Top 13 Recipes of 2013 (Yours, Ours & Theirs!)

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A compilation of Wicked Good Kitchen favorites from our loyal readers, our own favorites and the favorites of visitors to our site along with some interesting statistics looking back over our first year in blogging.

Today I wanted to take the time to thank all of you who read my little food blog of wicked goodness. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and drop a line or two, to give some high five’s or to share your thoughts and leave words of encouragement when times were rough. Thank you for your support in pinning my recipes over at Pinterest and thank you for the Twitter shout outs and well wishes, too. I cannot thank you enough for your support! It means so very much to me as a relatively new food blogger.

The year 2013 was a challenging, interesting and rewarding year. Although I never quite got around to a first blog anniversary post (I’m terrible about doing such things for myself), I am planning a special post and recipe for you and to mark the occasion, as well as honor a friend, and hope to publish it on Friday. It is taking a bit of time because there is a companion tutorial post to serve as either a primer or refresher based on baking experience. It is a fabulous recipe and I just know you will be thrilled with it!

Top 13 Recipes of 2013 (Yours, Ours & Theirs!) by WickedGoodKitchen.comHow has your new year been so far? Are you easily getting back into the groove of things? Or are you still as shocked as I am that the holidays are over already?

Keeping true to our commitment to celebrate the holiday season through January 7th, using the Gregorian calendar (as mentioned prior), The Big Lug and I are still celebrating! The season just seemed too fleeting not to. In fact, our Christmas tree is still up (albeit there has been some major needle shed of late), our wreath is still on our front door and we received a wallop of a blizzard snowstorm on Sunday leaving us with nearly one foot of snow here in Central Indiana. Nearly one foot of snow, people! Oh, how we both love snow. After enjoying the beautiful snowfall, with huge fluffy ‘Charlie Brown snowflakes’, and feeling like we were living in a snow globe, we dug ourselves out and there now exists a huge pile mountain of snow in our front yard. Needless to say, it still feels like the holidays around here!

Blowing and drifting snow, along with sub-zero temps (the coldest temps in 20 years here), kept The Big Lug home with me yesterday as he took a personal day off from work along with the rest of his team. So, this information packed post was not completed (read: formatted in WordPress) until this morning to publish here on the blog.

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This recap post was so much fun to prepare and it was interesting to see the differences between the reader favorites (measured by the number of comments) versus the number of page visits per recipe coming from Pinterest, Google, etc. when compared to our own favorites. And, there was a surprise for the #1 spot in the most viewed recipes of 2013. Well, in part, this is due to the copyright infringement troubles we faced last August with our Cherry Pie Crumble Bars when Pinterest pulled all the pins down off their site unbeknownst to us when we filed our copyright complaint against a single Pinterest user who is a known spammer amongst several veteran group board owners. Since the numbers are so close, we just know that our Cherry Pie Crumble Bars recipe would have been #1 otherwise soaring far past the surprise recipe as it is the #1 recipe with our readers. Still, it was quite a surprise to see the other recipe hit the #1 spot with so many page views!

Goals for this Blog

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you my promise and a goal I have set for this blog. Going forward, I promise to include more dairy free, gluten free and grain free recipes, along with fabulous conventional recipes, so you have a reliable source at your fingertips for tasty and satisfying as well as safe alternatives to your favorites. Why? Because, when you look back at your blog statistics and read the top keywords and key phrases entered into your blog search, it becomes absolutely clear to you what people are searching for and what they want!

However, attention must also be paid to what people like best. It is apparent to me that you want even more wickedness! So, I have made plans to share more conventional wicked recipes as well for those times when you need something scrumptious to scratch the itch of a major crave or to celebrate a special occasion—even if it is just for a casual gathering to watch the Super Bowl!

Stats: Let’s take a look…

Y’all are searching for the following Top 25 Keywords:

Wicked Good Kitchen Top 25 Search Keywords 2013

Free, gluten, recipe, paleo, cookies, chocolate, yeast, cinnamon, rolls, cheese, cream, cherry, cake, pie, chip, no, cookie, with, without, apple, cobbler, Russian, carrot, tea and cheesecake.

