I feel a bit silly doing a “year in review” for this blog, since this little project of mine has only been around since October 27th of this year. However, this is the time of year to look back and reflect on the last 12 months in preparation for the coming new year. In my case, I will reflect on the last 2 months of recipes, and the last 12 months in life and books. Without further ado:
Devour’s Most Popular Recipes of 2013:
- Chipotle Potato Gratin with Jalapeño Gouda
- Mint Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Cake
- Oven-Fried Pickles with Creamy Dill Dip
- Butter Chicken Pizza
- Saffron Butter Buns
- Carrot Ginger Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting and Toasted Walnuts
- Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Chai Spice Buttercream
- Apple Pecan Olive Oil Cake
- Chocolate Orange Almond Truffles
Honorable mention: Cheddar Tarragon Scones with Garlic Butter
Here’s hoping 2014 brings even more delicious recipes that both you and I enjoy! I promise to continue pushing myself to make better food, take better pictures, and tell interesting stories to tie it all together.
What I read in 2013:
GoodReads does this nifty “Year in Review” thing that lists all the books I read in 2013. Find it here if interested; if you’re looking for a recommendation (or a discussion) of any of these books, let me know! It tells me I read 18, 268 pages this year, although that doesn’t include books I didn’t finish. Overall I enjoyed all the books I finished this year – and I usually stop reading if I’m not enjoying something! – but here are my top 5 favourites:
- Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. This book tugged at my heartstrings and I could not put it down. It follows a woman investigating her mysterious past, leading her to her mother’s life in Germany during WWII.
- The Shining by Stephen King. You’ve seen the movie, right? The book is much scarier and (in my opinion) much better than the film. Do not read if home alone at night! I read my first Stephen King last Year with “11/22/63,” and have been hooked ever since.
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Kate Morton’s. The description of this book on GoodReads is perfectly tantalizing: “A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery” make up this wonderful novel.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. If you look at my reading history, you can tell that this year I was really into romantic historical fiction. The Outlander series is extremely addictive, and I read the first three in quick succession before forcing myself to take a break from Jamie and Claire. They’re making it into a TV series next year – I’m so excited!
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman. A young man leaves his quiet village on a quest to a magical realm to fetch a fallen star for his love. A true grown-up fairy tale. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of Gaiman’s work.
That’s all for now, folks. I have a couple more posts up my sleeve for the remainder of 2013, then it’s on to 2014.
Until next time,