This year was cray cray. In a Miley-Cyrus-on-the-VMAs-kind-of-way.

In a getting-proposed-to-after-the-worst-marathon-of-your-life-thereby-making-it-the-best-marathon-of-your-life-kind-of-way.

In a one-of-my-lab-experiments-might-have-actually-worked-kind-of-way.

Exactly. Cray cray.

I just want to take a moment to thank you all for helping to make this one of the best years to date for Eats Well With Others. I was presented with a ton of great opportunities over the past 365 days, from winning a recipe contest at Eat.Write.Retreat, to taking part in a super fun freelance photography project for the McCormick Spice website, to making the switch from Blogger to WordPress and getting a fabulous redesign with the help of the girls from Wooden Spoons Kitchen, and so much more. When I created this little space on the internet five years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that it would even be a fraction of what it is today, or what a huge part of my life it would be and even now I still feel (and hope!) that it’s only the beginning. I’m excited to see what great things 2014 will bring and I hope that you’ll be following along with me as I do. It just won’t be as fun without you there and I seriously couldn’t have done any of this without you. Happy New Year! Let’s make it a good one.

I always like to kick off the new year by showcasing my favorite recipes of the past year, so this year I decided to pick a favorite sweet and a savory recipe from each month. In chronological order, here they are!

vegetable eggs benedict

Vegetable Eggs Benedict – Eggs were predicted to be super cool in 2013 (and will continue to be totally rad in 2014…you heard it here first) so we learned how to poach them! And benedict them, veggie style.

meyer lemon ice cream

Meyer Lemon Ice Cream – Because a winter without Meyers is not a winter worth living through.

smoky chipotle vegetarian chili with parmesan beer bread

Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili – The “one”. In chili form.

red velvet and cinnamon layer cake

Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Cake – Apparently 2013 was the year of the layer cake for me. Let’s call it wedding cake foreshadowing. The spice of the cinnamon was the perfect addition to this frosting and to compliment the tangy red velvet.

layered pasilla tortilla casserole with black beans, mushrooms and chard

Layered Pasilla-Tortilla Casserole with Black Beans, Mushrooms, and Chard – And to think I like to say that I’m just not that into ‘shrooms. But this dish is just extra specially delicious.

sweet and salty cake

Sweet and Salty Cake – In which I bake myself a birthday cake from the cookbook of the boys who will be making my wedding cake.  Sweet salty caramel chocolate cake heaven.

parmesan bread pudding with broccoli rabe, baby spinach salad with dates and almonds

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds – AKA the only salad I ever crave. Ever.

cinnamon honey scones

Cinnamon Honey Scones – Oh, Thomas Keller, you make me want to be a better person. Or at least make perfect scones every day.

green pancakes with lime butter

Green Pancakes with Lime Butter – A little bit out there, but totally tasty. I brought these to a baseball game and got totally weird looks from everyone sitting around us. I owned it.

rhubarb, blueberry and ginger brioche bread pudding

Rhubarb, Blueberry and Ginger Brioche Bread Pudding – Summer in fruity carb form.

hummus with ful

Hummus with Ful – Hummus as a meal. It’s a thing. A really good thing.

Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Cake – One of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever made. And one of the most delicious also. If you don’t make it this summer, I will cry for you.

summer squash tartines with ricotta, rosemary and lemon

Summer Squash Tartines with Ricotta, Rosemary, and Lemon – So simple and yet so perfect. A 5-ingredient meal worth craving.

peanut butter cup ripple ice cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ripple Ice Cream – Because peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other.

pickled nectarine salad with burrata

Pickled Nectarine Salad with Burrata – Okay, fine, I kind of crave this salad also. But, burrata. Can you blame me?

lemon pistachio cornmeal muffins

Lemon Pistachio Cornmeal Muffins – Sometimes muffins surprise you with how good they are. These are those kind of muffin.

sweet potato galettes

Sweet Potato Galettes – Sweet potatoes and goat cheese atop puff pastry. It doesn’t get any better than that.

plum and almond cream tart

Plum and Almond Cream Tart – Another Thomas Keller masterpiece. And one that my coworkers still describe as their favorite, months later.

eggplant parmesan burgers

Eggplant Parmesan Burgers – The best veggie burger of all time! Declared so by my carnivorous fiance. So you know it’s good.

