10 Most Popular Maine Course Recipes of 2014

Since late July, my Maine Course column has featured 27 recipes intended to inspire, delight and captivate home cooks everywhere.

As we end 2014, here’s a look back at the 10 most popular recipes from the column this year — and a few that we loved. Enjoy! Vegetable Basil Soup

10. Vegetable Basil Soup

This easy soup is a mostly-hands-off recipe that creates something perfect for chilly nights. Whether you serve it with grilled cheese, as I do, or fortify it with the addition of beans or chicken, it’s perfect for family dinners and a breeze to make. It was also the recipe I demonstrated at the Harvest Festival in Bangor in November.

Get the recipe for Vegetable Basil Soup >>

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

9. Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Andouille Sausage and Apricots

Brussels sprouts used to be one of the most universally hated vegetables. But then cooks and chefs got smart and gave these little nutritious veggies a fresh life with different cooking methods like roasting. Suddenly people realized how delicious they can be. It’s heartening how much people love Brussels sprouts now (I do too!). And it’s even better when I get messages from colleagues who tell me that this recipe — with its addictive sweet-spicy combination — converted sprouts haters to lovers in their homes.

Get the recipe for Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts >>

How to Make a Milkshake

Photo by Brian Feulner/BDN

8. How to Make the Perfect Milkshake

Love milkshakes? Me too! That’s why I was so excited to share my foolproof method after a trip to the Gifford’s ice cream factory.

Get the recipe for the perfect milkshake >> Pumpkin cookies

7. Pumpkin Spice Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Nope, there’s no pumpkin in the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte at the coffee chain whose name sounds something like bar-stucks. But these Pumpkin Spice Iced Pumpkin Cookies have great real pumpkin flavor in their tender crumb, and that great spice mixture in the icing.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Iced Pumpkin Cookies >> Loaded Cheddar Beer Bread

6. Loaded Cheddar Beer Bread

With just five ingredients (and three of them were beer, cheese and bacon!), this simple recipe yields big flavor results in the form of a tender loaf of bread. The folks in the newsroom at the BND loved it — and so did you!

Get the recipe for Loaded Cheddar Beer Bread >>

Buttery Apple Crumble Recipe

5. Buttery Apple Crumble

Apple season might be over, but the legacy of this buttery crumble lives on. It’s a recipe perfect for cooking with children.

Get the recipe for Buttery Apple Crumble >>

Honey Maple Cornbread

4. Honey Maple Cornbread

As a girl from the north, I like my cornbread sweet — and apparently so do you! Filled with the nuanced flavors of honey, cornbread and actual corn kernels, this is ready in just about 30 minutes — which makes it perfect for accompanying dinner almost any night.

Get the recipe for Honey Maple Cornbread >>

Cheeseburger Macaroni-2

3. Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

This was one of my children’s favorite recipes of the year — so that makes it extra special to me. But aside from this comfort food recipe, this was also one of my favorite essays of 2014. In it, I talked about family dinners, why they are important and why a certain writer had it all wrong when she declared war on them. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you do now.

Get the recipe for Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni >>

Crispy Baked Hot Wings

2. Crispy Baked Hot Wings

Can baked wings really be crispy? Yes! And they can also be saucy, hot and flavorful too. I shared this recipe at the start of the football season … and as the NFL heads into the playoffs (sadly my team — the Oakland Raiders — is done for the year), it’s still a great game day recipe for digging into while watching the pigskin get tossed around.

Get the recipe for Crispy Baked Hot Wings >>

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

And the top Maine Course recipe of 2014 was …

1. Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Tender, fluffy cinnamon rolls swirled with a buttery layer of light brown sugar and cinnamon and glazed with a simple vanilla glaze … these babies, posted just last week, quickly won your hearts and tummies.

Get the recipe for Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls >>

Thank you all for making the first year (well, partial year) of Maine Course such a success! Thank you for all the feedback, comments and calls. I love hearing from you. Want to reach out? I can be reached at scaron@bangordailynews.com.

And, here are a few more recipes that we here at the BDN loved this year: Maple Bacon Baked Brie Recipe Maple Bacon Baked Brie Loaded Cheese Fries with Bacon   Smothered Beer Cheese Fries with Bacon Tomato Brie Pasta with Fresh Basil Tomato Brie Pasta with Fresh Basil Here’s to a delicious 2015! Did you have a favorite recipe on Maine Course this year? Share in the comments below!

Sarah Walker Caron

About Sarah Walker Caron

Sarah Walker Caron is senior features editor for the Bangor Daily News, and resident cook. She writes a cooking column, Maine Course, and is also author of "Grains as Mains: Modern Recipes Using Ancient Grains." Her recipes have appeared in the BDN, Betty Crocker publications, Glamour.com and more.