As we head into 2023, I am reminiscing over my favorites recipes of 2022. This is an annual post that I love to do, not only to pick out my favorites, but perhaps to highlight a few that you might have missed this year.
I have been looking back through my past “Best Things I Made” posts, and it’s so funny to see what I picked year after year. There were a couple of years that got missed, but it’s been a tradition that I cherish. It’s hard to believe that 2023 is starting in TWO DAYS.
We are currently settling into the new house after more than a year of waiting, and I can’t wait to show you behind-the-scenes over on my socials (Instagram and TikTok mainly!). Primarily I am excited to have my office and enjoy all the natural light that will stream in through the windows.
I never really set resolutions, because I’m one of those people who is constantly setting goals for myself throughout the year. Instead, I like to pick a word for each year. For 2021, the word was “intentional.” For 2022, I’ve decided my word will be….
One definition of cultivate is to “apply oneself to improving or developing.” Since this coming year I should be able to find more time to work, I want to focus on cultivating my business, my own personal growth, and also focus on cultivating an environment of creativity and independence for Babycakes.
what’s your word of the year?
Be sure to tell me in the comments below!
Hot Honey Whiskey Wings
Hot Honey Whiskey Wings are spicy, sweet, and smoky. They are ideal for game day gatherings or any time you want to bust out the grill! The sticky glaze packs in the flavor and you’ll be happily licking your fingers clean with every bite.
Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies
Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies are chewy like your favorite snickerdoodle cookie, but with the addition of warm chai spices. With a chai-sugar coating, these soft cookies are totally irresistible!
BBQ Beef Tenderloin
BBQ Beef Tenderloin is an elegant and simple way to make an impression this holiday season. It’s so easy to prepare, and when served with a creamy horseradish sauce, it’s the star of any winter gathering.
Oreo Bailey’s Truffles
Oreo Bailey’s Truffles are creamy, rich, and a little bit boozy! The festive bites are ideal for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. You can easily make them ahead of time and they are make fabulous gifts too!
BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Apple Coleslaw
BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Apple Coleslaw are warm, hearty, and full of flavor! The buns are brushed with a flavorful savory butter and baked until golden. Topped with a crunchy, tart apple coleslaw, these sliders are super quick to make and are the perfect party snack!
Cranberry Cheesecake Mousse
Cranberry Cheesecake Mousse is smooth, fluffy, and full of tart flavor from fresh cranberries! With a crunchy graham cracker crumble, you get all the elements of a cheesecake without all the work of making one. It’s the ideal ending for any holiday meal.
Sweet Tea Mint Julep Punch
Sweet Tea Mint Julep Punch is a festive tea twist on the classic mint julep, made to serve a crowd! It’s ideal for you Kentucky Derby, with a blend of tea, homemade mint simple syrup, and bourbon. You can even make it ahead of time!
Grilled Burrata Pizza
Grilled Burrata Pizza is a fresh take on grilled pizza for your summer evening! Pizza dough is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, crispy fried prosciutto, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and of course soft and creamy burrata. Time to fire up that grill!
Spicy Watermelon Margarita
A Spicy Watermelon Margarita is the ultimate summer refreshment for happy hour! Made with fresh watermelon and jalapeño for a touch of subtle heat, you won’t be able to stop at just one. This recipe is easily scalable so you can make anywhere from 1 cocktail up to 8 cocktails!
Salsa Jalapeño Crunch Burger
A Salsa Jalapeño Crunch Burger is an easy way to upgrade your burger game! Using leftover salsa, jalapeños, and crunchy fried onions, these burgers are full of a variety of textures and flavors.
Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies are buttery and flaky infused with citrus and floral notes throughout. These unique cookies are bursting with flavor and are very easy to make. They are also perfect for gifting to others!
Greek Gyro Lamb Tacos
Greek Gyro Lamb Tacos are a fantastic way to use up any leftover lamb! The fresh, homemade tzatziki and cucumber tomato salsa is refreshing and an ideal pairing for the hearty meat. You can even use chicken or beef in place of lamb, if you prefer.
my top must-haves from 2022
Now I didn’t add a lot to my kitchen in 2022 (if anything, I got rid of a ton of stuff when we purged while packing!), but there are some highlights that I have to call out. You deserve each and every one of these in 2023!
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Ultimate Lid – the newest Instant Pot, and hands down my favorite so far! No more messing with multiple lids, this all-in-one appliance pressure cooks and air fries. It’s been my favorite appliance to use, especially in the AirBnB as we were working with a tiny kitchen.
salt and pepper grinder set – getting one with multiple settings is key here! I love coarse ground salt and pepper primarily, but it’s really convenient to have ones that can be set to fine as well for seasoning recipes.
lodge cast iron skillet – I’ve had mine for years and am adding another to the collection because I use it so often.
Gatsby cocktail glasses – these are just the prettiest glasses… So elegant and so simple.
just one more thing…
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Finally, if you make any of these recipes from 2022 (or if you’ve already made them), please be sure to give that recipe a rating or leave a comment! I love to hear when you all make recipes, and I do take the time to respond to every single comment. Feel free to drop questions below too, if you have them!
Oh and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make the recipe! I love being able to see these recipes come to life in your homes – it’s my favorite thing to look through those photos. It really means the world to me!
Check out the Best Things I Made in 2021 for more recipe inspiration as well!