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Thanks to brilliant inventions like Pinterest (huh, you’re telling me more important things have been invented this century? Prove it!), a handful of recipes can easily take over and become pinned again and again and again. Kind of like the popular kids in high school, these recipes seem to get all the attention, even if there are other recipes that are a smarter (i.e. easier) and nicer (i.e. tastier).

I’m happy for the recipes on my site that have garnered the spotlight. They are truly deserving. But in my recipe-loving heart, I feel pangs of sadness for those recipes still tucked away in the wings, too shy to make their debut.

Considering most of these recipes have been around for years (years!), I’m here to be their advocate! Behold, I give you six beloved and forgotten recipes. These are recipes I find myself making over and over again that you may or may not have realized are even here. Move past the bad photography (clearly one of the reasons many recipes have been left behind since they appeared in the early phases of this blog) and make them part of your life as soon as possible. The pictures are clickable…so click away to get to each recipe.

titlemelskitchencafe.com: 6 of My Personal Favorite Recipes

40 Responses to Six Recipes the World Forgot {Part One}

  1. I’m so glad you posted this :) I love to know what people make from their own site over & over :)

  2. Kim in MD says:

    Thank you for posting this, Mel! Reading this post made me smile, and the recipes look amazing! I’m off to explore these lost recipes! :-)

  3. Katie L. says:

    Those chipotle chicken tacos are truly delicious and easy! We make them all the time. We love them with homemade tortillas, which take some extra time but are soooo worth it! I’ve also made the black and white bars which are awesome as well! Gotta try the others now :) Thanks Mel!!

  4. Katie says:

    Just made the chipotle chicken tacos last week. The whole family loved them! Will be making them again and again.

  5. Adrienne says:

    Nthing the Chipotle Chicken Tacos. Yum!

  6. Renee says:

    Thanks Mel for posting this! I tend to forget to look at past recipes. I too get caught up in the Pinterest bandwagon. I forget to even look in my recipe binders for inspiration. I tend to just look on my Pinterest boards. :) I will definitely try these. I will “pin” them so I remember. :) I think most of my food boards are really just a place to organize Mel’s recipes! Thanks for all you do!

  7. Janssen says:

    I like the less-loved recipes myself, too :)

    And I’m flattered that those muffins made the cut! You’ve made my morning.

  8. I’m the worst at pinning something and then forgetting about it. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Mariah says:

    Cheesecake brownies is one of my favorite desserts!

  10. Cathy Hodge Smith says:

    So glad that I finally took a look at your blog. You are a very good and clever writer and a terrific advocate for those forgotten recipes. Hope to see more of your contributions in the future!

  11. Amanda E says:

    Have made both the Chic. Tacos and Chili… Love them both! Now on to the rest :) They all look wonderful… will do the oats this morning! :) YUM!

  12. This is such a good idea. I feel the same way about some of the recipes on my site. Pinterest tends to take things and run with it, and so many good recipes are forgotten. These recipes of yours look great – I think I”ll pin them ;)

  13. Yum. And more yum. Those chicken tacos look and sound divine. Oh, and the blondies, too.

  14. Heather says:

    Those chocolate chip walnut blondies are one of the best treats I’ve made. I get requests for the recipe every time I make them!

  15. Lillie says:

    Thanks for bringing these to the forefront. Especially the dinner one. I’m always looking for dinner recipes. What do you do with your leftover chipotles? I buy them for a recipe, use a few tablespoons, stick them in the fridge, and by the time I need them again I’m afraid to use them.

  16. Diana says:

    I’ve never made these, but that chili looks so good it might be dinner tonight (and perfect for the cooler weather we’re FINALLY expecting in Florida this weekend)!

  17. Rachel says:

    I found your Banana Blueberry Muffins a couple of months ago, and they are one of my favorite muffins, and that is saying alot since I don’t like muffins that much! I pinned it to my Pinterest Page!!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!! Most of our favorite recipes came from you!! :)

  18. Melissa says:

    I love the southwest chicken barley chili – it’s one of my favorite recipes on here! Healthy and delicious – yum!

