Julia’s 10 Most Popular Recipes in 2013

By Thursday, January 2, 2014

Can someone tell me where the time goes?!

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I’m 26. I’m engaged. I’ve been out of high school for eight years. I’ve been out of university for four. I own a house. I own a car. And I’m entering my fourth year of blogging.


I will admit that this is my very favourite time of year to blog. I absolutely LOVE recap posts, top 10 posts, and looking at the statistics from the last year. And today I’m going to reveal my top 10 recipes in 2013.

Now, you might recall similar posts from previous years. In 2011, I posted my five most popular recipes. In 2012, I did the same thing. But this year, it was too close to share only five… so I’m sharing TEN!

Now, when I say top 10, I mean the 10 most popular recipes. Not my favourites, which are completely different (although I will post those soon too).

1. Easy, Perfect Lasagna

I know, right? Plain old lasagna is the most popular recipe? I was shocked too. Everyone makes lasagna and everyone has a family recipe that’s been passed down for generations. Or so I thought. This has been pinned hundreds of times on Pinterest and is not only my top recipe in 2013, but my top recipe ever. Interesting, eh?

2. Cheesy fried potato balls

I’m starting to catch on to something… my readers love “what to do with ___” posts. Last year, a similar post entitled “What to do with ruined chocolate chip cookies” was in the top five because it contained my Cookies & Cream Cheese Chocolates. Anyway, this is a great recipe to use after meals like Thanksgiving when you have way too many mashed potatoes kicking around. Or, you know, make perogies or something.

3. Chinese Beef & Broccoli

To be fair, this recipe is also buried in my post about cooking an authentic Chinese food feast. And it contains links to other Chinese recipes. But, it was my third post popular recipe this year, so I had to include it. Oh, and it’s definitely my favourite Chinese recipe I’ve ever made… so there’s that.

4. Quick & Easy Slow Cookier Beef Chili

Again with the classics! My readers seem to love simple, tried-and-true recipes. This chili is awesome, but if you read the comments under the post and on the Facebook page, you’ll see that most people made it spicier. I would too, but the recipe was developed for a party where I didn’t know who liked spicy food and who didn’t. Anyway, you can always add more chili flakes!

5. Go-To Quinoa Salad

Ahh yes. My favourite quinoa salad. I can’t tell you how often I make this. I throw whatever veggies I want in it. The only thing that stays the same is the honey-lime dressing. Perfect every time.

6. Easy Classic Pumpkin Pie

This year was my first time making pumpkin pie! I’d always bought it from Costco before, because theirs it so good. Well… I won’t be doing that any more. This recipe is just as delicious and my mind was blown by how easy it is. I swear to make my own crust next time, though…

7. Moroccan Tomato Soup

I love this recipe because it only uses pantry ingredients! Convenience at its finest. Also, I’m a bit of a peanut addict. I love peanut sauces and peanuts on just about everything. I think a two-year-old could make this soup, actually. These are the directions: “Combine everything in a slow cooker except the peanut butter. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add peanut butter and blend before serving.”  And that’s all, folks. Love it.

8. Hot & Cheesy Crab Dip

Ummm YES! This recipe has recently taken off on Pinterest and I am so happy because it’s definitely the best new dip I came up with in 2013. Can I rant again about how much I love canned crab? I’m weird, but this recipe is not – it’s heaven.

9. Watermelon Margaritas

I’ve only recently started including drink recipes on the blog, and if any of them were going to make the top 10, this would definitely be it. Watermelons make the best cocktails. I’m really looking forward to a few of these next summer.

10. Paleo Salad with Prosciutto

“Paleo Salad” is the worst recipe name ever. Not sure what I was thinking. If I could turn back time, I would name this recipe Spinach & Prosciutto Salad with Walnuts, Mandarins and Avocado (Paleo)”. That sounds much more appetizing. Anyway, I was just trying to be apart of this new fad diet. For a second. Not like I could actually stop eating processed foods or anything, obviously.

And that’s a wrap! Are you surprised by the top 10? I always am. It never ceases to amaze me that there’s absolutely no correlation between my favourite recipes and my readers’ favourites. I guess we’re not exactly on the same page, um, yet? We will be. I’m going to try to tackle more classic, traditional dishes (like lasagna, chili and pumpkin pie) in 2014, as well as improve my photography.

I hope 2014 is off to a good start for you! Happy new year from The Domestic Blonde.


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