I always enjoy the time of reflection that comes with the end of one year, as well as the anticipation and hope that comes with looking forward to the next.  I especially love looking back through the pages of this blog and seeing what recipes from the past year really stood out.  Tomorrow I’ll recap my personal favorites from this year, but today I’m highlighting the 10 most popular posts from 2013 on Annie’s Eats.

These refrigerator dill pickles are one of the easiest things you’ll ever make, and one of the foods I find most irresistible. Already looking forward to summer when I take a jar and call it lunch.

What’s better than homemade pretzel bites? Soft pretzel bites made three different ways with three different sauces.  It’s hard to choose a favorite of the three…so, just try them all okay?

Chocolate chip cookies with nutella, brown butter and sea salt.  Really, what more needs to be said?  Not a thing.

A peanut butter smoothie made with a bunch of healthy ingredients but tastes like dessert?  I’m so in.

These chipotle chicken kabobs with avocado cream sauce were a spur of the moment dinner, and they ended up being one of the best dinners I made the entire year.

Even with all the kinds of cupcakes I’ve made, this year was the first time I made turtle cupcakes.  With the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans, you really can’t go wrong.

I made these blackberry pie bars for my sweet girl’s second birthday party and they were a big hit.  I can’t wait till berry season comes around again so we can make them again.

I love a classic, plain jane brownie as much as I love one that is jazzed up a bit.  These chocolate fudge brownies with a sprinkle of fleur de sel are the bomb.  If you haven’t tried them yet, please do.

I haven’t made many forays into cheese making (yet) but I made the first step with homemade ricotta this year.  It’s pretty fantastic stuff, and far simpler than I could have imagined.  I almost never buy it from the store anymore – homemade is just so much better!

This black bean, corn and avocado salad is another reason I’ll be glad to have summer back.  This stuff is a perfect appetizer when paired with chips or a side that goes with just about everything.  It’s also a great thing to bring to pitch-ins and such to offset the typical spread of heavy, less than healthy fare.