As this year comes to a close, I’m with the majority who are glad to see it go. Don’t let the door hit ya’! Looking back over the year, the bright spots in my world have definitely come from close to home, in the form of great friends and great food. As I always do at the end of the year, I enjoy looking back and finding out based on statistics what posts were most popular with my readers. This year it was quite interesting to find that my non-food posts are by far and away more popular than any recipe I shared. Even so, this year was full of some excellent eats that you need to be sure not to miss! The top recipes based on reader popularity are:


As I reflect on the blog and its continual evolution, I think that the less frequent recipe posting leads to higher quality recipes than ever before. I make and photograph probably 3-4 times the amount of recipes that actually make it live on these pages, so the best of the best are the ones making the cut. Though many of the reader favorites by popularity are indeed favorites of mine as well, I wanted to highlight some other personal favorites from the year that I feel are not to be missed.

As always, I am incredibly grateful for your continued readership, virtual friendship, supportive comments, and general awesomeness. I absolutely adore the community we have created together here. Cheers to an even better year in 2017!

  • Please share – which non-food posts were the most popular? (In other words, most popular posts, regardless of subject?)

  • Kristin

    Happy New Year to you! Here’s hoping for a better year in 2017 but, no matter what happens, I’m glad you are here!

  • Annie

    Political posts were most popular, followed by fashion, things I’m loving, and travel.

  • Angela

    This has been your best blogging year yet. I’m excited to see what next year brings for you and the blog. You’re rad.

  • Susanne

    Hi Annie! I have made MANY of the recipes on this “Best of” list and several others are on my agenda. I have to tell you, I was just trying to find the amazing mac and cheese recipe I made a couple of times this fall. Sadly, I did not come across it so tonight we had my old standby. I am kicking myself after reading this post and realizing what I was looking for was YOUR mac and cheese with garlicky crumb topping! We love it! I’m not too into travel or fashion, but your recipes and political posts fit me to a “T”. Blessings!

  • kelly

    Just made my first milk bar cake after you sharing so many delicious photos and recipes. How did you cut and serve this? I saw that it says that it serves 8-12. I even bought the acetate using your link and the 6 inch cake thing. (thanks!) can’t wait to try this. =)

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    I like the things I am loving posts. You always open my eyes to one or two things. Happy 2017!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Agree entirely about 2016. But when the world seems to be falling apart, it feels almost sinfully wonderful to be able to retreat to the warmth and love of friends and family. I have gained an appreciation for that.

  • Kristin

    which of the reader’s favorite recipes are also your favorites?

  • Lydia

    Yes to all of the above, but espeically the churro cake! I NEED to make that for my birthday this year haha. Your photos are beautiful Annie! :)

  • Angela

    Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Susanne

    I’ve made several of the recipes on your “best of” list and have a few more on my agenda! I have to tell you, I was looking for an amazing mac and cheese recipe that I made a couple of times this fall, but could not locate the recipe I used. I had to use my old-standby, which is very good but not so creamy. After reading this post I realized I was looking for your Mac and Cheese with Garlicky Breadcrumb Topping all along! This is a family favorite for sure!

  • Amy Pullen

    The dark chocolate coconut cupcakes are definitely on my make-again list! I’m not usually a cupcake person but I had volunteered to bring cupcakes for a cake walk event at church that landed on my birthday. I figured I might as well make cupcakes I would like even if they didn’t appeal to little kids because hey, it’s my birthday and I wanted to keep some for me! Turns out they were the first to disappear, and I wished I had held back more for myself!

    The chickpea fritters have also been added to my “to make” list. And although I live in Canada therefore making the sustainable clothing choices you share with us prohibitively expensive, I really appreciate the light you’ve shone on that topic and it’s made me consider more carefully what I buy.

  • Lindsay

    What a year. You knocked it out of the park with recipes in 2016! I’m looking forward to tasting what 2017 brings. :) Happy New Year, Annie!

  • Annie

    Kelly, so sorry for the late reply! I’m sure you have already figured out cutting the cake but I usually use a large chef’s knife and wipe after each slice with paper towels to keep the slices looking good. I hope you enjoyed it!

  • Annie

    Thank you so much Angela!

  • Annie

    And I am glad you are here!