The year is coming to an end, making this the time to reveal which recipes have received the most favorable reviews. May’s “Fried Strawberry Grouper Fillets with Strawberry-Kiwi Mango Salad” was an instantaneous winner, with fans of the dish saying they’ll use the fruit topping for other dishes, as well. June’s recipe for “Steamed Blueberry Pudding,” made in a vintage Wear-Ever six-cup aluminum mold, came from the 1923 edition of “The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook” after Hilton Head Islander Ede Scott asked for help in locating the recipe she affectionately remembered her mother making in the 1940’s. Ede declared the recipe, “the” one, and you reported loving the pudding as much as she. In addition, many, many of you described great success with August’s recipe for “Coconut-Lime Grilled Cheesy Chicken Monterey.” Of course, many other recipes, too numerous to reprint here, received high praise, including January’s “Mussels and Clams Steamed in Wine, Butter and Garlic,” February’s, “Rich ’n Delicious Chocolate Cake” (from “Your Time to Bake: A First Cookbook for the Novice Baker,” by Robert L. Blakeslee, Square One Publishers) and, in May, “French Toast with Strawberry Sauce” and “Baked Applewood-Smoked Bacon,” shared by Bluffton’s Caroline Kennedy. It’s always wonderful (and curious) to revisit the year’s best loved recipes, and I look forward to discovering what 2014 will bring. Merry Christmas to all and to all, a Happy New Year.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food columnist with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-683-0375.