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2013 Favorite Posts


And this shall be the last post for the year…the one with all the food images of the many dishes made in the three kitchens I found myself in over the last three hundred and sixty five days.

I almost can’t believe that come midnight tomorrow evening there will be no more 2013.

There was a lot consumed in my kitchen this year to share right here on this blog and there will be a couple of changes come the new year, but nothing that defers from food and travel – with more travel than ever hoped for in the next fifty two weeks.

Breaking down the many breakfasts, dinners, pies and popsicles into favorite posts, favorite foreign and most popular was the seemingly only way to incorporate many things I enjoyed trying.

Here are the my personal favorites:


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake~~~Watermelon and Mint Popsicles


Caramel Cake with Coffee Frosting~~~Pancetta Breakfast Sandwich


Smoked Fish Toasties~~~White Chocolate Blackberry Bundt Cake

The reasons for the above six favorites range from how solid they are as recipes to whip up and delight the tastebuds to how well the flavors mix together. I have made some of these again and certainly will again in the future.

This blog’s backbone is meant to be in the foreign dishes I re-create for those who either want a slice of home in their kitchen when they are on other shores or those who like myself, have discovered a dish and want to try it once more when their feet are back on home soil.

So here are the favorite foreign dishes definitely worth giving a go whether you’ve been to the countries where these originate or not.


 Mexican Polvorones/Mexican Wedding Cookies~~~Brazilian Limeade


Southern Banana’s Foster~~~New Zealand Afghan Biscuits


Canadian Bannock~~~German Pancakes

Of all the recipes, it seems Donna Hay’s Peanut Butter Fudge left the biggest impact this year with the very simple recipe being seen more than all the others, though here are the other nine to round out the top ten.


Peanut Butter Fudge~~~Costa Rican Orange Pudding


Ginger Cups with Mascarpone and Lemon Curd~~~Stuffed Bell Peppers and Roast Vegetables


Raw Fig Bar~~~Scones with Roasted Strawberries


Avocado and Candied Cashew Pie~~~Beef Stroganoff


Frozen Tiramisu~~~Cherry Hand Pies

Here’s to a new year filled with more food and adventure for you and your loved ones.

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