follow you on Twitter! (@elinwoods)

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Elin January 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

I like you on Facebook!

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Elin January 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

I follow you on Pinterest!

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Elin January 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

You’ve been added to my Google+ circles!

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Rebecca January 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

I am terrible at picking favorites. The best recipe I made this year would likely be Tate’s Original Chocolate Chip Cookies – only because they make my boyfriend SO happy and remind him of home [He actually has a happy dance that he does while he savors one...but don't tell him that I told you] ;-)

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Elle January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hi there. My favorite recipe of 2012 was blackberry pie. Sorry I can’t point you to a source. It grew out of my field. Literally. I have 3 acres of blackberries, and after the 25th gallon of berries, I have to start doing something. The first 25 go to wine and jam. So, I made up a pie. Blackberries with an apple. Plain ol flaky crust. And, man oh man. Man. My husband could eat it every day. I still have 22 gallons of berries in the freezer. That’s 22 more pies I guess. Yum.

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Zan January 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

Happy New Year! My favorite is one that I kind of made up for Christmas dinner. Nothing imaginative or fancy. It is my favorite because my parents loved it! They are 88 and 91 and food is not as good as it used to be to them so when I make something they love it is a winner! It was (so easy it is embarrassing) Alfredo lasagna roll ups two ways. One with roasted chicken and artichokes and the other with Italian sausage and mushrooms.

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cherie January 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

Definitely has to be mongolian beef – I’d been following Bee at http://rasamalaysia.com/ and finally bought her book – my kids would eat it daily

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

That orange olive oil ice cream had me at hello! Wowza!

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Samantha January 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Happy New Year!

The best thing we made this year was Pumkpin Spice Chia Pudding!

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Erin R. January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

What a freaking incredible giveaway. Everything looks wonderful. My favorite new recipe this year was from Our Best Bites. A curried lentil stew thing that is so incredibly easy and delicious I’m already planning to make it again this weekend. Thanks!

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katherine d January 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I made homemade mac and cheese for my picky “won’t eat anything that looks heathly” fiancee – but it had hidden veggies (buttnernut squash and carrot puree). He loved every bite, and had no idea there were veggies in it!

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures January 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I cannot even begin to think which is my favorite recipe from 2012. Favorite dessert? Favorite appetizer? But the absolute top of the heap?!? Hard to say. Although this one – fennel pollen-dusted soup – made several encore appearances, so I’ll go with that. http://culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com/2012/12/winter-root-and-barley-soup-food52.html

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Amanda Thompson January 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I don’t think I can narrow it down to my very favorite dish I made this year but I know this one was way way way up there on the list:
http://acozykitchen.com/salted-caramel-apple-pie/

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Ruthy @ omeletta January 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Happy New Year! Seems like 2012 was a pretty great one for you, i hope 2013 is even better. I missed that orange olive oil and dark chocolate ice cream the first time around, but the minute i saw it here, that sucker got evernoted immediately with a star beside it :-) i can’t wait to try it!
My favorite recipe this year? Impossible to choose JUST one, but i’ll always love my double chocolate and peanut cookies: http://www.omeletta.com/2012/11/19/double-chocolate-and-peanut-cookies/
Im already a stage 5 stalker, so unfortunately this’ll be my only comment. Best of luck for the new year, Irvin!

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Alissa A January 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

My favorite recipe was pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting.

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Jennifer January 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

This ravioli pasta recipe. I love it. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001568.html

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mbb January 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

this mushroom soup was my favorite:

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/wild_mushroom_soup_sherry_thyme.aspx

simple, but divine!

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Linda January 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for a great blog Irvin. I found you via Gluten Free Girl earlier this year. It was your Snickerdoddle recipe that got me hooked. Cheers!

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Crystal S January 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

My favorite recipe this year was (one that I made for a contest I entered) and was a Chocolate-Covered Stout Marshmallow. Your carrot cake ‘mallows look awesome!

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joyce avans January 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

My favorite recipe was a honey almond torta I made with honey that I infused with rosemary and lavender from my garden.

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Donna B. January 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

My favorite this year was a flourless chocolate cake for my Mom’s 70+birthday!

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Jenica January 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hi, Happy New Years! So my favorite recipe this year has to be Raw Cacao Dreamy Bars from the site Rawmazing. I am a total dessert junkie, nothing makes me happier that making up yummy decadent treats. I would love to try your Rolled Cake with brown sugar butter cream & chopped pistachios. That looks so fantastic!!! Thanks, I look forward to trying more of your desserts, Jenica

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Arthur in the Garden! January 6, 2013 at 1:35 am

Wonderfull. Love it!

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Meryl January 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

David Lebovitz’s French Vinaigrette! Deceptively simple, but the best vinaigrette I’ve ever had!

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Louis January 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cake with sponge cake layers instead of ladyfingers – from Bon Appetit :
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mexican-Chocolate-Icebox-Cake-101955

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Wow, favorite recipe? That’s a tough one…My memory isn’t good enough to remember very far back, so I’ll go with the lasagna I made a few weeks ago. Nothing special, really, but it’s lasagna!

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Sharon January 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am in love with your blog! It makes me hungry every time I open it. My favorite recipe this year came from a Taste of Home (i know! go figure!) email for chocolate covered cherry cookies. I Also love the purple spoon blogs recipe for hot chocolate cupcakes.

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Dana January 8, 2013 at 12:30 am

What an amazing year you have had Irvin! So much creativity and deliciousness packed into 365 days! Congrats to you and happy new year. I hope we get to see more of each other in 2013.

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Jamie January 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

Happy New Year! As an aside, thank you for so regularly posting GF baked good recipes. They’re so hard to find!

My favorite recipe of the year comes from the cookbook “The Seven Deadly Sins of Chocolate.” In the chapter on envy is hands down the best (and easiest) chocolate mousse recipe I have ever encountered. Even better, it is the first mousse recipe I have ever found that doesn’t require whipped cream, which means I can make it DF also. I modify the flavors seasonally, but the base recipe is 4 ingredients: semisweet chocolate; cream (or your fav dairy substitute; I prefer either coconut cream or almond milk); egg whites; sugar. Done and delish!

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