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Without further ado, here are the eight most popular recipes from 2013 from Mel’s Kitchen. And since I couldn’t resist, I added my top eight personal favorites from the year. I debated about whether to include a roundup of the recipes that inspired the most hate mail, but ah man, who wants to be a downer with a new year about to start?

Also, if you haven’t noticed yet, I added a little link in my sidebar over there that will take you to 187 (and counting) healthy recipes.

Enjoy! I have a feeling 2014 has a lot of great food coming your and my way, too.

P.S. If you are looking for the perfect appetizers for New Year’s, here’s a great start (my favorites: chewy pretzel bites, peanut butter cookie dough dip, amazing spinach artichoke dip, and the best shrimp cocktail).

your favorites

my favorites

29 Responses to Mine and Yours: Favorites of 2013

  1. Heidi says:

    Happy new year, Mel! The list of favorites look really good and I’m queasy and pregnant. So that’s saying something!! I really look forward to 2014! Take care!

  2. Teresa R. says:

    Happy New Year! I’m glad you posted your favorites because I had completely forgotten about the sour cream lime tart. I really wanted to try it but forgot to print out the recipe.

  3. I love this time of year….when we round up our highlights of the year. So fun.
    They all look amazing. You have so many great recipes that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I did a “Highlights of 2013″ over on my blog today too. It’s great way to take a ‘snapshot’ of the best.
    Blessings for the New Year!

  4. Nicole Hunn says:

    What does it say about me that I’m dying to know which recipes inspired the most hate mail?! Perhaps because I would like to compare? ;) Happy New Year, Mel!

    xo Nicole

  5. Missy says:

    I agree, Nicole! :)
    Mel, thanks for a great 2013. Your website saved me many a week when I had no idea what to plan for meals. We LOVE those granola bites…maybe I should go make some. Happy New Year!

  6. Sheila says:

    I am so incredibility thankful for your wisdom in not posting the recipes that generated the most hate mail. It takes every ounce of my self control and discipline not to respond in like to one of your blog followers who lashes out over a posted recipe in criticism and selfishness. Your inner beauty (kind, hard working, giving heart, exceptional wife and mom, gentleness and goodness) shines so powerfully through your blog and benefits so many of us. So when a mean, nasty individual rises up against you to cause you harm because her needs are not being personally met through your “free” excellent resource, I find it most difficult to restrain myself from pointing out to her the ugly “2 year old me only” attitude that she needs to get a grip on. Not wanting to cause you or your blog any harm, in love, I keep silent to those who choose to be publicly unkind. So another benefit of your blog – I’m learning to build within greater self control! :-) Happy New Year! So looking forward to the wonderfulness of your blog in 2014!

  7. Lauren S. says:

    Hi Mel! I’ve been following your website for a few months and have really enjoyed your posts and recipes. As a thank you, I thought I’d throw out to you a shrimp cocktail recipe that’s very easy and delicious. I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but this one is quite good. I got it from a Sunset cookbook (Sunset Magazine, a west coast magazine that rocks, their recipes are well tested!). I almost always have the ingredients on hand which is a plus!
    Here goes: In a deep pot, bring 4 c. water to a boil with 1 Tablespoon salt, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1 sliced onion and 1 bay leaf. Drop in 1 or 2 lbs raw shrimp (in or out of shell, but it’s easier to devein before cooking), reduce heat and simmer for 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink; don’t overcook!!! Drain immediately and serve hot; or let cool, cover and refrigerate. That’s it! Enjoy!

  8. Brittany c says:

    I love these round up! I must have mutant taste buds too, because I LOVE your list, tack on the coconut curry chicken from other list and I’d be one happy girl. :) happy new year!! Can’t wait to see what recipes are in store for 2014!

  9. What a great list to finish off 2013!

  10. Pauline says:

    Mel: Thank you for another year of incredible inspiration! You have been on our table at least once a week (and I have a stack of recipes that are ready to go!) I don’t know how you do it with five children and moving to a new home. I am just grateful that you do. Best wishes to you and your family in 2014.

