Most Popular Recipes of 2014
Here are the most popular recipes of 2014 on COOKtheSTORY. I’m so excited to tell you which ones made the cut!
Can you believe it’s going to be 2015? I mean, 2015! You know why 2015’s a big year, right?
Remember the movie Back to the Future II where Michael J. Fox was flying around on a hoverboard?
THAT was 2015.
It seemed so far into the future. And now it’s almost here.
While I doubt that hoverboards will appear in 2015 I do know one thing that we’ll have: Good food!
Over here at COOKtheSTORY 2015 will be filled with tasty recipes. To help me figure out what types of recipes you like best and what I should come up with in 2015 I thought I’d look over the past year and see what your favorite recipes have been. That will help me when I plan for the year ahead. Feel free to add suggestions in the comment section below so I can take inspiration from there as well.
Here we go! The Most Popular Recipes of 2014! 14 of them, of course!
These recipes are those that received the highest number of visits over the course of the year.
Number 14: Creamy Greek Yogurt Hummus
For 2014 I was a Brand Ambassador for Stonyfield. They regularly challenged me to make food more delicious by adding yogurt to it. This Greek Yogurt Hummus was the result of one of those challenges. It’s truly the creamiest must satisfying hummus I’ve ever had. I’m excited that Stonyfield has hired me for another year and I can’t wait to see what delicious yogurt challenges they have for me in the year ahead.
Number 13: Crispy Coconut Baked Fish
Number 12: Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
These popcorn balls are one of my favorite discoveries of 2014 because they’re so so so easy to make. Instead of the usual melted sugar candy mixture required for popcorn balls, these ones use melted marshmallows (just like rice krispy squares). They’re ready before you know it. For this Halloween version I added orange food coloring to make them look like pumpkins. But you could do pink for Valentine’s Day, Green for St. Patrick’s Day or keep them white and have them anytime.
Number 11: Grilled Chicken for a Crowd
When we have a big barbecue I worry a bit about raw meat going from the kitchen to the grill and then I worry about whether the meat on the grill is fully cooked or not. I decided to take all the risk out of grilling by doing a mostly make-ahead grilled chicken. You slow roast the chicken first before anyone arrives (as early as the day before!). Then at the last minute you grill it, just long enough to heat it through and give it a bit of char. No fuss and it’s the juiciest grilled chicken you’ll ever make.
Number 10: Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake
I totally understand why this is a favorite recipe on my site. Who doesn’t love cheesecake? And who doesn’t love milkshakes? Put them together and life is good!
Number 9: Italian Roasted Cauliflower
This is one of those recipes that I make again and again. It’s simple roasted cauliflower taken to a new flavor place. If you haven’t made it yet, you’ve got to try it. Tonight.
Halfway through 2014 I started my SOUPin15 series where every week I share a homemade soup that’s ready in under 15 minutes. I started the series because I’m always making quick soups for my family and I wanted others to learn how quick and easy soup can be. I was delighted to find out that one of my quick soup recipes made it onto this Top 14 list. The soup that made the cut is this Pumpkin Soup with Parmesan and Bacon Crumbles. If you haven’t made it yet, you’ve gotta give it a try. Like all the SOUPin15 recipes it’s so delicious that nobody will ever believe it was ready in under 15 minutes.
Number 7: How to Cook Farro
Number 6: Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Number 5: Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil, & Chillies
One of my favorite ways to cook dinner is to throw everything into a big pan and put it in the oven. It’s so simple and the flavors combine as they cook to make a delicious meal every time. I first tasted a version of this recipe when my sister-in-law made it for us. In our house we call it Maria’s Chicken in her honor and I make it at least twice a month (with chillies on only half of the chicken pieces so that the kids can dive in too!).
Number 4: Summer Vegetable Gratin
I used to think that gratins were hard to make. Then I discovered how easy they could be. Now I make them all the time, even in the hot summer months. Summer veggies don’t get better than when they’ re in a creamy sauce with a crunchy cheesy topping.
Number 3: How to Cook Fish from Frozen
In 2014 I discovered how to cook fish from frozen and so I filled you in on how to do it. I think people love this recipe because it’s so quick and convenient. If you didn’t take anything out of the freezer for supper, you can still be eating within 20 minutes. This fish goes straight from the freezer to the oven and turns out flaky, moist and delicious.
Number 2: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
I’m in love with this Chicken Parmesan recipe and I’m so happy that you are too. If you haven’t tried it, let me tell you that it’s all about the crunchy breadcrumbs that you add at the end. Oh, and the cheese!
Number 1!!! Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
The most popular 2014 recipe on COOKtheSTORY was for these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and I totally know why. Who can resist the flavors of wing sauce, ranch dressing and cheese mixed with chicken and stuffed into peppers? A very cool thing about this recipe is that the filling is made using raw chicken, no cooking it first. The timing of the recipe and the way the ingredients are prepped makes sure that the chicken is cooked when the peppers are softened. Quick and convenient and super-delicious too!
That’s them! The most popular recipes of 2014! I’m going to keep this list in mind, along with the aspects of the recipes that make them popular, as I come up with new recipes for 2015. If you have ideas about the kinds of recipes you’d like to see or if you have certain situations or concerns that you’d like help with to make your cooking life easier, leave a comment below and let me know. I’m always happy to help in any way I can.
Thank you for joining me in this wonderful year of simple and delicious homemade recipes. The comments and tips that you share with me here on COOKtheSTORY and in the social media world inspire me and bring new freshness to my ideas every day. I love cooking for my family alongside you and I hope that you learn a bit from me and get some inspiration too.
Hoverboards or not, I wish you a fun and delicious 2015!