A few days ago I shared the most popular posts of 2013 and now I am sharing my favorites of 2013. I love going through my archives and seeing all of the things that came out of my kitchen this year. I forgot about some of the things that I made and it was nice to rediscover some things that I loved. I hope that a few of these made your favorites list too.
1. Pear Almond Tart – This tart is so easy to make, and looks incredibly beautiful. I made this so many times last winter. You could use berries, apples, peaches, whatever fruit you like.
2. Lemon Ricotta Thyme with Blueberry Sauce – I am not a huge breakfast eater, but I could eat these pancakes every day. These pancakes are really light and fluffy. And the blueberry sauce? I’ll have some more please.
3. Hot Corn Dip – I made this corn dip so many times during football season. It is ideal with fresh corn, but frozen corn works really well here too. The fresh salsa on top makes it.
4. King Cake Cookies with Praline Pecan – These cookies are the brain child of Aimee Broussard and I have to thank her for it. I love celebrating Mardi Gras and these cookies are just the way I want to celebrate.
5. Blood Orange and Vanilla Bean Bars – Blood oranges are a winter treat. I cannot think of a better way to highlight them than this bar. Similar to lemon bars, these are one of my absolute favorite treats.
6. French Toast Cups with Eggnog Syrup – I make Cinnamon Rolls every Christmas morning, and this French Toast with Eggnog Syrup made me reconsider that tradition. This was incredible.
7. Kansas Chopped Salad with Homemade Peppercorn Ranch Dressing – How good can a salad be? Trust me here, this salad is worth a try. The croutons are crazy good. And the dressing? You will never be able to eat dressing from a bottle again.
8. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding Brûlée – Rice pudding can be hit or miss for me. It is either too runny or too dry. Making it in the slow cooker results in the creamiest, richest, rice pudding ever. Adding a brûléed top sends it over the top.
9. Kale Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps – I could eat this salad every single day and never get tired of it. Instead of traditional croutons, I crumble Parmesan crisps and it add so much crunch. Don’t forget the squeeze of lime, it totally makes it.
10. Flank Steak with Garlic Butter Sauce – If you came to my house for dinner this summer, there is about a 95% chance that I made this flank steak and baked potatoes for you. This is so easy (just make sure not to overcook the steak, mine is a little over done in the pictures) and so flavorful. Just make sure that everyone eats it – the garlic is strong. No kissing after this.
I can’t wait to see what good things will be eaten in 2014!