It’s time again to recount the best posts and moments from the past year. This particular task gets harder and harder each year. It was all I could do not to include EVERY RECIPE from 2013 (I really wanted to).
We traveled a lot this year, more than I remember ever traveling before (take THAT, fear of flying!) to San Francisco, Austin, Philadelphia, Portland, Louisiana, and Las Vegas, among others. We remodeled a bathroom, and vowed never to remodel another bathroom again. We still need a shelf. And a real shower curtain. But maybe, just maybe, I’ll post the results when we finally finish (oy).
This was the year I truly challenged myself in the kitchen, tackling croissants, macarons, bacon, and more (and don’t fret, after a 2 month hiatus I am bringing back the Kitchen Challenges next month!) Our second cookbook made its debut in February, and the rest of the year was pretty much a whirlwind. In fact, my mind is still stuck in September, I’m in a state of disbelief that tomorrow is January.
In attempt to have some semblance of organization in this here post, I’m dividing the best recipes into three categories: your favorites, my favorites, and eye candy. Of course, your favorites are also some of my favorites and some of my favorite recipes are also some of my favorite images, so I chose to show more posts rather than overlap. And even the recipes that aren’t featured here, well, I still love them. I wouldn’t have posted them if I hadn’t.
Here’s to making 2014 the most DELICIOUS year yet!
Your Favorites (the most popular posts from 2013, by views) 1. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad / 2. Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies / 3. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches / 4. Rice Krispie & Peanut Butter Cup Brownies / 5. Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie / 6. Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells / 7. Sesame Crusted Tofu / 8. Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart / 9. Amaretti Morbidi Cookies
Final score: Healthy: 3, Sweet/Cheesy/Melty: 6. Everyone wins!
My Favorites (in addition to the ones above, of course!) 1. Elaine’s New York Cheesecake / 2. Brussels Sprout Mac ‘n Cheese / 3. Chocolate-Glazed Almond Horns / 4. Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies / 5. Dark Chocolate and Marzipan Ice Cream / 6. Black Bean Nachos with Pomegranate Salsa / 7. Breakfast Tacos / 8. Chocolate and Hibiscus Macarons / 9. Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cupcakes
Eye Candy (my favorite images of the year) 1. Blueberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream / 2. Toasted Almond & Chocolate Granola / 3. Damson Plum & Gin Jam / 4. Lemon Hibiscus Soda / 5. Lemon Layer Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting / 6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce / 7. S’Mores Pumpkin Pie / 8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream / 9. Butternut Squash Risotto with Pine Nuts, Balsamic Drizzle, and Fried Sage
I can only imagine what 2014 has in store for us! Happy New Year, y’all! Let’s make it a good one. :)