Best of 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you’re not suffering from too terrible of a headache today, and are possibly up to make some delicious slow cooked black eyed peas (as are traditional for New Year’s Day!).

The Wanderlust Kitchen - Best of 2013

In honor of the new year before us, I thought it would be nice to take a look back over the past year at my most-loved moments, and your most-loved recipes.

I’ve been busy this past year!

January – February – March

The husband and I went on a crazy diet and lost over 50 pounds between the two of us. As such, we were very boring and didn’t really do much of anything the first quarter of the year.


The husband and I went to Playa Del Carmen for a week and had an AMAZING time. We got to see Chichen Itza and Tulum which were both totally amazing. I got about 18 mosquito bites.

Chichen Itza



The Wanderlust Kitchen was born!


I completed graduate school and finished my Master of Business Administration!



The husband and I took an awesome trip to San Diego with our friends to attend a wedding – we had a blast!

Here I am drinking a recovery coconut the next morning:



In August we celebrated our first wedding anniversary!

Here’s an awesome shot from our wedding day… someone had yelled “pretend like you’re in Star Wars!”


…and then 30 minutes later I set my dress on fire. True story.


My kid sister proposed to her girlfriend – and they let me take their engagement photos!



My family has an awesome tradition of going to the Pumpkin Patch every year! Here’s a shot of my older sister picking out her pumpkin!

Pumpkin Patch


I started reading the Outlander series, which is STILL pretty much taking over my life. I think I took a break from reading to celebrate the husband’s birthday and host Thanksgiving, but other than that I pretty much read all month.


Between all of the birthdays, parties, and holiday events this month I *almost* forgot to celebrate my 100th recipe post on The Wanderlust Kitchen! That Paradise Fried Rice was a total hit at our house.

And now, because you are so wonderful and patient, I give you…

Top Ten Recipes of 2013!

1. Indian Naan Bread

Easy Homemade Indian Naan Bread2. Thai Chicken with Cashews

Thai Chicken with Cashews | from The Wanderlust Kitchen3. Mulligatawny Soup

Indian Mulligatawny Soup4. Baked Greek Chicken

Baked Greek Chicken5. Cherry Garcia Bars

Cherry Garcia Bars6. Linguine Squarcierella

Linguine Squarcierella7. Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beef Nacho Casserole8. Creamy Ethiopian Lentils

Creamy Ethiopian Lentils9. Arabic Chicken Shawarma

Arabic Chicken Shawarma | from The Wanderlust Kitchen10. Skinny Baja Fish Tacos

Skinny Baja Fish Tacos

So tell me, which recipes were your favorites? What were your top moments of 2013?

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Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

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  1. I love that you broke 2013 down into months! Looks like you had a GREAT year! Here’s to an even better 2014!

  2. Happy New Year!! Your 2013 looks like it was pretty awesome! And it looks like you made lots of tasty food too 🙂

  3. Hi Annetta,

    Happy New Year! Just wanted to say your photos are amazing and I love that your recipes are ethnic. You will definitely go far in 2014!

  4. Happy New Year, what a great year. I love your photo’s especially the shot from your wedding day, all of your recipes are amazing. Looking forward to more in 2014!