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Mouthwatering comfort food: 12 most popular recipes of 2012

Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM ET

Our mouths watered almost every day of 2012, thanks to the many delicious dishes we had the pleasure of discovering and sharing with all of you here on TODAY.com. But some recipes rose above the rest. So your favorites don't get lost in the shuffle, we've rounded up the most clicked-on edibles of the past year. Comfort food takes the cake. And is anyone surprised Giada DeLaurentiis' kitchen creations made the list three times? (We didn't think so.)

Presenting the Top 12 of 2012 (in reverse order):

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12. Mark Bittman's vegan dishes — black bean burgers and more

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11. Giada's pasta alla formiana and chicken with tarragon and white wine

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Image: Homemade low-cal risotto
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10. Homemade granola, low-cal risotto and chicken cutlets

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9. Zucchini pasta with omega-rich pesto and quinoa cookies

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Image: Baked gnocchi
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8. Giada's winter comfort foods: Baked gnocchi and beef stew

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There's nothing like a delicious grilled cheese sandwich to give you a sense of nostalgia.
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There's nothing like a delicious grilled cheese sandwich to give you a sense of nostalgia.

7. Four ways to spice up your grilled cheese sandwich

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Image: Apple desserts
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6. Chris Kimball's apple desserts

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Image: One-pot chicken cacciatore
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5. One-pot chicken cacciatore for an easy weeknight meal

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Image: Vanilla, rum and salted cashew milkshake
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4. Vanilla, rum and salted cashew milkshake

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Image: Dr. Pepper pulled pork
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3. Dr. Pepper pulled pork

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Image: Giada's meatloaf two ways
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2. Giada's meatloaf two ways

Image: Mac and cheese
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1. "World's best" mac and cheese

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