2013 Year in Review: Favorite Recipes

December 31, 2013 · 8 comments

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2013 came and went in the blink of an eye. Of course the most exciting thing that happened to us was the addition (and completion) to our family, Ian, in March. His homecoming also caused my blogging to decrease quite a bit, but thankfully, he’s pretty cute and pretty worth it. :) With our move next week, I know that 2014 will also be a big year for us, full of change. Though I know it will remain difficult for me to keep up blogging since our weekdays will become exponentially busier and more stressful (something I did not think possible…), I really hope that I’m able to share new recipes with you as often as possible. And hopefully get around to redesigning the blog again.

Like I’ve done for the past 6 years, today I’m sharing with you some favorite recipes from the past year. I’ve included links to reader favorites (which are the most popular posts from 2013) as well as my own favorites. Even though I had fewer posts than usual this year, it was still a bit difficult to pare things down, which I guess is a good sign!

I wish you all an amazing new year, and I hope that I’m able to help you make it a tasty one, too. Thank you as always for your readership and for giving me a reason to keep going with this little ol’ blog of mine. I still have 4 “favorite things” giveaways for you, so be sure to check back and see if 2014 will bring some luck  your way!

Check out favorites from previous years, too! 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 /2008 /2007

Your Favorite Recipes of 2013:

1. Revolutionary Macaroni and Cheese

2. Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa Verde

3. Lasagna Soup

4. Morning Glory Muffins

5. Skillet Rosemary Chicken

6. Cornmeal Crusted Pork Chops

7. Creamy Quinoa Primavera 

8. Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

9. Sausage Cheese Biscuits

10. Slow Cooker Lamb & Stout Roast

 

My Favorite Recipes of 2013:

Sausage-Cheese Biscuits: These biscuits are similar to scones and they’re perfect for breakfast or brunch. Buttery, flaky, and packed with sausage and cheese, they’re sure to please.

Goat Cheese Potato Gratin: Goat cheese. Potatoes. Cream. Not much else to add!

Lasagna Soup: I waffled on including this. Not because it’s not great, but because it’s so popular and it’s “just” a soup. But I kept going back to it, so I knew it needed a spot. This soup will change the mind of anyone who doesn’t think soup can be a meal. It’s a little spicy, extremely hearty, and a lot cheesy. It’s lasagna in bowl form, and it’s tough not to like that.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls: Our new Christmas morning tradition, having these again last week made me remember how wonderful they are.

Mushroom Lasagna with Pancetta and Sage: This is one of the best lasagnas I’ve eaten. It’s incredibly rich and hearty, and the combination of mushrooms, pancetta, and sage is spot-on.

Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Arugula: This dinner was great on so many levels – easy to make, tastes great, excellent balance of ingredients. The chicken is crispy and the prosciutto is salty but the arugula salad on top keeps this dish fresh and light.

Morning Glory Muffins: These everything-but-the-kitchen-sink muffins are both delicious and good for you. And it’s hard to beat that.

Prosciutto Lamb Burgers: Oh, these burgers. So good. I didn’t think you could get much better than a regular ol’ lamburger, which is already so flavorful and moist. But Giada proved me wrong by adding prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes.

Plum-Raspberry Sorbet: Creamy, sweet, tangy, and gorgeous.

Kafta Kabobs with Tahini Sauce: Not only did I make these a bunch of times at home, I also ate my weight in kafta from the Lebanese place near my work. I love it, of course, but what’s better was that it was a great dairy-free food for me to eat (hard, when most Lebanese food has yogurt).

Chorizo, Mushroom, and Potato Tacos:  I knew I’d like these tacos because of the ingredients. What I didn’t realize was just how much, and how ridiculously awesome these are even though they only have so few ingredients. A favorite weeknight dinner, for sure, and one of the very first posts that came to mind to include in this roundup.

 Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin: A great way to dress up pork tenderloin that is both simple and company-worthy.

Farro with Sausage, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese: Hmm, I sense a theme with mushrooms. There’s nothing really “special” about this dish since it’s basically a combination of a lot of my favorite things. Or maybe that is what makes it special. Chewy farro and creamy goat cheese made this a late-in-the-year favorite.

 

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Kate December 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

The chicken with proscuitto was a big hit over here too!

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Courtney December 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I’ve saved almost all of these recipes and am actually planning to make that farro next week. Also, I think those biscuits may be going on the menu for Clara’s birthday party. Happy New Year, Elly! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2014!

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elly January 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

I think you guys will really like the farro – and you will definitely like the biscuits. :) Happy new year, friend!

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Robyn December 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Happy New Year, Elly! How did I miss those Kafta kebobs??? They sound perfect for a chilly January weeknight dinner.

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Josie December 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Those biscuits are a staple around here – anytime I ask Joey what he wants me to stock the freezer with, that’s his request. I’m totally making that kofta and your farro soon, too. Happy new year, my friend!

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elly January 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

So glad to hear that Josie, since they were “for you” to begin with. :)

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Joanne January 2, 2014 at 5:52 am

There are some seriously great meals in here. I’m so glad you included the lasagna soup because it’s one of our favorites as well!!

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Hezzi-D January 2, 2014 at 5:54 am

Everything looks delicious but I really can’t wait to make that lasagna!

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