The top 10 recipes of 2018 – filled with healthy favorites, comfort foods, and decadent desserts from the past year.
How do you measure a year in the life?
In 89 recipes.
Uncountable toddler tantrums.
An unknowable amount of butter, flour, and sugar.
And a whole lot of love.
The turn of this year marks a decade of blogging for me. It feels like yesterday, but also a little bit like forever. I was a college senior then, just learning how to cook and taking photos with a point and shoot on the sole (green) plastic plate that I owned. Oh, how times have changed. For the better, of course. The food world continues to evolve and turn into something that I am really excited to be even a small part of. If you had asked me ten years ago what half the ingredients are that I cook with now (za’atar, harissa, tahini – I’m looking at you), I would have asked if you were speaking a different language. These are amazing times we’re eating in.
I’m sure you all noticed, but residency took a lot out of me this year and I would vacillate between feeling indescribably inspired and indescribably apathetic when it came to food and cooking and recipe development. Coupled with the fact that the blogging community has changed so much in the past few years, I’m not really sure where I fit in anymore. I don’t have the energy to network or brand myself or spend hours on social media or SEO optimizing and the comparison game kind of makes me feel bad that I don’t really care about those things. It’s weird. It’s like, I don’t care but I feel guilty about not caring….so maybe I do care? Clearly I don’t have the answers, but what I do know is that overall food still makes me excited as does coming here to share recipes and little pieces of my life along the way.
So, as always, thank you for reading and following along on this journey. Happy holidays and happy new year!
Now, let’s hear it for your top 10 recipes of 2018 (plus a few extras at the end that I loved too much not to include).
10. Roasted Cauliflower and Israeli Couscous Salad with Harissa-Marinated Halloumi
9. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
8. Honey Chipotle Roasted Tofu and Sweet Potato Bowls
7. Pizza Beans
5. Spicy Peanut Rice Noodle Bowls with Curried Peanut Sauce
4. Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
3. Halal Street Cart Chickpeas with Turmeric Rice, Tahini Yogurt Sauce, and Harissa Oil
2. Easy Mexican Vegetable Quinoa Casserole
1. Blueberry Lemon Crumble Bars
And a few of my personal favorites…
Cranberry Beans with Tequila, Green Chiles, Quick-Pickled Onions, and Mexican Rice
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Layer Cake
Asparagus, Gruyere, and Pine Nut Galette
Peach Olive Oil Cupcakes with Lavender Mascarpone Frosting
I’m impressed the top 10 aren’t all your amazing baked creations!
I hope that your Christmas would be enjoyable and may the essence of Christmas remain always with you. Merry Christmas .
I have no idea what everyone else is doing but I know that you, Joanne, are totally in the pocket that I need you to be in. We would starve without you.
I love your recipes Joanne. I make them all the time. Seasons greetings from a very hot christmas day in Sydney Australia.
Congratulations on 10 years! I think I’ve been following for 5+. Your style really vibes with my taste buds. I still check your blog first if I’m looking for something (“I need a new cupcake recipe. What has Joanne made?”). It’s been fun to see your family and recipes evolve.
Happy New Year Joanne – I always enjoy your posts – sadly I am struggling for time to visit as regularly as I used to but I am happy you are still going and it is nice to drop by when I have time. Your recipes and posts are always lovely to read. And I have seen your blog change hugely over the years and understand what you mean about blogging changing. It is such a different beast than when we started and sometimes I find it totally mysterious but I still enjoy blogging.
Thank you for your blog! I’ve been reading almost from the start. Love your recipes. Most of all I love reading about your journey through life! Best wishes for 2019.
Don’t ever stop blogging Joanne! No one else does vegetables and desserts like you!
I hear you on how blogging has changed. I’ve been following your for the last 8+ years I’ve been blogging. I just can’t do the video thing– but maybe, one day, I will. Congrats on 10 years of blogging. I’ve watched you from the days you were single, until you met the.boy and now you are married and raising a toddler– and doing a residency! That is exhausting! How you pull off blogging on top of that– well, kudos to you. Here’s to more years of drooling over your recipes and photos.