The Best Round Up Ever: 12 of Our Favorite Recipes from 2014

December 29, 2014

The only sad thing about how many great recipes we have on our site (humble brag! humble brag!) is that some get lost in the crowd. Just when we think we'll never eat anything but celery salad for the rest of our lives, we taste pan-fried giant beans that make that celery number seem like a spring fling.

Now's the time of year for reflection, however -- the time to stop moving forward, if only for a moment, and remember what was great about the past twelve months before all of it is absorbed into the internet's black hole. In the spirit of retrospection, here are 12 dishes, organized by month, that had us jumping up and down and humming to ourselves. Some of our editors have dubbed this "The Best Round Up Ever." What Food52 recipes would you add?


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Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Breadcrumbs, and a Poached Egg by Alexandra Stafford



Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake with Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream by Kenzi Wilbur



Weeknight Soy Sauce-y, Peanut-y Tofu by Nicholas Day 



Chickpea Bolognese by inpatskitchen



Slivered Celery and Walnut Salad by hardlikearmour



Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon



Vegan Peach Crumble Coffee Cake by Gena Hamshaw



Avocado and Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich by fiveandspice



Charred Broccoli and Lentil Salad by EmilyC



ABC Kitchen's Butternut Squash on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur



Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale by Genius Recipes



Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale by Laura

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Jessica January 5, 2015
The fried white bean and kale recipe is my husband and I's favorite, so I'm excited to see that it made the list! It makes me confident that all the other recipes will be worth trying. Thank you!
Alexandra S. December 30, 2014
So many of my favorites — ABC Toasts, Pan-Fried Giant White Beans — and so many to try — peanutty Udon, almost flourless chocolate cake — and now I'm very hungry! Great round up, Sarah, and Happy New Year!

A 2014 discovery of mine (though it's been on the site since 2011) is the Winter Spring Summer Fall Chicken Mousse. I made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and everyone raved and kept asking for the recipe. I'm bringing it to a small New Year's gathering as well along with Bowery Punch. Very Excited!
Alexandra S. December 30, 2014
Kelly N. January 8, 2015
Thanks for the recommendation!
jenniebgood December 30, 2014
Love this collection - thank you for some great ideas!
Mary E. December 30, 2014
It's a great collection for 2014, when kale was everywhere in US recipes. It's not very well known in France, so whenever I see 'kale', I automatically translate 'leafy green veg'
Valentina |. December 30, 2014
How many veg recipes *_____*
Sarah J. December 30, 2014
See my response below to Mu Yang!
Kerry D. December 29, 2014
Yes, we get it - kale is oh so trendy. And I love Kale. But honestly? Out of all the recipes in a year, you can't provide a little more variety? Not just the kale factor but many of these recipes are very similar taste and texture-wise.
Sarah J. December 30, 2014
Sorry about that, Kerry -- it was simply a coincidence that many of these recipes happen to include kale! We use it a lot here because it's nutritious and widely available at the farmers market. These were the recipes that stood out to us looking back, but as I said, it's very easy to miss great recipes on the site, so we'd love to hear about the ones that were your favorites, too!
Jane M. December 29, 2014
I have made the Heidi Swanson dish several time and it is excellent. But almost everything she comes up with is pure joy.
barb48 December 29, 2014
Too many kale recipes.
Barb M. January 4, 2015
I'm with you!
isdinnerready December 29, 2014
What an odd list. One meat, one egg, the rest vegan. There was such an amazing universe of recipes in 2014 here -- and the top 12 are mostly kale? Really?
Sarah J. December 29, 2014
These are just our list of favorites (which is obviously subjective), but as I wrote in the text, we'd love to hear the recipes you'd like to add!
Barb M. January 4, 2015
Anything without kale! I do not like it, an don't eat it on principle - too trendy.
Mu Y. December 29, 2014
Is that a coincidence that all these are vegetarian recipes?
Sarah J. December 29, 2014
Some of our editors are vegetarians, so when it comes to recipes we unanimously love, they do tend to be meat-free. But we did have some great chicken, fish, and meat recipes this year, too!
Kenzi W. December 29, 2014
This roundup makes me so hungry.
ChefJune December 29, 2014
Boy, will I be glad when kale doesn't permeate everything. I mean... It's fine and all that, but not raw, and not everywhere. :) OTOH, there are some picks here that truly make my heart sing. Like the squash on toast. Who'd'a thunk it? SO good and so comforting. (But you missed my mussels!)
Kartoffellöffel December 29, 2014
Ummm...I'm just so tired of kale!
Sarah J. December 29, 2014
I guess the only thing that had a bigger 2014 than kale was Taylor Swift. I wonder if she likes kale...because THAT would break the Internet.
Barb M. January 4, 2015
HRH January 5, 2015
THAT is too funny! Personally, i really like kale. And if one food item has to get the limelight, why not something healthy? I didn't hear people whining when BACON was the food of the year. Which, coincidentally, goes really great with kale ;)
Kelly N. January 8, 2015
So true!