PGEW Turns 5! The Top 10 Recipes from Year 3

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So I’ve given up on my dream of keeping the whole “five” theme alive; frankly, there’s just too much good food to share with you and narrowing things down to just ten is already torturous enough.

As you can see, the recipes just kept on coming. I was really starting to get the hang of things by this point and started focusing more on quality of photos and writing. It’s amusing to look back on very early posts and see how the conversational, stream of consciousness style I am famous for has tightened up over the years. I realized that blog readers do better with shorter paragraphs, which I know has helped with some of my more wordy posts. ; )

With the help of my mom and a lot of workshops at food blogging conferences, I finally started increasing the quality of my photos as well. Newer equipment and advice from amazing photographers like Penny De Los Santos and Matt Armendariz helped me take my love of food aesthetics to a whole new level. I’m still no pro and could still use a good lesson in basic photography, but it’s been a tremendous joy to turn the food I love into photos I love just as much. And now, without further ado, let’s check out which recipes made the cut for the Top Ten of Year Three!

The Top Ten PGEW Recipes from Year Three

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Red Quinoa, Apple and Cranberry Cake with Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

I made this for the Project Food Blog contest a few years ago. I wanted to feature several of my Project Food Blog recipes, but this was by far the winner. It’s an incredibly rich, dense and delicious cake that has become a PGEW favorite. For an extra kick, try adding some orange zest to the batter before baking. My friend Susan in San Diego made this for a party we went to at Andrew from Eating Rules‘ house and it was incredible!

Breakfast Burrito Pizza

Because sometimes you just want more fillings and less tortilla.

Spicy Beef, Pepper & Asparagus Udon Noodles

Year Three is what I like to refer to as my Udon Period. I developed a severe obsession with these delicious, chewy, slurp-worthy noodles. And now that I’ve seen more than a few of these noodle dishes, I think the obsession is back.

Red Quinoa & Asparagus Salad with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette

I was also deep in my red quinoa phase (but when am I notin a quinoa phase?). While it’s not the best photo of this particular year, but what this recipe lacks in sexyfoodphoto-ness, it makes up for in flavor. The toasted cumin vinaigrette is just phenomenal! I should look into using it more because it’s quite special.


Fiesta Corn & Potato Chowder

Creamy, hearty, slightly spicy – there’s nothing about this soup that I don’t absolutely, 100% LOVE. And with over a thousand pins on Pinterest (!!!) it seems a lot of you agree!

Polenta Mini Pizzas with Mushrooms & Olives

This recipe is perfect for parties, for kid-friendly lunches, and for non-traditional pizza nights! Play around with the toppings for your own custom mini pizzas.

Poached Tilapia with Strawberry-Pineapple Salsa

This light & flavorful dish is fantastic in the spring and summer, though I must warn you: the salsa is highly addicting!

Mushroom Seitan Stroganoff

A wonderful meatless alternative to a traditional favorite.

Baked Eggs & Herbs in Portabella Mushroom Caps

Another incredibly popular recipe with you Pinterest pinners out there, not only is this a delicious dish for brunch or dinner, it’s incredibly gorgeous to look at.


Because any dessert that can double as an adult beverage deserves to have an exclamation point in the title!

The party continues tomorrow! See ya then! : )

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