Meanwhile, you are also searching for these Top 10 Key Phrases:

Wicked Good Kitchen Top 10 Search Key Phrases 2013

Gluten free Russian teacakes, white chocolate cream cheese frosting, paleo chocolate chip cookies, happy new year, cinnamon rolls without yeast, gluten free apple cobbler, homemade cinnamon rolls no yeast, no yeast cinnamon rolls, carrot cheesecake and paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Kind of interesting, no? And, what is with the ‘happy new year’ in there? 😉

Take a look at Wicked Good Kitchen’s growth over the first year from our visit stats via HostGator.com.

Wicked Good Kitchen Blog Visits Stats 2013

Although it looks impressive, I’m not exactly sure how this stacks up when compared to other first year food blogs. I would like to think it’s not too shabby for the amount and type of posts with special diet recipes. I believe in quality over quantity anyway. Also, I did not host any giveaways and I do not belong to an ad network (yet). We shall see about this now that we are starting our second year! Also, somehow I still need to find the time to submit our images and links to TasteSpotting.com, FoodGawker.com, etc. to improve our traffic. With writing a paleo baking cookbook with cutting edge recipes, I am just overwhelmed with administrative tasks of running the blog and never seem to have enough time or even sleep. In fact, I thought I would have time to do it over Christmas vacation, but I chose vacation and experimental dairy-free baking instead! Remember…I recently learned I am allergic to dairy. So, this was very important.

Here is a look as to where our traffic is coming from.

Wicked Good Kitchen Upstream Site Stats per Alexa 2013

The fact that a high percentage of our traffic comes from Pinterest seems both natural and yet slightly troubling. With Google being in second place, this proves that we must improve our SEO. As for Facebook traffic, we receive an impressive amount as well. It comes from the wonderful friends of Wicked Good Kitchen who share links to our recipes. (We are not and have no plans to become a Facebook member. It is their TOS we do not agree with. I will reserve my thoughts for perhaps a future blog post.) However, the Facebook traffic doesn’t show via the Alexa graphic (above) but only with the traffic data provided by our hosting company, HostGator.com.

Without further delay, here are our lists of the Top 13 Recipes of 2013 for Wicked Good Kitchen starting with the most-viewed in a countdown!

Top 13 Recipes: Most Viewed

13. Mom’s Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling – This recipe is a special one. It is a retro recipe that was revamped. It has been simplified and improved by using tapioca starch. It is also a recipe component for our Cherry Pie Crumble Bars, Cherry Hand Pies and Tart Cherry Crisp. And, of course, I will be adding more cherry recipes this summer with fresh picked tart cherries!

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12. Ultimate Moist & Fudgy Brownies (dairy & grain free) – This recipe is yet another retro recipe that has been revamped. It was adapted from a tried and true recipe and is THE BEST dairy and grain free brownie we have ever tasted! You will love them and never know they are both dairy and grain free.

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11. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake Bakery-Style – Carrot cake and cheesecake have never tasted better! The uniqueness of this recipe is just not the combination of two favorite cakes, but also the unique Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe which is the best ever! It is the best due to the butter content, far greater than other recipes. This makes it pipe beautifully. It was inspired by the recipe by Better Homes and Gardens. This special layer cake recipe is ideal for Easter, so be sure to bookmark it now!

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10. Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon, Pecans & Caramel Sauce (paleo) – This recipe had been knocking around my head for quite some time utilizing my unique grain free flour blend. It was featured over at Sylvie’s blog, Gourmande in the Kitchen, for her holiday recipe roundup. It is moist and absolutely scrumptious!

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9. Baked Beans Cowboy Style (gluten free option) – This recipe is not only a favorite of The Big Lug’s but it is also a favorite of mine. These beans are made with a dark beer reduction and the balance of sweet, spicy and smoky will knock your socks off! Be forewarned, they are very addicting and I guarantee requests for second helpings. Perfect recipe for BBQ and cookout season!

