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Vote Now: Best of 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!

Last year on Christmas Eve, I decided to create a blog to keep track of the recipes I’d been making and hopefully share them with others. It has been almost a year now and I am humbled, honored and thrilled that people out there (especially YOU) are following my blog, trying the recipes and sharing the site with friends. Thank you!

A lot of blogs do a year end “best of” post and I thought it would be fun to do the same. I’m horrible at narrowing down my list of favorites, so I thought it would be more fun (and easier) for you all to do the work! I was a little bit nervous about posting this – what if no one votes? I asked the followers on my Facebook page and got several assurances that readers would vote, so you better!

Since I started the blog in December 2010, the “Best of 2011” is actually going to cover the year from December 2010 – November 2011. I think that’s okay because I want to give you all time to vote and then post the winning recipes from each category on my one year blogiversary (12/24/11)!

There were several recipes that could have gone in multiple categories and I was torn about whether to list them more than once. I ultimately decided to just pick one category for each recipe to avoid the possibility of a recipe winning in multiple categories. I also didn’t include every single recipe that could potentially fall into each category, so if your favorite isn’t there, feel free to write it in.

Here’s how the voting will work: There are 13 categories (plus a bonus write-in category) . To vote, leave a comment below with the numbers 1-13 and next to each number fill in the letter corresponding to your choice for the winner for that category. Number 14 is open ended so just answer it however you like! I realize almost no one will have made a recipe from every single category, so if you’d like to vote for the one that looks best to you that’s fine, or if you’d rather leave some categories blank that works too. In any instance where there is a tie, I will cast the deciding vote. Here’s what a sample vote should look like (I chose the letters arbitrarily):

1.    A
2.    C
3.    E
(etc)

And the nominees are…

1. Best Appetizer
a)    Pizza on a Stick
b)    Mini Spinach Dip Bread Bowls
c)    Pepperoni Pizza Mini Puffs
d)    Buffalo Chicken Bites
e)    Pepperoni Bites
f)    Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

2. Best Asian Dish
a)    Asian Chicken & Vegetables with Spicy Peanut Sauce
b)    Ginger Sesame Chicken
c)    Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
d)    Soy Ginger Fried Couscous

3. Best Breakfast Recipe
a)    20 Minute Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza
b)    Pumpkin, Cranberry & Apple Baked Oatmeal
c)    Sausage, Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Cups
d)    Blueberry & Peach Baked Oatmeal
e)    Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Cups

4. Best Baked Good
a)    Lemon Poppyseed Doughnuts
b)    Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins
c)    Orange Dark Chocolate Scones
d)    Pumpkin & Cream Bread
e)    Monkey Bread Muffins
f)    PB&J Doughnuts

5. Best American Comfort Food Recipe
a)    Creamy Stove Top Mac & Cheese
b)    Chicken & Biscuits Casserole
c)    Buffalo Chicken Chili
d)    Slow Cooked Barbecue Beef
e)    Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
f)    Cincinnati Chili

6. Best Dessert
a)    Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
b)    Black Forest Cupcakes
c)    Crustless Pumpkin Mini Pies
d)    Nutella Thumbprints
e)    Lemon Lime Cupcakes

7. Best Italian Recipe
a)    Best Lasagna Ever
b)    Eggplant Parmesan
c)    Chicken Saltimbocca
d)    Layered Pasta Bake
e)    Pepperoni & Sausage Stromboli
f)    White Vegetable Lasagna

8. Best Main Course “Muffin/Cupcake”
a)    Taco Cupcakes
b)    Mac & Cheese Muffins
c)    Lasagna Cupcakes
d)    Meatloaf Muffins
e)    Cheeseburger Cupcakes
f)    Cheesy Chicken Cups

9. Best Mexican Recipe
a)    Taco Casserole Bake
b)    Chicken Enchiladas
c)    Mexican Rice Casserole
d)    Mini Taco Bowls
e)    Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole
f)    Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