bourbon-pumpkin caramel tart

Bourbon-Caramel Pumpkin Tart – Pumpkin pie meets pumpkin cheesecake and has a tart baby.

butternut squash and caramelized onion galette from Eats Well With Others

Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette – A butternut squash dish that both the.boy and I can agree to love.

maple bourbon pumpkin pie from Eats Well With Others

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie – More pumpkin love. Because you can never have too much.

spinach and swiss chard ravioli nudi over simple tomato sauce from Eats Well With Others

Spinach and Swiss Chard Ravioli Nudi – Naked ravioli! AKA inside out ravioli. AKA SO GOOD.

salt-n-pepper cookies from Eats Well With Others

Salt-n-Pepper Sandwich Cookies – A surprisingly delicious mix of flavors. In your mouth. I want to make another batch, like, yesterday.

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73 Responses to 5 Year Blogging Anniversary and My Favorite 24 Recipes of 2013!

  1. Aside from anything else, you certainly had a good year of food!

  2. I love that you picked a sweet & a savory recipe! Congratulations on a great year in cooking and your blogiversary! I always look forward to seeing more from you.

  3. Shannon says:

    such a great year 🙂 it’s hard to pick favorites, but MEYER LEMON ICE CREAM. done and done!

  4. What a year…so many exciting things! And of course so many wonderful recipes. I love the ones you’ve compiled – that Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Cake still takes my breath away. Have you ever thought about opening a bakery? (Seriously!)

    Happy New Year, beautiful!

  5. You had an exciting and delicious year, Joanne. I wish I could had that egg benedict for the dinner today.

  6. Monica says:

    So many milestones, so much excitement, and tons of delicious food. Your consistency, creativity, and genuine writing draws us in. Here’s to more in 2014! : )

  7. Simply Life says:

    What a delicious year you’ve had! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

  8. debbie says:

    Thanks for compiling all these great recipes. I can honestly say that when I saw the picture of the red velvet cake I said out loud – Oh my God! Gorgeous…..Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year Joanne! Your Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Cake is beautiful, It celebrate summer perfectly. I’ve started following your blog last year and I can’t to see what you have in store for us this year.

  10. SallyBR says:

    Happy New Year! Several of your recipes I had bookmarked, like the spinach salad, and I’m kicking myself for not having tried them yet. But, that’s the life of a food blogger, right? Too many tempting recipes saved, not enough opportunity to cook them all…

    COngrats on 5 years! I am just six months behind you, but you feel like such a “seasoned” blogger compared to me, I will try not to go into inferiority complex mode, ok? But you make it hard, darn it!

  11. Joanne all of these recipes look amazing! I can’t believe you have been blogging for 5 years! Great job! Looking forward to seeing your recipes in 2014! 🙂

  12. Jeanette says:

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, your engagement and all your accomplishments this year Joanne – can’t wait to see all the great things to come for you! Happy New Year!

  13. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Years!!!! Love all of you recipes and look so forward to reading your posts! Enjoy your day!!

  14. Kristi says:

    Happy 5 year anniversary!
    Such delicious recipes… I can’t wait to see what 2014 have in store.

  15. Josie says:

    I just pinned several of these – somehow I missed them throughout the year. But I’m dying over those eggplant parm burgers. Happening soon. Happy 2014! Can’t wait to see what it holds for you!

  16. Your creativity and talent ALWAYS inspires me! Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year, my friend! xx

  17. Kathryn says:

    Happy five years of blogging! Such an amazing achievement.

  18. iscribbler says:

    Happy New Year and Anniversary to you! 🙂 I’m excited to welcome in 2014 with you and can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Here’s to more wonderful posts and beautiful pics!!

  19. Abby says:

    Happy New Year! 5 years is awesome, dang girl. Can’t wait to see what you cook up next.

  20. Foodiewife says:

    I think you were one of the very first food blogger friends I made. It was so cool to meet you, personally, in San Francisco– albeit in the ladies bathroo! I have watched your blog grow and develop into something you deserve to be very proud of. I’m proud of you! I’ve read your “Sex in the City” stories, and laughed along with you. I cried with you, when you lost your father. Now, you are getting married. I kinda feel like a long-distance surrogate mom, wishing you all the best in your next chapter in life. While I’m a carnivore, you have inspired me to enjoy more vegetarian dishes. Still, you always make me drool over your desserts. That plum and almond cream tart is something I HAVE to add to my pinterest board. Almond…. marzipan…one of my true weaknesses. Happy New Year!

