Best of Feast + West 2017

A look back at the last 52 weeks of 2017. The Best of Feast + West 2017 remembers my favorite and most popular posts from last year. 

A look back at the last 52 weeks of 2017. The Best of Feast + West 2017 remembers my favorite and most popular posts from last year. (via

If I said it once, I said it at least 100 times. 2017 was a total blur.

My parents and grandparents always used to say each year passed faster than the last, and I never once believed them. Then 2017 happened.

I think I might get it now. (But don’t go any faster, okay, Father Time?)

The 2017 January + February Travelogue from Feast + West, including explorations in Charlotte, North Carolina, podcasts, video games, and winter happenings. Stop by the blog today to see the full list of things I did, ate, drank and saw in January + February 2017, plus a few things on my wishlist. (via
Our little bungalow in Belmont, N.C.

I usually try to recap the previous year before it’s over, but that just didn’t happen this time. And that’s okay because I’m doing it now!

I’ve been working on this post throughout the week, and it’s been so fun to look back at all the things I made and did last year. Below I am sharing our favorite recipes — yours and mine.

The perfect weekend trip to Asheville should include beer, cocktails, amazing food and gorgeous scenery. (via
Hole Doughnuts and Coffee in Asheville, N.C.

In 2017, I visited eleven cities, which I documented in my (mostly) monthly Travelogue series:

A look back at the last 52 weeks of 2017. The Best of Feast + West 2017 remembers my favorite and most popular posts from last year. (via

I posted 90 photos on Instagram — probably not as many because I started using Instagram stories this year. I’m trying to get back in the game, though! (That’s my top nine posts above — guess my followers really like French macarons!)

Other highlights? Moving in with Chris, starting my job at Mediavine, adopting Julep (and fostering her four kittens), flying my first kite, attending my 10-year high school reunion and getting to spend the holidays with both of my siblings in town (a rare treat!).

The beach in Duck, N.C.

Here on the blog, I shared 55 posts last year: 20 were cocktails, 20 were food recipes, 9 were travel posts and 2 were DIY projects.

Chris and I also created 11 videos for your viewing pleasure. My favorite? The Yule Mule! Chris’s favorite? Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies! (Those were my second choice).

I really feel like my photography improved a LOT this year, which makes me happy! I’ve been working on it a lot.

A look back at the last 52 weeks of 2017. The Best of Feast + West 2017 remembers my favorite and most popular posts from last year. (via

It was definitely a good year for recipes, so without further ado… let’s hear it for the Best of Feast + West 2017!

Here were the posts that were my favorites last year:

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via
Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule
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Leftover chicken makes a great comeback in this comforting Quick Southwestern Chicken Chili. Onion, tomatoes, corn, white beans, rice and pulled chicken come together in this easy chili recipe. Topped with cheese and served with lime wedges and tortilla chips, a big bowl of this soup is a surefire cure for the winter blues. (via
Quick Southwestern Chicken Chili
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Top of the mornin' to you! Don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without a dozen of these rich, flavorful Baked Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Irish Coffee Glaze. Lovely day for a Guinness! (via
Baked Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Irish Coffee Glaze
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Sip on this smooth, ice-filled Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Julep made with local wildflower honey, Irish whiskey and fresh mint. From St. Patrick's Day to the Kentucky Derby, it's a sweet toast to springtime. (via
Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Julep
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From taco night to girls' night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sipper around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to be a fan favorite. (via
Strawberry Basil Margaritas
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Kick off summertime with a batch of cherry red Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies. Make ice cubes from this famous North Carolina soda and blend them with your favorite American whiskey for a true patriotic treat. (via
Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies
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Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream is the stuff dreams are made of — if you love peanut butter and chocolate together. Lucious, creamy peanut butter ice cream is studded with fudgy brownie chunks and peanut butter cup pieces. (via
Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream
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Love lemon? Sip on an ice-cold glass of Limoncello Lemonade. Pair fresh, homemade lemonade with zesty Italian limoncello for an ultra sweet-tart sipper you can serve anywhere from summer cookouts to baby showers. (via
Limoncello Lemonade
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Soak up the sun and rum with a batch of Blackberry Mojito Popsicles. They're a boozy, zesty, frozen treat starring fresh blackberries, lime, mint and rum. (via
Blackberry Mojito Popsicles
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Make Shakshuka Eggs Benedict for a brunch or dinner dish that's sure to impress! Poach eggs in a chickpea tomato sauce, and serve them over toasted English muffins topped with drizzles of an easy hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of feta cheese. (via
Shakshuka Eggs Benedict
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Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch is the dreamiest fall cocktail to serve at your Thanksgiving table! Homemade spiced rum really takes the cake! (via 
Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch
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Count down to Christmas with a DIY Booze Advent Calendar! Filled with 25 mini liquor bottles, this project makes the perfect holiday gift for a friend who loves making cocktails. Learn how to make your own, with free printable advent calendar labels! (via
DIY Booze Advent Calendar

And here were the posts that were your favorites last year:

Based on the traditional Moscow Mule, the Yule Mule is a holiday cocktail featuring ginger beer and cranberry juice. Garnish it with rosemary and fresh cranberries for a cocktail that tastes just like Christmas! (via
Yule Mule
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Champagne Jell-O Shots are the best way to celebrate any occasion! Use lemonade, real sparkling wine, vodka and gelatin to create this festive party treat and welcome the new year. (via
Champagne Jell-O Shots
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This sumptuous Tiramisu Trifle makes a statement for any party! Layers upon layers of espresso-soaked Italian ladyfinger cookies and tiramisu cream make for a show-stopping dessert. (via
Tiramisu Trifle
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Tootsie Roll Cocktail
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Spicy Bacon Roasted Chickpeas bring the sizzle to soups, salads and snacktime. Habanero hot sauce offer quite a flavor kick, and a big batch of these chickpeas makes for an easy, on-the-go nibbling. (via
Spicy Bacon Roasted Chickpeas
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South African Milk Tart // Feast + West
South African Milk Tart
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Gourmet Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots are not your average Jell-O shot, and they will be the star of your holiday party. Infuse bourbon with cinnamon and combine with Martinelli’s Apple Cider, sugar and gelatin to make this festive holiday treat that’s fun for the whole (21+!) family. (via
Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots
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Elderflower Rose Gimlet, a refreshing floral cocktail // Feast + West
Elderflower Rose Gimlet
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No-Bake Avalanche Cookies
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Cinnamon White Russian, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail. // Feast + West
Cinnamon White Russian
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DIY Airplane Cocktail Kits make a lovely holiday gift for your jet-setting friends. Learn how to make each versatile kit, which can make two kinds of cocktails — an easy Old-Fashioned or a fancy Champagne Cocktail. These travel cocktail boxes are perfect for people who travel often! (via
DIY Airplane Cocktail Kits
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Russian Tea makes for a flavorful winter warmer. Serve this Southern punch at a party or sip it on a cold day. // Feast + West
Russian Tea

Thank you so much for making 2017 such a great year! I am looking forward to all that 2018 has in store for us. // susannah


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