  11. Megan Mayo says:

    Thanks for all your great posts. A friend sent me a recipe from your blog 2 years ago and ever since there, I’ve been addicted to your posts. My family is gluten free with some other food allergies so it’s sometimes difficult to find recipes with fresh ingredients that work for us and aren’t too spendy. Time after time, I find recipes on your blog that my family likes. When my husband eats a new recipe I’ve tried and likes it, he usually asks, “Did you get this one from your good friend Mel?” And yes, they are almost only from you. Thanks for helping me enjoy trying new recipes and always coming through!

  12. Wendy says:

    I love lists! I think our family’s favorite this year was the Thai green curry meatballs. My carnivorous boys and husband just loved that one. We also did one of your no-bake cheesecakes for Christmas and it was amazing. Thanks for all of your hard work on this blog!

  13. Your food blog is the one I refer to the most often. You give us beautiful and easy and delicious recipes! Thanks Mel!

  14. Kim says:

    The black bean sweet potatoe burritos were our favorite of the year too. I don’t even know how many times I have made them. And my kids love to take them for lunch. They are so good. You should list the ones with the most hate mail, you might finds lot of people for who those are their favorite recipes!

  15. Tracey says:

    Ooooohhh….that sour cream lime tart….IT.IS.HEAVEN. I remember when I made it over the summer, and my husband requested it again the next week! You can be sure that I didn’t complain! Thanks for all the DELISH recipes!

  16. Bonnie T says:

    Your salted chocolate chip peanut butter cookies are to die for! I make those all the time, so I have the same tastes as you! Thank you for posting all your recipes. They are delicious and I am seriously so impressed you have time to do it with your kids. . I have a hard enough time with just my 2 to bake or cook anything :0) Happy New Year!

  17. JoAnn says:

    Thanks again for all the fabulous recipes! Happy New Year!

  18. Heather says:

    I have a whole stack of your recipes in my to try pile. My goal this year is to get through it! I love your blog! I honestly don’t know why people send hate mail over recipes. If I try something and I don’t like it, I just don’t make it again. Everyones tastes are so different. No need to be rude about it.

  19. Molly says:

    Thanks for the year roundup from the best recipe blog!!

  20. Alisha says:

    I cannot believe you receive hate mail. Who has the time?!? We love you at our house. Mel is a name commonly referred to and the kids know who I’m talking about. You’re the only food blog I follow consistently. We have similar tastes because our favorites are right with yours — especially the sweet potato black bean burritos. I crave those all the time.

  21. Carina says:

    Hate mail? Like “I can’t believe you got me addicted to that cinnamon roll caramel popcorn! That was mean.”? Weirdos. I am grateful for the cook you’ve helped me become.

  22. Army of 7 says:

    It truly is hard to believe you get hate mail, aside from maybe an “I can’t stand that your lion house rolls are so good my pants wont button :-(”
    Those sweet potato burritios are a regular in this house. Your kicked up ramen was today’s lunch! Happy Holidays Mel :-)

  23. Angela says:

    Just want to say thank you for all of your recipes. You are my go to sight whenever I need a recipe and I’m never disappointed. Hope you and your family have a wonderful new year!

  24. The 100º difference goes to show how sometimes we click with the most unexpected persons! You’re such an awesome blogger and person in so many ways. I wish all of you the happiest beginning of 2014! And that little Cam is growing too fast!

  25. Kristin Ellis says:

    Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos are the big winner this year for me. Thank you so much!

  26. Jenn Brisco says:

    I rarely comment but have been checking your site for new recipes for the last couple of years after I found it through Pinterest. It is my FAVORITE site and one I share with others frequently! Thank you for all the awesome recipes you share with us. My family of 5 have tried many of your recipes and most all we’ve tried have been a favorite even with picky eaters! Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing what else you give us to try!

  27. Kim in MD says:

    I love every recipe I have ever made from your blog (and I’ve made most of them!), but it’s fun to see what your and your reader favorites are!

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