  21. Oh my goodness, so many great recipes to choose from! I may have to test out that peanut butter ice cream now that I have an ice cream maker. Happy New Year and congrats on 5 years of blogging!

  22. Great roundup! Happy blogiversary, and here’s to many more delicious years 🙂

  23. Lynn says:

    And all the more delicious looking than the next. Happy blogiversary!

  24. This year was pretty fabulous for you. And for your kitchen creations. I want to make all of these in the new year 😉

  25. gloria says:

    Many of these are my favorites too!!! I have to make this Meyer lemon Ice cream look amazing!!!
    Happy New year andcongrats for your amazing blog Joanne!!!

  26. Mabel C. says:

    congrats! hmm, I need to make that plum almond tart!

  27. Emma says:

    Joanne you are a wonder cook! Everything looks beautiful, especially those gorgeous layer cakes. Are you going to be making your own wedding cake?!
    Happy 2014! Look forward to reading more from you.

  28. Congrats on 5 years Joanne! You made some damn good food this year. I can’t wait to see what this year brings for you!

  29. Deena Kakaya says:

    Congratulation Joanne! Are you floating with glee? My fave is you gnudi xx

  30. Yay, I can’t wait to read more wedding related updates this year! And how did I miss some of these great recipes?! I just bookmarked the Cinnamon Scones to make asap 🙂 Happy New Year, friend!

  31. Hannah says:

    Happy New Year! What a delicious 12 months you’ve had.

  32. Beth says:

    Everything looks great, but I am loving that sweet potato galette. Yum!

  33. Happy Bloggerverary!! YAYYYYY! It is soooo amazing and a HUGE accomplishment you stuck with it for so long. As we all know blogging does not pay well, LOL or even at all. I have enjoyed so many of your posts, gotten some GREAT ideas and enjoyed interacting with you! I am going to pin this since I missed some awesome recipes!

  34. So much great stuff on EWWO this year! Especially that benedict!…and that gallette!…and that pumpkin tart. Girl, you’re killing me! Cheers to 2014!! YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!! xx

  35. Congrats on the anniversary, the engagement and everything!! You erally deserve all the great stuff that has happened to you :’)
    I love all the recipes here. Hummus as a meal? I’m sold. I have to try that as soon as possible.
    Happy New Year! xx

  36. Wow, Joanne! Sounds like you’ve had an incredible year. Happy blogiversary! I am so glad that I can follow along and drool at your amazing dishes. I still need to try that bourbon caramel pumpkin tart. Happy New Year!

  37. What a mouth-watering collection! Hope that 2014 is even more fabulous for you! xo

  38. What a wonderful array of deliciousness. I love that your blog is filled with what you eat – whether that’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Hope 2014 is a stellar year for you.

  39. Susan says:

    May 2014 be just as exciting as 2013! Happy new year, Joanne! Delicious round up!

  40. G’day and BIG congrats on your 5th blog anniversary Joanne, true!
    I am VERY excited for you and look forward to in 2014 what you continue to do!
    I just recently celebrated my 1st blog anniversary too! 🙂
    Cheers! Joanne

  41. Christine says:

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! What a great year you’ve had, may 2014 be even better. And I agree, winter without Meyer lemons just isn’t right.

  42. Breath-taking work, Joanne. Congrats on such fine stuff and for all of your accomplishemnts from last year. Looking forward here to following you in 2014!

  43. Sues says:

    Congratulations on another great year- you are fabulous!! And I have no doubt 2014 will be even better! Happy New Year! 🙂

  44. Happy 5th blogiversary!! One day I will make that strawberry rhubarb dream cake.

  45. YES to all of that! Happy New Year, my friend. I feel like you and I have been on this ride together since the beginning. I love it. Here’s to another 12 months of deliciousness! xoxo

  46. Congrats on 5 years and all your other accomplishments this year! I can’t wait to follow along and see what you come up with in 2014. Happy New Year!

