My Favorite Recipes of 2015

2015 has been a good year for me. How about you? I finished my second full year at our farmer’s market selling my gluten-free treats. I switched jobs to one that I love and have creative freedom in, plus some radical bosses. I had some great times with my family and friends. There was lots of laughter. Of course there were tears (I find the older I get the more sentimental I get). There was much to be thankful and I am filled with gratitude. I am eager to see what kinds of adventures 2016 has in store. Here are 11 of my favorite recipes from the past year. I was going to do a nice 10, but I am not a very conventional person and 11 is what I wrote down and so it is what I am sticking to! I hope you enjoy them and there will be much to come in 2016 (I already have January planned)!

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Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Parsnips

I love goat cheese. I don’t know what it is, but I think the last year I posted at least 5 recipes with it (probably more). I know a lot of people who have never eaten parsnips. They have an interesting flavor. The bacon. The goat cheese. The rosemary. I really feel like I nailed this recipe. It made the parsnip sing. And all the flavors married together perfectly. I was majorly happy with this one!

2015-03-21 08.49.05 Plantain Pizza Crust

The last year and a half, I got really attached to plantains. I also have a thing for pizza crusts. Once again I probably have over 5 recipes just for pizza crust alone. Seeing as I live in Indiana, many of my friends have never had, nor heard of plantains. And so, like a good friend, I introduce them to it. A pizza is a good gentle nudge. This is an ugly picture. I know. And it doesn’t look impressive (although I feel a bacon woven top should always be admired), but it tasted AMAZING. This one went to my best friend Tab and she said it was her favorite crust ever.

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Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tart

See another goat cheese recipe! This is hands down one of my favorite recipes I have ever made. Market fresh blueberries. The basil from my front porch. The quinoa tart crust. Perfection. What really makes it memorable, is my mom and 6 year-old nephew Trenton coming over. They ate it straight from the tart pan. They didn’t put it on a plate. They knelt on the ground and devoured it right there. Mouths stuffed, they proclaimed, “this is really good Britt.”

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Parfait

Usually a mess-up for me, turns into something better than the original vision. I messed up on a crust, and seeing as I am not one to waste, I crumbled it instead. Hmm…..From there it just came to me to pair it with cheesecake. Why not put it in a mason jar? I had a bunch from the kombucha I get at the market. They looked like parfait. Cute. I’ll take it! I probably did at least 12 different flavors this year and they even got me. Bacon pecan? Yes that happened in 2015!

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Taco Tortilla Bowls

Another plantain recipe. You see how I get hooked on things? I wonder what it will be in 2016? My ex used to (still does) love to get me baking/cooking acessories. He got me these fancy taco bowls. One night I opened my cabinet and just stared at them. What the hell am I going to do with these? I glanced down and saw some plantains. Hmm… The trick was getting a batter, stiff enough to mold into the pan. This worked beautifully. So good.

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Butternut Pizza

I also have a thing for butternut squash. I can’t believe this is the only one that made the cut. Probably because 2014 was the year of butternut (at least 20 recipes with it). My friend Heather ventured to a local farm called the Pickery. Obviously from the name, you go to the farm and pick your own produce. Cool shit for a self-sufficiency lover like myself! We went home and spent a bliss-filled hour making this pizza. Butternut and apples? A magnificent pairing. This was so good and worth the prep time and picking time.

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Macadamia Nut Pie

I walk to work everyday. I love it because I am a hiker. If I can’t get in a hike, at least I get in a walk. It’s probably maybe a mile there and home. It gives me time to slow down and chill out. I also do a lot of creative thinking. I come up with a lot of recipes on this walk. This pie idea literally just popped in my head. Macadamia are my favorite nuts. It was freaking delicious and probably the second best thing I made all year. I also made these at work, only with white chocolate chips layered on the bottom. Awesome!

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Caramel Apple Pizza

Caramel apple was my go-to fall flavor combination both at the market and work. I sold some fruit pizza crust. When I finally had one that didn’t sell, I eagerly made this up. It was post hike at Cataract Falls, so I was on another level of bliss. It was so good and a small slice went a long way.

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Maple Bacon Pancake Muffins

Scrolling through my pinterst, seeking inspiration, I had to stop on a picture of similar muffins. I HAVE TO MAKE THESE GLUTEN-FREE. One Sunday afternoon on my day off, music blasting, I was majorly in a mood to bake something. These were fire. Straight up so good. For breakfast with a sunny-side up egg.

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Camping Cinnamon Cookies

I love to be outdoors. My passions and the things I talk and post most often are either about cooking or hiking. I went all year without camping. It’s not my friends cup of tea. Finally at the tail end of October I got my mom to go with me. We found our way to southern Indiana with a tent tucked away in the Hoosier National Forest. It is nothing for me to whip up a batch of cookies. And so I put together these little gems in few minutes, they were still warm from the oven when I packed them. This post and day are pretty much me. Outdoors and baking. My perfect weekend!

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Brittany’s Blissfilled Burgers

I post a lot of baked goods and treats. However, this recipe is how I actually like to eat. Post market, my fridge stocked with local goodness, I want to make and consume things like this. And these burgers are probably the best burgers I have ever made. My apartment smelled delicious for hours afterwards. Try them with the pretzel bun recipe I created this year or enjoy on lettuce!

Happy New Year to you ALL and thanks for reading!!!!

 

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