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Happy New Year 2014

What are my new year’s resolutions? I’ve got three:

I need to lose weight. As always. I lost ten pounds in 2013 using a low-carb diet. I didn’t talk about it on the blog, but I’m sure my regular readers noticed – the blog was meat heavy this year. I haven’t been good recently – I lost close to 25 pounds by June – but my weight drifted back up over the second half of the year. I need to re-focus, or try a different diet.

More simple recipes. Judy Rodgers passing shook me. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook was a huge influence on my cooking, with its straightforward approach to cooking. I publish a lot of gadgety recipes – rotisserie, pressure cooking, sous vide – because they’re fun, and because I like playing with new toys. I need to get back to basics. I’m going to publish more simple recipes this year.

Finish my next book. I’ve been procrastinating. I have two books about halfway done, and ideas for two others, but I need to focus on one of them and get it out the door. I need to remind myself – real artists ship.

Here’s a look back at my thirteen most popular posts of 2013

#1 Rotisserie Injection Brined Turkey

#2 Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

#3 Slow Cooker Texas Red Chili

#4 Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers

#5 Pressure Cooker Refried Pinto Beans

#6 Grilled Turkey, Dry Brined (Grilling Basics)

#7 Rotisserie Ham with Orange and Honey Glaze

#8 Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Garlic Butter

#9 Baked Italian Meatballs

#10 Grilled Cowboy Chop (Double Cut Ribeye, Reverse Seared)

#11 48 Hour Sous Vide Grilled Short Ribs (with Sous Vide Q&A)

#12 Rotisserie Prime Rib Roast, Reverse Seared on a Gas Grill

#13 Grilled Korean Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps (Daeji Bulgogi)

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. I think I bought more cookbooks in 2013 than any year thus far, but yours Mike is the one I still use and turn to the most for entertaining and weekends at home with the family. Happy New Year!

  2. Brian Thomas says

    Those recipes all look good and I’ll be trying out more of them this year, especially the pressure cooker recipes. Recently got a Cuisinart 6qt electric pressure cooker. My wife and I love the grilled mini sweet peppers! Are they a hit with our two boys? Well, not so much but what can you expect with a 6yr old and a 3 1/2 yr old?

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