2014 was a fantastic year here at TVFGI. We’ve shared so many great meals together and I’ve loved getting to know you a little better on facebook, and through your comments. Last week I wrote about my favorites, so now let’s take a look at what the stats have to say — here are the top 10 most visited posts in 2014 —
Coming in at #10 are my LAZY NO-BAKE THIN MINTS. Thin Mints are the Girl Scouts’ best seller, so I’m not surprised that my copycat version has been so popular. But what’s extra special about this recipe is that there’s no baking involved, you can get a spot-on thin mint experience using just 3 ingredients, and in just a few minutes time…in other words, you can have your thin mint fix any time you want. Use a good quality chocolate and I’ll even go so far as to say these are better than the originals.
#9 BANANA POPPY SEED CAKE WITH VANILLA BEAN FROSTING. I have a lot of banana cakes and breads on the blog, but this one consistently captures readers’ imaginations. I love to combine ingredients in unusual ways, and the combination of banana and poppy seeds just works. No wimpy tablespoon or two of poppy seeds, for me, though. I went all the way, and loaded the cake up. They add crunch and a subtle flavor. The frosting isn’t just an afterthought, either, it’s got a real punch of vanilla. I’m glad this is a reader favorite, it’s one of mine, too.
#8 WHOLE FRUIT POPSICLES. I had such fun making these, and I think I knew right from the get-go that they would be a hit. The stripes are beautiful and you can play with so many colorful patterns. I guarantee this is the most fun you’ll ever have with plain old fruit.
#7 SWEET VIDALIA ONION DIP. This dip was absolutely wonderful, and it was on my own list of favorites for the year. I’m so proud of the recipe because it’s truly simple to throw together, no sauteing or anything — just chop the onions and mix together with the rest of the ingredients. It’s hard to believe that such a decadent, creamy dip is so easy.
#6 RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY POPSICLES. This is a case where the photos are responsible for the popularity of a recipe. But these healthy berry and yogurt pops are very easy to make, you just need a little patience.
#5 SMOKEY GOUDA MAC & CHEESE. Comfort food is always popular but I think this one became especially beloved because the smoked Gouda cheese makes it special without altering the basic mac & cheese formula that everybody craves.
#4 MEYER LEMON ROAST CHICKEN. The images of the brilliant yellow lemons and the crisp roasted chicken speak volumes about this dish. It’s sunny, cheerful and healthy, and you can make it all year round with Meyer lemons, or regular lemons.
#3 ONE POT FARMER’S MARKET PASTA. There is something so enticing about throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and having a complete dinner emerge several minutes later. This is a fun idea that’s been making the rounds on the Internet for a while, I just took it a step further and loaded this one pot pasta with tons of fresh colorful veggies.
#2 ICED COFFEE POPSICLES. 2014 was definitely a year of popsicles on TVFGI. They’re a lot of fun to make, and really got my creative juices flowing. These were so popular probably because they make so much sense…
And coming in at #1 and the most popular recipe in 2014 is PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD COOKIES. This recipe has a life of its own. It’s quite an old post, but it has consistently been my most popular over the years. It’s an extremely simple slice and bake cookie that combines probably the two most addictive flavors ever…chocolate and peanut butter. The image has been around the block more than a few times, but it keeps inspiring you!
That’s it, I’m done reminiscing about last year and I’m ready to get cracking on 2015. I’m going to hit the ground running, so be sure to sign up on my email list so you won’t be left behind!