10 Top Recipes 2016

” Recipes from Asia to Mexico to good old fashioned American chocolate chip cookies were what my readers chose as their 10 favorites of 2016. Check out potatoes and pasta and and a whole lot more to try in 2017. Just in case you missed them in 2016!”
This year it seems many of my blogger friends are posting top posts from 2016. This got me wondering what mine were. After checking I was quite surprised by the variety of posts that I found were popular with my small group of readers. (Next year I’d like to make that a big group of readers!) What fun to be able to see that Mexican recipes are important, as are Asian, and even a Jewish recipe made the top 10. I’m so glad desserts still rank and my favorite make ahead cheese souffle was a hit. And those potato bundles? Oh my! My readers have chosen some good ones and I am happy to say I agree with their choices!



















4 Ingredient Fettucine Alfredo 

I’d love to hear about your favorites and what you’d like to see in 2017. I appreciate each and everyone of my readers and hope you all continue on the journey with This is How I Cook!
A few more that should have made the cut:
Poblano Cheese Casserole              Ketchup Chicken                    Red Chile Breakfast Enchiladas
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  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    January 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Abbe, looks like you had a delicious 2016, can't wait to see what you do this year. It's going to be a great one. Happy New Year!

  • Gingi Freeman
    January 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Great round up post.. these all look amazing! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  • Jens C. Kruse
    January 13, 2017 at 5:25 am


  • mjskit
    January 13, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Can't believe I missed a couple of these, but I definitely remember the potatoes with chorizo. Thanks for the reminder because I'm making a 2017 dishes to make list and that just went on it.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I am going to need to make those cookies for my husband. He is a chocolate chip cookie wh*** – LMFAO!

  • The Ninja Baker
    January 12, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Oh my goodness, Abbe! Let the pinning festival and recipe recruitment begin =) Your chocolate chippers are a must to my wish-list. And your egg foo yong is so my jam – to quote the youngsters of today. Happy New Year, Abbe. Wishing you the best in 2017 =)

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    As much as I love chocolate chip cookies and those potato bundles look great, I think I'd have to say your flavorful chicken soup is what I would love a taste of right now. Great collection of recipes.

  • Sippity Sup
    January 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Happy New Year! Great list. I'd love a bowl of that Vietnamese Chicken Soup. I have a bad cold and Asian soups are my magic cure-all for colds. GREG

  • Bobbi Marshall
    January 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    So much deliciousness all in one place! I have loved all of your recipes but want to start with your Vietnamese Chicken noodle Soup as it is just one of the cold and dark days.

  • Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com)
    January 11, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Wow, what an eclectic selection. I think they all look so good and so interesting. I must get on to doing this type of post. Best wishes and dreams for 2017 🙂

  • Tricia Buice
    January 11, 2017 at 5:07 am

    What a terrific roundup with a wonderful variety of recipes. They all look delicious! Hope you have a terrific 2017 too 🙂

  • Cecilia
    January 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I like every single one on your list. Makes me wish I can cook constantly ..! Thanks for sharing!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Cecilia! Wish I could cook constantly, too! But then I'd have to eat constantly too, which isn't always so good for me!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I have a similar post coming up 🙂 I haven't done a look back in a long while and it's good to see what readers like. Your readers have chosen wisely and I'd say more of the same variety in 2017!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Can't wait to see it Susan! Always fun! I do have great readers, don't I?

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    January 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Aren't these roundups fun? So interesting to go back and see what was popular, and surprising. I did a pickled beet recipe years ago that is still one of the most popular every year. And, as many local people in my circle of friends that complain about beets – fooy to them. 🙂 After seeing Borscht in your lineup, It makes me wonder if I shouldn't make my version again and repost with a decent photo. If I remember, you can hardly recognize that it's a soup in my old post. 🙂 Here's to a delicious 2017 Abby.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      You should try it again! And to you too Lea Ann!

  • Chris Scheuer
    January 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Yum, so many nationalities represented here. To me, international food has wonderful appeal in both flavor and presentation.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      So agree Chris! And some of my most favorites are rom very faraway!

  • Angie Schneider
    January 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    They all look mouthwatering! That beet borscht looks so inviting with that vibrant colour.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks Angie! Beets do have such gorgeous color…until they splash on your white t-shirt!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    January 9, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Mmmm, some real goodies! I need to take another look at your borscht recipe — I've been playing with different versions of that lately, and need to compare notes! 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 9, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Thanks John! As for the borscht…it was a pretty classic recipe and though I didn't try any others and since I had never tasted it as a child, I suppose it depends on any preconceived notions you might have as far as taste. And my mother reminds me that I haven't done summer borscht, which is cold!

  • Gerlinde de Broekert
    January 9, 2017 at 3:37 am

    You did some great cooking last year. I could use some of that food right now . I have been traveling and the food choices I have made have been pretty bad.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 9, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Thanks Gerlinde. My kids used to say that I never cooked the same things twice! It depends where I'm travelling when it comes to food. China was great!

  • Liz Berg
    January 9, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Definitely pinning! You make such marvelous dishes—you have one lucky family!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 9, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Thanks Liz! I love your pins! And yes, we are oretty lucky!

  • Holly @ abakershouse.com
    January 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    2016 was clearly a year of excellent eating at your house! You made so many beautiful dishes and to think of all of the time and love that you shared with your family and your readers through your cooking is wonderful.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 9, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Thanks so much Holly. It is much appreciated!