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Dec 22
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Voting Closed: Best of 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards!

Almost two years ago (on Christmas Eve) I started this blog to chronicle my quest to prove that recipes could be both healthy and delicious. I can’t believe how far it has come in just two years and I can’t express how blessed I feel that so many of you check in, read my blog, comment, share and pin my recipes, write me emails and cook alongside me. You all motivate and inspire me so much with your comments and stories and your feedback means more to me than you know. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. THANK YOU for following Emily Bites!

Since I am horrible at narrowing down and choosing favorites, last year I started the tradition of asking YOU, my amazing readers, to decide the best of the best. I love knowing what you all think. Here’s your chance to let your voice be heard!

Here’s how the voting will work: There are 10 categories. To vote, leave a comment below with the numbers 1-10 and next to each number fill in the letter corresponding to your choice for the winner for that category. I realize almost no one will have made a recipe from every single category, so feel free to vote for whichever recipe looks best to you, or if you’d rather leave some categories blank that works too. Here’s what a sample vote should look like (I chose the letters arbitrarily):

1.    A
2.    C
3.    E
4.    B
(etc)

And the nominees are…

1. Best Appetizer
a)    Buffalo Wing Hummus
b)    Chocolate Fruit Dip
c)    Southwestern Egg Rolls
d)    Caesar Salad Parmesan Cups
e)    Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

2. Best Breakfast Recipe
a)    Lemon Blueberry Muffins
b)    Banana Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Singles
c)    Pumpkin French Toast
d)    Chocolate Crepes with Raspberry Sauce
e)    Chocolate Frosted Doughnut
f)    Granola Cups with Yogurt and Berries
g)    Banana Pancake Bites

3. Best Dessert
a)    Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
b)    Peach Basil Tart
c)    Holly Bunches
d)    Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
e)    Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
f)    Apple Cinnamon Tart

4. Best Soup
a)    Butternut Squash Soup
b)    Herbed Chicken & Dumplings
c)    Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder
d)    Chicken Tortilla Soup Remake

5. Best Main Course “Muffin/Cupcake”
a)    Spaghetti & Meatball Cups
b)    Buffalo Chicken Wonton “Cupcakes”
c)    Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins
d)    Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese “Muffins”
e)    French Dip Wonton “Cupcakes”
f)    White Vegetable Lasagna Wonton “Cupcakes”
g)    Thai Chicken Biscuit Cups
h)    Hawaiian BBQ Wonton “Cupcakes”

6. Best Italian Recipe
a)    Chicken Parmesan Casserole
b)    Chicken Piccata
c)    Four Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Shells
d)    Spicy Sausage & Eggplant Spaghetti Bake
e)    Chicken Marsala
f)    Tomato & Sausage Risotto

7. Best Mexican Recipe
a)    Cheesy Amazing Mexi-Rice
b)    Shredded Mexican Chicken
c)    Taco Wrap Deluxe
d)    Chicken Tamale Bake
e)    Mexican Pizza
f)    Makeover Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole

8. Best “American” Food Recipe
a)    Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing (Company Chicken)
b)    Bacon Cheeseburger Wraps
c)    Chicken Alfredo Pizza
d)    Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese
e)    Bacon, Cheddar & Beer Risotto
f)     Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
g)    Buffalo Chicken Wrap
h)    Meat Lover’s Pizza

9. Best Slow Cooker Recipe
a)    Shredded Buffalo Chicken
b)    Balsamic Beef
c)    Apple Bacon BBQ Chicken
d)    Chicken Parmesan
e)    Taco Chili
f)    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

10. Best Side Dish Recipe
a)    Crispy Corn Fritters
b)    Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
c)    Zucchini Tots
d)    Cheesy Potluck Potatoes
e)    Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes
f)     Stuffins

Thanks in advance for voting! I will post the winning recipes on December 31st. I get nervous that no one will vote, so if you’re thinking about it please do! 🙂

92 comments on “Voting Closed: Best of 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards!”

