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Top 12 Recipes of 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve! As I’m switching my planner to 2013, it seems like I was shopping for a 2012 planner at Target just yesterday. This year seemed to move at lightening speed — with a new nephew, new jobs, new friends, new gym, new home projects and a whole lot more. Yes, 2012 was an awesome year, but I feel strangely optimistic that 2013 will be even better :)


Since the countdown is happening tonight, I thought I would do my own. Here are my Top 12 Recipes of 2012.

#12) Coffee Rum Chata

#11) Canned Apple Pie Filling

#10) Stuffed Pepper Casserole

#9) Tamale Pie

#8) Homemade Marshmallows

#7) Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

#6) Corn and Scallion Sourdough Pancakes

#5) Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Bread

#4) Spicy Tomato Peanut Butter Soup

#3) Japanese Eggplant Parmesan with Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

#2) Chicken Enchilada Soup

#1) Shrimp and Grits

Question: What is your favorite recipe from 2012? Links welcome!

Adventures at Wine and Dine Wisconsin + Giveaway Winners!

I’m so sorry I was MIA for my Thursday Things (I was even hoping to make it up with some Friday Things but no cigar). Last week was literally insane. Don’t worry, I’ll explain later. Just stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this week!

I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for awhile. The lovely folks over at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (they sponsored our cheese road trip this summer) gave me a few tickets for Wine and Dine Wisconsin, which they also sponsored. It takes place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. The venue is gigantic and was filled with food, wine and beer galore. Each guest was given a commemorative wine glass for tasting throughout the event.

Just like at Milwaukee Brew Fest, I gravitated toward Cider Square like white on rice (sorry, I just love that phrase and thought it needed a cameo on the blog). I discovered a new favorite – Hornsby’s.

The Nueske’s booth and a mystery appetizer from Molly Cool’s

Although Wine and Dine has a good selection of food (and especially cheeses), I thought the sweets to savory food ratio was a little off. I would have liked to see a wider variety of “real food.” There is a separate section called Critic’s Choice where you pay $19 extra to gain access to 30 additional restaurants (ticket prices for general admission are $45 in advance and $55 at the door). I’m sure the VIP section gave more savory options, which would have changed my opinion.

Bacon jam crostini from the Rumpus Room

You could also buy some really unique wine racks from The Barrel Broker. I just love that one on the far right — how elegant if you had a real dining room.

The gadget I was most impressed with was the Verismo from Starbuck’s (Oh, and I’m smiling like a crazy person because I sneaked a coffee for the second time that day and felt like a bandit). This appliance makes single-serving lattes in about a minute. I’d love to put this baby on my desk along with my Capresso electric tea kettle, but the Verismo starts at $199 and  you can only buy Starbuck’s special pods. Still, this thing was pretty cool.

The Pasta Shoppe Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered my holiday gift box giveaway for The Pasta Shoppe. The winners are Sarah, Lisa and Sun! Please send me your mailing address to so you can get your prize asap!

Question: Do you own a single-serve coffee machine? Do you think it’s worth it?

SodaStream Review

When it comes to food, I’ll take homemade over store-bought any day of the week. Whether it’s marshmallows, Greek yogurt or honey lollipops, I’ll usually go the extra mile and make a mess of my kitchen trying to recreate things at home.  So when I got the chance to make my own soda pop, I was really interested to see if it would be anything like commercial products.

The folks at SodaStream sent me their Jet unit to test out. Click on the video below for my review. And who knows, you may even see more vlogs in the future…we’ll see!

Disclaimer: SodaStream has given me this product to review. I was not given the product in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Question: How much soda do you buy? Would you ever make your own?

And the Winner is…

Sunday I had an Oscar party at my place. We started doing this last year: Getting girls together to watch award shows, comment on the fashion and eat some fabulous food.

Whoever hosts usually covers the main dish. B suggested homemade pizzas where everyone could pick their favorite toppings. We had Italian sausage, pineapple, sweet peppers, onions and mushrooms. And like the good BF he can be, B even made the homemade dough :)

I also made a Chocolate Marbled Mousse Cake with Irish Cream and Jameson (for an article about St. Patrick’s Day I’m working on). Here is the beauty shot:

And to toast the winners, I made a healthy party punch. This creation was born out of a common scenario: Me looking for a recipe and getting disappointed by the high-sugar, high-calorie options I was finding. Plus, I needed to balance out that “healthy” chocolate cake.

Winning Party Punch

1 – 2-liter container diet ginger ale
12 ounces orange, pineapple, banana juice concentrate (from the freezer section)
12 orange juice ice cubes (made by placing orange juice in an ice cube tray. This also prevents the punch from getting watery)
1 navel orange, sliced
Vodka, optional

The night before the party, place the ginger ale and juice concentrate in the fridge. Make orange ice cubes.

5 minutes before the party, place all ingredients in a punch bowl. Note: Leave a bottle of vodka on the side in case your guests want a cocktail instead of a mocktail.

This punch received rave reviews. It’s definitely a beverage to add to your recipe files.

Question: Did you watch the Oscars? Whose dress did you like best?
I loved Jessica Chastain’s dress (and her hair, which I would love to steal).

Welcome to She's on the Run! I'm Alysha, a copywriter and food writer living in Milwaukee. I live to run, write and explore wonderful food - this blog is how I find balance while constantly being on the run. Feel free to reach me at with any questions or comments.
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