My Favorite Recipes from 2013

Happy New Year everybody!

I posted my top 20 viewed recipes of 2013 last Friday and wanted to follow up with my own personal top posts of the year. I don’t put anything on the blog that I don’t love enough to make over and over, but there are some recipes that just stand out, you know?

Fun fact: I took about 12,000 pictures this year. Most of them were of food. This is impressive? This is disturbing? I’m not really sure.

This list is in no particular order, but I did save my absolute-all-time-favorite-recipe-of-ever for the very end.

Almond Sheet Cake

Almond Sheet Cake

This cake is beyond almond-y. It’s addictive and I’m not going to tell you how much of one batch I can eat. Unlike traditional sheet cakes, it is baked in a 9×13 inch pan, so it’s extra thick. Plus it is super easy to throw together. You don’t even have to let the cake cool completely before frosting. My brother, a proclaimed almond-extract-hater, loved it.

Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

I make these all the time. They are a good option when you are craving something different. Read: NOT when you are craving a hamburger. They are meatless for heaven’s sake. What would Ron Swanson say? But that doesn’t mean they’re not dang good. The Sriracha Mayo puts them over the top.

Blackberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Blackberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

I made this cake 4 times (or was it 5?) in a 2-month period over the summer while we were living with my brother’s family (house-hunting after our big move). It’s the kind of cake that you eat smidgen after smidgen of, hunched over your sink for just one more little bite. Each batch never lasted more than 24 hours, and it was usually more like 12. Or 2. You may not trust a cake that is bubblegum-pink, but please, trust me. It is the real deal. My brother just made it again a couple weeks ago. He doubled the blackberries and said it was incredible.

Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce
Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

If you don’t like salmon, try this recipe. I mean, it has browned butter in it. PLUS lime. If there’s anything that’s going to convert you, it’s going to be this. Did I mention it’s done in 30 minutes?

Liege Waffles with Pearl Sugar

Liege Waffles with Pearl Sugar

What happens when you put giant chunks of sugar in a yeasty waffle? MAGIC, that’s what. They sell these waffles on the streets in Belgium. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard this recipe is the real deal. Even if it’s not, it’s still waffle perfection. The delicious crunchiness that the sugar adds makes every other waffle cry himself to sleep.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There are tortilla chips crunched up in this sandwich. Yeah that’s right. Also, why don’t we make every grilled cheese sandwich ever on artisan bread? It’s awesome.

Browned Butter Blondies
Browned Butter Blondies

Okay actually, maybe these should be in my all-time favorite spot. These blondies are SO GOOD. Here’s why: Browned butter. Chocolate. One pan. 30 minutes. Did I mention the browned butter? I’ve made these more times than I can count.

Asian Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Asian Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayonnaise

This was the first salmon burger I had ever had, and I don’t know if I will ever try another recipe. They are so flavorful. Also, I’m probably adding wasabi to all mayonnaise ever. (also, DON’T skip the Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad–it makes it.)

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart
Brown Butter Cranberry Tart

Do I need to go over the browed butter thing again? This tart kind of speaks for itself. It’s so good.

Asparagus, Bacon, and Feta Pizza

Asparagus, Bacon, and Feta Pizza

This recipe didn’t get much attention when I posted it, but oh man. We loved it. Asparagus and bacon go together like R2D2 and C3PO.

Snickerdoodle Biscoff Sandwiches
Snickerdoodle Biscoff Sandwiches

I spent forever getting the dough right for these cookies. They are my version of a perfect Snickerdoodle. Then I smashed some Biscoff frosting in between them. Oh yeah. (Also I made a version with strawberries; a little unorthodox but so good.)

Grilled Squash, Red Pepper, and Feta Sandwich
Grilled Squash, Red pepper, and Feta Sandwich

We’ve been making these sandwiches for years and I finally got around to putting them up on the blog this summer. If you are a meat-lover like me, don’t let these scare you off. You won’t miss it. All hail feta.

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears
Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

My favorite cheesecake. Ever. It’s a no-bake, which I’m usually not into, but apparently when you add maple and top it with maple-soaked roasted pears, I’m all in.

Peach Custard Pie
Peach Custard Pie

This recipe is from my friend Wendy. After I posted it, she put this on my Facebook page:

Wendy: Bakes pie for family.
Wendy’s husband Brandon: walks in and says, “I love you!”
Wendy: Looks up at Brandon with stars and rainbows in her eyes.
Brandon: Stop looking at me. I am talking to the pie.

I will never bother with any other peach pie recipe.

Barbeque Pork Tenderloin Wraps
Barbeque Pork Tenderloin Wraps

Okay, ranch and barbeque? It sounds over the top right? Just you wait people! When paired with this perfectly spiced pork tenderloin, it is awesome. This is a super easy meal too, the tenderloin bakes in just 30 minutes.

Krispie Ice Cream Squares

Krispie Ice Cream Squares

I mean, why NOT add brown sugar and butter to your ice cream? The Rice Krispies give it the perfect crunch. It reminds me of Fried Ice Cream.

Chewy Chocolate Meringues
Chewy Chocolate Meringues

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and ridiculously over the top chocolatey. Oh, and they melt in your mouth because they are a meringue, duh. These are so, so good. Easy too.

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche
Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche

Another forgotten recipe. I just made this again for my Dad’s birthday a few weeks ago. You just can’t go wrong with goat cheese, what can I say. I used to think the best part about a quiche was the bacon/ham, but I was wrong. It’s the asparagus/goat cheese.

Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies

Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies

I loooooooove these cookies. They have chopped up Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels in them. And again with the browned butter, of course. I think I’m obsessed. Maybe? Whatever.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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  1. says

    12,000 yikes!! I don’t know how many I took. I don’t really want to know. My computer is literally full, so now I am taking over my husband’s computer with photos.

    It’s a good thing our fridge is full of leftovers from this morning’s brunch party or I would be chewing through the screen… you make some delicious-looking food!
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  2. says

    Those all look so delicious! I pinned the waffle recipe. I don’t like waffles…mostly because they are not soft enough for my liking, but I’m totes waiting for the day when I’ll be won over, so I pin waffles recipes for Josh to make for me. We will be trying those out soon!
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    • says

      Okay, I’m in the same boat as you Chels. I am a pancake girl. Eric is all about the crunchy crispy waffles. But if any waffle is going to convert you, it’s going to be this one. Make them for Josh, he will love you! :)

  3. Janice says

    12,000 pics?! I don’t even think dad has taken that many in one year :) I have to thank you for having such a fun blog that I find myself enjoying cooking again! I missed out, I should’ve had Santa bring me some chocolate-covered sea-salt butterscotch caramels…

  4. says

    I posted one of your photos on my blog today. I hope you don’t mind, but I wanted to share the broccoli recipe, and I had no photo of the two times I prepared it last week. Besides, your photos are MUCH better than mine ever thought about being.

    I also added your blog to my sidebar. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks!
    Brenda recently posted…New Recipe for the New YearMy Profile

    • says

      Brenda! You are so sweet! Thank you for all the kind words! Of course you are welcome to use my photo! The only way that would bother me is if there was no link back, but you provided like 8, plus an entire paragraph about how awesome I am :) so I think you’re good. Really, thank you so much, I love getting feedback like this. Writing this blog takes a lot of time, and I really pour my heart into it, so knowing that someone out there is appreciating it really just makes my day.

      I’m so glad you loved the broccoli! I love that stuff. And you definitely need to try out the honey salmon and the salmon burgers. You have good taste! Happy New Year Brenda!

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