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!