Top 10 Recipes from 2013

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Before I dive into a fresh batch of recipes for 2014, I wanted to take a moment to share the most popular Kitchen Konfidence posts in 2013.  The list below is ranked based on view counts from Google Analytics.  I always love taking these delicious trips down memory lane :)  So many tasty moments.  Did your favorites make the Top 10?

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4th of July Recipes

Beer Marinated Tri Tip The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays growing up.  Each year, my parents would take me and a few of my close friends to Philadelphia for an afternoon of eating, sightseeing and celebrity spotting.  One year, we saw Rosa Parks!!  She was actually getting on a bus.  I was always so enthralled with the energy coursing through that city on the 4th of July.  You could feel the excitement.

Later in the evening, my friends and I would watch our hometown fireworks from someone’s backyard.  Fireflies blinking in the warm, dark summer air.  The back patio wet with pool water.  Hot dogs sizzling on the grill.  Tradition.  That’s what the 4th of July means to me.  I love the sense of tradition with friends and family.

Since moving to San Diego (far far away from my hometown and Philadelphia), I have had to establish some different traditions.  Summer flavors, backyard grilling, afternoon cocktails and bayside fireworks.  Cooking for friends and loved ones.  I do miss those old traditions, but I am also excited for the new ones.  Below is a collection of recipes perfect for a 4th of July bash.  Some of these recipes are from Independence Day celebrations of years past.  Some are recipes I’ll be making again in a few days.  I hope you enjoy :)

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BLT with Avocado Spread

BLT with Avocado Spread

I don’t really talk about my full time job here that much on Kitchen Konfidence, because I try to keep work and play fairly separate.  For those of you following me on Twitter, you might see a work-related tweet from time to time.  Over the past several months, I’ve been in overdrive preparing for a major event coming up in November.  My increased workload really has affected my cooking and eating schedule.  To avoid plummeting into a fast/processed food rut, I’ve had to put more ambitious food projects aside, and focus on meals that are fast, easy and most of all, tasty.  This BLT with Avocado Spread is one of my go-to weeknight dinners or weekend lunches.  Slices of sourdough are cooked in bacon fat until golden brown, then stuffed with crisp bacon, juicy tomato and peppery frisée.  I finish this sandwich with a schmear of bright, citrusy avocado spread.  This BLT is packed with satisfying flavor and texture.  A perfect meal when both time and energy are limited.  Continue reading for the recipe plus I’ve announced the winner of my Keys to the Kitchen giveaway!

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Roasted Chicken Sandwich with Fennel Mustard

Rooasted Chicken Sandwich with Fennel Mustard To help combat the temptations of eating out during the week, I am always on the hunt for new dinner recipes that are quick and easy yet substantial and palate pleasing.  A “gourmet” sandwich is a simple and satisfying meal that can come together in a matter of minutes if planned properly.  This Roasted Chicken Sandwich features two homemade sauces – Fennel Mustard and Roasted Garlic Aioli.  Try preparing these sauces over the weekend and storing them in your refrigerator for later use.  Combine these homemade touches with a few store bought elements (did someone say $5 roasted chicken?) for a easy weeknight meal with a delicious “gourmet” feel.  Continue reading for the recipes.

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