I can hardly believe that 2018 begins in just a few short days.
It’s been a busy year over here at The Speckled Palate. 2017 included 129 new posts, new relationships with bloggers, readers and brands I adore and a ton of personal growth as a recipe developer and photographer.
This year also brought record traffic to this little food blog of mine. So thank you, thank you, thank you for joining me on this journey. One of the joys of cooking for me is creating recipes to share with the people I adore, so nothing makes me happier than hearing y’all tried my recipes and served them to the folks you adore. 🙂
It’s been a wonderful twelve months, and I’m looking forward to 2018, too!
However, before we jump into 2018 content and a few little changes to The Speckled Palate, let’s take a look back at 2017 and the TEN recipes published during the year that drove the most traffic!
Fresh Cherry Quick Bread makes the PERFECT breakfast or sweet treat in the summertime! Easy to make and prepare, this quick bread is destined to become a classic recipe. The pitted, fresh cherries are highlighted and balanced with lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Between the crunchy crust, the bread’s fluffy texture and the cherry-lemon flavors that sing inside the baked good, Fresh Cherry Quick Bread is sure to become a new favorite!
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Margarita Cupcakes with Salted Tequila Frosting make the PERFECT dessert for Cinco de Mayo, taco Tuesday, ladies night and more! This recipe, which makes SIX cupcakes, tastes like its boozy namesake. Lime zest and lime juice add tartness to the batter. Once baked, decorate with salty-sweet tequila frosting for the finishing touch. Moist and flavorful, Margarita Cupcakes with Salted Tequila Icing are sure to be a winner at your next get-together!
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Enjoy flavorful Honey Sriracha Chicken Rice Bowls for dinner this week! Place the chicken, onion and red bell pepper in the slow cooker with honey, soy sauce and water. Cook for 4 hours. Steam brown rice and snow peas, then layer the rice, chicken and its sauce and snow peas in a bowl for serving. Slightly sweet with a zing of spice, Honey Sriracha Chicken Rice Bowls make a well-loved, simple and healthy weeknight meal for the whole family.
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Step up your summertime dessert game by making Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles! These creamy popsicles start with a base of Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt. Swirl the blueberry and vanilla yogurts together, then combine with juicy, roasted blueberries, vanilla wafer crumbles and lemon zest and juice. Freeze for 4-6 hours, then dip in additional wafer crumbles for the perfect summertime sweet! The whole family is going to love these popsicles!
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Apple Chai Spiced Yogurt Parfaits make the perfect fall breakfast. Dannon® Light & Fit Greek® Vanilla Yogurt serves as the base for this breakfast and complements the homemade chai spiced granola, which can be made in advance. The morning of, layer the yogurt parfaits and top with apple slices and a drizzle of pure maple syrup! Apple Chai Spiced Yogurt Parfaits are a flavorful, filling breakfast for busy parents, professionals and even kids.
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Celebrate seasonal produce by mixing this slightly sweet, yet delightfully tart Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria! Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice serves as the base of this cocktail, then add a bottle of sauvignon blanc , as well as Meyer lemon, blood orange and grapefruit slices. Chill before serving. Top individual glasses of sangria with Sprouts Farmers Market Sparkling Lemonade. Enjoy this sweet citrus goodness all winter long.
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Satisfy a fried chicken craving by making Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken! This twist on a Southern fried classic uses a Gold Peak® Sweet Tea brine to infuse flavor and lock in juiciness before the chicken breasts go into a spicy buttermilk bath. Coat in panko breadcrumbs before baking for the crunchiest, juiciest “fried” chicken you’ve ever tasted! Perfect for an end-of-summer party, this slightly spicy Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken is SO tasty!
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Cool down this month with Cherry Lemonade Margaritas! These tart and slightly sweet cocktails pair beautifully with tacos for Taco Tuesday and make the perfect cocktail for a Cinco de Mayo party. Brilliantly red, these margaritas would also be a standout recipe for a red, white and blue get-together. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, cherries, silver tequila and agave, Cherry Lemonade Margaritas are the perfect drink to sip all summer long!
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Host friends and family for a patio wine tasting party this season! Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta makes a delicious appetizer to pair with Notable Chardonnays for the spring and summertime. Simple to pull together and pack a ton of flavor, these finger foods lend themselves beautifully to crisp white wine. Sweet and savory, Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta are the perfect bites to serve at a wine tasting soirée!
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Bake Sage Sweet Potato Olive Oil Biscuits for an autumnal dinner, Thanksgiving or a holiday meal! These vegan biscuits, which highlight Carapelli® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, are a simple baked good that celebrates fall flavors. Fresh sage and sweet potato complement the olive oil with rich savory flavors, and once these ingredients come together, the biscuits are so delicious. Sage Sweet Potato Olive Oil Biscuits are a new family favorite!