Top 15 Author Favorites for 2013

Top 15 Author Favorites for 2013 | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on December 29, 2013 · 16 comments

Now it’s my turn to pick some favorites!

From year to year, there’s usually some overlap between what my reader’s love and what I love (I mean, come on, my reader’s have great taste! Pun intended…hardee har har.) But my list for 2013 doesn’t have any duplicates. Possibly because this year, along with the food, I included some personal posts that mean a lot to me for one reason or another.

Here we go! 

Easy Chinese Orange Beef Stir-Fry - classic, easy, delicious, one-pan stir fry is my life.

Easy Chinese Orange Beef Stir-Fry | Very Culinary

Pasta e Ceci - comfort food at its best right here.

Pasta e Ceci | Very Culinary

Halloween Edible Earwax on a Swab – these were a little too gross for the public. But I think they are absolute genius.

Edible Earwax on a Swab for Halloween | Very Culinary

Make Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas - Thursdays are our super late night with kids’ activities. If I didn’t have something prepped in advance for dinner, we’d be eating at 9pm. This is one of my go-to’s. All the time. The versatility of it keeps it fresh.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas | Very Culinary

10 Ways To Save Money on Your Grocery Bill – this isn’t a sexy post, but is thoughtful and took me the longest to write. These tips are tried and true for anyone looking to save money.

10 Ways To SAVE Money On Your Grocery Bill | Very Culinary

Fig Balsamic Olives – I brought these to a party and three olive haters came up to me and asked for the recipe. That’s how good they are.

Fig Balsamic Olives | Very Culinary

Peach Smoothie - I could drink this every single day and never get tired of it. Ever.

Peach Smoothie | Very Culinary

Video: Spouse Appreciation DayThe Not-So-New Newlywed Game.  This is so me and Paul. All of it. And it just makes me happy.

Amy and Paul - Spouse Appreciation Day | Very Culinary

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches – we’re in love with these. Something this easy shouldn’t be so good. But it is. I make these all the time.

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches | Very Culinary

Chocolate-Almond Steel Cut Oatmeal – If I’m not making eggs or pancakes, I’m usually making oatmeal. And it’s usually this. And I usually don’t want to share.

Chocolate-Almond Steel Cut Oatmeal

Roasted Acorn Squash with Onion, Grapes, & Thyme – I made this four days in a row. And then I made it again the following week. The end.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Onion, Grapes, and Thyme | Very Culinary

Video: “Royals” Parody (“Bagels”) – Ah, my Paul. In his infinite brilliance. It’s hard to pick a favorite video parody of his, but this is definitely at the top!

Video: "Royals" parody ("Bagels") | Very Culinary

Strawberry Shortcake Scones – I make these almost every other weekend. Or when Trevor needs bribing. Works like a charm every time.

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

(Copycat) Applebee’s Asian Chicken Salad – my favorite salad, how I love thee. Winter ain’t going to get in between me and a plate of deliciousness.

Applebee's Asian Chicken Salad | Very Culinary

Saying Goodbye – this post. This post isn’t my favorite because it makes me feel good. It’s my favorite because it has the most meaning. Loss of any kind is very difficult to deal with. I’m still dealing. Even though I said goodbye to Ebi back in August…well, I’m crying right now typing this. I miss her so much.


Thank you, everyone. For following, reading, supporting, and cooking with me all year long. I love you to the moon and back!

I’m looking at you, 2014. You ready for me?


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Melissa December 31, 2013 at 9:36 am

Fun recap post- I like that you shared what was most important to you: food, family, joy in life! Happy 2014!


Amy @Very Culinary December 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks, me too! Cheers!


Happy Valley Chow December 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Looks like you had a terrific 2013! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings :)

Happy Blogging!


Amy @Very Culinary December 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thank for joining me this past year…here’s to delicious 2014!


Mom December 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yes, we’re ready and looking forward to more great, easy recipes.


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks, Mom! :D <3


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen December 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

Love every single recipe you listed! I need those strawberry scones asap! Thanks for the wonderful food inspiration and all of the hilarious videos! Happy New Year’s!


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

So much fun to be on this journey with you, Milisa! Happy New Year to you, too!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

OMG. That spouse appreciation video was the BEST EVER! And I need to go pin those olives. My husband will thank you. :)


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

HEE! It was fun and will be impossible to top next year. Thanks, Dorothy!


Julie December 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

Dang it! I’m crying, too. Sigh. That’s ok. I’d much rather be like us than like my dad who doesn’t “do” animals. Love this list!


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 8:30 am

Thank you, Julie. Can’t believe how hard it still is to write about. Missing my sweet girl, always. Animals are the best!


joan December 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

Hi Amy,
Love all your picks and this reminds me of all the great recipes I need to try!
Happy Healthy New Year to you all!


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks Joan! Happy New Year to you, as well!


Joanne December 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

I love that your favorites and the reader favorites didn’t overlap…it just means you had some seriously awesome content in 2013!! Your video posts are always some of my favorites. :)


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thanks, Joanne! Honestly, I was tempted to list all the videos. Lol. I love them so much <3


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