Sorry I’ve been on an extended blogging break. We went down to my mother-in-law’s for Christmas and since I had leftover vacation days, I decided to take off the whole week of Christmas through New Years so I could just relax and enjoy my time there. This also meant that I barely picked up a computer.

I’m so behind on reading and commenting on other blogs, so if I haven’t been to your blog in a while, that’s why. I will catch up soon hopefully!

I’ll be back with a new recipe in the new year but for now I’ll leave you with a countdown of my top 10 recipes of 2013, based on how often they’ve been viewed. Enjoy and have a safe and happy holiday!


10) Goat Cheese, Chard and Herb Pie in a Phyllo Crust– I can’t take credit for creating this pie, but it’s a good one!

Goat Cheese, Chard and Herb Pie ~


9) Brothy Black Bean Soup– I guess I’m not the only one that prefers brothy soups to thick ones! It’s the garnishes that make this soup.

Black Bean Soup ~


8) Chicken and Chorizo “Paella” with Mushrooms– a quick version of paella that’s made in one pot! A perfect weeknight meal.

Chicken and Chorizo "Paella" ~


7) Turkey, Pumpkin and Veggie Chili– this recipe got quite a few views during the colder months. There are so many good chili recipes out there, but I hope you’ll give this one a try :)

Turkey, Pumpkin and Veggie Chili ~


6) Red Wine Chocolate Cake– when you combine red wine and chocolate, you know it’s going to be something good. This is super easy to make and definitely tastes like wine!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake ~


5) Peppermint White Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars– I posted these in December and they were my 5th most viewed page before the end of the month!

Peppermint White Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars ~


4) “Buffalo” Chicken Salad Sandwiches– I came up with these after going through one of my many put-buffalo-sauce-on-everything phases.

"Buffalo" Chicken Salad Sandwiches ~


3) Stir-Fried Spicy Rice Cakes with Pork and Mushrooms– If you’ve never tried rice cakes like these, you need to get to your nearest Asian market and get some. So chewy and delicious!

Stir Fried Rice Cakes ~


2) Light Carrot Dill Cream Sauce– I came up with this recipe when I was trying to use up the dill in my fridge and somehow it made it onto the site!

Light Carrot Dill Cream Sauce for Pasta ~


1) Zesty Roasted  Pumpkin Seeds– not sure if this was popular because of my pumpkin carving or the seeds, but it went crazy on Pinterest.

Zesty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds ~


  1. I can see why these were your top ten!! All look delicious!! I especially have my eye on that paella… yum!! I’m glad you’ve had a restful holiday… :-)
    Happy New Year my friend… I look forward to what you have in store for 2014!! <3

  2. Yum! Those are some awesome recipes! I used your pumpkin seed one on Halloween and it turned out great! Can’t wait to see what is coming in 2014!

  3. im always up for pumpkin seeds with lot of spices..hope you are having a great week. happy new year: )

  4. Happy New Year! I took a computer/work break the past week too and it was so relaxing!

  5. What a great lineup! Those Peppermint White Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars are calling my name! I hope you have a great New Year! :)

  6. consuelohoneyandfigs

    I hope you had the most relaxing and wonderful time with your loved ones. It feels so nie to take some time off blogging at times right? ;–) Anyway, I’m glad you’re back Amy! Lovely round-up, I want to try everything on the list.
    Happy New Year! x

    • Aw, thank you, Consuelo!! It really was nice to take time off…although i did stress a bit about how much catching up I’d have to do when I returned…as you can see i’m still catching up (or attempting to)

  7. I really want that red wine chocolate cake! Hope 2014 will be a fabulous year for you!!

  8. Amy, Happy New Year! This is a great collection of recipes! You can’t go wrong with any of it and I love the mix of savory and some sweet thrown in. Hope you are enjoying the holiday break.

  9. I seriously can’t decide which one of these is best! What a year 2013 has been. Could not be happier to have discovered your blog and can’t wait to follow you into 2014! Happy New Year lady!

  10. So many great recipes! All of them look fantastic. Here’s to a great year ahead and I look forward seeing more of your recipes.

  11. NEVER apologize for blog breaks; you deserve it, especially over the holidays. Obviously i took a (sort of unintentional, whoops, THE BEST LAID PLANS, RIGHT?!?) blog break over the holidays and am just now figuring out how to type again. I’m happy you’re back and well-rested and it’s a new year, yay! So here’s to getting back into routines. :)

    • Hehe, thanks, Shannon :) I wasn’t really intending to take a blog break either…it kind of just happened since I took a work break too. Happy (belated) New Year!!!

  12. It’s good to have a break! I’m also just getting back into the swing of things too. I was also computer-less when I was away. :D I hope you and Nate had a lovely holiday. Love your top 10 recipe round-up. The Peppermint White Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars was my favorite. :) Happy New Year Amy, looking forward to reading more of your yummy post this year. xo

  13. Happy New Year Amy! I think it’s really healthy (necessary?) to take time off and close the computer right down from time to time (not always easy but therapeutic ;-) ) I hope you enjoyed your break. I was thinking of you on New Year’s eve watching the ball drop in NYC from LA (!).

    So much fun seeing your top 10 — You’ve got some great recipes Amy… and why am I not remembering that red wine chocolate cake?! Be still my heart. I’ll be revisiting that one for sure. How cool that your pumpkin seeds went viral on pinterest (love when that happens :O) ).

    • Happy (belated) New Year, Kelly!!! It was so so nice to just destress and decompress over my break. It was kind of unintentional but since I was off from work it just sort of happened. Haha, I was fast asleep by the time you saw the ball drop ;) Thank you!

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  15. So great you’ve had time to relax and spend with your family. Really want to try that red wine chocolate cake. I don’t think I’ve had any such cake before.

  16. I love buffalo sauce. Love it. Do you have a favorite brand that I should keep an eye out for? I should make that sandwich.

    • Mmm, I love buffalo sauce too. I pretty much add it to everything that lacks flavor. I use Frank’s RedHot Buffalo my opinion it’s the best but then I haven’t tried many others.

  17. What a great line up, so many wonderful recipes! They all look amazing! Since it’s been really cold here, your hearty dishes like the Chicken and Chorizo Paella and Pumpkin Chili sound delicious :) Happy New Year Amy and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings :)

  18. I need to make a vegan paella one day after my trip in Valencia, I bought the local paella spices and would love to do it! And these rice cakes are my favorite – I love them in spicy stews, with ramen and on its own with gochujang and soy sauce. The zesty roasted pumpkin seeds look delicious! Hope you had a great new year and wishing you guys a fabulous, healthy and lovely 2014!

    • I actually used vegan chorizo in mine…although I did add chicken. You could easily make it vegan though, I think. Oh my gosh, those rice cakes are so good, right?! That reminds me I have so many leftover in my freezer…i really need to do something with those!

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