Are you guys doing anything special for New Years? I have to work today, so I don’t get to go down to Nate’s mom’s as usual. I’m really sad. He’s going to go down to be with his mom and bro so I’m heading across town to my friend’s apt. She’s an amazing cook and is going to cook us a gourmet meal! I’m definitely excited for that. She went over the menu with me and it sounds delicious :)

2012 was a busy year, with wedding planning, and so I didn’t get to blog as much as I would have liked to. Hopefully 2013 will bring me more free time :)

But in the meantime, here were my most popular posts of this year!

#10) Meat Lover’s Vegetarian Tamale Casserole– who knew there were so many meat-loving vegetarians out there! This recipe is super simple and really delicious.Thanks to Katherine  for the shout-out!


#9) Aunt Rita’s Noodle Pudding – Not your standard kugel, it’s a recipe that’s been in my family for years and I crave it often.


#8) Tabouli– a simple but classic recipe. People love some good healthy food!


#7) Mexican Stuffed Shells– I got some great pics of this recipe and so it made it onto foodgawker and pinterest and spread like wildfire. It’s amazing what a good pic will do for a recipe. It was one of my favorite meals though- creamy and delicious! I also shared my wedding drama…maybe that’s what made it so popular?

Mexican Stuffed Shells4 |

#6) Vegetable Lasagna– So funny that a recipe I got from my grandpa’s copious newspaper clippings would become so sought after. It was pretty tasty though :)

Vegetable Lasagna

#5) Cilantro Lime Hummus– I barely adapted this from another recipe, but got some great photos of it and it got repinned like crazy! Honestly, it’s one of my favorite recipes I’ve made.

Cilantro Lime Hummus

#4) “Spanakopita” Pasta Bake– I will take full credit for inventing this tasty dish. It ended up being extremely popular, due in part to getting my photo on foodgawker and tastespotting…having the luxury of getting to take pics in daylight on weekends certainly pays off!

Spanikopita Pasta Bake

#3) No-Bake Crispy Choco-Covered Peanut Butter Bars– I can’t take credit for inventing this recipe but it’s popularity was insane! It could be due to the fact that they were posted during the insanely hot days of summer when no one wanted to turn on their ovens…

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

#2) No-Cream Mushroom Sauce and Engagement Pics- I don’t know if it was the pics that drew visitors or the recipe, but this post was the second most popular this year! I actually don’t even think I posted the recipe this year.

#1) Rosemary Buttermilk Tea Cake– who knew this creation that came about because of leftovers would be my most popular post ever! I think it was because it photographed so beautifully- but honestly, its texture was so fluffy and it tasted amazing.

Rosemary Buttermilk Tea Cake

There you have it! Here’s to an amazing 2013.

Happy New Year, everyone!!!


  1. For a very busy year you certainly managed to create some interesting recipes and great looking food. It’s great to know your recipes are attracting a lot of attention and that your blog is going really well. Here’s to 2013 being equally as successful xx

    • Thanks, Charlie :) I tried my best! I wouldn’t say I’m attracting a LOT of attention, but it’s nice to get some new viewers here and there.

  2. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Happy New Year Amy!! I hope you had/are having a fabulous holiday – it sure sounds like it! What a bevy of beauties (have always wanted to work in that phrase ;-)) you’ve put together for us…so many delights to choose from and I have no trouble understanding why these posts were popular. Here’s to You and Elephant Eat’s continued success in 2013 – may it be a fun, happy and prosperous year! – xo.

  3. omgoodness1
    everything looks devine, but I think I shall have some Lime Hummus! Thank you. x

  4. It was fun to look at what were your most popular posts. I’m surprised that your wonderful wedding photos didn’t make it. I loved that post…I even showed my husband the photos. Have a great new year.

  5. I cannot wait to try your spanikopita pasta bake!! Happy New Year, Amy!

  6. Happy New Year! I can’t imagine what you’ll get up to this year – I mean, with no wedding to plan, you’ll probably initiate the biggest food trends of 2013…

  7. Happy new year chica! I really want that spanakopita pasta. And those peanut butter bars. And the noodle pudding. AH! I want it all.

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