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.
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.
The following don’t cross the 100,000 threshold, but are very popular.
Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Parmesan, also a top Pinterest Power Pin.
Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Pudding, popular from November to January, and very big on Pinterest.
Hunger Games Lamb Stew always sees a resurge when a new Hunger Games comes out, also a top Pinterest Power Pin.
Homemade Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup. This is my favorite soup now for all the right reasons.
Homemade Wholewheat Pasta. More popular than I anticipated.
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.
This is the most popular smoothie in our home, known around here as the “green drink.”
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.
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.
Espresso Frosting is for grown ups, especially coffee lovers.
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!
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.
A favorite dessert in the south, the Coconut Cake. This is dreamy and the picture says it all, and a Pinterest Power Pin.
Apple Dutch Baby is popular all year because it’s a classic.
Pumpkin Cake, truly a great recipe that I developed myself. Moist, and addicting. Also in top Pinterest Power Pins.
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.
Fresh Peach Cobbler, with a double crust, a new discovery to ensure lots of crust with each bites. Also a Pinterest Power Pin.
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
Sand Tarts, also in the top ten for the month of December, as this is a Christmas cookie.
Baked Pork Chops with Rosemary and Caramelized Onion
Perfect Pot Luck Party Dish, Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Two recipes both great)
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.