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Mouthwatering comfort food: 12 most popular recipes of 2012

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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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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8. Giada's winter comfort foods: Baked gnocchi and beef stew
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7. Four ways to spice up your grilled cheese sandwich

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6. Chris Kimball's apple desserts
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5. One-pot chicken cacciatore for an easy weeknight meal
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4. Vanilla, rum and salted cashew milkshake
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3. Dr. Pepper pulled pork
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2. Giada's meatloaf two ways

1. "World's best" mac and cheese
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