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My Favorites of 2013

pear almond tart recipe

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.

lemon ricotta pancakes recipe

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.

hot corn dip recipe

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.

king cake cookies with praline recipe

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.

blood orange and vanilla bean bars recipe

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.

french toast cups with eggnog syrup recipe

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.

Kansas Chopped Salad with Peppercorn Ranch

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.

kale caesar salad with parmesan crisps recipe

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.

flank steak with garlic butter sauce

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!




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  1. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Great round up Bree! Definitely putting the Flank Steak recipe in our menu for next week!

  2. bakedbree

    January 5th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you! I made that steak at least once a week all summer long. I hope you love it as much as I do!

  3. Elizabeth Adams

    January 3rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    These are amazing! I can’t wait to try out the blood orange bars – blood oranges might be my favorite things right now.

  4. bakedbree

    January 5th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Mine too. They are always a winter treat that I look forward to each year.

  5. JulieD

    January 4th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I love all of this. Your photography is stunning!! <3 <3 it was great seeing you in November, I hope we get to hang out again in 2014. PS work on that cookbook pretty please!! 🙂

  6. bakedbree

    January 5th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much Julie! It was nice to see you too and I hope we cross paths again soon!

  7. Tony @SpicePanda.com

    January 6th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Great list, Bree! I love the difference between the best and your favorite recipes. These pictures are just ridiculous!

  8. bakedbree

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thank you so much Tony!

  9. Piper

    January 6th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I’m always surprised by the most popular posts of a year, but “my faves” of any blogger make me happy to read. I love your list, I see some keepers I need to try for sure. Thanks for always being a fun read!

  10. bakedbree

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thank YOU Piper! I am glad that you found some new recipes to try.

  11. Abbie @ Needs Salt

    January 8th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    All these recipes look absolutely beautiful! I’m sure they are all so delicious. I’m really craving some blueberry pancakes, now!

  12. bakedbree

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Thank you so much Abbie!

  13. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen

    January 8th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Gorgeous photography! So happy I found your blog, and can’t wait for the recipes to come!

  14. bakedbree

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Welcome Julie!

  15. Anna B

    January 9th, 2014 at 1:06 am

    They are all so lovely, especially looking forward to that Kansas Salad. Thanks for all the delicious recipes, year after year!!!

  16. bakedbree

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Thank you Anna! That salad is so good! I love it and could eat it every single day.

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