Oh What a Year It’s Been! (Top 13 Recipes of 2013)

I’ve loved reading all my favorite food bloggers’ year-in-review posts, and now I’m extra excited to share my own personal highlights of 2013 with you. 2013 was a pretty big year in the windy kitchen — I made my first layer cake, acquired a Kitchenaid stand mixer and a fancy food processor (more on that later), and more or less achieved my goal of trying 4 new recipes per week. In 2014 I want to get a little more comfortable with my crockpot and make more of an effort to re-make some of my favorite recipes more often.

And now, on to the top 13 recipes of 2013!

1. Sweet Potato Crusted Fish with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

tilapia, fish, sweet potatoes, cilantro

This was such an unexpected treat! The ingredients themselves didn’t sound that great to me, but somehow that vinaigrette just worked with the sweet potatoes and the fish. It was just a touch tricky to cook (keeping the sweet potatoes on the fish and all), but it was honestly pretty fast and SUPER tasty.

2. Avocado Shrimp Parmesan Heroes

Avocado Shrimp Parmesan Heroes 1 | windykitchen

Oh yeah. I kinda winged this one — just going with what sounded good to me — and it turned out great. Remembering how good these were is reminding me that I need to add “make more sandwiches” to my list of goals for 2014, too…

3. Spicy-Sweet Pepperoni Lasagna

Spicy-Sweet Pepperoni Lasagna 2 | windykitchen

This is my favorite lasagna recipe of all time. I’ve tweaked this over the years (as you can probably tell by the ingredient list), and I finally got it just how I want it. Perfection.

4. Chicken Saltimbocca Pasta

Chicken Saltimboca Pasta | windykitchen

Another one that totally wowed me. It’s the sage, man! Well, and the prosciutto. And the capers. And chicken. OK, it’s everything.

5. Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Mustard Dressing and Maple Pecans

Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Mustard Dressing and Maple Pecans | windykitchen

Loooooove. This was my answer to the time-honored question, “What do I bring to a vegan dinner party?” This is delicious, filling, healthy, and – yes – vegan. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!

6. Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches | windykitchen

Another example of just wingin’ it gone very right. I love Caesar dressing, I love chicken salad, and I especially love things that have no mayonnaise. This was also my top-viewed post of 2013, so I guess you guys liked it, too!

7. Quick Soy Marinated Pork Sandwiches

Soy Marinated Pork Sandwiches | windykitchen

I don’t cook with pork that much, but whenever I do, I’m like whyyyyyy don’t I do this more. This is great because it’s quick — and I really love the cooking method. I’ve employed it several times since.

8. Kung Pao Chicken Ramen Bowls

Kung Pao Chicken Ramen Bowls | windykitchen

I think I’m figuring out the theme of 2013 — simple. This is made using that ultimate college convenience food — a pack of ramen — but it’s so much more than that, which chicken, red peppers, tangy sauce, and crushed peanuts (which are absolutely essential to this dish, so sorry if you’re allergic). We both loved this!

9. Crispy Salmon with Creamy Basil Noodles

Crispy Salmon with Creamy Basil Noodles | windykitchen

With how many new recipes I try out, there is no higher compliment I can give a recipe than making it multiple times — and this I made three times this year (and once for company!). It’s simple, elegant, and super, super yummy. Plus, my husband is always happy when I make salmon.

10. Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Garlic Cream Sauce

Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers | windykitchen

Guyssssss. These rocked. The sweet potato burger was definitely tasty, but I feel like the sauce made this dish. Plus, I’ll never argue with a meat-free main dish!

11. Spicy Peanut Butter Tofu with Sriracha

Spicy Peanut Butter Tofu w Sriracha | windykitchen

2013 was also the year I learned to not-just-kinda-tolerate tofu but to actually enjoy it. You gotta squeeze that water out, and then you’re good, baby! This was the best use of tofu I made this year, as it’s pretty hard to go wrong with peanut butter and sriracha. Looking forward to more tofu recipes in 2014!

12. Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake | windykitchen

If this weren’t a family blog, I’d have two words for this cake: oh and s#&%. Guysssss this was amazing. This was a ton of work, I’m not going to lie to you, but I lost my dang mind over how good it was. This also freezes great! I recommend slicing it into generous slices, flash-freezing them, and then sticking them in a freezer bag once they’re completely frozen for convenient dessert-ing throughout the week. And to answer the obvious question, yes I had a piece of this cake every night for a week.


13. Smoked Salmon and Dill Crostini

Smoked Salmon and Dill Crostini | windykitchen

This isn’t even a fair fight. It has smoked salmon, dill, creme fraiche, and buttery toasted bread. The chances of this recipe not making the best-of-2013 list were roughly 0%. SO GOOD SO GOOD!

So there we go! Another exciting year in the windy kitchen. Happy New Year and happy cooking to all of you!


5 thoughts on “Oh What a Year It’s Been! (Top 13 Recipes of 2013)

  1. Great recipes, one of my new year’s resolutions is to try more recipes, but also like you to find time to remake stuff I love. Sometimes we can get easily caught up in wanting to try new things that we forget what we’ve made in the past that has blown us away.

  2. I’m happy to have discovered your blog. You have shared some terrific recipes this past year. Love the sweet potato crusted fish and the Brussels sprout slaw.

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