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8. Best Ever Apple Cobbler (gluten free option) – This recipe is very special but, by the number of comments, I thought I had failed. Traffic says otherwise. The recipe employs a unique method to guarantee the filling is juicy and not watery, never dry, but just perfect! Our favorite way to thicken fruit for pies is with tapioca flour for a nice clear, flavorful and glistening filling. Tapioca starch is used here and the filling is simply irresistible. Two different toppings are offered to include the unique cinnamon roll biscuit topping. Apple cobbler never tasted so good!

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7. Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler (gluten free option) – This recipe is incredibly good! And, it is easy and foolproof when followed properly. This blueberry cobbler is a summer favorite of The Big Lug’s for good reason. It has a unique biscuit crumble topping resembling buttery biscuits, shortbread sugar cookies and pie pastry. Whip up this special blueberry cobbler and it will be your new go-to recipe!

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6. Russian Teacakes aka Snowballs (gluten free option) – This is definitively THE BEST Russian Teacakes recipe you will ever make, period! The recipe comes from my great grandmother and it was handed down to her by a professional baker in the family in Germany (or ‘the old country’ as she would say). It is made with all butter, sugar instead of confectioners’ sugar and plenty of walnuts at 2 full cups (not just 3/4 cup). In addition, the recipe offers a special gluten free flour blend to make a gluten free version that equals the original!

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5. Christmas Cranberry Buckle (gluten free option) – Wow! We cannot get over the fact that this very recent recipe even made the top 10. However, when you account for people baking and looking for baking recipes more often during the month of December, it certainly makes sense. This Christmas coffee cake recipe has become a holiday tradition at our house. The citrus shines in this buttery, moist and tender cake recipe and contrasts well with the tart cranberries. The buttery sugar cookie streusel topping is simply scrumptious!

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4. Best Ever No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls (gluten free option) – This is a recipe I developed back in 1996. The secret is the use of sour cream and egg yolks to make a rich, buttery biscuit dough yielding moist and scrumptious biscuits that rival other dry, no-yeast cinnamon rolls. The tender biscuit is sort of like a cross between a biscuit and sour cream coffee cake. You will love the ease of this recipe, too, as they can even be made overnight style.

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3. Grandma’s Sweet Buttermilk Cornbread (gluten free option) – What a huge surprise! This cornbread recipe was just added to the blog during Thanksgiving week. It uses our own all-natural mix, Homemade Sweet Cornbread Mix, with a gluten free option. The recipe was developed to be used in recipes where prepared box cornbread mixes are called for such as corn pudding. (See our recipe for Sweet Honey Corn Pudding.) This cornbread is very rich in corn flavor!

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2. Cherry Pie Crumble Bars (gluten free option) – The ranking of this insanely delicious recipe was no surprise. In fact, we had expected it to rank at #1. For reasons mentioned above, this didn’t happen. But, it did rank #1 with our readers! The recipe calls for our recipe for Mom’s Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling. A summer favorite. You will love it!

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1. White Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream – The ranking of this recipe was a complete shock! Astonishing. It certainly has been a very popular recipe and pinners at Pinterest enjoy pinning it. This beautiful ivory and silky buttercream is versatile. Not only is it ideal for frosting special occasion cakes but also for frosting everyday cakes, cupcakes and cheesecakes!

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Top 13 Recipes: Reader’s Choice

  1. Cherry Pie Crumble Bars (gluten free option)
  2. Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler (gluten free option)
  3. Wicked Black Magic Brownies (bourbon brownies with gluten free option)
  4. Cherry Hand Pies (gluten free option)
  5. Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Mom’s Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling
  7. Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita
  8. Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine
  9. Paleo Carrot Cake with Cashew-Coconut Buttercream
  10. Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon, Pecans & Caramel Sauce (paleo)
  11. Christmas Cranberry Buckle (gluten free option)
  12. Tart Cherry Crisp (gluten free option)
  13. Tutti Frutti Lemon Cheesecake Bites (quick & easy)

Top 13 Recipes: Our Personal Favorites

  1. Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler
  2. Cherry Pie Crumble Bars
  3. Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Cherry Hand Pies
  5. Wicked Black Magic Brownies (bourbon brownies)
  6. Russian Teacakes aka Snowballs
  7. Best Ever No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls
  8. Christmas Cranberry Buckle
  9. Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita
  10. Sparkling Tart Cherry Margarita
  11. Baked Beans Cowboy Style
  12. Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip
  13. Paleo Carrot Cake with Cashew-Coconut Buttercream, Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon, Pecans & Caramel Sauce and Strawberry Shortcake with Mixed Berries (paleo)

The above represents favorites by me and The Big Lug. Since I couldn’t decide which paleo cake is best, I just included them all in a solid tie.

