Greatest Hits: 2012

All Cooking Light recipes have to meet our high standards, but a few each issue are so great they end up as staff favorites. Keep checking here each month for the best of 2012.

The Best Grapefruit Pound Cake

Photography: Randy Mayor

January/February: Grapefruit Pound Cake

"There's a surprising, exotic depth of flavor from grapefruit rind and juice." 

- Robin Bashinsky, Recipe Developer and Tester

View Recipe: Grapefruit Pound Cake

The Best Chicken Piccata

Photography: Johnny Autry

January/February: Chicken Piccata

"Briny capers and bright lemon really make this bird sing!" 

- Hannah Klinger, Editorial Contributor

View Recipe: Chicken Piccata

The Best Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Photography: Randy Mayor

January/February: Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

"This recipe is a game changer. Think you don't like sweets? Think again." 

- Tim Cebula, Associate Food Editor

View Recipe: Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

The Best Dak Bokkeum

Photography: Con Poulos

March: Dak Bokkeum with Spinach

"This stew is lick-the-bowl good, something I had no trouble doing despite its fiery flavor!"

- Phoebe Wu, Assistant Editor

View Recipe: Dak Bokkeum with Spinach

The Best Crab Cakes

Photography: Johnny Autry

April: Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade

"These are the best crab cakes we've ever made!"

- Scott Mowbray, Editor

View Recipe: Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade

The Best Pizza Rustica

Photography: Johnny Autry

April: Pizza Rustica

"I love the tender crust and veggie-packed filling."

- Deb Wise, Recipe Developer and Tester

View Recipe: Pizza Rustica

The Best Beef Filets with Red Wine Sauce and Roasted Veggie Fries

Photography: José Picayo

May: Beef Filets with Red Wine Sauce and Roasted Veggie Fries

"Funny that we devoured the veggie fries before the steak."

- Sidney Fry, Assistant Nutrition Editor

View Recipe: Beef Filets with Red Wine Sauce and Roasted Veggie Fries

The Best Cherry-Peach Sangria

Photography: José Picayo

July: Cherry-Peach Sangria

"Who could resist the refreshing combo of fruit, fresh herbs, and wine?"

- Vanessa Pruett, Test Kitchen Director

View Recipe: Cherry-Peach Sangria

The Best Vietnamese Pork Tenderloin

Photography: Johnny Autry

July: Vietnamese Pork Tenderloin

"Huge flavor served up in small green packages–an excellent choice for a barbecue."

- Timothy Cebula, Senior Food Editor

View Recipe: Vietnamese Pork Tenderloin

The Best Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie

Photography: Johnny Autry

August: Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie

"Smoky bacon, savory chicken thighs, and the subtle sweetness of carrots and leeks make for a winning combination. America, meet your new favorite potpie."

- Sidney Fry, Assistant Editor, Nutrition

View Recipe: Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie

The Best Filipino Arroz Caldo

Photography: Johnny Autry

September: Filipino Arroz Caldo

"Ginger and a touch of saffron make this ultra-comforting porridge richly fragrant. It's the perfect dish for chilly nights."

- Phoebe Wu, Assistant Editor

View Recipe: Filipino Arroz Caldo

The Best Green Curry Fritters

Photography: Brian Woodcock

October: Green Curry Fritters

“Holy cow, are these spicy-good! You won’t believe how much flavor is packed into these little guys.” 

- Ann Pittman, Executive Editor, Food

View Recipe: Green Curry Fritters

The Best Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

Photography: Hannah Whitaker

October: Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

“Keep some napkins handy—a slice falls apart in the best possible way.” 

- Hannah Klinger, Editorial Contributor

View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

The Best Ramen Noodle Bowl

Photography: Brian Woodcock

October: Ramen Noodle Bowl

“Chewy noodles and deep, umami-rich broth—it’s like a big, steaming bowl of comfort.” 

- Tim Cebula, Senior Food Editor

View Recipe: Ramen Noodle Bowl

The Best Rich Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

Photography: Iain Bagwell

November: Rich Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

"This soup is just as satisfying as slow-cooked! A hint of miso gives it extra depth."

- Robin Bashinsky, Recipe Tester and Developer

View Recipe: Rich Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

The Best Aromatic Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Photography: Randy Mayor

November: Aromatic Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

"My household contains someone who thought he didn't like tomatoes. This recipe changed that forever."

- Phillip Rhodes, Executive Managing Editor

View Recipe: Aromatic Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

The Best Rainbow Trout with Smoked Tomato Salsa

Photography: Iain Bagwell

November: Rainbow Trout with Smoked Tomato Salsa

"The stovetop smoking technique is simply brilliant. Delicious, too!"

- Ann Pittman, Executive Editor, Food

View Recipe: Rainbow Trout with Smoked Tomato Salsa

The Best Chipotle Pork Tamales with Cilantro-Lime Crema

Photography: Johnny Autry

December: Chipotle Pork Tamales with Cilantro-Lime Crema

“Nothing says love better than spending time in the kitchen making these tamales.” 

- Deb Wise, Recipe Tester and Developer

View Recipe: Chipotle Pork Tamales with Cilantro-Lime Crema

The Best Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

Photography: Johnny Autry

December: Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

“Don't just reserve for festive occasions—this makes a great exotic weeknight side dish, too!” 

- Robin Bashinsky, Recipe Tester and Developer

View Recipe: Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

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