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Best Recipes of 2019

My Top 10 recipes

Christina CollinsI love to cook! I realize this is rather stating the obvious! However, like most people, I don’t have unlimited time to do the things I love the most. So despite what most of my friends and followers think, I don’t cook gourmet meals 7 days a week! In fact, throughout the year, I roast a ton of chicken, I roll a ridiculous amount of of meatballs, and I make more salads than I can count! But when I do manage to carve out some free time, I like to test out new recipes in search my next favorite, and newest addition my recipe collection.

In reflecting on 2019 in my kitchen, and the goods times we had gathered around a table, there are a few meals that really stood out. My top 10 best recipes of 2019 hit all the marks for my criteria to earn them a spot in on my list! (Interested in what my criteria is? I talk about it at the bottom of this page.)

The Best Recipes of 2019

chicken chili with sour cream

Award winning chicken chili

This is one of those recipes that simply surprises you. The ingredients alone don't sound like anything special, but once combined this chili is an award winner!
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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars

These buttery, sweet, warming...DELICIOUS apple pie bars will have all your feasters shouting "we want more!"
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Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

Just about every culture around the world has some version of beef stew. But when I get that craving for a soul satisfying, mouth watering, hearty stew, nothing else will do except for the French classic, Beef Bourguignon.
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rigatoni with fennel and sausage

Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel

Once in a while a recipe comes along that literally quiets a crowd. This recipe for Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel is absolutely one of those recipes. It is a show stopper.
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Stuffed Turkey with Stuffing & cranberry sauce

Turkey rollatini with cranberry & stuffing

Turkey Scallopini stuffed with classic stuffing & cranberry sauce and smothered in gravy is the best of Thanksgiving dinner rolled into the single best of Thanksgiving bite!
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Soft scrambled eggs with lobster

Soft Scrambled Eggs

Chef Gordon Ramsey's recipe for scrambled eggs will change the way you experience eggs forever! They are simply delectable, delightful, delicious, and the only way you should ever make them.
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shepherds pie

Shepherd’s Pie

If you hail from the UK I'd wager to guess that you'd say Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort food, and you'd be right. This recipe is layered with rich, savory flavors that will keep you going back for more until it's all gone.
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Slow Cooked Filet of Beef

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Forget the high heat and over cooked ends- this slow roasted beef tenderloin recipe It is the easiest roast you will ever make and is perfect for any special occasion dinner.
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The Criteria

Here is my list of criteria I am looking at for a recipe to make it part of the Feast and Merriment collection:

Flavor

Flavor is always the most important component of any recipe. A top 10 recipe for me needs to result in amazing flavor. Not just good, not great, amazing. It needs to taste amazing. It needs to quiet the dinner table. It needs to prompt my feasters to ask questions and devour it. That’s the level of flavor I am always looking for.

Uniqueness

I really enjoy when I make a recipe that surprises me with either an ingredient that I wouldn’t think of using, or a twist on it that I never thought to do – things that elevate a dish to a whole new level. I’m not looking to make the same stuff everyone else makes- I want to cook something different that brings the “Wow” to the dinner party!

Make ahead

I want to enjoy the meals I make with whomever I am sharing it with, whether just my husband, or a party of 6. The only way I can do that is if I can give my dining companion(s) more of my attention than I have to give to the food.  That means the dish needs to be at least “almost” fully prepared, if not entirely prepared, and cleaned up, prior to the start of feasting time. A top recipe is able to me made ahead.