10. Best Pasta Recipe
a)    Cheesy Taco Pasta
b)    Pasta with Feta & Roasted Vegetables
c)    Sausage & Pumpkin Pasta
d)    Parmesan Linguini with Peas
e)    Pesto Pasta with Asparagus, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Arugula
f)    Creamy Lemon Tortellini Bake

11. Best Pizza Recipe
a)    Cheeseburger Pizza
b)    Buffalo Chicken Pizza
c)    Margherita Pizza
d)    Pepperoni & Pineapple Pizza
e)    Barbecue Chicken Pizza

12. Best Soup Recipe
a)    Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Crisps
b)    Chicken Tortilla Soup
c)    White Bean Chicken Chili

13. Best Vegetarian Recipe
a)    Spicy Black Bean Burgers
b)    Italian Farro Bake
c)    Falafel Sandwich with Yogurt Sauce
d)    Mushroom Risotto
e)    Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach & Pine Nuts

14. Best Overall Emily Bites Recipe of 2011
This is a write in – just tell me your favorite! It can be from any of the categories above or any other recipe from my site.

Let your voice be heard! Voting will close on Wednesday, December 21st and the winners will be posted on Christmas Eve.  Thanks in advance for voting!

   
Yum

36 Responses to “Vote Now: Best of 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!”

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    1
    Nicole — December 1, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    1. Croque Monsieur Egg Rolls
    2. B
    3. Mixed Berry French Toast
    5. B
    8. A
    11. D
    12. B

    Sorry, I didn’t have one for each category. There are so many I haven’t tried!!!

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    2
    pisacandy — December 1, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    1e
    2b
    3b
    4e
    5e
    6b
    7a
    8b
    9e
    10a
    11a
    12b
    14 Cheesy Taco Pasta, saved me more than once!

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    3
    Jessica — December 1, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    1) C
    2) –
    3) –
    4) –
    5) C
    6) –
    7) –
    8) –
    9) A!!!
    10) –
    11) –
    12) –
    13) –
    14) Taco Casserole Bake and Chicken Enchiladas

    You would think looking at my voting list that I haven’t used very many of your recipes, but I cook something from your blog at least twice a week! Thank you for everything!

  4. #
    4
    Jennifer K — December 1, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    1)d
    2)a
    3)a
    4)e
    5)e
    6)c
    7)a
    8)a
    9)a
    10)e
    11)b
    12)b
    13)b
    14) I really enjoy the taco casserole bake and the taco cupcakes too!

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    Stacey — December 1, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Dang, Emily, this poll just made me realize how many recipes I’ve yet to try! Unfortuantely, that means I can’t vote in half the categories, but here goes:

    1) d
    2) –
    3) –
    4) –
    5) f
    6) d
    7) –
    8) e
    9) –
    10) c
    11) a
    12) –
    13) –
    14) Cheeseburger cupcakes!

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    Katie — December 1, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    1. B
    2. A
    3. A
    4. E
    5. A
    6. C
    7. C
    8. B
    9. F
    10. A
    11. D
    12. A
    13. D
    14. I’m completely torn between the Asian Chicken and Vegetables in the peanut sauce and the Cheesy Taco Pasta. Both are staples in our house!

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    Anonymous — December 1, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    1) –
    2) C
    3) C
    4) F
    5) F
    6) C
    7) A
    8) D
    9) –
    10) C
    11) A
    12) A
    13) –
    14) Sausage and Pumpkin Sausage

    Ms. Emily, to be honest, I have not found a recipe of yours that I do not enjoy. Thanks for all you do.
    Dana Jenkins

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    emilybites — December 1, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    (This was posted on the wrong blog entry, so I’m just moving it. Thanks for voting everyone!!)

    Egrindstaff said…

    1. F
    2. A
    3. C
    4. D
    5. C
    6. B
    7. D
    8. F
    9. B
    10. A
    11. C
    12. B
    13. E
    14. Chicken cheesy cups!!

