Top Ten Recipes of 2022

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Looking back over the past year and sharing what you, my dear readers, loved most is always one of my favorite posts of the year. It’s lovely to be able to go back year after year and see how popular recipes change with the times. Curious to see what the favorites were? Check out my 2022 – a Year in Review!

A Toast to the End of the Year -Top 10 Recipes of 2022

Welcome to my annual year in review. Reflecting back on 2022, there was a lot of the same favorites as in the past, but you have all embraced the new recipes that I have offered, too. After the craziness of the past couple of years, this year seemed a little more “back to normal.”

2022 my year in review

I am thrilled that traveling is a “thing” again, and I made the most of it! San Diego, two trips to Florida, and a couple to Colorado, where on one trip I checked Red Rocks Amphitheatre off of my “places to visit” list, and finally, a meet-up with my blogger besties just outside Atlanta. 

I saw some fantastic concerts in 2022, and am equally thrilled to be able to attend live shows with my favorite artists. Concert tickets for more favorites are already being acquired for the upcoming year. 



We were blessed with our first grandchild on 2-22-22! What an absolute joy it is to be a grandma!! I mean, I knew it would be great — but I had no clue. I am head over heels in love with this little guy! (I think he thinks his grandma is pretty special, too!) And guess what? Here we grow again!

My ever-growing family is expanding with two more babies in 2023! I couldn’t be more elated to get to have more babies to snuggle!

We survived our first year as “empty nesters” but I still haven’t mastered the technique of cooking for two. I’m working on it though.


Calling Northern Iowa Home Part-Time

I am bringing you recipes from my home state of Nebraska but I am now calling Iowa home, too! Living lakeside has been a dream come true. I love the small-town feel of our home in Iowa and enjoy it all seasons. It is just as gorgeous iced over as it is sitting in the middle of the lake watching the sunset in the summertime. 

My fur babies love the lake. It’s a constant adventure full of wildlife, walks, and boat rides. 

An Affair from the Heart

I posted 151 recipes this year! I am continuing to work on revising older content and sharing those classic favorites with you all, too. I hope that you are enjoying them. Did you know that I have about 1100+ recipes on my site? Whew! So remember, whenever you are looking for something special, you can use that little search bar and chances are you will find it. Bookmark my site to find it easily. 

Can’t find what you are looking for? I love to hear from you. Send me a message here, or on social media and let me know what recipes you’d like to see more of in 2023!

This Was a Really Big Deal For Me

Featured in Omaha Magazine

One of my personal bucket lists since starting my business was to be featured in a magazine. Last year I had that chance and this year I was featured in another. I was featured in Omaha Magazine’s annual Food Issue! A total bucket list item was checked off when I was recognized in this magazine. I have been on cloud 9 about it since it came out in June. 



But what about the recipes?!?


Top 10 Recipes of 2022 – Readers’ Recipe Favorites

Are you ready to see if your favorite made the list? I can’t wait to hear which of these you have tried, and which ones you will be making soon!

Let’s Count Down An Affair from the Heart’s Top 10 Recipes of 2022!


Number 10:

Smoked Pork Loin on platter

Smoked pork loin, marinated and cooked low and slow on a pellet Traeger grill makes a very flavorful piece of pork that goes great with a variety of sides. This is an easy recipe for a perfectly prepared pork loin. Ahhhh… Just look at that smoke ring!

Number 9:

Close up of Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs on a white serving plate

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs are Country Style Pork Ribs, slow-cooked in Dr. Pepper, then baked to caramelize the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Only 3 ingredients!


Number 8

overhead of Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze Spiced coffee cake with pumpkin and walnuts, drizzled in a spiced brown butter glaze.  The perfect way to start a fall morning!

Number 7

Two Dirty Bird Martinis on a counter

Dirty Vodka Martini (aka The Dirty Bird) Traditional dirty vodka martini. Shaken and served up with stuffed green olives. The dirty martini has to be one of the best cocktails ever, and this recipe will help you make the perfect one, every single time.  

Number 6

overhead of Dill Pickle Dip in a white serving dish with crackers around it

Dill Pickle Dip Love those dill pickle wraps?  The ones with the cream cheese and dried beef? Then this dip will have you grinning from ear to ear! This recipe has been in my top 10 ever since the first year I posted it! Want to know something funny? Twice, this recipe got so much traffic at one time, it broke my website!  

Number 5

Beef & Noodles in a white bowl

Beef & Noodles – Chunks of tender beef tossed with thick egg noodles in beef gravy. My Mom’s old-fashioned Beef & Noodles is pure comfort food!

Want to take this recipe up a notch? Make Homemade Egg Noodles! It’s certainly not the only way to enjoy this dish, but it sure does elevate it!


Number 4

Texas Trash Dip on a chip

Texas Trash Dip – What’s Texas Trash Dip? It’s a creamy warm bean dip packed with flavor and topped with all sorts of ooey-gooey cheese, baked to dipping perfection.  I could make a meal out of this dip, actually, I HAVE! Seriously, what more do you need??

Number 3

{Award Winning} Crack Dip

Award-Winning Crack Dip This dip is deliciously addictive! Creamy dip with a little bit of heat from the jalapeños,  bursting with flavor from the MexiCorn and the green onions.  This is a hit and the first thing gone at every party — It isn’t “award-winning” for nothing!

Number 2

Restaurant Style Refried Beans

How to Make a Can of Refried Beans Taste Like a Restaurant’s Turn a can of refried beans into restaurant quality in a matter of minutes! Only two simple add-ins and it’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant, right at home!

Drum Roll Please…

And now it’s time for the number one recipe of 2022 … 

Number 1

close up Starbucks Copy Cat Recipe - Medicine Ball in a mug

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball shows how to make this popular cold fighter super tea. A tremendously soothing tea for cold and flu season. Skip the drive-thru and the crazy prices and make this Starbucks favorite at home!


Pin the most popular, Top 10 Recipes of 2022 before you go!

I’d love it if you’d pin these 10 recipes, try some of them and let me know what you think! Shoot me a message or tag me on social media! I love seeing photos of what you made!

From the Bottom of My Grateful Heart

I appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to read, comment, and make my recipes! It is truly an honor that you choose my recipes when you have so many options out there. I am thankful to be a part of your family meals and celebrations year after year.

I can’t wait to bring you many more recipes in 2023!


See ya in 2023! M.


Past Year’s Top 10

Curious about what recipes have been popular in the past? I started my blog in March 2011 but didn’t start this tradition of sharing my Top 10 until 2015. If you’d like to see how the recipes change from year to year, you can find them here:




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