Top Recipes of 2015

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Top Recipes of 2015

2015 was a big year both on and off the blog!  Molly and Clara turned one, we moved from Bangkok, Thailand to Kansas City and, of course, we spent a lot of time cooking and finding new favorite recipes.

As is the tradition around here, we’re ringing in the new year with a list of reader favorites from 2015.  We did a top six, just because we couldn’t stand to leave out those Waffle Iron Hashbrowns.  Enjoy!

1. Sweet Chili Chicken

It’s no secret that you, me, most everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe.  This one makes a versatile sweet and spicy chicken that we serve over rice, in sandwiches or wraps, or tossed in a salad with edamame, carrots and a sweet Thai-style dressing.

Sweet Chili Chicken over rice in blue and white bowls

2. Pretzel Wrapped Pigs in a Blanket

We ate countless batches of these this year to get them just right (and because in addition to being one of your favorite recipes of the year, it’s definitely one of ours).  Dipped in warm brown sugar honey sauce, this is the stuff that football snack dreams are made of.
Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket on a white plate

3. Crispy Potatoes with Sriracha Sauce

One of the first recipes of the year, I had to get in on the trend of “smashed” crispy potatoes.  If you haven’t tried potatoes cooked this way, make 2016 the year you do it – even better if you drizzle them with creamy, spicy Sriracha sauce!
Crispy Sriracha Potatoes on a sheet pan

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

An ode to those “buckeye” chocolate peanut butter bites in brownie form.  You’re welcome.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies on a grey countertop

5. Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

This was one of those stand-at-the-kitchen-counter-and-eat-them-off-the-photography-board sort of recipes.  We stand behind all of our recipes, but not every one of them gets devoured before we’ve even removed the food props.  This one is a winner.
Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos on a white table

6. Waffle-Iron Hash Browns

And though we often stop at a Top 5 for the year, there was a 6th well-loved recipe that had to make the cut.  This recipe was Frank’s baby, and it did not disappoint.  A waffle iron creates hash browns that are perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. It’s a secret worth sharing.
Parmesan Kale Hash Brown Waffles on a white plate with scrambled eggs

The year wouldn’t be complete without sending the warmest of thanks to all of you out there who support us by reading, sending emails, commenting on blog posts and generally being the best darn cheering section around.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We’re looking forward to bringing you some awesome new content in 2016!

Hugs from Kansas,
Frank, Jess, Molly and Clara

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And if you’d like to check out our top posts in past years, here they are:

2011 Top Recipes
2012 Top Recipes
2013 Top Recipes
2014 Top Recipes

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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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