5 Years of Savvy Eats (Giveaway!)

Wow. Five years ago today, I wrote my first post on Savvy Eats. The site has gone through a few iterations since then: from healthy living blog to food blog to food blog with a monthly theme to the current “how to store foods and use the foods you’ve stored” site you see before you today. I feel like I’ve finally found my “niche,” and that the food storage and canning posts, along with the recipes to help you use your preserves, are here to stay. I can’t wait to see how the blog grows from here!

To celebrate five years (!!!) of Savvy Eats, I’m recapping some of the most popular posts from the past year, as well as some of my favorites. I’ve also chosen five of my favorite things that I’ve discovered via my work on the blog, and ONE lucky reader will win them all. Plus, four runner-ups will get a copy of my favorite cookbook as well!

Vegan Quinoa Corn Chowder

5 Most Popular Posts:

1. How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu {Infographic}. I know I’ll be referencing this again when I plan Savvy Thanksgiving 2015!

2. Pumpkin Soft Pretzels. I’m guessing this is because pumpkin + soft pretzels = always a win.

3. Garlic Butter Shrimp. Only 5 ingredients, and done in less than 30 minutes. This is perfect for a regular weeknight dinner or a fancier dinner party!

4. Vegan Quinoa Corn Chowder. The weather has been cooling down in Ithaca, and I’ve already made this twice in the past three weeks. Creamy and healthy without all the dairy!

5. Creamsicle Margaritas. So fun! The orange flavor comes from marmalade!

Strawberry Jam Grilled Cheese

5 of My Favorite Posts:

1. Chicken Tinga Taquitos with Avocado Cream Sauce. I’m pretty sure I would eat these every day if I could.

2. How to Freeze Taquitos. So I can make a bunch of #1 and freeze them to enjoy later.

3. How to Store Scones. You know I love my scones!

4. Charred Tomato and Garlic Salsa. I finally found a tomato salsa recipe that I LOVE.

5. Strawberry Jam Grilled Cheese. The jam + grilled cheese thing has always been a go-to in our house, but grilling it in the waffle maker took the sandwich to a whole new level!

5 Year Giveaway

5 of My Current Favorite Things (Giveaway Below!):

1. Winter Cocktails by Maria del Mar Sacasa. I know we still have a few months before the holiday cocktail party season, but this is honestly one of my favorite cookbooks. And hey, some of the cider-based and tea-based recipes are great for autumn, too!

2. Immaculate Baking Company’s dry mixes. I’ve been on a serious pancake kick lately, so I can’t get enough of the Organic Pancakes & Waffle Mix from Immaculate Baking Company. I can stand behind all of the ingredients, and it does save me a few minutes when I’m bleary-eyed and trying to make a quick breakfast before getting down to work. I’m also enamored with their cake mixes, and can’t wait to try some of their new gluten-free cookie mixes!

3. Sardina mug from Anthropologie.  I mostly use this mug for coffee and tea, but it is also a great size for ice cream and cereal. Basically, I’d be fine if this was the only mug I could ever use.

4. Coloretto card game. This game is a new purchase for us, but we brought it on our Wisconsin and Minnesota road trip last week and had a ton of fun with it. It is super easy to teach and pick up, and takes nearly zero set-up time. Dan and I played it in the hotel as a two-player game, and as a four-player with my parents, and both were a ton of fun. And since the box is so small, it is really portable.

5. Using homemade preserves in everything. Enough said.

Want to win my favorite things for yourself? One Savvy Eats fan will receive a copy of Winter Cocktails, a case of Immaculate Baking Company from-scratch mixes, a Sardina mug, a copy of Coloretto and two jars of my homemade preserves! Plus, four runners-ups will receive their own copy of Winter Cocktails. Enter below, and good luck! I’ll choose the winners next Friday.

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Here’s to another 5 years!

Reading List

Garden 2014

Photos: Garden updates via Instagram.

Time to share the link love!

Let’s Party!

So many great ideas for foods on skewers. via Yes and Yes

How to build a cheese platter from Naturally Ella

Um, yes. Crab cake bites via Savory Simple

 

Need some party appetizers?

Baked coconut shrimp with tequila lime butter sauce from The Runaway Spoon

Crostini with pea pesto and prosciutto from Blogging Over Thyme

Mini avocado and hummus quesadillas from Cookin’ Canuck

Spring deviled eggs with yogurt and goat cheese from Curious Forks

 

It is almost strawberry season!

Pecan crusted chicken with strawberries and goat cheese from The Law Student’s Wife

Strawberry caramel sauce from Simple Bites

Strawberry goat cheese quinoa salad from Nutmeg Nanny

Strawberry ricotta bruschetta from The Marvelous Misadventures of a  Foodie

Strawberry thyme lillet spritzers from What’s Gaby Cooking

 

I’ll take all of the ramps

Cheesy ramp pull-apart bread from Simple Bites

Quick pickled ramps from A Stack of Dishes

Ramp and white bean fritters with sriracha-marmalade sauce from Local Kitchen

Ramp yogurt scones from Local Kitchen

 

What are you reading this month?