In debating on what to post on my first anniversary, I recalled that I had seen several bloggers post a 7 link challenge. That seemed like a great way to look back over this first year, so here we go:
1. My most popular post: Blueberry & Yellow Squash Bread- For a long time Acorn squash cookies were at the top, but after I posted this recipe in June, it took off like a rocket and zoomed past every other post to date.
|Blueberry & Yellow Squash Bread.|
This was an alternate photo that I
didn't include in the original post.
2. The post that was surprisingly successful: "Acorn Squash cookies"- I challenged myself to create something new with acorn squash, and the result was a mildly sweet, soft and cake-like, buttery cookie. I loved them, but I was still amazed at how often a search for acorn squash cookies brought people to my blog. I'd like to revisit this to experiment further.
|Acorn Squash Cookies|
3. Most Controversial: I haven't really had any posts that have created any arguments (at least not that have come to my attention via comments), but I would say that "Is pink slime what's for dinner?", where I discussed the topic of ammoniated meat filler, caused the biggest stir. I know that some of my friends told me that they would not read it, and others stated that they were glad that I had brought this to their attention. I tried to handle this topic with as much respect as possible, and I tried to be pro-active by offering suggestions. note: no pictures for this post
4. My most beautiful post: I feel a little bit strange calling something that I wrote ‘beautiful', but if I had to choose, I guess I would say that "Applesauce for a great teacher (and other grownups)" came from a special place in my heart. This post was inspired by one of my favorite grade school teachers, and it felt really good to get a chance to put my appreciation out into the world, even if she will probably never see the post herself.
|Applesauce for a great teacher (and other grownups)|
I cropped the image for the post, but here is the original.
5. My most helpful post: This was another tough question. I have written about the challenges that I have faced with my food additive allergies, and I share recipes that I create, but I am not sure how helpful these posts are to my readers. I think that my post on making Pepperoni has gotten the strongest appreciation, so that is the link I am posting. note: photos yet to be added.
6. The post that you wish more people had read: I have posted several quick bread recipes, but "Apple Zucchini (Courgette) Spice Bread" never got much of a following. I have a special place in my heart for this recipe, so it is my choice for this category.
|Apple Zucchini (Courgette) Spice Bread|
One of my favorite quick breads with a cup of tea.
7. The post that makes me the most proud: When I talk about my food blog, my "Sweet Potato Pizza Crust" recipe almost always gets a reaction. I had been blogging for less than a month when I wrote this entry, and this recipe was one of the first times that I found a unique point of view to bring to cooking.
|Sweet Potato Pizza Crust|
Mildly earthy sweet and full of herbs, this
crust makes a perfect mate to salty bacon.
I am working on new recipes, looking forward to sharing them, and hoping that time and budget will allow for more experimentation so that I can post more often. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first year of blogging, and invite you along for another year of my journey in the kitchen.
As I like to say, cook from the heart, and better health will surely follow.
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