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Dec 31

Best of 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in my 2nd Annual Reader’s Choice Awards! I’m so blessed to have you all as readers and whether you’ve been cooking with me since the beginning or you just discovered my blog today, I really appreciate you.

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years. It has flown by! Last year I recapped some readership, social media and posting stats, mostly for me to look back on. While I certainly don’t blog for the numbers, it’s fun to look back and see how much my blog has grown over the past year. Here we go again:

Two years. 217 posts. 197 recipes. 6,000,000+ blog page views (according to my Blogger stats). 11,801 Facebook fans. 9,148 Pinterest followers. 1,174 Twitter followers.

It’s been an amazing two years. It overwhelms me that so many of you out there read my blog, make the recipes I post here and give me such great feedback, encouragement and inspiration. THANK YOU!

I am so excited and thankful that many of you took the time to cast votes for your favorite recipes. It was so fun for me to see what all your favorites were this year! The results are below and for each category I’ve pictured the winner and then listed the runner up along with my own vote (which didn’t count in the standings, I’m just listing it for fun).

Also, since a lot of you mentioned that you wished you could choose 2011 recipes, these are the results of last year’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Without further ado, here are the winners of your 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards:

1.    Best Appetizer Recipe: Southwestern Egg Rolls

Runner Up: Buffalo Wing Hummus
Emily’s Pick: Buffalo Wing Hummus

2.    Best Breakfast Recipe: Banana Pancake Bites

Runner Up: Pumpkin French Toast
Emily’s Pick: I couldn’t decide. I’m tied between Banana Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Singles and Lemon Blueberry Muffins – both fantastic!

3.    Best Dessert Recipe: Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Runner Up: Apple Cinnamon Tart
Emily’s Pick: Peach Basil Tart

4.    Best Soup Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup Remake

Runner Up: Butternut Squash Soup
Emily’s Pick: Butternut Squash Soup (my FAVORITE soup)

5.    Best Main Course “Muffin/Cupcake”: Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

Runner Up: French Dip Wonton “Cupcakes”
Emily’s Pick: This one is hard! Probably the Buffalo Chicken Wonton “Cupcakes”

6.    Best Italian Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Runner Up: Four Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Shells
Emily’s Pick: Spicy Sausage & Eggplant Spaghetti Bake

7.    Best Mexican Recipe: Makeover Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole

Runner Up: Chicken Tamale Bake
Emily’s Pick: I can’t decide between Shredded Mexican Chicken and Cheesy Amazing Mexi-Rice – they’re both favorites of mine!

8.    Best “American” Food Recipe: Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing (Company Chicken)

Runner Up: Bacon Cheeseburger Wraps
Emily’s Pick: Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing (Company Chicken) – this is one of my go-to recipes!

9.    Best Slow Cooker Recipe: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Runner Up: It’s a tie between Balsamic Beef and Taco Chili
Emily’s Pick: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

10.    Best Side Dish Recipe: Cheesy Potluck Potatoes

Runner Up: Zucchini Tots
Emily’s Pick: Crispy Corn Fritters

Thanks so much again to all of you for reading my blog, cooking my recipes and encouraging and inspiring me with your comments. You all are the best. Here’s wishing you all a healthy and happy 2013!


33 Responses to “Best of 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winners”

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    Anonymous — December 31, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    We love your stuff here at our house! Even my picky eaters love it! Thanks so much for creating and sharing so that others can use your ideas!

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:30 am

      Aw, thanks – I’m happy to hear the recipes are a hit with the whole family!

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    Anonymous — December 31, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    We love all your recipes at our home. Made a few for our holiday gathering and my son now wants a slow cooker and asked for your link. Thank you for working so hard to keep us healthy and full. Happt new year!

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:32 am

      Oh, that’s so nice to hear! I’m glad you and your family are loving the recipes. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

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    Anonymous — December 31, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    I just made your butternut squash soap yesterday . It,s amazing thank you for all your hard work 😉

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:32 am

      That’s one of my favorite recipes! Glad you loved it 🙂

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    Anonymous — December 31, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Thanks for an inspiring year. I look forward to more amazing recipes in 2013 and another 50 lb weight loss for me. You inspired my cooking & eating habits to improve. The cheesy potluck potatoes are my favorite recipe & taste as good if not better than the full fat version. No one notices the changes and less fat and none is ever left. Happy New Year!

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:34 am

      Wow, 50 pounds!! That’s so awesome – you can do it again! I’m so glad to hear that the cheesy potluck potatoes are such a big hit. Happy New Year to you as well! I hope we can both reach all of our goals for the year 🙂

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    Marianne Fletcher — December 31, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Do you, or do you know of anyone that makes a gluten free version of the W.W. recipies?

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:36 am

      Hi Marianne, I don’t know much about gluten-free. I know of some gluten free recipe blogs but none that are specifically WW focused. is probably the most popular one.

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:38 am

      Ooh, I just checked and Skinnytaste has a gluten free tag for applicable recipes:

      I’m sure I have some gluten free recipes or ones that can be easily adapted that way, but I don’t feel comfortable marking them as such because I just don’t know enough about it. Hope the blogs I mentioned help!

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    Debra — December 31, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Wow — none of these are the recipes I voted for! I guess that means I have a load of new recipes to try!!!

    I’m a (Lifetime!) member of Weight Watchers, and I couldn’t begin to count how many times your recipes are recommended in our meetings. Your reach is much farther than can possibly be reflected in your subscriber numbers. Thanks so much for all the work you do on these recipes. It’s definitely appreciated.

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:40 am

      Haha, I voted for a lot of losing recipes as well (not that i counted my own votes) :P. I’m thrilled to hear you all are talking me up at the meetings – THANK YOU! When I used to be a meetings member (I’m using WW online now) no one there knew I had a blog and I didn’t want to bring it help because it felt self-serving or attention-grabbing or something, lol. Thanks for your nice comment!

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    Unknown — January 1, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and wonderful recipes. I am a huge fan of yours and your delicious recipes. Whenever I take something to a pot luck it’s usually the first thing to go and people always ask for the recipe. I always say I don’t give out my recipes but you can to to and you can find it there and a lot more good stuff. I even get thanks for referring them to you after they see your site. Keep us the good work and blessings to you in 2013.

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:41 am

      Thank you for your kind words! I really appreciate you sending people to my site. I’m so happy the recipes are well-received and I hope you have a wonderful 2013 as well!

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    Ashley King — January 1, 2013 @ 6:07 am


    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:43 am

      Thanks, Ashley!

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    Kara G — January 1, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Hi Emily, congrats on another great year! I love your website and make those re-vamped bubble up enchiladas all the time. My husband even asks me to make them! I look forward to making some more of your recipes in 2013 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:43 am

      Thanks, Kara! I’m happy to hear that you and the hubby love the bubble up enchiladas! Happy New Year! 🙂

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    Alexis AKA MOM — January 2, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Oh girl you make the BEST items, I love them all! When I’m off this carb free diet I can’t wait to go back to making those yummies.

    • emilybites replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 1:44 am

      Aw, thanks, Alexis! 🙂

      I have some low carb recipes…are you not allowed to have any carbs at all?? Brutal. lol

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    Anonymous — January 3, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    I honestly don’t know how I would survive in the kitchen without your blog. Thank you for making simple, easy to follow, DELICIOUS recipes that are a hit with the husband as well!

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