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Little-known fact: I am not a chef. But I do like to cook. If you’re like me: not a chef but still like to cook, Food Republic’s Test Kitchen recipes are the way to go. The purpose of our Test Kitchen days is to come up with ideas for dishes we’d want to eat in the sincere hopes that you’ll enjoy them too. And believe me, after Test Kitchen days, nobody’s really hungry for dinner. The proof is in the pudding. Hey, we should make pudding! 

Here are our 10 favorite Test Kitchen recipes of 2012, with the majestic Beer Can Chicken reigning over its loyal subjects. We do have fun.