  1. 1, A
    2, G
    4, A
    5, A and C. Both teriffic
    6, C
    10, F
    These are the ones from those above that I have enjoyed…However, my favorite of all time is the Buffalo Chicken mac and cheese muffins…YUM. Thank you for continuing to share your time and talents. Nancy

    • Thanks for voting, Nancy!! I noticed you didn’t vote for the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Muffins in their category so I added a tally for those because I figured you missed them! 🙂

    • Thank you. I swear it just said buffalo chicken and thought it was another recipe (Must have totally missed the mac and cheese part)! Thanks for the “help”. I will ask Santa for a new pair of reading glasses 🙂 I have made a list of ingredients for the French Dip cupcakes since there were good comments on them. After the holiday back to real food cooking for me. No more “frozen blocks” aka Smart ones/Lean Cuisines.

  2. 1) E
    2) G
    3) A

    5) E
    6) Layered Pasta Bake (sorry, That’s one of my absolute FAVORITES!)
    7) D (Hand’s down!)

    9) A (my husband voted on this one)
    10) C

  3. 1.a
    2.b
    3.f
    4.have not made a soup yet.. Need to try one!!
    5.e
    6.a
    7.f
    8.b
    9.a
    10.have not tried any of those yet. 🙂
    I love everything on your blog!! Thank you for the amazing recipes! Can’t wait to keep making things!

  4. I have not had a chance to try all of these but on one that I did…
    5. E
    Its a family FAVORITE and sooooo easy to make!!!

  5. 1.a, c
    2.Haven’t tried any of these items yet.
    3. a
    4. d
    5. b, but I’m dying to try the Chix Parm muffins
    6. Haven’t tried
    7. e
    8. b
    9. e
    10. d

  6. 1) A
    2) C
    3) F
    4) —
    5) D
    6) A
    7) D
    8) B
    9) A
    10) —

  7. 1. d
    2. g
    3. a
    4. a
    5. c
    6. b
    7. d
    8. a
    9. c
    10.c & f (a tie! I love both of these)

    Your blog is amazing, with so many wonderful, healthy recipes. Thank you so much for your efforts and for sharing. Abundant blessings to you and your family in the new year!

  8. 1. D
    5. F

    I’m sorry I can’t chime in more — many of these are on my To Do pile. I make a lot of your recipes and have been insistent my friends try them, but I guess they’re from other years. I think your cupcake entrees are ingenious, and everything I have made from this site turned out exactly as I hoped. How often can you say that?!? At my WW meetings, your website is constantly being recommended. Keep it up!

  9. 1.a
    2.b
    3.a
    4.a
    5.c
    6.a
    7.f
    8.h
    9.b
    10.f

    A couple of these, I haven’t personally made, but my daughter has, and has raved about them!! Like the Balsamic Beef (“Mom, you have GOT to make it”!!)

    thanks, Emily, you’re the BEST!!

    • Thank you! You are the best too. 🙂 I’m so glad the Balsamic Beef was a hit with your daughter – let me know what you think when you try it! Thanks for voting 🙂

  10. 3. F
    6. C
    8. C

    These are my three favorites! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes in the future!

  11. 1. a
    2. c
    3. d
    4. d
    5. b
    6. b
    7. c
    8. b
    9. a
    10. d

    🙂 Merry Christmas

  12. 1. C
    2. G
    3. B
    4. B
    5. B
    6. A
    7. D
    8. A
    9. A
    10. C

  13. 1. E
    2. F
    3. A
    4. D
    5. B
    6. C
    7. D
    8. A — Our friends actually refer to this as “BEST CHICKEN EVER!!!”
    9. B
    10.D

  14. 1.B
    2.D
    3.(haven’t tried any of these)
    4.D
    5.H<– This was good but my most favorite wasn’t on the list; lasagna cupcakes
    6.A
    7.F
    8.C<— This is absolutely my favorite EB recipe!
    9.B
    10.A

  15. 1-A
    2-C
    3-D
    4-A – favorite soup EVER
    5-E – lasagna also was my favorite
    6-A
    7-F
    8-B
    9-F
    10-B

  16. 8. A
    9. A

    Love your blog!

  17. 1. C
    5. E
    9. A

    Those are the categories I’ve tried. The Southwestern Egg rolls are now my go-to dish to bring to a potluck, and everyone always loves them! I make the French Dip cupcakes with Havarti instead of Swiss, and they are amazing!

    Thanks for a great site and Happy Holidays!