It has been an incredible year here at Wicked Good Kitchen and it has been my pleasure to develop original recipes or adapt others to share with you here on the blog. There is no greater reward than knowing I have helped others with their special diet or made others happy with a new favorite recipe that may bring back fond memories.

Meanwhile, I hope you have enjoyed this little recap of recipes from our first year.

Happy New Year, my friends!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Mmm, what a great and delicious year it was!! Everything looks so great 🙂 Happy 2014!
    Rachel @ Bakerita recently posted…Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie CookiesMy Profile

  2. Love this round up, everything looks so amazing Stacy! Everything you make is stunning but I’m not surprised the Cherry Pie Crumble Bars made it to the top spot – the pictures are gorgeous and the cherry filing oozing out is simply mouthwatering! I would love to try making those bars one day as well as your Carrot Cake and Gingerbread cake. What a great year and can’t wait to see what yumminess you make in 2014 girl!
    Kelly recently posted…Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts and CranberriesMy Profile

    • Thank you, Kelly! I appreciate the compliments more than you know. I look forward to serving up even more wicked deliciousness in 2014!

  3. Can I face plant into that batch of gooey cinnamon rolls? That seems like the best thing ever, not gonna lie. 2013 was great for you and your blog — congrats, Stacy! Here’s hoping 2014 is even more delicious!
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted…Baklava Brownie BombsMy Profile

    • Hahaha! Thanks, Hayley! I’d love to whip up a batch of those cinnamon rolls for you to face plant into! You may never come up for air. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Here’s hoping 2014 is wicked delicious for The Domestic Rebel!

  4. I love it when there are lists with top recipes of the year! This list looks DELICIOUS!!! I feel like I need to have a big party and make everything on this list! 🙂 Thanks for the post!!!
    Katy recently posted…Jan 6, Baking CookiesMy Profile

    • Thank you, sweet Katy! I, too, enjoy reading the top recipe lists of other food bloggers. I couldn’t resist publishing a post for the top recipes from our first year. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow, all these recipe look wonderful, Stacy! I especially love the carrot cheesecake cake. Congrats on such amazing growth during your first year blogging! I actually had no idea this was your first year with the blog, and personally I think your numbers are really impressive (: Happy New Year!
    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa recently posted…Chocolate-Orange Marbled MuffinsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Caroline! Oh, girl…you simply must make that Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake. You’ll love it! And, I know you’ll enjoy making it, too. Happy New Year to you, too, my sweet friend! 🙂

  6. Such a good year, so happy for you and to see how your blog grows and grows and grows! This is one of my favorite places to visit, so wishing you so much good cheer!

    And those dairy free brownies? Printed it out about a minute ago. It’s on!
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl recently posted…I’m In Love With Crispy Hash BrownsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Pamela! So nice to have a fan in you. I just a adore you and your blog, girl. You just amaze me with your gardening, sense of humor and simple but delicious recipes. We’ve gotta stick together on this going nondairy situation, that’s for sure! Make those brownies and your dietary troubles will wash away! 🙂

  7. Happy New Year, Stacy! 2013 was such a delicious year for you – looking forward to more of the same in 2014! 🙂
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted…meyer lemon cloud cookiesMy Profile

    • Thank you, Laura! Happy New Year to you, too, my friend! Wishing you all sorts of wicked deliciousness in 2014! 🙂

  8. Wow, that looks like such a beautiful and great year Stacy. I cannot wait for more from you and that paleo book sounds awesome. Excited for you girl.
    Your blog and you are my top favorite.
    This is an awesome post. Oh yes, I am taking vacation after couple of weeks of break and relaxation..:).

