Bloopers and Highlights of 2014

by Sarah

in Recipe Roundup

2014 was filled with good cooking, fun times in the kitchen, and once in a while some bloopers that prove no photo is a wasted photo – bloopers want to be remembered too!

Burned things, drippy things, things that taste bad, things that look bad, things that smell funny. Here are few for your enjoyment!

***2014 Bloopers***


snickerdoodle blooperPumpkin snickerdoodles. Proof that more flour does NOT mean a better cookie. Yes, those are cookies, not dinner rolls with brown sugar on them.

snickerdoodle blooper thumbnail^This is what happens when you decide to go to the bathroom and then your oven beeps before you are done in the bathroom.

salmon blooperHoney Seared Salmon. These were so pretty on photos. But alas the sauce was bleh, so it didn’t taste half as good as it looks :( To be fixed for next year!

cookiewhich blooperIce-cream cookiewich. This was a mess of me hyperventilating and running around my apartment quickly like a crazy woman, because guess what?…ice cream melts! Really fast! Especially after you drizzle hot caramel on it for photos. Here they are in my freezer, attempting to be resuscitated from melting. But melting is sorta permanent.

And few reminders that sometimes cooking goes exactly how you wished!  Here the 10 most popular Savoring Spoon posts of 2014!

***2014 Highlights***


mocha_espresso_cakeMocha Espresso Cake – made for my Dad’s birthday!

Maple walnut cake with chocolate ganache, cake slice Maple Walnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache – A simple yet delicious layer cake!

green tea caramel cupcake | www.savoringspoon.comGreen Tea Caramel Cupcake – Vegan from head to toe and delicious!

Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles - Zhajiangmian - saucy, delicious 20minute one pot meal! | www.savoringspoon.comBeijing Fried Sauce Noodles – can we collectively nod YES to more noodles? I will be making this again in 2015, and 2016, and on and on and on.

Szechuan string beansSzechuan String beans – I made this first, but since then the Savoring Spork has really become the master at this dish!

Chinese BBQ pork ribsChinese BBQ Pork Ribs – people really liked these. Me too, I make these after exams to celebrate!

sticky soy sauce chicken ~ www.savoringspoon.comSticky Soy Sauce Chicken – sticky saucy chicken ready to yum up your dinner!

Homemade steamed pork buns | www.savoringspoon.comHomemade Steamed Pork Buns – a dim sum classic.

Chloe's Chocolate chip cookiesChewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chewy and delicious!

Sarah's Pecan Pie - best pecan pie recipePecan Pie ~ internet favorite and a family holiday classic! I love this pie to pieces!

:) Here’s to another year of fun in the kitchen!

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1 Amy (Savory Moments) December 30, 2014 at 6:01 am

I love that you included bloopers! Your highlights all look delicious and so pretty! Happy New Year!


2 Sarah December 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Thanks Amy! Happy New Year to you too!


3 Oriana Romero December 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

Love it Sarah!! I can not believe that Salmon tasted bad… It looks so good. You made laugh thinking about all my recipe fails hahahaha.


4 Sarah December 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Oriana! That salmon was very deceiving! I thought it would be good too, but it tricked me!


5 Nora @ Savory Nothings December 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

Ok Sarah, the bloopers are too funny! I run around our home like a crazy person most of the time I’m trying to take food pictures to be honest 😀 Love the winners – so much deliciousness in one place!


6 Sarah December 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Nora! I know how you feel about running around trying to take food pictures ~ me too!


7 Amanda December 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm

“But melting is sorta permanent” I’m still laughing at this! Happy New Year!!!


8 Sarah December 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Thanks Amanda!:) Happy New Year to you too!


9 Mira December 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I did a highlights post, but I feel I should have included bloopers, too! Love the Mocha Espresso Cake!


10 Sarah December 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Mira!


11 Joanne December 31, 2014 at 4:18 am

You might have had a few bloopers (don’t we all!), but your hits FAR outweigh them! It’s definitely been a delicious year over here!


12 Sarah December 31, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thanks Joanne!


13 The Squishy Monster December 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I loved this post! And girl, you have once again proven that you’re a cake genius—but I’m salivating over your Asian food posts as well!!!


14 Sarah December 31, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Angela!!


15 Manali @ CookWithManali December 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Wonderful round up Sarah! I have had many bloopers too but didn’t click pictures, I would next time for sure! Have a fantastic 2015! :) I look forward to more gorgeous cakes from you in the coming year!


16 Sarah December 31, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Thanks Manali! There will be more cakes to come! :)


17 Cailee January 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

WOW!! You’re highlights look amazing!! …and your bloopers are great too! Albeit melty those chocolate chip cookies look amazing with that ice cream!! YUM! Happy 2015!!


18 Sarah January 1, 2015 at 11:11 am

Thanks Cailee! Happy 2015!!!


19 Alessandra // the foodie teen January 1, 2015 at 11:49 am

I ADORE those bloopers – it’s so nice to know that failures happen to everyone! Everything in the highlights looks absolutely amazing! Congratulations on a fantastic year, and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 filled with lots of delicious food!


20 Sarah January 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Thanks Alessandra!


21 Jess @ whatjessicabakednext January 2, 2015 at 2:54 am

I absolutely love this post! Love how true and honest you are, I’ve lost count of how many recipes that didn’t taste or photograph well for my blog! 😉 And I know how you feel about the ice-cream melting, not fun in the slightest! However, that mocha expresso cake is stunning! Looking forward to more of your recipes this next year!


22 Sarah January 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

Thanks Jess! :)


23 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Loving this post and you sure are making me hungry! 😉 That Mocha Espresso Cake is a thing of beauty!


24 Sarah January 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Thanks girl! That cake is one of my favorites too! (caffeine in cake form!)


25 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder January 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Haha loved the bloopers -I can sympathize with the ice cream particularly. The highlights are stunning as always. Happy 2015 – another year of cooking/baking and med school for us :)


26 Sarah January 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Natalie! :) That darn ice cream haha.


27 Maryanne @ the little epicurean January 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Thanks for sharing those bloppers! I’m afraid to look back at the recipes that failed and were never posted on my blog!

I LOVE all your cakes and sweet desserts! Looking forward to what you whip it in 2015! :)


28 Sarah January 3, 2015 at 10:45 am

Thanks Maryanne!


29 Marta January 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

“But melting is sorta permanent” haha :)


30 Sarah January 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm

It is T_T


31 Sonali- The Foodie Physician January 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I love that you included a blooper reel, so funny! Your top 10 are all amazing! The Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles really caught my eye- YUM!


32 Sarah January 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Thanks Sonali!


33 Nagi@RecipeTinEats January 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Ms Sarah!! These are NOT bloopers! These are minor fails compared to the epic disasters I had in my kitchen!! Which is no surprise to me because you are much more poised and elegant than I am :) Oh boy, I will never show my bloopers. Never ever. I made what was supposed to be “Magic Cabbage” yesterday (I even followed a recipe!) and it tasted and SMELT like old garbage. Off meat. And looked revolting. I never take photos, I’m too embarrassed! I do love reading blooper posts though, I can related and it makes me giggle!!


34 Sarah January 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Nagi! You are too kind! The magic cabbage you made had me giggling – I’ve had those recipe endings too! I’ll have to take more blooper pictures this year, to show my biggest bloopers!


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