The Favorite Recipes of 2014

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The Best Recipes at Spinach Tiger in 2014

You decided what the favorite recipes were at Spinach Tiger this year, and while I might be surprised by what became so popular around here, here they are. I’ve divided them between savory and desserts. Savory dishes win over desserts which still surprises me, and the winning dishes lean to healthy, which does not surprise me. Some dishes also made it into the top Pinterest Power Pins, meaning they were pinned and searched the most.

The Top  Savory Dishes

The three dishes that consistently are visited over 100,000 times each year are as follows:

The Southern Fluffy Biscuit.  Most popular post and tied for first place as most popular video. It also wins the award for the all-time most comments (all very positive and heart warming). Visited over 145,000 times a year.

My Fluffy Homemade Biscuits Video by Angela Roberts

The Red Beet Smoothie is second most popular and tied for most popular video.

Red Beet Smoothie by angela roberts

A very basic tomato sauce is in third place. My Italian Grandmother’s Basic Tomato Sauce.  I’m wondering how a video might fare? Also, a top Pinterest Power Pin.

Tomato Sauce by Angela Roberts


The following don’t cross the 100,000 threshold, but are very popular.

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Parmesan, also a top Pinterest Power Pin.

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Parmesan 2 by Angela Roberts

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Pudding, popular from November to January, and very big on Pinterest.

Baked Corn Pudding with Shallot Twist 4

Hunger Games Lamb Stew always sees a resurge when a new Hunger Games comes out, also a top Pinterest Power Pin.

Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plumsby Angela Roberts

Homemade Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup. This is my favorite soup now for all the right reasons.

Paleo Grain Free Beef Vegetable Soup by Angela Roberts

Homemade Wholewheat Pasta. More popular than I anticipated.

Handmade WHole Wheat Pasta by Angela Roberts

All of my smoothies are popular, and each will have its own video in 2015.  The cold fighting Berry Smoothie is high in antioxidants and dairy free.

Cold Fighting Smoothie made with Blueberry, Orange and Kale by Angela Roberts

This is the most popular smoothie in our home, known around here as the “green drink.”

Green Smoothie by angela Roberts

This Vitamin C Smoothie not only was created for a child with a fever, it was all I could drink when I had a recent bad flu and high fever. It might be a good idea to have a Vitamix and the ingredients handy this winter.

Vitamin C Smoothie and Tips for Treating Fever by Angela Roberts

The Most Popular Sweets Googled in 2014

Always in the top ten of everything since its debut, two ways to make cream cheese frosting this never fail cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting by angela roberts

Espresso Frosting is for grown ups, especially coffee lovers.

Espresso Frosting

Your second favorite biscuit is the strawberry shortcake biscuit and in a few months, it will be strawberry season. In the meantime, who’s to say you can’t make this now, and you might try  a different berry too!

Strawberry shortcake biscuits by Angela Roberts

These chocolate fudge cupcakes are forever in the top ten. They feed a large crowd and are made with a combination of regular and dark cocoa. The recipe can also be made into a three layer cake.

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes by Angela Roberts

A favorite dessert in the south, the Coconut Cake. This is dreamy and the picture says it all, and a Pinterest Power Pin.

Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

Apple Dutch Baby is popular all year because it’s a classic.

Apple Dutch Baby by angela roberts

Pumpkin Cake, truly a great recipe that I developed myself. Moist, and addicting. Also in top Pinterest Power Pins.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe by Angela Roberts

Blackberry Cobbler in Jars. I live in the South and we have a million ways to do blackberry cobbler. This is just one of mine.

Blackberry Cobbler in a Jar by Angela Roberts

Fresh Peach Cobbler, with a double crust, a new discovery to ensure lots of crust with each bites. Also a Pinterest Power Pin.

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler by Angela Roberts

The Pinterest Awards – These are the Power Pins, Meaning the Most Traffic with Highest Search

Sometimes the Pinterest Power pins match the highest google traffic posts.

Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Sundae Birthday Cupcakes by Angela Roberts

Sand Tarts, also in the top ten for the month of December, as this is a Christmas cookie.

Pennsylvania Dutch Sand Tarts by Angela Roberts

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes 1 by Angela Roberts

Whiskey Buttermilk Pie 

Whiskey Buttermilk PIe with Blackberry Compote by Angela Roberts

Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese

Pear BLue Cheese appetizer by angela roberts

Baked Pork Chops with Rosemary and Caramelized Onion

Baked Pork Chops with Rosemary, Apples and Caramelized Onions by Angela Roberts

Pepperoni Caprese Sandwich

Caprese Pepperoni Sandwich

Perfect Pot Luck Party Dish, Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Autumn Potluck Kale Salady by Angela Roberts

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Two recipes both great)

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Angela Roberts

Well, there you have it. Food is a gift. Most past generations have not been as fortunate as I have been to have so much food at my fingertips. I am grateful and feel responsible to share the best food I can make from scratch with you, my readers, my friends.

I look forward to next year, more real food recipes, more real food videos, made for real people in ordinary kitchens who wish to eat extraordinarily well. This does not mean fancy, but it does mean food that brings warmth, exhilaration, good health, and happy times.




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