So there we were, squinting at printouts of the in-house data that supports our monthly and annual lists of the most-viewed Washington Post recipes online, and it hit us: A good number of the ones that were so popular in 2012 also floated to the top in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 . . . even 2004, long before we were sharing the results of such stats surfing.
We appreciate the fact that you, dear readers, stick with what you like — or at least follow well-established links and online referrals to dishes that others really, really like.
But this leaves less room to love the recipes that 2012 brought, curated so well by the stand-in recipe editor, Jane Touzalin.
Before we reveal your official favorites of 2012, then, here are staff picks limited to the recipes that were published last year. (Editor Joe Yonan has recused himself, having spent his time elsewhere.)
Bonnie’s list (hmm . . . plenty of Dinner in Minutes options)
Bay Ice Cream, pictured above
Tomato and Smoked Salmon Pasta, pictured above, at left
Becky Krystal’s list
Grilled Kimcheese, pictured above
Tim Carman’s list
Cuban Roast Pork, pictured at right
At last, here’s the official list of most-viewed recipes online in 2012, submitted in reverse order to heighten the drama:
10. Basic Flatbread. A master baker uses a hot cast-iron skillet, four ingredients — and you’re impressed. From 2010.
9. Lemon- and Honey-Flavored Chicken. Hey! This main course-with-vegetables is from 2012, and it’s a keeper.
8. Primanti Bros. Sandwiches. Pittsburgh was in the NFL playoffs in 2009, but we say this recipe became such a hit because twice-fried potatoes are built into the sandwiches, not just served on the side.
7. Slow-Roasted Beef. The year: 2008. The method: foolproof. From chef Jim Swenson, who was executive chef at the National Press Club.
6. Cheesecake Pecan Bars. Small rich bites, from BlackSalt executive pastry chef Susan Wallace (2011).
5. Panko-Crusted Cod. Stephanie Witt Sedgwick’s easy and classic 2009 way to bake fish fillets.
4. Anthony Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon. This is pre-Travel Channel, pre-CNN, pre-Capital Food Fight Tony, circa 2004.
3. Georgetown Cupcake’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. Another standout from that productive year: 2008.
2. Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust. From ace baker Rose Levy Beranbaum, who participated in a Chef on Call story in . . . you guessed it. (2008)
1. M&M Bars. Vienna baker Mary Lee Montfort’s one-bowl, retro contribution to our Holiday Cookies issue in 2011.