    • Aww…thank you, Ash! You are such a sweetheart. Once again, I am so glad we met via our food blogs. Your photography is simply stunning and I feel the same about you and your blog…one of my top favorites. You simply inspire me! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Enjoy that wonderful vacation! 🙂

  9. Happy New Year Stacy! Wow… great year and great round-up! I can’t stop looking at your brownies, carrot cake, and buckle. I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m looking forward to what you’ll be cooking up this year and the years to come lady. Have great week!
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker recently posted…Cucumber Tomato and Avocado SaladMy Profile

    • Thank you, Anne! Oh, those three recipes you mentioned…you must try them! Incredibly good. Girl, I just adore you and your blog. So glad to have found you as well! You are a true talent, my dear. Thanks for dropping by and have a great rest of the week. Happy New Year to you, too!

  10. What a delicious year you had, Stacy! That homemade cherry pie filling and those cherry crumble bars are two that are really killing me. I’m pinning this post so I can come back and really give it the attention it deserves when I have more time. I’m glad to have found your blog and I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!
    marcie recently posted…RatatouilleMy Profile

    • Thank you, Marcie! You will love those two recipes. I, too, am glad that I found your blog and look forward to all of your delicious 2014 posts!

  11. looks like you had quite a delicious year Stacy – can’t wait to see what you whip up next!!!
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes recently posted…Spicy Tequila Chicken TostadasMy Profile

  12. Stacy, I wanna be your neighbor! What a wonderful year of eats – your photos are amazing and I have a feeling your goodies are even better in person 😉 I have pinned your carrot cake cheesecake and hope to make it soon – that frosting oooh – that frosting makes me speechless!
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com recently posted…1st WIAW of 2014My Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Shashi! We would make great neighbors since we love the same foods. Make that Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake soon, my friend! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. Oh, Stacy! All of these recipes look absolutely amazing! The baked beans and the cornbread are calling my name!! I need some summer foods right now 🙂 Pinning!
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet recently posted…Blueberry Quick Bread RecipeMy Profile

  14. Every one of these look absolutely amazing. I’m so glad to get to know you a little in this short time and I look forward to more of your recipes in 2014. That cherry pie filling is a must. My aunt used to make the best cherry pie ever when I was a kid. I wish I had her recipe from her. But now I can use yours. Yay!
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg recently posted…How to Seed a PomegranateMy Profile

    • Thank you, Norma! I hope you do try the cherry pie filing. Same here, girl. So glad to have found your sweet blog full of goodness. Looking forward to getting to know you better in 2014!

  15. Congrats to a super yummy and mouth watering year! I so need to try your Gingerbread layer cake! I am drooling. Looking forward to an even more delicious and wicked 2014!! Can’t wait!
    Liz @Life Made Sweet recently posted…Kahlua White Russian CookiesMy Profile

  16. Wauw, that is some seriously sweet top 13 you’ve got there. Where do you live? I’m coming by soon.. (why is it a top 13 btw? I mean, why 13? :P) I like how you shared your stats as well – don’t often get to see that kind of thing. According to your page-views you’re doing amazing for a first-year blog. Keep it up! I do wonder what people are thinking when they look up “happy new year”.. It’s a crazy world we live in 😉
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, MoonLight. And, hello to you in The Netherlands from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA! You meet the best people through food and food blogs, I swear. Thank you for stopping by today. To answer your question, I went with a “Top 13 List” to represent a baker’s dozen since I am a baker. (Baker’s Dozen is mentioned in my subtitle, too.) Per Wikipedia: “The “baker’s dozen” may have originated as a way for bakers to avoid being blamed for shorting their customers.” There’s definitely no shortchanging anyone here, that’s for sure. 🙂 Yes…that “happy new year” entry seemed strange, at first. Perhaps people were searching for anything relating to the New Year for blog posts and recipes. Headed to your blog now to check out your delicious-sounding fudge!

