Best of 2012: Our Favorite Recipes

Andrea Meyers - Banana Maple Grits

I always enjoy looking back on our favorite recipes from the past year, the ones that we would make over and over again. Though there are often many—and this year was no different—I try to keep the list down to twelve. So here they are, our family’s favorite recipes from 2012. We hope you enjoy… 

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Grilled Tomatillo Chili with Chicken

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Tomatillo Chili

Our homegrown tomatillos have been coming in at a trickle, and finally they started rolling in, so last weekend I made tomatillo chili. I’ve been working on this idea for a while, using all grilled or broiled ingredients for a smoky taste. I started by briefly marinating the chicken in lime juice while the tomatillos… 

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Tomatillo and Pumpkin Seed Sauce with Shrimp (Pipian Verde con Camarones)

Andrea Meyers - Pipian Verde

Back in May I had the chance to attend a culinary event at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. It’s one of those events that I kind of stumbled across online and immediately signed up for the next demonstration because it looked so interesting. All of the events in the Mexican Table series are… 

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Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo)

Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We had one last bag of green tomatillos in the freezer, but I didn’t want to use them because it meant there would be no more tomatillos until late summer. After our final harvest, we froze about 12 pounds of tomatillos last fall then over the winter I experimented with soups using those frozen tomatillos,… 

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Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa - Andrea Meyers

Have I ever mentioned that purple is my favorite color? I find the color exhilarating and like plants that bear purple fruits and vegetables, including tomatillos. Our tomatillo plants were slow this year along with everything else in the garden. The extended cold, wet spring put a damper on things, making everything slow to grow… 

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Roasted Tomatillo Jalapeno Salsa with Avocado

Roasted Tomatillo Jalapeno Salsa Recipe with Avocado - Andrea Meyers

Creamy with a kick is what comes to mind when I dip tortillas or lavash into this salsa. The September Daring Bakers challenge required the members to make both lavash and a dip or other condiment to serve with it, and considering our abundance of tomatillos and jalapeños coupled with my utter devotion to avocados,… 

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Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa (aka Salsa Verde)

Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa Recipe (aka Salsa Verde) - Andrea Meyers

We didn’t expect our tomatillo plants to grow as large as they did, and Michael was downright skeptical when I brought them home. M: “What kind of tomato is this?” A: “It’s a tomatillo, not a tomato, and we’re going to try growing some this year.” M: “What do you use them for?” A: “Good… 

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