  18. 1.A
    2.F
    3.N/A
    4.A
    5.C
    6.A
    7.D
    8.B
    9.A
    10.D

  19. 1 C
    2 B
    3 E
    4 A
    5 F – By far my all time favorite EB recipe!!!!
    6 E
    7 C
    8 B
    9 E
    10 D

    I love your site and have sent many friends to it. I have shared your recipes and everyone that has tried them loves them! Thank you for all you do!

  20. 1) c
    2) g
    3) a
    4) d
    5) f
    6) a
    7) d
    8) a
    9) a
    10) c

  21. 1) b
    2) e
    3) d
    4) a
    5) e
    6) c
    7) f
    8) e
    9) a
    10) a

  22. 1.e
    2.a
    3.a
    4.b
    5.c
    6.c
    7.c
    8.a
    9.e
    10.c

  23. 1 e
    2 a
    3 —
    4 a
    5 —
    6 e
    7 f
    8 —
    9 d
    10 b

  24. 3 – a
    5 – c
    6 – d
    7 – a and d
    8 – b
    9 – a
    10 – d

  25. 1.c 2. a (A+++++) 3. d 4. c 5. g 6. c 7. f 8. b 9. b 10. d

  26. 1 b
    2 this one was difficult – almost went with a but decided on c
    3 a
    4 c
    5 c
    6 a
    7 b,c,e,f – sorry having trouble deciding
    8 a
    9 e
    10 love corn fritters and tots but i think i’m gonna have to go with d

  27. 1 E
    2 C
    3 F The apple cinnamon was wonderful….only I ate too many portions!
    4 A Yummy!
    5
    6 D Love anything with eggplant!
    7 F Can’t wait to make this one!
    8 D
    9 C
    10 A Will make this one soon!

    I absolutely love your recipes and always look forward to making them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with many delicious new recipes to come!!

  28. I’ve only recently found your blog so I haven’t made that many of your recipes, but the ones I have made were delicious!

    1 B
    2 F
    3 A
    4 B
    5 C
    6 A
    7 F
    8 B
    9 D
    10 D

  29. I love your blog, and have tried many of the recipes, and they become favorites instantly! I look forward to your new posts!

    1 e
    2 c
    3 f
    4 b
    5 c
    6 a
    7 b
    8 f
    9 c
    10 c

    Can’t wait to hear the winners!
    Jess

  30. 1 E
    2 C
    3 F
    4 D
    5 F
    6 A
    7 F
    8 D
    9 E
    10 C

    Emily I have tried many of your recipes and have never been disappointed. Can’t wait to see what you have coming up in 2013.

    Thanks again
    Linda Rasmussen

  31. I usually only make main meals — haven’t really tried breakfast, appetizer or dessert — perhaps this year. I will say that I create a monthly menu and Emily Bites dominates our weekly meals. For example, December has 15+ recipes on it (keeping in mind that there is a “eat out day” and “left over day” every week. Plus, Christmas! I am never ever disappointed and neither is my picky meat & potatoes husband!

    5. a
    6. a
    7. d
    8. b
    9. a
    10. a

  32. 1. D
    2. G
    3. A
    5. E
    6. D
    7. F
    8. A
    9. F

    The slow cooker buffalo chicken is my absolute favorite. I make it multiple times each month. And I am so happy that my friends and family are making your recipes on a regular basis, too! Thanks Emily!

  33. Haven’t tried too many, but what I have tried have been great! So, here are my votes in the catgories I tried.
    3.F
    5.C – these are the bomb!
    7.F – I’ve made these enchiladas more than any other. These are awesome!

    I need to get busy on some of the rest! Thanks for the great work!

  34. 1) d
    2) b
    3) f
    4) b
    5) b
    6) a
    7) f
    8) a
    9) b
    10) c

  35. Here are my votes:
    2) G
    5) F
    6) C
    9) A, B & E – three way tie…hard one there, they are ALL fantastic

    Now what I need to do is read over all the other comments, because clearly I need to try a bunch of your other recipes. I will say that all of your recipes become family favorites – they are easy, flavorful and kid-friendly (I have 3, age 5 and under). Do you take ideas/requests for future recipes? I have a couple of thoughts that I think you could do wonders with your magical culinary touch. Thanks for all of your hard work!!