  17. Stacy,
    Is it possible to have 13 favorites? I think that now I do. Every single one of these took my breath away as I was looking them over. What’s more, each post seemed to become progressively more alluring than the previous one. I can’t wait to follow Wicked Good Kitchen into the new year – I love what you do!
    Dan from Platter Talk recently posted…Chicken Noodle Soup with Spinach DumplingsMy Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Dan! Your comments always make me smile. Thank you for stopping by, my friend. I hope you’ll enjoy what’s up my sleeve for 2014. Meanwhile, I hope your year is off to a fabulous start! xo

  18. I love seeing your stats post! I wish I could get better about learning my stats. It night make my little bloggie more succesful :/ And um Gingerbread Layer Cake is my #1 on your list!
    steph@stephsbitebybite recently posted…Logan: 39 Weeks OldMy Profile

    • Thanks, Steph! Stats are nifty, but I wish I had something to compare it to as in first year food blogs. Meanwhile, yes…you would love that Paleo Gingerbread Layer Cake! Stay tuned…more paleo recipes to come in 2014! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I hope your New Year is off to a terrific start!

  19. Congrats on a successful year Stacy – my mouth is watering just looking at all these photos! Looking forward to more wicked good recipes from you in 2014!
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins RecipeMy Profile

  20. Happy New Year! LOVE those brownies in your top posts!! Congrats on a successful year 🙂
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…Green Monster SmoothieMy Profile

    • Thank you, Aimee! Happy New Year to you, too, m’lady. You need to make those brownies…soon. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  21. Stacy, you are just AMAZING! How ARE you writing a book AND doing this? I love the way of your writing AND with all the things you share. Thank you for everything you share with us. I think you have truly been doing an amazing job …those stats are rockin! I’m coming up on my one year in March and I wish I would have gotten to see my stats. (I know! I’m admitting that I was just doing my posts and not even looking at my stats… until a month ago! I was actually blown away at how many people actually visit. So, it motivated me a little bit more, needless to say.)
    You definitely need to submit your pics to those places. They look really great!
    In fact, all of these top recipes are making me really want some of each!
    Looking forward to all that you do and share with us this coming year… and especially for your new book!
    Have a fabulous weekend coming up and have fun in the snow! We are having big Charlie Brown Snowflakes coming down right now!
    Gloria // Simply Gloria recently posted…Hot Cocoa PuddingMy Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Gloria! I just adore your blog and look forward to getting to know you better. You are an amazingly talented woman with all you do…from baking, cooking, crafting, home DIY projects and sewing…amidst a household of all men! But, I bet you wouldn’t have it any other way. Congratulations on making it to almost 1 year already! I will be there cheerleading you on. 🙂 Thank you for the words of encouragement in submitting my photos and the well wishes with my book. I just never seem to have time and I’m always low on sleep, LOL! I look forward to getting to know you better this year. Enjoy those Charlie Brown Snowflakes while they last, girl! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2014!

  22. Wonderful round up Stacy and I think your number are doing really good! I ran into the same problem with someone pinning my pie crust image to a Martha Stewart recipe! Ugh so frustrating when I saw it and it had like 3,000 repine to bad the cant just reroute the pin back to the original home! I wish people could just not steal content. Have a wonderful New Year!
    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch recently posted…Moist Yellow Cake With Mocha Buttercream FrostingMy Profile

    • Thank you, my dear! You are such a sweetheart, Serena. Too bad about your pie crust recipe! It is just so frustrating to always have to be on guard to protect ourselves from copyright infringement. Have a wonderful New Year, my friend!

  23. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    GORGEOUS AND TOOTHSOME ROUND UP…WE REMEMBER WE GOT HOOKED TO CHERRY PIE FILLING LAST YEAR,IT WAS BEYOND DELICIOUS AND ALL THE REST DISHES POSTED ON THIS ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS BLOG ARE DEFINITELY DROOL WORTHY AND DELECTABLE TOO,THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION OUR FRIEND…HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR WITH LOTS OF GLORIOUS DISHES 🙂
    Kumar’s Kitchen recently posted…Delicious & Creamy Cauliflower Curry With Coconut MilkMy Profile

    • Thank you, Kumar! You are so kind, my friend. I appreciate your compliments and am so glad you enjoyed all those tart cherry dessert recipes last summer. 🙂 I promise…there will be more wicked tart cherry goodness to come this summer! Best wishes to you, too, for a delicious 2014!

