Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 14 Recipes of 2014

So in putting together this post, I was reminded of a few things:

1. It is so much fun to go back through a full year of blog posts to re-read about the year’s happenings and re-visit some of yours (and my) favorite recipes.

2. This is the FOURTH year of recipe roundups.  I cannot believe I have been blogging for four years!  The blog has looked drastically different in 2014 than in years past and to be honest, I have no clue what it will look like in 2015 either.  I read a blog post by Donald Miller just today that talked about looking forward instead of backward, and that change is simply a part of life.  So with those thoughts in mind, I will look toward 2015 with a blank slate and dream big for this space.  Any ideas for what you would like to see here are always welcome! (email me: bakeyourdayblog [at] gmail [dot] com.)

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 from Bake Your Day

(from top left)
Maple Bacon Bourbon Popcorn // Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (for one!)
Spicy Bourbon BBQ Burger // Mango Cashew Chicken Salad
Spicy Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese // Beef (or Chicken) Enchilada Pasta

3. I love food.  I know this is a given but I was reminded of that as I looked back at the recipes I shared this year.  This year, while it hasn’t been the best year on the books, it was a good year for food, that is a certainty.  From vacations, conferences, road trips, grilled cheese month, and a Bourbon kick, I can say that, without a doubt, I did eat well this year!

4. I believe that life happens around the table, with friends and neighbors and everyone and that no matter where you find yourself, gathering people to share a meal and conversation will always, 100% of the time, leave your heart bursting with love.

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 from Bake Your Day

(from top left)
Chili-Lime Fish Tacos // Shrimp Pad Thai Salad
Cajun Chicken Dip // Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salad

5. I love blogging. I wavered on whether I should do this “top 14 of 2014” post just because I haven’t been posting much recently for various reasons I won’t get into.  But something (probably my type-a, slightly obsessive, creature-of-habit personality) nudged me to go ahead with it and it has totally reminded me that I do love blogging.  The blog has taken more of a back seat this year than since I started it and it’s been good but I do miss it.  I miss creating and writing and interacting here.  As I mentioned earlier, I don’t quite know what 2015 will look like, but I am looking forward to finding out!

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 from Bake Your Day

(from top left)
Homemade Sloppy Joes // Lemon-Kale Salad
Chipotle Cheddar Grilled Cheese w/Andouille Sausage // Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops


Past year’s “Top” posts plus favorites we still make and enjoy in our house! 

Top 11 of 2011. Favorites we still make often: cheesecake; avocado pasta; spinach lemon orzo soup; corn & black bean salsa; French cookies

Top 12 of 2012. Favorites we still make often: tortilla soup; cranberry coffee cake; black bean burgers; cinnamon chip oatmeal cookies

Top 13 of 2013. Favorites we still make often: beer pulled pork; spinach queso, quesadillas, jalapeno poppers; Mexican chicken pasta, artichoke dip


4 Responses to “Top 14 Recipes of 2014”

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    Aggie — December 31, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    i wasn’t sure i was going to publish mine either, but glad I did, and glad you did!! One of my highlights of 2014 was meeting YOU!! I hope it happens again soon. Hope you are well and wishing you amazing things in 2015.

    And I pretty much want to eat everything in this post. Grilled chipotle cheese sandwich with a lemon kale salad for lunch please. 🙂

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    Cynthia @ The Simple Fare — January 2, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    I’ve been on a huge bourbon kick this year too – but never thought to use it as a popcorn topping…genius! Happy New Year and looking forward to more of your posts!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 6, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    I need to make your Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salad and a few others! They all sound amazing! Pinned

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — January 10, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

    What a fantastic roundup, I totally see why these recipes were your top recipes, they all sound fantastic!

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