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    Amy — December 1, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    1) D
    2) B
    3) A
    4) E
    5) E
    6) E
    7) A
    8) F
    9) A
    10) D
    11) A
    12) B
    13) D
    14) Cheeseburger Pizza… this is my go-to 🙂

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    Anonymous — December 1, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    1. D
    2. C
    3. D
    4. E
    5. B
    6. D
    7. B
    8. A
    9. E
    10. B
    11. B
    12. B
    13. E
    14. taco cupcakes

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    11
    MeanJumperBlues — December 1, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    1) F

    2) B

    3) B

    4) N/A haven’t tried any

    5) N/A — haven’t tried any

    6. C

    7. N/A haven’t tried any of these

    8. Can’t vote for just ONE… A, C, and D (I think this makes up for me not voting in other caterogies)

    9. N/A haven’t tried any

    10. A

    11. B

    12. B

    13. N/A

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    Kristen — December 1, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    i love emily bites.com!!

    1)A
    2)D
    3)A
    4)B
    5)E
    6)D
    7)A – truly the best Lasagna I’ve ever had!
    8)C
    9)A
    10)A
    11)C
    12)A
    13)A
    14) Sausage & Pepperoni Stromboli

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    Christy P. — December 1, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    1)E
    2)B
    3)C
    4)B
    5)C
    6)C
    7)D
    8)E
    9)B
    10)A
    11)E
    12)B
    13)
    14) Taco Cupcakes
    It’s too hard to pick because everything I have made has been great!! I even made some stuff for my Thanksgiving guests and they loved what I cooked!!!

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    14
    MissPlayer — December 1, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    1. B
    2. D
    3. E
    4. E (this was the recipe that got me hooked!)
    5. A
    6. B
    7. F
    8. C
    9. F
    10. F
    11. D (this has ALWAYS been my favorite topping combo!)
    12. B
    13. D

    14. Oh, WOW. There’s a lot to choose from…I’m going to pick the Monkey Bread since it was the first thing a made and the reason I keep coming back to see what’s new!

  15. #
    15
    Jessica C — December 1, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    1)C
    2)N/A
    3)C
    4)D
    5)E
    6)D
    7)F
    8)D
    9)E
    10)A
    11)E
    12) N/A
    13) N/A
    14) Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole

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    16
    Linda — December 1, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    1)d
    2)a
    3)b
    $)c
    5)c
    6)e
    7)a
    8)a
    9)f
    10)d
    11)b
    12)c
    13)d

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    17
    Leslie — December 2, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    1. B
    2. C
    3. E
    4. E
    5. A
    6. E
    7. C
    8. B
    9. B
    10. E
    11. C
    12. A
    13. E
    14. The mini spinach dip bread bowls. Awesome, adorable, and delicious!

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    JJ — December 2, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Emily, I just had to tell you that I made the mini Pizza Puffs for a party last night and they were a huge hit!! Definitely making them again.

    1. c
    2. –
    3. 3
    4. –
    5. a
    6. –
    7. d
    8. b
    9. –
    10. a
    11. e
    12. a
    13. –
    14. Meatloaf Muffins! They’re so delicious and convenient in the portion controlled muffin tin

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    19
    MsHellion — December 2, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    1. B
    2. A
    3. E
    4. E
    5. A
    6. A
    7. A
    8. Hard to pick! E
    9. F
    10. F
    11. C
    12. B
    13. C
    14. Mini Spinach Dip Bread Bowls

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    20
    Jamie — December 2, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    1. D
    2. B
    3. A
    4. E
    5. A
    6. C
    7. E
    8. D
    9. F
    10. A
    11. B
    12. A
    13. A
    14. My favorite so far has been the Sausage & Pepperoni Stromboli – it was better than one from a pizzeria! I still need to try a lot of these, though!! 

