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I LOVE food. I think about it constantly, love to play with different flavours in the kitchen and one day would love to have a baking cookbook. As I type this I’m right in the middle of a blogger weight loss challenge and am eating a restricted food diet. Even with limited ingredients I’ve been cooking up a storm and exploring all kinds of different recipes (and sharing photos on Instagram).
Food is a universal thing that everyone can relate to. We all have to eat, we all get bored eating the same recipes over and over again and food is such a sensory experience that evokes memories. I was excited to take a peek through the stats from 2014 and see which Sew Creative recipes were your favorite.
I would love for you to pin the recipes from this list that you love so that you can refer back to them easily.
Here are the Top 12 Favorite Recipes of 2014 from Sew Creative:
Cast iron baking is something that has become extremely special to me. My husband restored my grandparent’s cast iron frying pans a few years ago and we’ve been using them daily ever since. This strawberry shortcake recipe is at it’s peak of perfection on a summer day with local, fresh, perfectly sweet strawberries!
I’ve been to a few restaurants that serve dessert right to the table in small cast iron frying pans. Having a dish served in cast iron feels special to me. It feels so rustic and like there is a sense of occasion. Everyone loves banana bread so I decided to create a cast iron version. It’s become a family favorite.
Bean is curled up next to me as I write this post. She just glanced over at the screen and exclaimed “Oh my gosh I loved those candies! They were so good. I wanted to eat the whole tray and gobble them all up!” I laughed because I am in complete agreement. I love the salty sweet combination and these caramels are exactly that. The saltiness of the sea salt combined with the sweetness of the honey is exquisite. Plus they are buttery and rich so you are left satisfied after only a couple candies. I also love that there is no corn syrup in these making them much better for your health.
I don’t know if this “recipe” can even be called a recipe. It takes about 30 seconds of active prep time but it’s one of those foodie “know how” recipes that should be in everyone’s back pocket. I gave jars of raspberry vinegar for Christmas gifts this year and they were a huge hit. They make fantastic foodie gifts! I make homemade raspberry vinegarette out of it to serve on salad, marinate roasted vegetables in it and drizzle it on baked fish.
When I look at the photo for this recipe it makes my mouth start to water. I can taste the tartness of the lemon drizzle, the pop of blueberries and the caramelized flavour of the sugar crystals that brown on top of the scone as it bakes. This recipe definitely isn’t your traditional scone recipe, but it’s sure to become a classic.
Sweet and tangy pulled pork, creamy coleslaw, salty chips, fresh baked buns… Yum! This crockpot recipe is SO easy that it will take just minutes to prep in the morning and when you get home you will have a southern feast waiting for you!
The summer that Turtle was born I made loaf after loaf after loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread with zucchini from our garden we ate half and froze half. It was the perfect treat to pull out when we had guests come to visit the new baby. The spices in this recipe pair so nicely with the chocolate chips. If you’ve never tried zucchini bread before, this is the recipe to try! You would never know there are vegetables in it, it’s more like a banana bread!
This was my very first cast iron skillet baking recipe and it ignited my passion for developing recipes to make in my 100+ year old cast iron pans that were passed down from my grandparents. This is the recipe that Bean begs me to make the most often. I made a big pan of these on Christmas morning this year and they were devoured!
Decadent and delicious, this casserole has all the flavors of a fully loaded baked potato but with a punch of protein. Total comfort food, perfect for a cold winter day!
One of my favorite scents in the whole world is the smell of bread rising. The warm yeastiness gets me every time. Make this recipe on the weekend, use half of the dough for pizza that night and then freeze the other half for a weeknight pizza night. So delicious… or should I say SEW delicious?
A friend recently told me that this recipe has become one of her family’s favorite recipes and is a staple in their family. I don’t blame her family for loving it, mine does too! It’s a gooder! The homemade ranch dressing that you serve on top gives it a Tex Mex flavor. I love it topped with homemade salsa.
Number 1! It feels nice to see this recipe at the number one spot. This was one of the very first posts I wrote on Sew Creative. If you look in the pictures of the post you’ll see a 4 year old Bean and a 7 old month Turtle watching as I core the apples. The year that I created this recipe, the Hubs and I had bought 30 pounds of apples at our farmer’s stand. This was what we did with the last few apples in the box. Next year I plan on canning this recipe! Stay tuned.
Speaking of canning… Our Canning 101- Tips and Tricks to Get You Started Canning Today was in the top 12 food posts, but since it isn’t a recipe I decided not to include it in the list but tag it on at the end instead! This gives you the 411 on how to can… I promise you it’s a simple process and not scary at all. I help take all the scary parts away!
And there you have it! We’ve counted down through the top 12 food posts of 2014. I can’t wait to see what makes the list next year! My guess is that my new Bacon and Chocolate Chip Scone with Maple Sea Salt Drizzle recipe makes the list.
As I work on my quest to lose 40 pounds this year and keep it off I’m going to spend time taking classic food that my family and I love and creating tastier, healthier, real food versions of them. I’m also planning a series with a holistic nutritionist where we are going to develop recipes together. Finally I’m going to continue creating delicious cast iron baking recipe… because every girl needs a splurge day!
Thank you so much for reading Sew Creative! Please pin your favorite recipes that you would like to refer back to.