What's that saying? The one about the best laid plans? That's pretty much been my life this year. And for a control freak such as myself, it's a hard pill to swallow. From some minor setbacks/family illnesses in December that resulted in me publishing a whopping three posts this month, to some potentially stressful developmental issues with my sweet Henry, to just well, life. Try as we might to control and plan our lives down to the minute, we just can't.
If I had to choose the dish of 2014, this Grilled Summer Vegetable Chopped Salad wins, hands down. I made this at least once a week for the entirety of the summer, and so many of you loved it as well. I'm officially counting down the days until I can make it again. Maybe in the meantime, I should come up with a roasted winter veggie version…
BBQ Turkey Meatballs over Cheddar-Corn Quinoa were also a huge fan favorite. Healthy, hearty, and quick and easy, this meal has it all.
Keeping in the "healthy" realm, I was head over heels for this Deconstructed Falafel Salad, and you guys loved it too. So filling and refreshing, this makes a great lunch, or a light dinner with some grilled chicken or shrimp on the side.
This was apparently the Year of the Salad, because this Vietnamese Style Pork and Rice Noodle Salad was another big hit. I'm still dreaming about that salad… methinks it will be a great healthy dinner for the new year…
And now to move in the complete opposite direction, I give you Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. These are slap your momma good, and a definite indulgence. You'll never want to eat regular mashed potatoes again.
As usual, Mexican food was super popular with you guys this year too. I started the year off with Tequila-Braised Short Rib Enchiladas. They've since become a staple for us, and I know you guys loved them just as much.
Tequila-Infused Chorizo Queso Fundido was also a hit. Unsurprisingly. This is totally happening on New Year's Eve.
Mexican food can be healthy too, and these Chipotle Turkey-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are a great example of that. This was actually the most popular post of the year, and for good reason. Loved these guys, and I'm thinking about making an appetizer-sized version of these for New Year's Eve.
And to conclude the Mexican portion of this post, I bring you margaritas. This was definitely a fun year of margarita making, and while I absolutely loved every single flavor I made, apple-habanero topped the list for you guys. If I had to choose MY favorite, I think I'd go with Watermelon Margaritas. There are many reasons that I can't wait for summer's return, and these margaritas definitely top my list!
To round out the favorite meals, this Skillet-Baked Tex-Mex Macaroni was a huge hit in my family and yours. This is seriously one of my favorite meals of all time, and you guys seemed to love it just as much. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
And because they are just so pretty, I have to share these Blood Orange Cosmopolitans. I'm already stalking the grocery store for the return of my beloved blood oranges just so I can enjoy these. Soon!
Other great recipes worth mentioning:
Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats. My go-to dessert.
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with Bacon. A big bowl of love.
Oreo Truffle Brownies. No words needed.
Baked Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Goat Cheese. Pasta = love.
Savory Pimento Cheese Macarons. Mind blowing.
BLT Pizza. Long live the BLT
Low Country Grill. Summer.
Hatch Chile Huevos Rancheros. Fiesta in the morning.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa. Fiesta in the evening.
Short Rib and Wild Mushroom Cheesesteaks. They're fancy.
Chicken Florentine. Comfort.
Spicy Chicken with Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Cranberry Salsa. Healthy and easy.
Sausage and Cheese Biscuits. Family favorite.
Thanks so much for reading along this year, and thanks so much for all the sweet comments, messages, and emails. I hope you and yours have a wonderful time ringing in 2015. See you on the other side!