The Top 14 From 2014

Top 14 of 2014

I can’t believe we’ve reached the end of 2014 already. It’s been a big year for me! Or to be more precise, the second half of the year has been big, exciting, eventful and yes, a little overwhelming at times. Dan and I started the year off slowly, with the main event of note being our trip to Jamaica in March. It was our first vacation for just the two of us since our honeymoon back in 2010, and we reveled in the slow pace, warmth and sunshine.

And then in July, our lives flipped upside-down. I shut down a business, and the very next day, I found out I was pregnant. I spent most of the summer fending off all-day nausea and dreaming of our little March baby, while Dan was alerted to a possible job lead that would bring us much, much closer to family.

Fast-forward just a few weeks, and suddenly he was accepting that job and we had six weeks to sell our house in Ithaca, find a new house in Minnesota, pack up our entire lives and say good-bye to the town and friends we had loved for the past five years.

Last week, after 12 days of staying with family, we moved into our new home. We are so happy and excited to spend the start of 2015 getting settled and finding our rhythm in the new place…before any semblance of routine gets thrown out the window when our baby girl comes in 10 weeks or so.

So that was 2014 for me, on a personal level. Let’s talk about the professional level. I had to give up my job reviewing wineries this summer (sampling from multiple wineries in one day doesn’t exactly jive with pregnancy), but I took on three new regular freelance positions with Edible Finger Lakes, and Food Fanatic. At each of the last two, you can find me writing about preserves and recipes that use said preserves a few times a month.

Which brings me to the major change that happened here at Savvy Eats in 2014: this summer, I switched my blog focus to be entirely on food storage how-to’s and recipes that help you use the foods you’ve stored. I think I’ve finally found my niche in the food blog world, and I’m excited to see where I can take this topic in the new year!

In the meantime, let’s talk about the top 14 posts from 2014. These are the posts that you visited, commented on, pinned or otherwise shared the most over the past year. They are a nice mix of food storage posts and recipes. Without further ado, here they are:

1. The Best Way to Store Muffins and Quick Breads

Storing Quick Breads

2. Garlic Butter Shrimp

Garlic Butter Shrimp

3. Vegan Quinoa Corn Chowder

Quinoa Corn Chowder

(This recipe was one of my personal favorites from 2014. We still make it on a regular basis in the colder months of the year.)

4. How to Store Scones

How to Store Scones

5. Creamsicle Margaritas

Creamsicle Margaritas

6. Tortilla Espanola

Tortilla Espanola

7. Strawberry Vodka Collins

Strawberry Vodka Collins

8. How to Freeze Lasagna

How to Freeze Lasagna

9. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake2

10. Jalapeño Cornbread and How to Freeze It

How to Freeze Cornbread

11. Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Preserves

Strawberry Black Pepper Preserves

12. Raspberry Macaroon Tarts

Raspberry Macaroon Tarts

13. How to Freeze Taquitos

How To Freeze Taquitos

14. How to Freeze Your Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers

How to Freeze Turkey

Here’s to a happy 2015 for all of you!



20 Ways with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

20 Ways with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey //

Happy day-after Thanksgiving everyone! I hope all my American readers had a great holiday (and that all the international Savvy Eaters had a great regular Thursday, as well). If you hosted, I’m guessing you have a ton of leftover turkey on your hands.  Or maybe your host sent you home with a big container of leftovers. Either way, you’re surely in need of some creative ways to use your leftovers, right?

Of course, I recommend freezing turkey so you aren’t on poultry-overload for the next week. Regardless of whether you’ll be working with fresh or frozen Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, here’s 20 ways you can put them to good use. My personal favorite is the breakfast casserole, but I can’t wait to try the enchilada melt, turkey and cranberry sauce salad and the breakfast pizza!

Cornbread Waffle Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry Aioli via Created by Diane

Cranberry Basil Turkey Sandwich via The Lemon Bowl

Cran-Turkey Enchiladas via Very Culinary

Kentucky Hot Brown Grilled Cheese via Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Enchiladas via Cookie Monster Cooking

Leftover Turkey Pho via Cook the Story

Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches via Simple Bites

Loaded Turkey Panini via Pinch of Yum

Mexican Turkey Breakfast Pizza via Taste and Tell

Open Faced Turkey Cranberry Enchilada Melt via Running to the Kitchen

Red Curry Ramen Noodle Soup with Turkey and Butternut Squash via Life Made Sweeter

Smoked Gouda and Turkey Quesadillas via The Housewife in Training Files

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Casserole

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad via The Healthy Maven

Turkey Croquettes via An Edible Mosaic

Turkey Pot Pie Soup via Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Turkey Ranch Nachos via The View from Great Island

Turkey Tamale Pie via Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Turkey Vegetable Hash via An Edible Mosaic

Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches via Neighborfood

Are you swimming in Thanksgiving leftovers? How do you plan to use them?