  19. what a fun series!!!!! can’t wait to se what else you share…i love “oldies”

  20. This is a great idea! I always wonder what a blogger’s favorite/go-to recipes are. And this is a great way to bring back old recipes that deserve just as much attention as the newer ones. Definitely see a few recipes that I’m dying to try!

  21. Jennifer G. says:

    The chocolate chip blondies have been a favorite at my house. Haven’t found a better recipe. I will try the tacos and chili soon. Thanks for the reminder. In the past I have frozen extra chipotle in adobo sauce. I know I have some in the freezer. I will thaw them and see how they held up. Anyone else ever tried this? I hate to throw the rest of the can away when I just need a bit.

  22. Allyson says:

    I make the Southwest Chicken Barley Chili (one of my first experiences with barley) regularly, and we love it. My five children eat it well and think of the barley as “kind of like rice, just chunkier”. Tasty, easy, and healthy. If anyone is interested, I figured out the Weight Watchers points a year or so ago when first making this. It makes eleven 1-cup servings at 5 points plus each (before toppings). I love topping with diced avocado and a dollop of sour cream.

  23. MaryAnne says:

    Rachael Ray had a great tip for the cans of Chipotle.

    Blend them into a sauce, put them in a freezer bag and freeze them flat.
    Then just break off what you need next time.

    I am definitely going to do this since I end up using once and then ending up throwing out the rest of the can when it molds.

  24. Mel says:

    For leftover chipotles, I always freeze them in 1 tablespoon increments (finely chopped) and pull them out when I need them. But I love the idea from MaryAnne to blend them first. I think I’ll try that, still freeze them in small increments, though.

  25. Erika says:

    Thanks for the reminders on these recipes Mel! I just added both the dinner recipes to my menu for next week :)

  26. All of these look so good!!

  27. Jenny says:

    I love those tacos!! I freeze my chipotles too. I also love the muffins.

  28. Bri says:

    I really like the barley soup. I’m excited to try the tacos! I honestly think I messed up on the blondies. I always read rave reviews on them, but when I made them, I ended up throwing the pan away because I didn’t like them. They seemed a little tasteless to me. Maybe I forgot something, or maybe I’m just not a blondie person?

  29. Missy says:

    I love love love the chipotle chicken tacos. Completely forgot about them. I love that you are doing this! Thanks.

  30. Kathy says:

    I made the chicken barley chili tonight. I used chicken thighs because that was what I had and added onions and garlic. It was delish! My husband raved and there is plenty leftover for dinner tomorrow night. SCORE!

  31. Glad to see some of your favorites! I have most of these already bookmarked or pinned!

  32. Anne says:

    That risotto is amazing! We love using coconut milk instead of some of the water, and make it in our rice cooker. You have changed Sunday morning breakfasts forever! I think you should highlight your honey glazed chicken in your next forgotten recipes post. It is the best thing since digital watches.

  33. Annie B. says:

    Thank you for doing this! I love your recipes, but always have a hard time which to pick so this is a big help!

  34. Nikie says:

    Yes, for the red berry risotto oatmeal! My family loves it warm and cold! I’m glad it made your favorite list!

  35. Jen T says:

    Thanks for doing this!!!

  36. Renee says:

    I love the risotto oatmeal! I’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit. Really looking forward to trying the chicken and barley chili.

  37. Kira says:

    We love the tacos and tried the banana blueberry muffins-so yummy! I doubled the batch so I could freeze some. Perfect to pull out for a snack. Thanks. Now we need to try that barley chili!

  38. Stacie D. says:

    Glad to see the blueberry muffins here. They have become a family favorite, and I just made a double-batch so we can enjoy them longer! Thanks for reminding me of the others that I must try soon!

  39. Allison says:

    Those. Chicken. Chipotle. Tacos. Are. To. Die. For! The others I need to try which means I have to get some of the ingredients so they can get off my “to try list” and into my “I have to make those again list!” :) Thanks for sharing with us!

  40. Lindsey says:

    Adore this series! I’ve officially worked my way all the way back to part 1. I’m new to your blog, and I found this a really helpful place to start picking recipes to try. We’re 3:3 on recipes from your blog (all delicious btw!) that I randomly found on Pinterest and just realized they all came from the same person, so I decided I better come and pin more to try. I’m your newest fan.

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