  47. HAPPY 2014 AND HAPPY 5 YEARS!!! What a fantastic year my dear, so happy for you.
    Those recipes and posts are fantastic. Looking forward to more.

  48. I just ate lunch but I am now very hungry – evidently not physically but definitely hungry nonetheless! What a gorgeous selection and many congratulations on 5 years of blogging. That’s amazing! Best wishes for a wonderful 2014.

  49. Congratulations on making the 5 year mark! Looking forward to what 2014 has in store for you 🙂

  50. Man, Joanna, you really come up with some crazy and creative recipes. I love how you think outside the box. Brilliantly done. Here is to 5 more years of continued success. I wish you a great year ahead!

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    Happy new year joanne – and blogiversary too. So much yumminess – I must make more galettes and layer cakes – or at least find someone to make them for me (they intimidate me). Look forward to more of all this in 2014 and some wedding fun

  52. Glad 2013 was a great year for you! And happy blogiversary!
    You have much to be proud of 🙂
    Happy 2014 – best wishes for a fantastic year ahead! Can’t wait to follow along with you on the blog.

  53. Wow, 5 years! Congrats to you. What a great list of recipes, I seriously was nodding my head as I went down the list lol. Yay for layer cake – the best kind of foreshadowing!!

  54. Nicole, RD says:

    Happy Blogiversary! You’ve grown one amazing blog, Joanne! And blogging is what had us meet a few years ago (hard to believe it was that long ago already!). Your photography ceases to amaze and that Layered Pasilla-Tortilla Casserole with Black Beans, Mushrooms, and Chard..yeah, I need some of THAT!

  55. I missed out on the first 4 years but I’m glad I finally found you. You are one of my blogging inspirations! A perfect combination of talent and humour. You never take yourself too seriously and damn are you good in the kitchen. Can’t wait to follow you into the 6th year! Happy New Year and congrats 🙂

  56. I’m glad it was a great year for you! I know even better things are in store. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make a layer cake 🙂

  57. What a beautiful and delicious year! And, happy blogiversary! I’m so glad we got to meet in 2013. Wishing you much happiness in 2014!

  58. Teffy says:

    Happy New Year!
    5 years, wow, congratulations!
    I could never pick a favourite from those recipes though, they all look too good..

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  59. I always love hearing what bloggers faves of their own are! and dang girl, congrats on 5 years!

  60. Deborah says:

    Congrats on 5 years!! This really has been the year for you, and I can’t wait to see what all 2014 brings. It’s going to be a great year!!

  61. Susan says:

    A delicious roundup and congratulations on 5 years!

  62. Happy 5 year birthday to your blog! Love this round-up, especially the tartines and the galettes –pinned! I can’t wait to see more your recipes this year and the years to come. Thanks for sharing them with us Joanne. 🙂

  63. Happy blogiversary, my dear! Aaaaand I’m drooling over all these goodies. Please send everything to me in the mail, please and thank you.

  64. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. You have a wonderful blog and a great sense of humor!!!

  65. Happy 5 year blog anniversary, and wishing you much continued success for many years to come!! Wow, you had a very delicious year!

  66. Reeni says:

    Happy 5 years of blogging! Wishing you the best for 2014 and beyond! I think we have been together since just about the beginning – hope we remain virtual friends for many years to come. 😉

  67. I shouldn’t have looked at this so late at night, instantly crazy hungry at almost midnight. congrats on 5 years!

  68. Veronica says:

    I’m so happy you’re growing so much and doing so well. Honestly, I bet you can eventually all this your full time job b/c you’ll be making enough with it. Love your pics and remember a lot of them – especially the sweet! 😀

  69. Congrats on 5 years! I plan on switching from blogger to wordpress over the summer. Expect lots of questions!

  70. omg I love your blog so much! I want to make every single one of these recipes (and repeat all the ottolenghi ones I’ve made already.) Congratulations on so many things, not least five years blogging!

  71. All delicious recipes! We love them all!! Happy Anniversary dear friend!

  72. Wow congratulations, 5 years is awesome and congrats on your 2013 accomplishments. I hope 2014 is as good as 2013 was for you. Happy new year!!

  73. I love these recipe showcases because they remind me of recipes I may have forgotten I wanted to make or show me ones I might have missed 🙂 Happy Blogiversary, Joanne! What a year it was for you!!!

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