Top 10 Recipes of 2012

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

December is a great time to reflect on the (almost over) year and share special memories with loved ones and friends. Well, we’re in the spirit of sharing, too! Introducing… (drum roll, please) the top ten recipes of 2012. If you haven’t tried one of these scrumptious dishes, make it your New Year’s resolution to squeeze at least one into your holiday menu.

imageMexican Chicken: This cheesy, creamy casserole is an easy weeknight meal. It is a great way to use leftover chicken and can be prepared ahead, if necessary.

imageOld Fashioned Meatloaf: There’s a reason this meatloaf made the top ten recipes of 2012—it’s delicious! It is moist and flavorful, and the combination of mustard and ketchup makes the glaze tangy and sweet. Meatloaf is low-maintenance and a great crowd-pleaser.

imageAunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad: This fresh salad is a great side dish. Try serving alongside Finger Sandwiches. It’s fresh and cool and the vinegar packs a pleasant punch. Prep time is only 15 minutes!

imageFried Dill Pickles: These little dills are a great southern staple. Most people head to their favorite local restaurant and order them, but they’re so easy to make at home! Serve alongside Miss Gloria’s Blue Ranch Dressing or a spicy Horseradish Cream.

imagePina Colada Smoothie: There’s nothing like a cool smoothie on a hot summer day. This smoothie is easy to make and even easier to drink! The tart pineapple combines perfectly with the sweet coconut, making this smoothie an obvious, and yummy, choice!

imageThe Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup: Whether you’re under the weather or not, there’s no denying that chicken noodle soup is good ol’ fashioned comfort food. It’s is packed with chicken, veggies, noodles, and flavor!

imageNot Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding: In the south banana pudding is a regionally accepted currency. But, this twist on a classic is sure to please banana-pudding-lovers nation-wide! And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it’s easy to make ahead of time for a party or get together.

House Seasoning: It doesn’t get more basic than house seasoning, but it also doesn’t get more delicious. Use this house seasoning on anything- pasta salads, dips, sandwiches, soups—you name it!

imageCorrie’s Kitchen Spa Citrus Salt Body Scrub: Okay, so this isn’t exactly a “dish”. Don’t get us wrong, you can eat it—we just wouldn’t. This scrub is a great homemade gift for friends and even better to keep around the kitchen for you. Lemon is a go-to way to get the hard-to-remove garlic smell off your hands.

imageChicken and Rice Casserole: This casserole is an easy week-night staple. It makes use of leftovers (like chicken and rice), and can be made ahead of time for easy prep. It’s creamy, and cheesy, and don’t forget tasty!

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I really do enjoy all of your shows including your sons. My children and I love your shows, just keep your head up and you will always come out shining. I would really like to meet you some day and swap recipes for you are a great inspiration. Take care,Shara all the way from Trinidad!

By Shara Basarally on February 26, 2014


Paula what they did to you is sick. Everyone has done something wrong or said something many many years ago. You keep your head up high and the hell what every had done to you. You can create your own business on your own. So go for it my friend.

By rose martinez on July 01, 2013


Hello Judith Guillermin! There are several inspired hash brown recipes, check these out and see if they are the one's you are referring to: The Hash Brown Casserole or a Creamy Hash Brown Casserole. You can also try something different like Bobby’s Lighter Creamy Hash Brown Casserole or even a Hash Brown Quiche. Here at Paula Deen we encourage you to try our dishes!

By Anonymous on January 15, 2013


I am looking forward to trying some of the above recipes. I have been trying to obtain one of Paula's recipes from a Christmas show on Fox news with Ducey. It contained hash browns, sourcream, ham cheese, onions etc, I think it was a breakfast casserole . I have one of the PD cookbooks and the recipe is not in it. I have contacted you as well as Fox News and have not had a response. Could you send it to me. Thank you for your help. Judith Guillermin

By judith guillermin on January 11, 2013


baked beans.. campells beans 4 cans juice drian.chopped onion and bacon fry tell crisp ,salt , pepper to taste,worshire sauce one forth tsp.alittle mustard,half cup of catsup,half one forth cup reg sugar.mix and cook in oven beans are hot 375 tell done....mexican chicken soup..whole chicken boil on top stove in chili powder forth cup .when chicken is done take out and cool and pile bones an skin off,while that is cooling add to broth it less almost a pan full of broth from chicken add fresh baby carrots in bag,4 pototos piled and cut in halfs , salt pepper to taste.and a whole cabbage cut like u would a pie .lets this cook tell all is tender.and than add chicken and let cook u feel is its flavorable.if u like to try these recipes see how u like them if u dont its ok.iam not sure if there new to u. regards nancy

By nancy reed on December 30, 2012


Is the Mexican Chicken okay for diabetics?

By Kitty Hobbs on December 29, 2012


My selection for top recipe of 2012 is the Overnight French Toast Recipe. It is fatastic. Our family decided that it was a keeper and we will having it again next Christmas morning. Easy to prepare and soooo delicious.

By Barbara Faught on December 28, 2012


My daughter gave me Paula Deen's Cooking Bible for my birthday and I love, love love it! Get one for yourself, you'll be glad you did.

By Cheryl on December 28, 2012


Paula, what is your saying about having two cookies in each hand??You should make a sign. I'm totally a cookies monster. Happy Holidays!!! your the best and I love your food/recipes. Paula

By Paula Smith on December 20, 2012


What was the Paula recipe in Woman's World Magazine for sweet potatoes in the Thanksgiving Issue?

By Tonya Rogers on December 19, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm