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The top 14 posts of 2014 on Taste and Tell

I can’t believe that we are already saying goodbye to 2014. This year just flew by. There were all kinds of delicious things that came through my kitchen, and I’ve had so much fun sharing some of them with you.

I’m here today to share with you all the most popular recipes on Taste and Tell during 2014. And since it’s 2014, I thought it would be fun to share the top 14 recipes. 6 of these recipes are back from 2013’s top posts. And the Red Velvet Cheese Ball has been de-throned after spending 2 years in the #1 spot.

It’s always fun to see what you all are clicking on the most, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
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These Southwestern Egg Rolls are a family favorite – filled with chicken, corn, beans, spinach and tex-mex spices. Serve with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce.

These Southwestern Egg Rolls are a family favorite - filled with chicken, corn, beans, spinach and tex-mex spices. Serve with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce.
 
 


Originally posted November 2, 2007 – With New Year’s Eve coming up, I thought I’d re-share one of my very favorite appetizers – these Southwestern Egg Rolls. I have been making these for so long now, and they are always on the top of the request list from my husband. I have included directions below for frying or baking these. I prefer frying them (duh) but they work out great if you want to bake them as well. This is an appetizer recipe that will be a hit at any party!

I’ve only been married just under 2 years. (Our anniversary is on the 11th!) I think back to my single days, and to dating, and to what I would do to win the heart of whatever boy it was that I was interested. I have always believed that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And I had my “special” meal I would serve when I was trying to win the heart of a suitor. Maybe for others, this would be Cider Glazed Lamb Chops, or Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Parsley Garlic Butter. But not for me!! My go-to recipe – the one I knew would impress – was always Southwestern Egg Rolls. Yes, you read that correctly. Like the ones they serve at Chili’s. No, ladies and gentlemen – this is not a gourmet meal by any means, but let me assure you – it worked every time. This recipe has never failed to impress for me. It’s what I made for my husband the first time I cooked for him – so it obviously worked!!
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This kid-friendly Creamy Shells and Ham Casserole has pasta coated in a creamy sauce plus ham and spinach that adds tons of flavor. A great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

This kid-friendly Creamy Shells and Ham Casserole has pasta coated in a creamy sauce plus ham and spinach that adds tons of flavor. A great way to use up leftover holiday ham!
 
 



I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!!

And I’m hoping that you all have a bunch of leftover ham in the fridge, begging to be turned into something new. I have quite a few leftover ham recipes waiting to be posted (that’s what happens when your small family has ham 3 times in one month!!) I’m only sharing one of them here today, so I’m hoping that you’ll be freezing some of that ham for another time because I’ve got more recipes coming!!
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I just wanted to wish you all the merriest of Christmases!

If you need some background music while you are making your Christmas dinner or spending time playing with the kids, this is a video I have had on repeat the last couple weeks. It speaks of the true meaning of Christmas, and I’m so happy to have this day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

If you are looking for a show-stopping appetizer that only takes minutes to make, this Baked Brie Recipe with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is your answer! Melty cheese is topped with a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and parsley in this addictive starter.

If you are looking for a show-stopping appetizer that only takes minutes to make, this Baked Brie Recipe with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is your answer!  Melty cheese is topped with a mixture of  sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and parsley in this addictive starter.
 
 



Well, I warned you all that I was going to cram in as many recipes as possible this month! For me, one of the big parts of the holiday season is the food, and I just can’t seem to get enough this year!

And not only do I have a great last-minute appetizer recipe for you, but another cookbook that would make a great last minute gift for the foodie in your life!
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Jazz up that fruit salad recipe with this Apple Pomegranate Salad that has sweetened whipped cream with apples, marshmallows, and lots of fresh pomegranate seeds.

Jazz up that fruit salad recipe with this Apple Pomegranate Salad that has sweetened whipped cream with apples, marshmallows, and lots of fresh pomegranate seeds.
 
 


Are you one of those people who plan holiday menus out weeks in advance? I’m really hoping you’re not, because I’ve got a fabulous fruit salad that belongs on your Christmas dinner table to share with you today!!

We keep things pretty traditional on Christmas – at least traditional for us. My mom’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, so we don’t do our big meal on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas day, after the excitement of the morning has worn down a bit. We usually do ham (although my mom is doing a ham and a turkey this year), and then the typical fixings – potatoes, veggies, salad, rolls, etc. But even though it’s pretty much the same thing every year, we still didn’t even have assignments down until yesterday. We spent the morning texting and deciding what we all wanted to bring.
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