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2014 Reader Favorites

2014 Reader Favorites

2014 was an amazing year here on Or Whatever You Do! The blog grew by leaps and bounds, and I have all of you to thank for that! Today as we’re reflecting back on the year that’s passed, I wanted to take a minute and feature the top 14 recipes in 2014 here on Or Whatever You Do.

I wanted to write more of a recap of my year, but the day has gotten away from me and we are off to the movies! While I’m gone, enjoy this list, and if your favorite didn’t make the list tell me which one it is in the comments section!

14. Easy Biscuit Pizza Poppers

These are a flash to throw together, and are such a hit with the kids! Make them even faster by serving with your favorite jarred pizza sauce.

Biscuit Pizza Poppers from


13. Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Throw this together any weeknight with leftovers you have in the fridge. This is one of the main reasons I ALWAYS make extra rice!

Chicken Fried Rice

12. Holiday Wine Spritzer

Its no surprise to me that this one has been posted for just a little over a month, and its already #12! This is such an easy and delicious drink. Perfect for gatherings!

Holiday Wine Spritzer

11. Fresh Apple Crisp

What is better for fall and winter than whipping together a sweet apple crisp spiced with cinnamon and topped with an oat streusel? NOTHING. That’s what. Make this.

Apple Crisp

10. Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

My made-from-scratch version is easy and delicious! You can use this cream-of-chicken sauce for a whole host of different casseroles too.

Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole from

9. Banana Crumb Cake

It is banana bread’s sweeter prettier cousin. This cake is good enough for dessert, but is so full of banana you won’t feel too guilty eating a piece for breakfast.

Banana Crumb Cake

8. Easy Cheesy Orzo

2015 is the year I discovered how amazing orzo and couscous are. Mark that one down in the books, because really? I need more carbs. More more carbs.

Easy Cheesy Orzo


7. Fried Sesame Pork Dumplings

Because…yum. My kids devoured this entire batch before I could even finish the sauce for them.

Sesame Pork Fried Dumplings

6. Churros

Fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar that are ready in 30 minutes from the time you decide to make them? I’m IN.


5. Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

These were actually published back in 2013 like a few other of the reader favorites on the list this year, but they have maintained their popularity despite their age. You can probably see why.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins from

4. No-bake Cheesecake

Easy, quick, and pretty dessert you can toss together in about 15 minutes. This is one of my most pinned photos!

No Bake Cheesecake from

3. Baked Cheddar Chicken

Another revamp eliminating the canned “cream of” soup. This recipe is not only a family favorite, but a reader favorite too. SO delicious! I’ve used goldfish, ritz, and cheez-its for the cracker coating, all with fabulous results.

Baked Cheddar Chicken from Or Whatever You Do

2. Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Totally worth the extra time to sear the peppers. YUM.

Slow Cooker Fajita Chicken-12

1. French Onion Stuffed Meatballs

I was amazed how these took off this year! Just published in October, this recipe tops the list. It deserves it. Total comfort food at its finest.

French Onion Stuffed Meatballs

Thanks again for making this such an amazing year! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store! Have a safe and happy New Year!

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Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Friday 2nd of January 2015

Your photos are so bright and beautiful, and these recipes look amazing! Congrats on a good year!

Linda Omura

Thursday 1st of January 2015

These all look like things my grandchildren would eat. I want to try the Baked Cheddar Chicken and the Sesame Pork Dumplings soon. Happy New Year. Linda @Food Huntress

Heather / girlichef

Thursday 1st of January 2015

Oh, so many good things! Those pepperoni biscuit poppers have to happen in my house soon...while the kids are still on break. Plus - churros!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 1st of January 2015

They will love them, Heather! They never last long around here.

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Thursday 1st of January 2015

I can see why each and everyone one of these is a reader's favorite. Delectable. Looking forward to seeing what you publish in 2015. Happy New Year.

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 1st of January 2015

Thanks so much! Happy New Year to you as well!


Thursday 1st of January 2015

Whoa! Those churros have my name all over them. And those meatballs. And that banana crumb cake. Can't wait to explore your blog further, Nicole. Happy New Year! :-)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 1st of January 2015

Thanks, Susan!