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    21
    Nancy — December 2, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    1. D
    2.B
    3. D
    4. E
    5. E
    6. A
    7. E
    8. D
    9. E
    10. A
    11. B
    12. B
    13. E
    14. Any and ALL of your cupcake dishes.
    YOU ROCK!!!!!!! THANBK YOU

  22. #
    22
    christina — December 2, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    1 E
    2 B
    3 C
    4 E
    5 E
    6 D
    7 A
    8 D
    9 D
    10 F
    11 D
    12 A
    13 B
    14 so many still to try! i really want to try Buffalo Chicken Bites next

  23. #
    23
    Rachael — December 2, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    1. E
    2. C
    3. C
    4. E
    5. A
    6. C
    7. D
    8. B
    9. E
    10. B
    11. B
    12. C
    13. C
    14. Everything is amazing! YOU ROCK 🙂

  24. #
    24
    Monica Heffington — December 2, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    1. B
    2. –
    3. D
    4. –
    5. E
    6. B
    7. –
    8. A
    9. A
    10. B
    11. –
    12. C
    13. –
    14. Pasta with feta and roasted veggies. I make this all the time!! so good.

  25. #
    25
    Jamie — December 2, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    1. E
    2. B
    3. C
    4. E
    5. E
    6. B
    7. E
    8. A
    9. F
    10. B
    11. E
    12. C
    13. A
    14. My absolute favorite dinner is Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos!

    Can’t wait for another year of exciting new recipes 🙂

  26. #
    26
    J. Thompson — December 3, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    1. E
    2. A
    3. D
    4. E
    5. A
    6. D
    7. F
    8. E
    9. B
    10. A
    11. D
    12. B
    13. B
    14. Cheeseburger Cupcakes

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    27
    Angela — December 3, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    1. B
    2.
    3. E
    4. D
    5. A
    6. C
    7. Mac and Cheese Muffins
    8. A
    9. D
    10. C
    11. C
    12. B
    13. A
    14. Taco Cupcakes

  28. #
    28
    Michelle — December 4, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    My votes!!

    1.E
    2 –
    3. –
    4 –
    5. E
    6. C
    7 A
    8. D
    9. E
    10 –
    11 –
    12 –
    13 –
    14. Meatloaf Muffins and Deep Dish Pizza. could not decide between the two. I make both all of the time now!!!

    Excellent job on the blog Emily. My sister and I both love it!.

  29. #
    29
    Debra — December 4, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    I only found this blog recently — someone at my WW group brought in the recipe — so I really can’t vote on much. I most certainly do, however, want to post a vote for your lasagna cupcakes. Brilliant!

    I’ve made them several times, told everybody about them, served them to company — I’m really getting mileage from this recipe! Best new recipe I’ve gotten in a long time, and changed the way I look at other foods (what else could I cupcake?!?).

    I may be late to the party, but I am a devoted fan. Thanks so much for all you put into this blog!

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    30
    Allyssa — December 5, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    1. A
    3. C
    5. A
    6. E
    8. C
    10. D
    11. D
    14. lemon lime cupcakes! amazing!

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    31
    Ana — December 5, 2011 @ 2:45 am

    1)
    2)A
    3)B
    4)
    5)
    6)C
    7)B
    8)C
    9)B
    10)B
    11)D
    12)C
    13)A
    14) The Mixed Berry French Toast bake is my favorite breakfast recipe and the one I make the most. The Chicken Enchiladas are my favorite dinner recipe.

  32. #
    32
    Allison — December 6, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    1. D
    2. D
    5. E
    7. A
    8. B
    9. C
    10. C
    11. B
    12. B
    13. E
    14. Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta

  33. #
    33
    Ellen — December 7, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    1.F
    2.C
    3.D
    4.E
    5.B
    6.B
    7.D
    8.C
    9.C
    10.D
    11.E
    12.B
    13.D

  34. #
    34
    Danielle — December 7, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

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

  35. #
    35
    Stef Coyle — December 13, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    1. Ham and Cheese Eggrolls
    2. C
    3. A
    4. –
    5. –
    6. D
    7. A
    8. C
    9. E
    10. C
    11. B
    12. –
    13. –
    14. Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta!!! I have made this recipe for many different groups of people and they have all loved it. It is my go-to dish when I cook for others!

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    36
    Lisa — December 16, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    2. a
    3. b
    5. b
    6. d
    7. d
    9. a

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