Top 5 Recipes of 2016 – Cake, Cookies and MORE

What a year 2016 was!!! It was such a roller coaster year for me, in both my personal and professional life, but there is one thing that stayed constant for me and that is THIS BLOG! I love being able to share with you guys so many delicious meals, snacks, treats etc! And from what I can tell, you guys LOVED it too!

I decided to participate in a “Round-Up” of sorts, with some of my fellow bloggers so we could see what our most popular recipes of 2016 were and share them with you guys in one fun place! Below you will find my Top 5 Recipes for 2016  as well as a link to the main page where you will find so many yummy eats from a wide array of food bloggers! I hope you enjoy, and please be sure to let me know if you had a favorite (bonus points if you made it!).

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Dainty shortbread cookies with Christmas sprinkles, on baking sheet

This cookie was our most POPULAR post last year and with good reason too!!! It is such a simple yet flavorful cookie that literally melts in your mouth, and it’s perfect for any time of year (but featured for our Christmas Baking Frenzy).

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

Butter-Lemon-Snow-Drops

No surprise that a cookie recipe took both the #1 and #2 spot for us last year, especially one a tasty as this Butter Lemon Snow Drop. This cookie was featured from a fellow blogger as part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy as well!

BEef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

This is by far my favorite dinner recipe up on the blog, so it is no surprise to me that it came in as one of the top 5 from last year!! It is so EASY and TASTY and inexpensive (with the use of ground beef) that it is a perfect meal for any night of the week.

Chocolate Peanut Butter CAke

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Mmm…that is all I need to say about this one! What a SPECIAL treat to make for birthdays, holidays, dinner parties etc. It is swirled with chocolate and peanut butter batters to create a heavenly cake that everyone will love. Best enjoyed with others so you don’t eat the whole thing!

Christmas baking frenzy- 13 days of goodies

Christmas-Biscotti

This 13 Day post features different cookies, squares, truffles and bars everyday that we like to make around the Holidays to give to friends and family to enjoy! There is a treat for everyone on this list, and even many treats you can make year-round.

 

 

Well, there you have it! What did you think of our Top 5 Recipes?? Did you have a favorite that wasn’t on the list? And what about this year…what would you like to see? Let me know in the comments so I can get creative and get cooking!

“Bang Bang Chicken” – Recipe Swap!

Sweet-and-Spicy-Chicken

Hey ya’ll! I am so excited to share this post with you! I was asked to join a group of Food Bloggers who, once a month, participate in a Recipe Swap! We are each tasked with another bloggers site and then given choice of any recipe they’ve made to “re-do” and make ourselves!! Eeee! This month I was assigned to Miri In The Village , a blog that focuses not only on food but DIY, home and parenting as well! I had a hard time picking just 1 recipe to make, I mean they all looked so yummy, but eventually I settled on her “Bang Bang Chicken”.

This recipe is so full of flavor and took little time to prepare, you guys will LOVE it! My hubby and I devoured it, like literally…the chicken is first dipped in a thick batter before getting coated in panko breadcrumbs and, to top it all of, it is then smothered in an incredible sweet and spicy sauce!! Mmm, are you drooling yet? Check out the texture of the chicken:

Bang-Bang-Chicken-with-Sauce

 

Now, I do have some tips for you to help make it even easier for you to replicate this yummy dish!

Tips and Tricks for the perfect bang bang chicken every time!
  • Cut your chicken into even pieces to ensure the cooking time is the same
  • Whisk your wet ingredients together first before adding to your dry ingredients to make the thick batter (this ensures that everything is evenly mixed)
  • We found we needed more panko than what the recipe called for, have more on hand just in case!
  • Change out your oil!! (trust me) This will help to prevent the chicken from burning on the outside before cooking through (the panko that comes off during the cooking will otherwise stay in the pan and burn)
  • Add more or less hot sauce, to fit your heat preference! (We liked ours a little spicier).

“Bang Bang Chicken”

Ingredients

For Chicken

  • • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless, cut into small pieces
  • • 1 cup coconut milk
  • • ¾ cup flour
  • • ½ cup cornstarch
  • • 1 egg
  • • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • • salt and pepper to taste
  • • Panko breadcrumbs
  • • oil for frying

For Sauce

  • • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
  • • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients for the sauce and refrigerate until ready for serving.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl mix your wet ingredients together until combined (hot sauce, egg, coconut milk)
  • Add to your dry ingredients and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the bowl, toss to make sure each piece is coated in the batter and set aside.
  • In another bowl add about a cup of Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Mix all ingredients for the sauce and refrigerate until ready for serving.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet (over medium-high heat).
  • Coat each piece of chicken with breadcrumbs and fry on both sides until chicken is cooked through.
  • Place on paper towels to soak up some of the oil.
  • Drizzle chicken with sauce and serve.

So there you have it guys!!! My 1st recipe swap done! I can’t wait to see what next month has in store for me.

Recipe-Swap

Wanna see who had my site?! Check out Simply Delish Eats to see what they cooked up.

 

 

 


Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe- a delicious soup you will want to make over again with the cool Fall weather ahead! The perfect comfort food!

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe- a delicious soup you will want to make over again with the cool Fall weather ahead! The perfect comfort food!

If you are like me you LOVE a good Tomato Soup Recipe for the cooler Fall days ahead! Our first guest blogger, Dee from Dee’s In the Kitchen, has whipped up a super indulgent Tomato Soup for you to enjoy! I love the addition of ricotta cheese to her recipe and I think you guys are going to love it too!

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 White Onion chopped
  • 1 Shallot chopped
  • 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Can 28 oz., Peeled Tomatoes *used Italian Style Plum Shaped in this recipe
  • 1 Can 14.5 oz., Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth, low-sodium & GF
  • 1 Tablespoon dry Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Light Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Ricotta Cheese
  • S&P

Garnish

  • Mixed Italian Cheeses
  • Fresh Basil Ribbons
  • Fresh Crispy Bread for dunking

Instructions

  • See site for full cooking directions

Find the cooking instructions over at Dee’s in the Kitchen here!

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