This past year was good to us; 2012 was a particularly excellent time period for food. We saw a continued obsession with Nutella (which we hope never fades), beautiful and trendy ombre cakes made a big splash, and pull-apart breads quickly became our favorite things ever.

We came across so many recipes we wanted to make (and eat) it was impossible to keep up -- and it would have been a bad idea to try. But we did make our way through A LOT of them and we had many favorites. With the year coming to an end, we had to give a shout-out to the shining stars we've loved this year.

Since there's still some time before the inevitable "eat healthy" New Year's resolution goes into effect, now's the time to get cooking -- and these are the recipes to do it with. Bon appetit!

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  • Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie

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  • Sriracha-And-Wasabi Deviled Eggs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sriracha-and-wasabi-devil_n_1059601.html">Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs recipe</a></strong>

  • Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/goat-cheese-and-roasted-g_n_1062579.html">Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Beehive recipe</a></strong>

  • Veggie Balls

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/veggie-balls_n_1151673.html">Veggie Balls recipe</a></strong>

  • Dutch Babies With Poached Rhubarb

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/dutch-babies-with-poached_n_1250674.html">Dutch Babies with Poached Rhubarb recipe</a></strong>

  • Baked Onion Soup With A Gruyère Cheese Bread Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/baked-onion-soup-with-a-g_n_1391467.html">Baked Onion Soup with a Gruyère Cheese Bread Crust recipe</a></strong>

  • Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls

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  • Green Melon, Cubanelle Peppers And Ricotta Salata

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/green-melon-cubanelle-pe_n_1540385.html">Green Melon, Cubanelle Peppers and Ricotta Salata recipe</a></strong>

  • Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie With Salted Peanut Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/milk-chocolate-pudding-pi_n_1471479.html">Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie with Salted Peanut Crust recipe</a></strong>

  • Fried Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/my-grandmothers-fried-ch_n_1151650.html">Fried Chicken recipe</a></strong>

  • Bacon And Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/bacon-and-gorgonzola-corn_n_1383800.html">Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders recipe</a></strong>

  • Bacon-wrapped Rice Cakes With A Jalapeno Ponzu

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bacon-wrapped-rice-cakes-_n_1061463.html">Bacon-wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu recipe </a></strong>

  • Beer With Chile Granita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-with-chile-granita_n_1061208.html">Beer with Chile Granita recipe</a></strong>

  • Hazelnut, Cinnamon And Coconut Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hazelnut-cinnamon-and-co_n_1057577.html">Hazelnut, Cinnamon and Coconut Cake recipe</a></strong>

  • Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs With Black Bean Tapenade

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/crispy-braised-chicken-th_n_1151648.html">Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Black Bean Tapenade recipe</a></strong>

  • Sweet Potato Waffles With Whipped Orange Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sweet-potato-waffles-with_n_1061316.html">Sweet Potato Waffles with Whipped Orange Butter recipe</a></strong>

  • Oven-Roasted Porchetta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/oven-roasted-porchetta_n_1062595.html">Oven-Roasted Porchetta recipe</a></strong>

  • S'more Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/smore-pie_n_1391461.html">S'more Pie recipe</a></strong>

  • Spinach And Cheese Casserole

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spinach-and-cheese-casser_n_1059880.html">Spinach and Cheese Casserole recipe</a></strong>

  • Burrata with Asparagus, Pine Nuts, And Golden Raisins

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/burrata-with-asparagus-p_n_1062575.html">Burrata with Asparagus, Pine Nuts, and Golden Raisins recipe </a></strong>

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