2015 Macheesmo Review

Macheesmo in 2015

This year was a big one for me. I cooked some great food and hopefully inspired you all to get in the kitchen a few times throughout the year.

But, before I get to recipes, the big thing this year was a baby. Our little guy is almost one and looking back I feel like this year went faster than any year in my life. Now instead of a totally dependent human lump, we have an actual little boy who can feed himself, walk, and has a serious personality.

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And yes… that’s the same stuffed animal in both photos. Yikes!

Okay, let’s talk recipes!

10 Most Popular 2015 Recipes

These were the big hits of the year on Macheesmo. I’m always a bit surprised by this list because the things I think will be popular tend to fade.

Cast Iron Mac and Cheese

Cast Iron Mac and Cheese

Was I shocked to see mac and cheese at the top of my post list for the year? Not really. Who wouldn’t love a big serving of this on a cold day? (Or a warm day… or any day really…)

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

This post would see a bunch of new traffic anytime there was a big sporting event, which turns outs is basically every weekend. Good stuff!

Shrimp Scampi for One

Shrimp Scampi

One of my favorite recipes from over 5 years ago with a fresh look. I first made it when Betsy and I were moving across the country. It’s still a winner if you are low on supplies but want to treat yourself.

30 Minute Donut Holes

Donuts

This is my magic trick of the year. As long as you are okay with donut holes instead of full donuts, you can make them in seriously 30 minutes thanks to a quick-rise dough recipe.

Freezing Baked Ziti

Ziti

One of the freezer meals that I made for after our kiddo came into the world. Turns out people love freezing pasta and baking it later. Who knew?!

Meatless Meatballs

Meatless Meatballs

These are vegetarian and they are delicious. They are so tasty that I’ll take them over most mediocre meatballs any day of the week.

Homemade Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

The cafeteria staple, salisbury steak, gets a makeover. It’s much needed. This dish is so delicious if you take a little extra time to make it right.

One Pot Chorizo Yam Stew

stew

One of the most popular stews/soups on Macheesmo ever. I love the colors and textures in this bad boy.

BBQ Hoisin Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs

When does grilling season start? Making a big stack of chicken thighs on the grill will be one of my first tasks of spring!

Recipe Steps not to Follow

Not follow

Okay… not a recipe, but important info. As you learn to cook better, you’ll quickly realize that there are some pieces of any recipe that you should always be skeptical about. This goes for my recipes also. Here’s a quick rundown on the things I pretty much always ignore in a recipe.

My 10 Favorite Recipes

This was hard to narrow down, but I thought you all might like to know what my personal favorite recipes were in 2015. Well, here they are!

Chili Garlic Sticky Wings

Wings

I’m a big wings fan and love making them at home. These were probably my favorite that I made this year. The sauce is out of this world addictive.

Tex-Mex Breakfast Peppers

peppers

A breakfast twist on stuffed poblano peppers. These didn’t seem to be very popular which was a complete mystery to me. They were amazing.

Super Protein Chopped Salad

chopped salad

This was my utility dinner salad of the year. It has a few different pieces to it and isn’t exactly a quick salad to make, but it’s really filling and works great for dinner or lunch.

Caramelized Onion Bagel Spread

bagel spread

This is a cream cheese that you absolutely cannot buy in the store. It’s rich and savory and goes great on any bagel. In fact, it can make a frozen bagel from the store taste really special.

Chicken Snap Pea Pasta in Black Bean Sauce

pasta

Just go ahead and bookmark this one for the next time you’re in a pasta rut. The black bean sauce is so different. It’s a wake-up call for your pasta bowl.

Fried Stuffed Tacos

tacos

This was one of my cooking projects of the year. It’s probably not a recipe that many people will try, but if you’re feeling ambitious and have a little extra time on a Sunday, it’s a fun and delicious project.

Real Pumpkin Curry Rice Bowls

pumpkin curry

Pumpkins aren’t just for pies and carving. They can be really wonderful in dishes like curry. This recipe isn’t quick, but it is pretty easy actually.

Black Forest Sheet Cake

sheet cake

I’m not known for my dessert recipes because I don’t really have a huge sweet tooth, but this sheet cake won me over this year. Ever since I made it, I crave it but am afraid to make it again for fear of eating it all in one sitting.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken

Crispy Chicken

When I’m looking back on the year, my favorite recipes tend to be those that take a bit longer to make and have a little extra love in them. This recipe is sort of the exception. It’s so fast and is so delicious that I had to include it. I’ve made it a few times since I posted it (just a few weeks ago!)

Lemon Buttermilk Pie

pie

This is my favorite pie in a very long while. Easy to make with nothing fancy. The custard filling bakes up beautifully though. I’ll be making this pie at least once a year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thanks to all of you for sticking with me and reading Macheesmo in 2015! Here’s to many more delicious recipes in 2016!

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