Becky came up with a fabulous idea to get some of our blogging friends together to share our favorite blogger recipes from 2013. That’s an overwhelming task! I read so many blogs and there are thousands of recipes that I have seen and loved this year. So I decided to focus on some favorite recipes from the bloggers I met this year either in person or online. Just in case you haven’t met them yet, I wanted to introduce you to some of my favorite posts from their blogs. It was a tasty year in Blogland! Be sure to check out my friends’ blogger favorites – you’ll find the list at the bottom of this post.
In no particular order, I give you my 10 Blogger Favorites of 2013:
I met Emily, who writes Jelly Toast, at the BHG event in September and I immediately loved her! We hung out a bit and enjoyed lunch together one day. I have enjoyed reading her blog and seeing all of her creative recipes. I really love her Cauliflower Gratin. I mean, cauliflower and cheese is one of the best combos ever, and she really does it right. (You also have to check out her Pomegranate Blueberry Goat Cheese Crostini from last New Year’s Eve. Gorgeous!)
I also got to meet Joy of Frock Files in September. I loved meeting her in person. She is one of the nicest gals I’ve ever met. I love her recipe and how to for making Pumpkin Butter Mochi. I had mochi in Hawaii a few years ago and I’m so glad I can make it at home. Joy also has a recipe for homemade mochi ice cream. Squee!
I discovered Bakers Royale earlier this year and couldn’t believe I’d missed it! Everything Naomi makes is stunning, but I really loved her Coconut Mango Cake post. I loved it because she kept it real by showing that sometimes things don’t always go as planned. (For me that’s very often.) Her Instagram is also one of my favorites to follow.
I actually met Melissa of Bless This Mess at the end of 2012, but we became good friends this year during SNAP! in April. She is basically living the dream – chickens, hobby farm, and a house full of darling kids, all in a small town. Her Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries is one of my favorites. She also created some pretty fantastic clean eating guides – Two Week Plan and Spring/Summer Plan.
Kelsey of Happyolks and I met at Alt Design Summit in January. Her blog is stunning. There’s no other word for it. The food is as beautiful as it is simple – good, healthy, whole. The photos tell a story to compliment the food and Kelsey’s wonderful words. I absolutely love her Caramelized Fig Ice Cream recipe, and the post itself is just as beautiful.
I was just introduced to Drizzle and Dip, food stylist and photographer Samantha Linsell’s blog, through Pinterest during the summer. I was immediately drawn in by Sam’s writing, and of course her stunning pictures of food and her travels. She lives in South Africa, and I tell you, that’s on my list of places to visit someday. Drizzle and Dip is one of my very favorite food blogs of the moment, and I really love Sam’s Chocolate and Pear Frangipane Tart recipe. (I totally call her Sam, like she’s my bestie.)
This year I was also introduced to Pineapple and Coconut written by Shanna Schad. I think we connected through Instagram early in the year. In any case, I feel like if we were next door neighbors, it would be pretty dangerous. We share a love of Hawaii, though I’ve got nothing on her! Her photography is beautiful and every recipe she posts has me drooling. It was hard to choose one favorite from her blog, there are SO many I love! But I was really blown away by her Christmas White Chocolate and Cranberry Layer Cake from this month. It is one of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen.
My good friend Vijay introduced me to Bojon Gourmet, written by pastry chef Alanna Taylor-Tobin. I was instantly smitten. I went through pretty much all of her archives! Most of her recipes are gluten-free, which is another plus. You know I love my lentil soup, and her recipe for Curried Red Lentil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup is a stunner.
I can’t remember exactly where and when I “met” Denise Woodward of Chez Us this year, but I immediately loved her! I love her pins and her blog. And then, of course, there are her recipes. So many to choose from, but I really, really love her recipe for Homemade Chilaquiles, which is one of my very favorite foods. It was tough to decide because another recipe of hers that I love is her Buttermilk Cardamom Doughnuts with Blood Orange Glaze.
What’s Cooking Good Looking is written by Jodi Moreno, a new blog friend I met in NYC in September. (There were so many new-to-me bloggers there!) Jodi is as nice as can be and is busy working on a cookbook, and I am anxiously awaiting its release! Her recipes are healthy and delicious, and her photos will leave you drooling and begging for more. Her Fig + Butternut Squash + Marinated Kale Salad with Balsamic Reduction is gorgeous and includes most of my favorite foods in one go.
Be sure to check out my friends’ blogger favorites from this year too!
Becky – Project Domestication
Melissa – Bless This Mess
Becky – Vintage Mixer
Heidi – FoodieCrush
Barbara – Barbara Bakes
Karen – 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Kalyn – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Holly – Phemomenon
Deborah – Taste & Tell
Kristen – Six Sisters Stuff
Jared – Tone and Tighten
Rachael – La Fuji Mama
Jesseca – One Sweet Appetite
Ashlee – I’m Topsy Turvy