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Happy New Year everyone!!! I’m kicking off 2016 with myTop 10 Recipes of 2015 (most visited).

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I’ll have to say that 2015 was a really big year for me. Here’s why:

  • Kitchen Konfidence was featured prominently many times throughout the year. These features help spread the word, and I’msoappreciative for each and every one.
  • I worked with several new partnersin 2015, including DaVinci Wines, Negra Modelo, Nielsen-Massey, Tillamook, Specialty Produce, Ralphs and Kerrygold (to name a few!). I always try to work with brands that I reallylove, so I can passionately include them in my blog content.
  • I went on my first international blogging adventure to Tuscany, Italy with DaVinci Wines. Check out my recaps here and here.
  • After 5 years of blogging, I am still learning new tips and tricks to make the photography process easier and better. In 2015,I started shooting in RAW format, I learned how to better balance colors, I experimented with VSCO presets, and I switched to tethered shooting. These learnings really helped to improve my photosthis year!
  • Best of all, I received so many positive commentsfrom you (the readers!) on my recipes. The goal of Kitchen Konfidence is to help home cooks become more confident in the kitchen, so whensomeone tells me that they tried and loved one of my recipes, I really feel like I’ve succeeded with my mission.

“Just wanted to tell you that now I’m a fan, and that my husband – unbelievably – loved your recipe for kale salad. This is a guy who thinks he needs “green things” about once a week, preferably KFC’s nasty green coleslaw. And he loved it! -Pauline

“I made your pasta sauce tonight using crushed tomato’s , garlic, onion, oregano and basil along with parmesan cheese.It iswonderful! I used to rentfrom an Italian woman (Rosa) from Sicily and this sauce is just so much like hers and I just love it!I won’t be buying sauce in a jar again but will be making this from now on.” -Karla

“I just made this recipe for dinner and added some wilted baby spinach. I also used pumpkin instead of butternut since that’s what I had. It came out totally awesome! I had my doubts that the pumpkin puree would blend that well with the cheese, but it really was like eating a slightly less heavy mac and cheese. Thanks!” -Sarah

These are amaze balls! I made them as the pre-dinner snack for Thanksgiving, and am now making them to use as hostess gifts for holiday parties. Only problem is that they are so addictive I can’t have them in the house; have literally made myself ill eating too many of them.” -Kim

“seriously. SERIOUSLY. best thing ever.” -Holly

I get some constructive comments as well, and I do value those just as much. Sometimes I leave off a step or ingredient, and it’s helpful when someone points this out. Kitchen Konfidence is a one man show, and I’m going to make mistakes from time to time. So either way, please keep the feedback coming! Thanks everyone and I hope you all have an amazing 2016. Now, on to the roundup.

Here are the Kitchen Konfidence Top 10 Recipes of 2015 based on traffic:

10. Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles

9. White Bean Risotto with Garlicky Greens

8. Cinnamon Chile de Arbol Donut Holes

7. Blood Orange Power Juice

6. Basil Turkey Burgers

5. Brown Butter Banana Bread with Vanilla Butter

4. Porchetta Pork Tenderloin

3. Roasted Poblano Queso Fundido

2. OMG Garlic Bread

1. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I’d say that was a tasty year 😉



I’m Brandon: food explorer, recipe curator, co*cktail shaker, dessert lover. Kitchen Konfidence is how I document my time spent in my favorite space, the kitchen. Did you make a recipe? Tag @brandiego on Instagram so I can see the how it went!

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Reader Interactions


  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks says

    Congrats on an amazing year and so happy for you with all your accomplishments and success! I think most noteworthy (and I loved!!! the travel photos) was your trip to Italy! How amazing! Off to pin a couple of these gems!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Averie for your continued support throughout the year!! Always love reading your comments and recipes. Let’s hope 2016 is even better!


  2. sippitysup says

    Happy 2016. GREG


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Same to you Greg!


  3. Cindy says

    Brandon, what an exciting and delicious year!! I am so glad I got to meet you and Jorge, talk photography, and of course, EAT. Definitely a highlight for me 🙂


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Cindy!! And YES, hanging out with you in Portland was also a highlight for me. We may be back again this year. I’ll let you know!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      They would be ahhhhhmaaaazing together! I am doing that this weekend. Haha, thanks Joyce!!


  4. Liren says

    What an amazing year it has been! I always enjoy your gorgeous food and can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2016! Hope we get to see one another again!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Liren and likewise!! Love your crisp, vibrant photography.


  5. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula says

    Congrats on an amazing year! Isn’t shooting in RAW the best? After switching over I’d never go back. Can I just say that I NEED that Blood Orange Power Juice in my life STAT?! As soon as my market starts stocking them I’ll probably make that, literally, every day!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Lauren!! Yeah shooting in RAW makes such a difference. I feel like my color and exposure control have improved greatly!


  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says

    Brandon, you deserve it! Your photography is beautiful and I love your posts! Keep it up and I am sure you will only go further!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks so much Kacey and Happy New Year!!


  7. Marye says

    These were some fantastic recipes! Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles really pops out for me out of this selection, I really need to try this!


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Marye!! That’s a good one 🙂


  8. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah says

    Such an inspirational year you’ve had! And it’s no wonder – your photos (and recipes!) are always so amazing. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do in 2016!


  9. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says

    What a fabulous year of food you’ve had, everything looks absolutely, gorgeously, wonderfully delicious!


  10. Christiane says

    I agree, it was a VERY tasty year … And I’m really jealous of your trip to Italy! It’s my favorite country. All the food looks amazing, but I’d probably ask for seconds of that porchetta wrapped pork loin. It looks amazing.


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Christiane! That pork is soooo tasty. Happy New Year!


  11. Brandy M. says

    Your food photography is amazing! The Cinnamon Chile de Arbol Donut Holes are screaming my name along with the Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles. We’ve been eating a lot of buttered noodles lately and I like your twist on them.


    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks and Happy New Year!!


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