  24. Stacy congratulations dear!! You are truly amazing!! I had no idea you have only been blogging for a year…I imagined way longer 🙂 I’m so so happy for you! And you are rocking those stats for a first year blogger (yours are triple mine!! And I am happy with my growth). But it is obvious from this juicy roundup that your hardwork got you there. Keep it up!! I can’t wait to see what next year brings and for your book 🙂
    PS: That cherry crumb bar was delicious!!
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker recently posted…Roasted Persimmons with Greek Yogurt and PistachiosMy Profile

    • Thank you, Zainab! You are such a sweetheart and I am so grateful we connected via our food blogs this past year. You are one very talented lady and wicked baker! I just adore your blog. Wow, I had no idea (seriously) how my stats measured up with any other first year food bloggers. Thank you for sharing and providing some feedback! Oh, those Cherry Pie Crumble Bars…they’re so addicting! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend, my friend! 🙂

  25. Stacy, what an interesting and comprehensive post! Impressive statistics, especially for a 1-year old blog. I am in the same boat – don’t know how to find the time to do it all, even the submissions to Foodgawker and other photo sharing sites. I used to do it pretty regularly but not any more. 🙁 Not surprised that your cherry pie crumble bars took # 2 place, surprised they did not take # 1 place – every time I repin them, the repin #’s are always high. The same goes for the best ever apple cobbler, cornbread, no-yeast cinnamon buns, baked beans, and most of your recipes – it’s scary but I seem to know the performance of your recipes almost as well as I know the performance of my own, LOL! 😉 Congrats on a great year, and can’t wait to see that special recipe you were teasing us about at the beginning of your post!
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    • Thank you, Julia! I appreciate your kind words and compliments. You are a true blogging friend and your photography always inspires me. Truly! You are such a very talented food blogger and photographer. Oh, my goodness…the race against time. It is an everyday challenge for me! I never get enough sleep. Ever, LOL! So, I feel your pain in not having the time to submit your photos to photo sharing sites. I hope to get there soon! Oh, the Cherry Pie Crumble Bars…they would have been #1 for most viewed, but with the copyright infringement complaint to Pinterest, they took down all the pins without our knowledge. 🙁 So, there was less than 30 days in their life cycle last year…from the time I posted them in late July and when the pins were removed in mid-August. The recipe pin went viral at Pinterest, but just got snuffed out too soon rather unfortunately. With the change in seasons, they should regain some traction. Yes, LOL! I feel the same about your pins. We seem to intimately know the performance of each other’s pins by repinning them so often. As for the next post…working on the tutorial images today, hopefully can post for tomorrow with another companion recipe and the dessert itself on Monday! I remembered that Friday is not the best day to post. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  26. What a delicious year, my friend! You have so much to be proud of! Gorgeous photos and such fun stories throughout the year. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2014!! Oh, and we still haven’t taken down our Christmas tree yet. I’m honestly dreading it. Not enough weekends 😉 I feel like I’m so busy and underwater with so much work! Ahh
    Julie @ Table for Two recently posted…Brown Butter Sweet Potato AlfredoMy Profile

    • Thank you, Julie! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement, my friend. They mean so much coming from you! You are one wicked good cook, baker and picture taker, that’s for sure! I have to tell you…I enjoyed all the photos in your Instagram feed with your hubby in front of your Christmas tree for your first Christmas together as a married couple. Just lovely, my dear! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all you have with your readers this past year. Your recipe posts are always drool worthy, engaging and fun to read. And, it was nice to learn that we both have a shared affection for the TV character, Coach Eric Taylor! Ahh…Kyle Chandler. I’ll just end this reply on that delicious note. 😉 Enjoy your weekend!

  27. Happy new year, friend! I’ve finally got my office set up and proper and wanted to stop by and boy am I glad I did. I had no idea you had a baked beans recipe! It probably sounds strange to get all excited over baked beans when there are so many lovely dessert recipes as well, but here at our house, we have them with in the morning sometimes for a Full English breakfast! Houston will be so excited to have a real recipe instead of the canned stuff. 🙂 Everything here looks SO delicious, as usual. xox

    • Well, there you are! Happy New Year, Anne! I’m glad you dropped by and hope all is well with you crazy-busy filmmakers. 🙂 We, too, sometimes have leftover side dishes with breakfast. I especially love smashed Brussels sprouts with our eggs and bacon. I would call the baked beans recipe semi-homemade since it doesn’t start with dried beans. However, I always reach for organic when possible. I hope you both enjoy the recipe…it is truly to die for! Thanks for the compliments and for stopping by. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2014! xox

  28. Those are awesome stats, for sure! You should be proud 🙂

  29. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    What a beautiful round up and what a year you’ve had!! Congratulations Stacy! You’re stats are super impressive and you should definitely be proud! Not surprising though given your gorgeous recipes and skills. Looking forward to 2014 and all the wonderful things for you!

