Top 13 Recipes of 2013

Top 13 Recipes of 2013
It’s always fun to see what recipes make it to the top every year. As usual, some of the tastiest things you can find on this site were the most popular. Funny how that happens.

I want to thank each and every one of you who continue to visit and make this site possible. Your support took my fun hobby and turned it into a business and a job I love doing every, single day.

I wish all of you health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. 

And now for the Top 13 Recipes of 2013….starting with #13…

 Easy Artisan Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread
#13: Easy-Artisan Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Bread Lots of you have had great success with this recipe, even those claiming they cannot bake bread. It is a staple in my own household and it would be rare not to find a loaf rising in my kitchen. 

Pin It:

#12: How to Make the Best Banana Nut Muffins  I am always shocked to see how many people are searching for banana nut muffin recipes, it seems everyone is trying to perfect their recipe. In this post I share a few secrets on how I get the best banana nut muffins every time.

Pin It:

#11: Pork Tenderloin with Honey Mustard Sauce Honey mustard sauce is a classic pairing when it comes to pork tenderloin and everyone is looking for a new version to serve to their family. I will say this is one of our favorite dinners around here and it’s so easy to make.

Pin It:

Best Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Icing whole
#10. The Best Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Icing This was my son’s 11th Birthday Cake. He has always been a Hershey’s Bar fanatic, so I decorated what really is the perfect yellow cake recipe. Hershey’s even picked up this post and shared it with their followers. Needless to say, it has been an insane hit ever since.

Pin It:

#9: Mini Crab Cakes Anything “mini” is always very popular, but these have taken on a force of their own. They seem to be very prevalent at showers, baby and bridal alike. Once they have been made, people have returned to this recipe again and again to serve at their next party. They really are delicious with their outer, panko crust.

Pin It:

Pulled pork sauce
#8: East Carolina Barbecue Sauce for Pulled Pork There is a reason this recipe is so popular…it is the absolute best pulled pork sauce you’ll ever make (in my opinion). It’s tangy and the perfect accompaniment to any pulled pork sandwich, I always have it in the fridge. A must try if you haven’t already.

Pin It:

Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie
#7 Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie Since posted, this recipe goes insane every holiday season. It is the perfect party appetizer and disappears very quickly once served. It will be perfect for your New Years’s Eve celebration.

Pin It:

Reuben Dip
#6 Reuben Dip A little dip can pack a good punch. A favorite from Halloween to the Super Bowl, in what I call “dip season”, each bite will have you thinking you are indulging in a Reuben sandwich. It’s not a bad thing.

Pin It:

#5: Pepperoni Pizza Puffs I started making this for play dates several years ago and kids loved them. They are these perfect, little, bites of pizza heaven that aren’t greasy and fit nicely into little mouths (adults love them too). Surprise the family and make them today.

Pin It:

Gnocchi Mac n Cheese
#4 Gnocchi Mac n’ Cheese This recipe is pure decadence. The Gruyere cheese puts it over the top and makes you forget about anything else on your plate. I added lobster for Christmas and it was an amazing side dish…wow.

Pin It:

Dill Pickle Soup thick hearty and delicious
#3 Dill Pickle Soup I made this soup on a whim and I am so happy I did. Its popularity has amazed me and rightfully so…it’s absolutely mouthwatering. My mouth puckers when I think of taking a bite and not a month goes by in my kitchen without making a pot. Try it with some crusty bread.

Pin It:

two ingredient pumpkin cake
#2: Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze Every August through November the searches for this recipe start to climb. It really is one the easiest and tastiest cakes to make and the reasons it remains so darn popular. Have you tried it? You will not be disaapointed.

Pin It:

pasta pie
#1: Pasta Pie Maybe it’s the presentation, but this recipe remains the most highly celebrated and searched on my site since posting it over five years ago. It really is impressive when served and it tastes great too. Kids especially love their pasta standing at attention and served like a pie.

Pin It:

Five insanely popular recipes that “almost” made it to the Top 13 (but aren’t quite there yet), maybe next year:

Ceviche, My Way
Fried Mozzarella-Pepperoni Sticks, Made Easy
Make Ahead Turkey (Thanksgiving) Gravy
Slow Cooker Green Chicken Chili
How to Make & Carve the Juiciest (and Prettiest) Bone-In Holiday Ham

One Year Ago: Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Savory Mustard Sauce

Post a Comment


  1. This post made me so hungry! You had a fantastic year, Cathy! Happy New Year to you and your family! xoxo
    PS: That yellow cake with candy bars – pinned!!!

  2. eko 2

    Thank you for your website – all your wonders from your kitchen to ours! You are ever creative, inspiring. I just wished to thank you for all the recipes you have shared – not a one has ever failed me. I still have a friend that mentions the gnocchi mac/cheese that I brought to a huge political shin-dig; of all that could be remembered from that event — it was my (your!)mac/cheese dish!!

    Happy New Year to you, Kathy and family!

  3. Sheila 3

    Yum YUm and YUM again! Thanks for sharing the top 13! So many good ones. Where do I begin? I think I might start with the pepperoni pizza puffs!

  4. They all look amazing!! Gnocchi Mac n’ Cheese wins my vote as my favorite! yum!

  5. Mrs. L 5

    Oh, I missed a couple of these, thanks!

  6. Wowzers! Some amazing stuff here! I am crushing on you Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie! Happy New Years to You!

  7. Roz 7

    An awesome array of deliciousness! Buon Anno (Happy New Year in Italian) to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be cooking and sharing in 2014!


  8. katie 8

    I think I know what bread recipe I’m going to try next… Easy-Artisan Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Bread! Happy New Year friend! So glad we got to meet in 2013!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

You can click here to Subscribe without commenting