  36. 1 C
    2 G
    3 D
    4 B
    5 B
    6 C
    7 A
    8 A
    9 D
    10 D

    MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CAMP YONGSAN,SOUTH KOREA

  37. Enjoyed my time viewing these recipes. Will be waiting for the results.
    1. E
    2. B
    3. F
    4. A
    5. E
    6. A
    7. F
    8. H
    9. E
    10. C
    Thanks for your blog!

  38. So hard to choose, all of your recipes I have tried are great!!!
    1. C
    2. A
    3. Not made these
    4. D
    5. E
    6. ?
    7. A
    8. G
    9. A
    10. C

  39. 8D – I have multiple people addicted to this recipe…making it again tonight!

  40. You’re amazing! Don’t ever stop blogging. My fiance will raise an eyebrow occasionally at a dinner idea, and I tell him, “don’t you second guess Emily”, like we know you. Haha, you’re very talented though. Thank you for helping me to keep off an 85 pound weight loss for almost 5 years!

    1) E
    2) C
    3) F
    4) B
    5) E
    6) C
    7) C
    8) A
    9) E
    10) C

  41. 1.
    2. A
    3. A
    4.
    5. H
    6.
    7.
    8. E
    9.
    10. D

  42. 1. A
    2. B
    3. A
    4. D
    5. E
    6. A
    7. E
    8. F
    9. A
    10. F

  43. A mix of ones I liked & ones I’d like to try . . .
    1. c) Southwestern Egg Rolls
    2. a) Lemon Blueberry Muffins
    3. f) Apple Cinnamon Tart
    4. b) Herbed Chicken & Dumplings
    5. d) Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese “Muffins”
    6. a) Chicken Parmesan Casserole
    7. e) Mexican Pizza
    8. a) Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing (Company Chicken)
    9. d) Chicken Parmesan
    10. b) Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    Mmmmmm.

  44. 1. C
    2. G
    3. A
    4. D
    5. A
    6. A
    7. F
    8. C
    9. A
    10. D

  45. I hope I’m not too late! I love this website, and I came to it right after last years vote!

    3. A – Cheesecake stuffed strawberries (only one I made. Mine didn’t turn out but it was my mess – not the recipe).
    4. D – Chicken Tortilla Soup
    7. C – Taco wrap Delux
    8. B – Bacon cheeseburger wrap – this is my favorite thing on the website so far!
    9. A – Shredded buffalo chicken

    These are all the recipes I’ve tried of these choices, but I plan to make more. My goal is 1 recipe a week each for the new year! 🙂

  46. 1. E
    2. G
    3. D
    4. D
    5. H, but my entire family totally love the lasagna cupcakes!!
    6. A
    7. F
    8. E
    9. E
    10. C

    I found your blog just a few months ago but my family absolutely loves the recipes I have tried from it!! It has been a huge hit and I have been sharing them with everyone at work also!! Thank you for all the work you put into these recipes!

  47. 4 – B
    8 – c Love your recipes

  48. 1. C – Absolutely love these!
    5. A
    6. A
    7. F
    8. A
    10. D

  49. 9. A You can have it as a meal or make it into a dip. Every time I make it it gets rave reviews.

  50. 1. b
    2. a
    3. b
    4.aaaaaaaaaaaa BEST soup ever!
    5. d
    6. d
    7. a.
    8. e
    9. b
    10. d

  51. 6. a
    8. b

  52. 1. d
    2. e
    3. a
    4. a
    5. b
    6. c
    7. e
    8. h
    9. c
    10. d

  53. 1. b
    2. e
    3. a
    4. d
    5. f
    6. c
    7. d
    8. c
    9. a
    10. d

  54. 1.e
    2.g
    3.
    4.
    5.a
    6.c
    7.
    8.e
    9.b
    10.a

  55. 7. d
    8. h

    two of our favorite recipes!!

