Feb 13

Most Popular Recipes on Cookin’ Canuck


After more than two and half years of writing, photographing and posting recipes on Cookin’ Canuck, I have built a mental list of my favorite recipes. As I was scrolling through my blog statistics the other day (something many bloggers do with an obsessive kind of regularity…you know who you are…I’m right there with you), I became curious about YOUR favorite recipes and posts.

It thrills me to my core whenever someone leaves a comment or emails me to tell me that they made one of my recipes for their family or friends. Sometimes they made the recipe “as is” and loved it, and other times they made adjustments to suit their families’ taste buds. Either way, it means that people are in the kitchen, cooking for their loved ones and breaking bread together. That makes me inordinately happy.

It was no surprise to me that a couple of Nutella desserts appeared on the list. That chocolate hazelnut spread is like a siren’s call in the kitchen. What surprised and tickled me was that the top recipe was one of my family’s favorite healthy meals, one that is packed with fiber, lean protein, vitamins and flavor – oh, the flavor! Yes, healthy food can be so, so good.

So, forgive me for this indulgent post and thank you for letting me take a little stroll down my recipe memory lane. Most of all, thank you for your loyal readership. I appreciate each and every one of you – to the core. I hope you find some new favorites on this list.

#1 Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa
We make this recipe every couple of weeks in our house. It’s hearty, satisfying and darn healthy.


#2 Grilled Tri-Tip Steak with Molasses Chili Marinade
My husband would be happy to drink this sauce if no one was watching. It stands up to the tri-tip steak beautifully and the leftovers are great in wraps packed with brown rice and grilled vegetables.


#3 Chocolate Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt
Nutella and fudge. Need I say more?


#4 Nutella & Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookies
I took our favorite, tender sugar cookies and stuffed them with a dollop of Nutella. You won’t be able to stop eating these babies.


#5 Family Crockpot Applesauce
There’s a reason why this recipe has been a favorite of my husband’s family for years and years. It’s wonderful on its own and even better when spooned over vanilla ice cream.


#6 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup & Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
This recipe made an appearance on my blog in the early days and has withstood the test of time. The bars are creamy, sweet and filled with the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate.


#7 Tortellini Soup with Balsamic Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms
This was one of those recipes that was born from necessity. With a supply of tortellini in the freezer and some mushrooms that needed to be used up, this soup came together easily and surprised us with its hearty flavors.


#8 Baked Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Without a doubt, this is one of my family’s favorite recipes. We often serve these over brown rice, accompanied by some stir-fried vegetables. However, they can also be the star of a cocktail party when served as little bites.


#9 Canellini Bean Vegetarian “Meatballs” with Tomato Sauce
I’ll be honest. The reaction to this vegetarian meal surprised the heck out of me, but it makes sense now. After all, why should vegetarians have to miss out on the meatball fun?


#10 Twice-Baked Sweet Potato with Chipotle Pecan Streusel
This side dish is always a hit at the Thanksgiving, but there is no reason why it should be relegated to holiday table. Sweet and spicy, its flavors have converted the most ardent sweet potato naysayers.

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#11 Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese & Kalamata Olives
I have been known to eat these rolls for lunch, but they are wonderful appetizers at the fanciest dinner party or the most casual backyard barbecue.


Now get out there and cook!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:33 am

I looove it when bloggers give their readers a highlight post of their fave or most popular posts. It’s so inspiring to see the variety you have in your blog, a little something for everyone. I must confess your chicken stew and turkey meatballs look like they’d be my family faves, mmm, food for this week’s thoughts!


2 Yvonne February 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

Love it! I’m going to flag all the recipes to try!


3 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables February 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

That chicken stew with butternut squash and quinoa looks AMAZING. Thanks for re-posting, I will definitely be adding this to my list now!


4 the wicked noodle February 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

First, I thought the tri-tips were my favorite.
Then I thought, NO, it’s the soup.
But the CHIPOTLE pecan streusel with it’s spicy-sweet mix took over.
Yet the zucchini looks stunning and I can almost taste that goat cheese/olive mixture!

