So long, 2016! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. Inspired by Nick at Macheesmo, I put together a recipe round-up of the best (and worst?) recipes I shared last year. Let’s start with the most popular and work our way down. 🙂
These are the 10 most popular videos from 2016! Some of these were a surprise to me, but I guess you all have your reasons.
Evidently, people LOVE gummy candy … especially if it’s shaped like a body part.
Brigadeiro is a classic Brazilian candy that’s also super simple to make. Our friend Tuany taught me how to make this and I think the fact that they are so cute and pretty with their colorful sprinkles makes them particularly appealing.
Brazilian cheese bread is the ultimate cheesy poof. Kids and adults love them, they’re naturally gluten-free, and they’re freezable. What more could you want? (Besides gluten.)
This was a fun video inspired by a book written by one of my long-time viewers.
These Jack-in-the-Box-style fried tacos are just ridiculously tasty. You will most likely be literally amazed!
Colorful, crunchy quinoa salad. Usually, healthy recipes like salads do a great big bellyflop but I keep trying and this is one that proved popular. Probably cause it’s “rainbow”.
Chicken milanesa is a go-to way to prepare chicken breasts that won’t leave you with dried up, shriveled old slabs of meat.
Chicken pot pie meets quesadillas and they fall in love and two become one. But seriously, these are good and easy and kids like em.
My friend Lynn Chen guest-cooked with me for this video. I’d never heard of Kaya toast before but it seems I was in the minority. Kaya is a sweet coconut jam and Kaya toast is that plus toast plus fried eggs and it’s remarkably delicious.
These baked Buffalo cauliflower bites are SO GOOD and pretty healthy. I’m really happy to see that they were so popular, too!
These were the least popular 😉 Sometimes, as a food blogger and vlogger (clogger? Nope.) you put a lot of time and effort into coming up with a recipe that you think is just fantastic and delicious and you toss it out into the world and it just goes … ptttthhhhhhhh. (Picture a hot-air balloon on fire and rapidly falling to the ground.) So in an effort to revive some of those that I particularly loved, but that didn’t get a lot of love back, here are 12 of my favorite recipes from 2016 that did not prove to be your favorites. But maybe you just didn’t see them! One can hope.
January: Portobello Mushroom Tacos
THESE ARE DELICIOUS. I don’t want to yell, but I don’t think you heard me the first time.
February: One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta
Was I just too late on the one-pot pasta bandwagon? Probably. But it just seemed like such a dumb idea. Until I had a kid and then it makes TOTAL SENSE. Try this one if you also are skeptical. It works and it’s good.
March: Coffee-rubbed Ribeye Steaks
Who doesn’t like steak?! I’m ignoring all the vegetarians who just raised their hands and instead am looking at the meat-eaters who must have missed this excellent recipe for a coffee spice rub and corresponding jalapeño butter.
April: Rissole Potatoes
Rissole Potatoes are buttery and a little crispy from being fried in butter. There’s a lot of butter involved in this potato recipe and I like it that way.
May: Strawberry Nachos
Dessert nachos ARE a thing, y’all. These have cinnamon chips, orange cream cheese and boozy berries all together in a really pretty little bite.
Wedge salad with blue cheese is one of my favorite things to eat and I was so excited to make a video showing exactly how to get ice cold, crunchy iceberg lettuce wedges (plus there’s a song in the video about it!)
July: Potato Chip Nachos
Potato Chip Nachos first appeared in my Learn to Cook book and I thought it was such a fun idea (and a great way to use leftovers). I still think it’s a fun idea and I promise they’re excellent for game day snacks.
August: Gazpacho Andaluz
Gazpacho! I love it! Am I the only one? I can’t be! Prove me wrong and make some gazpacho next summer when the weather is warm and the tomatoes are ripe.
September: Camarones a la Diabla
Chris has talked about camarones a la diabla since I met him practically and I finally recreated his memory of this spicy seafood dish. It’s extra spicy. Y’all heat seekers will not be disappointed!
October: Pumpkin Muffins with Freddy Krueger
What would happen if Freddy Krueger tried to cook some muffins with his razor glove on? That question finally answered for you!
November: Sopapilla Cheesecakes
This was the most disappointing release of the year. I was so happy with the way this recipe turned out and I discovered a new thing called craquelin that I used to make the topping and if you don’t know what that is, you better learn! It’s easy and it’s in the video!
December: Tex-Mex Latkes
Don’t forget about these just because Hanukkah is over! Latkes are delicious for breakfast any time of the year. These are spicy and salty with serrano chiles and cheese.