    • Thank you, Maria! I appreciate your kind words and compliments, my friend. You are THE BEST. 🙂 Once again, wishing you and yours all the best in 2014! xo

  30. All of these look delicious, but those cinnamon rolls are totally calling my name ;–)
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs recently posted…{Makeover Mondays} Cauliflower Fried “Rice”My Profile

    • Thank you, Consuelo! Oh, tell me about it. Those rolls! They are way too easy to make and can get a girl into major carb trouble. 😉

  31. Wow. You’ve done extremely well for your first year!
    I’m in my first year of blogging and I never realized how much work it is. With 3 children to care for it unfortunately can’t be first priority but I do put quite a few hours of work in a day. Learning all the ins and outs has really taken a lot of time. But I guess it’s the only way to learn. I’m enjoying and hope to keep growing.
    I love following your boards on Pinterest. 🙂
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments recently posted…Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread with OatsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Melanie! I greatly appreciate your kind words and compliments. Amazingly, food blogging does require a huge commitment of time and energy. Even I fall behind because life will always get in the way. 😉 Like you, I have learned a tremendous amount about food blogging just by jumping in and swimming. The most important part of blogging is to enjoy what you do and know that you are contributing something of value to your readers–whether it is a recipe for a special diet to impact someone’s life or even a comfort food recipe that will bring a smile to someone’s face. Thanks again for stopping by. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2014 and I wish you all the best in food blogging this year! 🙂

  32. What a fantastic year but I can see why. Everyone of your recipes are terrific. 🙂
    Karen (Back Road Journal) recently posted…Chicken And Sausage Gumbo, A Louisiana SpecialtyMy Profile

  33. I was just posting on someone else’s food blog, that I love when bloggers do round ups because you get to find out the past stuff that you never saw before ESPECIALLY since you just started following someone. Did I explain that right? lol
    Anywho, excellent round up!

    • Thank you! I agree. It’s always interesting to look back and see what has been the most popular posts with other bloggers…especially if you are new to following them. Plus, these posts are great to have on your own blog to compare from year to year. And, yes…you explained everything perfectly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  34. Wow, you saw a great rate of growth in your first year, congrats on that. Not that it surprises me, your recipes are the best and I have a feeling 2014 is going to be even bigger for you!
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen recently posted…Sweet Potato Noodles with Kale Pesto (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan, Paleo)My Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Sylvie! It is always a good day when I see your smiling face in my comments section. Your words are always like a ray of sunshine and I greatly appreciate your kindness, compliments and encouragement. 🙂

  35. Wow! I love these lists, Stacy! I love every single recipe; I don’t even know if I can decide which one I like best because I instantly become enamored by the next image I see. Congratulations on a successful year, and best wishes for you and the blog in 2014!
    Monica recently posted…Mocha Chiffon CakeMy Profile

    • Aww…thank you, Monica! You are such a sweetheart. I’m so glad to have connected with you and Caroline over at Pass the Cocoa this past year. You girls rock! I’m glad you enjoyed the list as it was fun to compile and see how things shook out. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2014!

  36. What a fabulous post! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this a year! Seriously impressive with recipes & photos! Love all these recipes – OMG those cherry hand pies!! I’m still swooning… Love them all and can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!
    Meghan recently posted…Giant Mocha Meringues & Cuisine Nicoise Cookbook ReviewMy Profile

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Meghan! You are too kind. I’m glad you’re still swooning over those cherry hand pies. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for the encouraging words. I, too, look forward to all of your scrumptious posts in 2014. Have a fabulous year and week, my friend!

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