The Best Recipes of 2015 + What’s Ahead
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This has been a really exciting year for Natasha’s Kitchen. We welcomed a tiny new member to our family and added over 100 new recipes to the blog. Thank you so much for following along, sharing our recipes and even writing in to share your own! Your encouragement and support have made this blogging “job” of mine nothing short of a dream job. Some days it’s exhausting but it is a labor of love. I enjoy reading each and every one of your comments and it’s so rewarding to hear that my recipes have blessed your families. I am so grateful for you, my friends. Read on to see which recipes were the reader favorites this year!
- Baby D was born and became one of our official taste testers :).
- We had over 18,000,000 people visit our blog in 2015. What, say what?! (totally overwhelmed and so thankful)
- NK is now on Snapchat (username: natashaskitchen) #uncensored! ha ha
- You’ve made #natashaskitchen a popular hashtag on Instagram. Thank you!
- New blog design to make your experience on our blog mow betta.
- Our Cooking Channel is almost as popular as Rachel Ray. Sike! I kid, I kid (Does anyone say “sike” anymore?) But it is getting exciting!
For 2016 we’re planning:
- More videos and we’re so excited about it! (subscribe here to be the first to see them)
- More of what you’ve been asking for (slow cooka, chickn’, family-friendly, quick…).
On to the most popular recipes on Natasha’s Kitchen for 2015. Some of these are even the most popular on the internet (like the world!). Here’s a countdown of reader favorites (based on google analytics and your reviews):
#20: Raspberry Pretzel Jello (5.0 out of 5 stars, 45 reviews)
Crazy thing is, I posted this one in 2011 (you can tell by the random use of a tulip as a prop in the background). It’s been a reader favorite ever since. An oldie but a goodie.
#19: California Rolls Recipe (5.0 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews)
I could eat my weight in these.
#18: Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (4.6 out of 5 stars, 10 reviews)
Silky smooth and surprisingly easy to make. And it pipes beautifully on cakes and cupcakes!
#17: Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (4.8 out of 5 stars, 19 reviews)
Just 4 ingredients! Easy, delicious and family friendly.
#16: Roasted Pork Tenderloin (4.9 out of 5 stars, 11 reviews)
Pork tenderloin is an inexpensive cut of meat and when prepared correctly, it’s juicy and absolutely delicious! This is also one of our family’s favorite recipes. No lengthy prep or marinating required!
#15: Spaghetti with Shrimp in Creamy Tomato Sauce (4.9 out of 5 stars, 48 reviews)
The light cream sauce on this pasta tastes gourmet and best of all, it’s easy to make!
#14: Sweet and Sour Chicken (4.8 out of 5 stars, 35 reviews)
This one satisfies even the fiercest takeout cravings. Just take a gander at it!
#13: Classic Borscht (4.8 out of 5 stars, 56 reviews)
I was so happy to see this one on the list. I love Ukrainian and Russian food to the core. I grew up on this delicious stuff! This recipe is well loved by anyone who is familiar with borscht; Ukrainian or not! You know what else is awesome – my borscht with meat was a close second to this in popularity!
#12: Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes (4.9 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews)
These are so simple and flavorful. A must try!
#11: Baklava (4.9 out of 5 stars, 30 reviews)
This honey baklava is flaky, crisp and tender and I love that it isn’t overly sweet. It’s way better than any store-bought version and this recipe has so many wonderful reviews from readers!
#10: Spinach and Artichoke Dip (5.0 out of 5 stars, 20 reviews)
Instructions: Add everything to the pot, heat and stir. #easy. My co-worker shared this with me when I was working as a nurse. This was also the very first recipe video I’ve ever filmed. I want to crawl under the table every time I watch it but it does make me laugh.
#9: Perfect Chocolate Ganache (4.8 out of 5 stars, 30 reviews)
Silky silky silky smooth and only 2 ingredients! That’s my kind of recipe! This ganache is perfect for pouring over a cake.
#8: Creamy Chicken and Rice (4.8 out of 5 stars, 113 reviews)
Three words: One-Pot-Meal! The flavors of this recipe are mmmmwaaa!
#7: Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes (4.6 out of 5 stars, 169 reviews)
Our go-to cupcake recipe, and apparently it’s the same for many of you! Be sure to make it with this cupcake frosting.
#6: Oven Baked Potato Wedges (4.9 out of 5 stars, 41 reviews)
I know you want to dunk one of those in dat der ketchup. Oh look I just helped you figure out what you’re making for the superbowl. You’re welcome ;).
#5: Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta (4.8 out of 5 stars, 64 reviews)
This one’s done in under 30 minutes. I get a little weak in the knees when I see a mountain of pasta in a creamy sauce studded with shrimp. Mmm.
#4: Chicken and Mushroom Casserole (4.8 out of 5 stars, 72 reviews)
How am I not surprised?! This casserole is seriously delicious. Lots of swooning, marriage proposals (seriously!) and happy kids over this recipe. A favorite for parties/potlucks/family dinners.
