Your 5 Favorite All Spice and Yum Recipes of 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is at its end already.  It’s been a whirlwind of a year!  Hopefully you had a great Christmas, or Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate!  We were very busy, traveling to see family, and trying to fit everything in, but it was wonderful.  New Year’s Eve is tomorrow already, and it got me thinking about how All Spice and Yum has evolved since its launch in March.  Maintaining a food blog is part what I thought it would be, and part what I never expected it would be.  For instance:

  • It’s harder than I thought it would be to come up with unique posts, even though I rarely cook from a recipe.
  • I cook with “weird” ingredients sometimes, but most people just want simple and quick.
  • I have to measure all my ingredients instead of just dumping them in.
  • Some recipe theories are much better than the recipe reality.
  • Photograph food on sunny days – tough to come by in Pittsburgh!

But it’s fun and so rewarding, and that part I did expect (ok I expected to have to measure out ingredients, too).  So let’s count down your top five favorite recipes from the past year!  I love reminiscing!

5.  Garlic Roasted Green Beans

Garlic Roasted Green Beans 3

Never underestimate the power of roasting a simple vegetable, like green beans, in olive oil and garlic.  It sure does make it feel like something special in about the same amount of time it would take to steam them!

4.  Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup

Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup with Garnish

A little taste of the East in this soup!  It’s perfect for a blustery Pittsburgh night.  Or any night, really.

3.  Homemade Vegetable Broth from Scraps

Vegetable Broth from Scraps

Free vegetable broth!  Seriously, what’s better than that?  Oh yea, it’s healthy and sodium-free, too.  A great base for all your soups, stews, and low-fat cooking!

2.  Thin Crust Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Rolled out pizza dough

While I can’t take credit for the pizza dough recipe, it is a great pick.  Pizza dough is so versatile, and once you have that made you can have a healthy meal on the table in less than 20 minutes!  Or you can smoother it in cheese, too.  ;)

And the number one recipe in 2013… drum roll please………….

1.  Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Yum!  Cinnamon and sweet potatoes are a classic duo that meet up in the form of these fries for a healthy side dish that is second to none!  No dipping sauce needed here!

Good choices, everyone!  Those are all great picks!  Thanks for a great first year.  I am looking forward to many more, and I hope you are too!

Happy New Year, and happy, healthy eating!

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4 responses to “Your 5 Favorite All Spice and Yum Recipes of 2013

  1. Eva Nucci

    Hi Laura!! I don’t always follow your blog for some dumb reason or another, been a VERY crappy year for us but that’s not what I want to talk about! I’m so excited to see that you’re having a baby!!!! Congratulations to you and your “handsome husband” as you put it!!! Happy New Year!

    • Hi Eva! Thanks so much! We are just too excited! Sorry to hear your year wasn’t so great. Here’s hoping 2014 has much better things in store for you! Happy New Year!

  2. These “fries” look YUMMY !!! I read somewhere, some time ago, that if you soak the sweet potato sticks in cold water (dry completely) they crisp. Not like a white potato, but they won’t be so limp. Haven’t tried personally…If anyone tries, let me know !! LOVE THIS SITE !!!!!

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