I can see why these are your faves!!


5 marla February 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

Dara, it is so fun to see what our readers favorites are. I enjoyed each one of these posts the 1st go around & I can see why people love them! Those meatballs are first on my list to try.


6 Jenny Flake February 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oh Dara, these are all beautiful! I love visiting your site!


7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

Dara they all look fantastic, but where I come from those stuffed cookies are called Pillow Cookies and they are my ALL TIME FAVORITE!!


8 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche February 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

Some great recipes! Those zucchini rolls sound amazing!


9 Lyndsay @ Mr and Mrs February 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

the chicken stew was a favorite when we made it! it’s definitely on the menu again soon :)!


10 Barbara | Creative Culinary February 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

I can see why these would top your list…and now I’m HUNGRY and it’s all your fault. I would love to place an order to go of some meatballs and those zucchini wrapped cheese appetizers please. Pretty please?


11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

What a great collection of recipes, Dara. They all look so delicious but I’d love to try your chicken stew in particular – wow! Thanks for sharing.


12 Kelli February 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I found your blog through a link for your #1 Chicken Stew recipe. My family really liked it. I LOVED it!

Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!


13 Kelley February 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Looks like your readers have an eye for some good eats. There isn’t one thing on this list I wouldn’t eat. And I MUST make those nutella stuffed sugar cookies.


14 Katrina February 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Great list! Yum yum! Love your blog, Dara!


15 Asiya February 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I actually bought some canellini beans to make those meatballs…hoping to try them in the next week or two!


16 Reem | Simply Reem February 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Love this post…
Each and every recipe looks so delicious…
Those meatballs and the sugar cookies and everything…


17 Judy February 14, 2012 at 5:05 am

We also have the chicken stew frequently – try it with pumpkin sometime. Love your blog!


18 Sanjeeta KK February 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

Wow..I need to bookmark and try the Nutella fudge, meatballs and the sweet potato recipes ASP!


19 elizabeth @ chronic venture February 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

all of these recipes look so wonderful, Dara. And having made a few of them myself, I can say that from experience. yumm!!


20 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (soon to be Rachel Cooks) February 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

I can see why these are people’s favorites! They all look amazing.


21 Donna February 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I am a huge CC fan – and LOVE your “How To” posts – always learn from your ideas! May you live and blog forever!


22 Jill Mant~a SaucyCook February 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Wow Dara, those are some yummy looking recipes. I’m kind of partial to the tri-tip and the zucchini rolls, but they all look like good pics to me. Being a relative newbie to the world of food blogging I’m glad that this obsession with my stats, searched terms and last referrers isn’t a sign of mental illness and right now I just live for the day when our site has the well deserved stature of yours. Congrats on two and a half years and thanks for being a “virtual” big sister!


23 sippitysup.com February 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

You have accomplished 2 1/2 years of delicious beauty. That’s my fav. GREG


24 Traci February 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

So sad your glazed pink grapefruit bread didn’t make the list. I lived on it while pregnant and still enjoy it from time to time. The fudge, tortellini and twice baked are all on my to try list.


25 Jeanette February 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Everything in this list looks fabulous, I can see why they would be the most popular recipes. I’ve been meaning to try your Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa recipe, and think I might make it for a cooking class I’m teaching at our local senior center – healthy and a complete one-pot meal.


26 KJ February 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

HI there,

I’ve never commented but have been checking in on your blog for a while now. I’ve made the vegetarian chili (and won two Christmas Eve chili cook offs in a meat-loving family) more times than I can count, made the twice bakes sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and made your shrimp stew just last week. All are delicious and I thank you for your hard work on this blog.


27 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) February 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Thanks so much for your sweet comment! It always makes me so happy to hear that people are enjoying my recipes (and that you won some family cook-offs!) It’s readers like you that make me want to continue with this blog for years to come.


28 Jackie Thompson March 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

ALL of these look so great — but I think the chicken stew, grilled tri-tip steak and tortellini soup are my “must try’s”.


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