#3: Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon (4.9 out 5 stars, 129 reviews)
We can’t get enough of this salmon. It’s been in the top 3 for the second year in a row! Rave reviews; always.
#2: Chicken Broccoli & Mushroom Stir Fry (4.9 out of 5 stars, 60 reviews)
So easy and delicious. You’ll feel good about serving this to your family instead of takeout because it’s loaded with broccoli and made with real chicken breast.
#1: Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad (4.9 out of 5 stars, 47 reviews)
This salad is what we call a home run. I love everything about it. It’s simple to make. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers. it tastes just as good the next day!
Q: What are some of your favorites this year?
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You have a beautiful family and you’re recipe are great and easy to follow,you explain real easy.
Thank you so much!
I love your recipes. I had seen you on Facebook but never visited your website. I’m so glad I finally did and found your recipes listed. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.
Gail, thank you so much for the compliment and you are very welcome 😬
Thank you Natasha,
I enjoy the kitchen more all thanks to you. Your blog is my go source now , whenever i need to impress…they will never know how I got so good at cooking…shhhh😉
You’re welcome Keisha! I’m happy how much you enjoy the recipes! Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful comments!
I have found ur blog when I was googling for a borscht recipe. Me and my husband liked it very much! It reminds us of our parents Russian cooking! Even my kids ate the “red soup”. Since then I tried the lemon garlic salmon recipe and will try many more… Keep up ur great work!
That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂
If you ever have the chance can you please make a post about 10 meals that can be frozen and used after a baby is born? Or just stuff that’s easy to make with a newborn! Thanks:)
Hi Victoria, that is a great suggestion, thank you! I’ll add it to my list 🙂
I second that! I’m expecting my fourth baby in couple months and need ideas for frozen and/or quick meals 🙂
😱 I can’t believe your garlic cream sauce potatoes didn’t make it to the list, they are to die for! (Not literally) today I will try your baked cheesy ranch potatoes though. Thank you for a great 2015 with all your amazing recipes!!
P.s your cheesecake recipe made me famous in my family and church community 😉
Tanya, thank you for your sweet comment, what a compliment 😊.
I feel like half of the 18,000,000 visits was me! Love your site. This is were I find inspiration on the days where I’m just not sure of what to cook. (Every day).
So happy that you have your dream job. You enjoy it and it shows. Love the simplicity and humor. Keep up the great job. Someday you’ll beat Rachel Ray and I’ll be telling my kids I was a fan way before you got famous!!
Awesome!! Thank you for all of those visits! 🙂 I’m so happy you’re enjoying the blog. Thank you for your encouraging comment! I try to keep it light because I feel like if I’m not having fun, my readers won’t be either. 😉
I have made 15 of those recipes before. They are good!
Wow 😁 Inna!, Thank you for sharing that with me! I’m super impressed!
Thanks for this wonderful site !!
Your recipes are foolproof and easy and your pics are just amazing 🙂
I found your site in 2015 and the first recipe I made from your site was Medovik.
Thanks for all the hard work and dedication you have put into this…
Best of luck for all your future endeavors !!
Jerusha, thank you for the sweet comment, it’s quiet a compliment 😊.
I will be trying some of those out soon! (Tried some already.) I liked your salmon, so far your recipe and the one here http://juliasalbum.com/2015/08/cilantro-lime-honey-garlic-salmon/ (SOOOOOO good) are the best!
I am definitely familiar with Julia’s blog. Thanks for sharing Nelya! 🙂
Our family loovves pretzel jello cake. I can’t count how many times we’ve made it. Medovik, spartak, salmon, and broccoli salad also top the list for our family. Thanks for all your hard work Natasha. You’re helping so many people become better cooks 🙂
You’re so nice Irene :). Thank you for sharing your list! I’m honored that you have such a list 😉
My favorite recipe from your blog, Natasha is the Sweet and Sour Chicken. It was my very first dish I made from you. I’m a HUGE fan of Sweet and Sour Chicken, and I wanted an entree that was very simple to make and perfect for left overs. My sister and I enjoyed the Sweet and Sour Chicken so much, we came back for seconds!!! Worse of all, I was snacking on them. Lol!!
I’m looking forward to seeing more of your recipes. You’re so awesome, Natasha. Thank you!!
I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and recipes. Thank you for the awesome review! 🙂
Thank you for this guide! Im inspired to make all of these recipes:)
Awesome! I’m so happy you found it inspiring! 🙂
Macarons and Panna Cotta♡♡♡ THE BEST THING EVER!!
Yes!! I love them too. I’m surprised they didn’t make it on the list. Maybe next year 🙂
So many of your recipes have become our family favourites. You have certainly made me a better cook. Even my husband knows your blog and would say, “if it’s from Natasha’s Kitchen, I know it’s gonna be good!” :)) Thank you for the hard work you put into this blog, just want you to know it’s very much appreciated. Happy New Year! Sending love from Canada 🙂
I’m smiling big right now. Thanks so much for sharing that with me 🙂
Lot’s of great recipes! I need to try some of yours 🙂
Thans Leanna! I hope you love everything you try 🙂