Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Year Three in Review

Put it in the books!  Year three of Perfecting the Pairing is complete.  It was a great year filled with (in no particular order) newly created recipes, old family favorites, meeting an amazing guy that changed my life, becoming a Zumba instructor, fun trips to Disney World, Mexico and Paris, and a zillion other things in between. 

Even though I have been cooking more than ever (it is pretty fun cooking for the man!), not everything has made it to the blog, but that is ok.    There is always next year!  

My goal for year four is to add a new section to the site about menu planning.  I received an email from a reader who asked if I would ever think about sharing menus.  I don’t know why I had not thought of that sooner!  Fortunately, I have saved a LOT of emails through the years with menus for family get-togethers, holidays, girls’ nights, date night, parties, etc.  I’m excited about this new section and I hope it is helpful!  Of course, I will continue to share my favorite new recipes, pairings, tips, and life in general.  

Thank you to ALL of my readers.  I appreciate absolutely every single view this little site gets.  Thank you, thank you!

Let’s get to the good stuff!

Top ten most viewed posts from year three

Traditional Potato Salad – This recipe has been in my family for years.  No fancy additions, just the best potato salad ever.  So happy that it made it to the #1 spot!  It deserves it.


Huli Huli Chicken – Has to be my favorite chicken recipe.  It is perfect for a crowd and all of the work can be done in advance. 


7-Up Biscuits – Who knew 7-Up would make fluffy biscuits?


Spring Roll Salad – Super light, fresh, and delicious.  Try it with grilled chicken or shrimp!


Sweet Sesame Green Beans – I kind of forgot about these…. I need to make them again!


French Onion Soup – I didn't realize this could be so easy to make at home.


Southwestern Chicken Slow Cooker Soup – Ridiculously simple.  Don’t forget the toppings!  Why do Fritos have to be so good?


Sweet and Tangy Bean Dip – Another great make-ahead dish for a crowd.  It gets better each day.


Pecan Pie Bars – If you like Pecan Pie, you will lovvvvveee these.


Grandma Rosie’s Applesauce – Warning:  you will never want store bought applesauce again.


While I agree with the top posts, I have to put my own two cents in for my favorites each month!

September 2013

Pesto Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese – Just a few ingredients make these turkey burgers extra awesome.


October 2013

Pumpkin Crisp – Kind of like apple crisp, but with pumpkin!  An awesome fall dessert I will definitely be making again.


November 2013

Sausage and Dried Cherry Stuffing – It would simply NOT be Thanksgiving without this stuffing.  So. So. Good.


December 2013

Kale Salad with Spiced Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Kale and Sweet Sesame Dressing – Inspired by a restaurant salad.  Use this dressing on everything!


January 2014

Kale, Butternut Squash, and Bacon Breakfast Burritos with Spicy Chipotle Sauce – It may sound like an odd combo, but it wins at life.


February 2014

Lemon Cream Pasta – Don’t overlook this amazing pasta dish! 


March 2014

Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies – Easy and delicious cookies.  Change the shape and color based on the holiday!  We always have these at Christmas with red and green sugar.


April 2014

Tuna Noodle Casserole – An updated version of the classic.  Almost makes me excited for cold weather…. Almost.


May 2014

Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes – I love grilling my side dishes.


June 2014

Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Studded Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream – I feel like this recipe did not get the attention it deserved!  I mean, come on, just look at the title!  It is easier than you would think to make and is just righteously good.


July 2014

Avocado and Strawberry Toast with Feta and Honey – I have lost track of how many times I have made this.  This strange combination will never get old.


August 2014

Grilled Pizza with Asparagus, Caramelized Onions, Hummus and Brie – Again, a strange combination but it WORKS.  Oh buddy, it works. 


There you have it!  Year three in a nutshell!  That was fun, let’s do it again.  Xoxo

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