Reader Favorite Recipes from 2021

By Ann Fulton

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From prep-ahead breakfasts to wholesome dinners and a sweet treat or two, the best recipes from 2021 cover all the bases. What were your favorites from the past year? 

From prep-ahead breakfasts to wholesome dinners and a sweet treat or two, the best recipes from 2021 cover all the bases. What were your favorites from the past year? 


Another year has gone by, and what a year it has been. There have been ups and downs, but through it all, food has continued to bring us together, whether around our own kitchen tables or right here on the pages of the Fountain Avenue Kitchen. 

I always enjoy reflecting back on the recipes that garnered the most attention. At the same time, it’s fun to see which ones flew under the radar.

Sometimes, I receive lots of great feedback on a recipe I initially questioned. Case in point: Ratatouille, which is delicious but does require a good bit of chopping. Other times, I post a recipe I am certain readers will appreciate…and then I hear crickets. Example: Vegan Chili. (I promise, even the meat eaters will love it and it’s so darn easy!)

A request: As we take this walk down memory lane, I’d love to know which recipes you enjoyed over the last year. On that note, we recently added a 5 Star rating system to the comment section. This is a feature Google utilizes in its search engine, so if you are willing to comment and click on the stars for the recipes you’ve made and enjoyed, those recipes will essentially be more searchable and others will have an easier time finding them.

As always, when you comment, your email is not visible and you may use your name, initials, or be like one loyal reader who surprises me with a new name every time. I respect her desire for privacy and appreciate the humor! 

Above all, thank you to everyone who has taken time to read the posts, cook the recipes, and provide feedback. Those comments are what tell me people care, and they truly keep me going.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and delicious 2022! 🥂

From prep-ahead breakfasts to wholesome dinners and a sweet treat or two, the best recipes from 2021 cover all the bases. What were your favorites from the past year? 

    Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

    A modern remake of my mom’s classic casserole, this rendition of a childhood favorite is lighter but still delivers the memorable flavor. There’s even a crunchy topping, an option for […]

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    Open-Faced Egg Sandwiches (with advance prep options)

    Not your usual egg sandwich, the flavor-packed topping can be prepared in advance and then baked on the bread when ready to eat. Crunchy, creamy, and utterly delicious!   My […]

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    Easy Cheesy Pepper Poppers

    A flavor-packed appetizer that can also be served as a tasty side dish, these 3-ingredient bites are quick to assemble and bake to golden, cheesy perfection. An optional fourth ingredient […]

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    Leaner Pulled Pork Barbecue

    This easy-to-make recipe can be adjusted to any number of diners and offers a leaner spin on what has long been a crowd favorite. With options for homemade or store-bought […]

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    Magic Six Layer Bars (only 6 ingredients!)

    This crowd-pleaser comes together in a snap and is perfect for parties, potlucks, bake sales, and holiday cookie platters. Six simple ingredients never tasted so good. See recipe notes for […]

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    Strawberry Bread

    Move over zucchini and banana bread, there’s a new quick bread in town! Strawberry bread is lightly sweet with a delicate crumb and may just become a new favorite.        […]

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    Whole Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

    A whole roasted head of cauliflower is delicious AND impressive. It can also be easy and relatively quick thanks to a helpful shortcut!   A whole roasted head of cauliflower […]

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    Steel Cut Apple Baked Oatmeal

    With their chewy texture and nutty flavor, steel cut oats add something exciting to the world of baked oatmeal. In the following seasonal favorite, fresh apples and warm cinnamon add natural […]

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    Baked Swiss Chard with Peppers and Feta

    Crave-worthy greens are within easy reach thanks to a unique method of preparation, which delivers crispy edges and golden brown bits of feta, all while adding a few other colorful […]

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    Perfect Skillet Chicken

    Does achieving a flavorful, golden brown crust on a boneless, skinless chicken breast seem impossible, especially when cooked over medium-low heat with the simplest of ingredients? This fool-proof technique is […]

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    Loaded Cauliflower Bites

    Roasted cauliflower is topped with bacon and cheese in this satisfying twist on baked potato skins that can be served as an appetizer or family-friendly side dish. A “steak” option […]

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    Crunchy Top Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

    Red, ripe strawberries highlight this seasonal favorite, which offers make-ahead convenience and countless ways to customize. In a pinch, frozen berries may be used.   I clearly remember the first […]

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    With its roots in Provence, France (not the 2007 Pixar film!) ratatouille is a rustic, end-of-summer, vegetable stew that will make the most of a bounty of fresh produce and […]

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