  56. 1.c
    2.b
    3.e
    4.c
    5.a
    6.c
    7.f
    8.a
    9.e
    10.d

  57. 1. c
    2. e
    3. a
    4. d
    5. f
    6. a
    7. d
    8. a
    9. e
    10. d

  58. 1-a
    2-??
    3-??
    4-?
    5-b (g ties with this one too!)
    6-e
    7-d my all time favorite recipe from you! love it
    8-e
    9-c (although i made this in the oven, still delicious!)
    10-d

  59. 1. C
    2. A
    3. F
    4. C
    5. B
    6. B
    7. C
    8. G
    9. A
    10. D

  60. 1. C
    2. C – LOVED THOSE!!
    3. A
    4. D
    5. C
    6. A
    7. F
    8. A
    9. D
    10. D – LOVED this as well!

  61. Thanks for your wonderful blog!
    1. D
    2. G
    3. D
    4. D
    5. F
    6. C
    7. E
    8. G
    9. B
    10. B

  62. 1. C
    2. G
    3. D
    4. B
    5. B
    6. C
    7. C
    8. A – I make this at least twice a month if not more.
    9. A
    10. D

  63. 1. A
    2. G
    3. F
    4. D
    5. E (! All time favorite!)
    6. F
    7. F
    8. B
    9. B
    10. D

  64. 1) C (one of the best appetizers ever–people were FIGHTING over them!)
    2) G
    3) F
    4) A (Hands down, this is THE BEST soup I have ever had.)
    5) H
    6) A
    7) B
    8) B (Healthy cheeseburger?! I’ll take delicious for $1000.00, Alex)
    9) B
    10)E

    Loving this site and so happy I stumbled across it last year! I had baby weight to lose so pairing your site with myfitness pal made dropping 20 Lbs easy! My husband jumped on the bandwagon after a while and has lost 42 lbs! I am grateful to have your recipes in my kitchen!

  65. 1. C
    2. c
    3. B
    4. D
    6. A
    8. C
    9. C
    10. B

    Thank you so much for ALL of your wonderful recipes, many of them are part of our “regulars”. My sons and husband enjoy them all and they are a wonderful support to me on my weight loss journey….I can actually eat well while losing weight!

  66. 1. A
    2. G – So easy and yummy
    3. A
    4. D – This is a regular in my house
    5. D – Made often throughout this year’s football season
    6. A
    7. F – Tasty!! My hubby was amazed someone would think to use refrigerated biscuits this way (it never would have dawned on me) – awesome.
    8. B
    9. F
    10. C

  67. 1. C
    2. B
    3. D
    4. B
    5. E (THE ONLY WAY I’LL EAT FRENCH DIP!!)
    6. C
    7. F
    8. C
    9. B
    10. D

  68. 1. C
    2. C
    5. C
    6. E
    8. A
    10. D

  69. 1. A
    2. C
    3. A
    4. A
    5. C
    6. B
    7. D
    8. D
    9. A
    10. E

  70. Love this idea! Here are my votes:
    1. A
    2. D
    3. B
    4. C
    5. A
    6. A
    7. A
    8. B
    9. C
    10. A

    Can’t wait to see the results! 🙂

  71. 1. D
    2. G
    3. B
    4. A
    5. B
    6. A
    7. A
    8. E
    9. A
    10.C

    -Vanessa

  72. 8. D

    The flavor of this was INCREDIBLE! I’m new to the site, can’t wait for 2013 and more EB posts! Thank you so much for doing what you do!!!

    -Brooke

  73. 1. b
    2. g
    3.a
    4. d
    5. c
    6. c
    7. a
    8. g
    9. e
    10. c

    Love all of your recipes! It’s hard to choose!!!

  74. I’ll just vote on the categories I’ve tried. I need to try more of them! Both of the recipes I voted on I’ve made numerous times. We LOVE them!

    5. C
    10. C

  75. 1. Best Appetizer
    a) Buffalo Wing Hummus

    2. Best Breakfast Recipe
    a) Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    3. Best Dessert
    d) Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

    5. Best Main Course “Muffin/Cupcake”
    d) Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese “Muffins”

    6. Best Italian Recipe
    c) Four Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Shells

    7. Best Mexican Recipe
    c) Taco Wrap Deluxe

    8. Best “American” Food Recipe
    a) Cheesy Chicken & Stuffing (Company Chicken) – I seriously make this EVERY WEEK. It’s my absolute fave!!

    9. Best Slow Cooker Recipe
    a) Shredded Buffalo Chicken

    10. Best Side Dish Recipe
    f) Stuffins

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