A compilation of Wicked Good Kitchen favorites chosen by our loyal readers as well as the most viewed and the most pinned at Pinterest. Included in this post are some interesting statistics looking back over our second year in blogging and comparing it to our first. Unbelievably, our traffic has tripled!
As we ring in the New Year, I would like to take the time to thank all of you who read my little food blog full of wicked goodness. Even during my absence of nearly 8 months due to illness, you have followed me at Bloglovin’, Twitter and Pinterest. Honest and truly, I don’t think I could ever thank you enough. I am immensely grateful and wish to share with you just how much along with your comments and a funny little story of y’all getting me into some deep trouble!
Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know when you make my recipes with great success. Thank you for sending me links to photos of your finished homebaked goodies after using my recipes or when you write with questions for me to answer. I enjoy connecting with each and every one of you.
Also, thank you for reaching out in numbers to request my Brandy and Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey recipe that includes the irresistible yet easy recipe for Apple Cider, Brandy & Tangerine Glaze via comments and emails associated with our ever-popular recipe, Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices. By popular demand, the recipe was added to the blog as soon as I returned to blogging. You all made my return to blogging a very rewarding one.
For those of you who requested the recipe, it was my pleasure to email over 30 copies of our Holiday 2014 Special Advance Copy Recipe (exclusively for Friends of Wicked Good Kitchen™) in PDF format. It was an incredibly crazy time to jump back into the kitchen and start blogging again. However, I am beyond pleased that you were there to help kick off the holidays with a bang.
What a bang it was!
In fact, y’all got me into super hot water with my web hosting company, HostGator. Yep, it’s true! I received several “nasty grams” around the time of Thanksgiving. The language was very strong and they threatened suspension if I did not stop “abusing CPU resources”. (Hahaha! You all had me feeling like such a rebel. ;)) At first, I was shakin’ in my boots. But, then I realized the calendar.
A quick call to HG and everything was straightened out. After talking with their friendly and professional technical team on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I learned that the sheer number of November site visits for my turkey brine and Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream recipes (and a few others, like Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake) was the cause of all the problems. They shared with me that they allow up to 25% of usage and my blog was using 81%—which was way over their limit.
My dear readers, you and Pinterest users just about took HostGator down! (I kid in jest, of course.) Well, in the food blogging world, this is actually a good problem to have and I thought you might get a chuckle out of the story. So, thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for dropping by.
Welcomed Comments from You
Once again, thank you for sharing your comments with me, and fellow readers. I enjoy reading each one and do my very best to reply as soon as I can. When I returned to blogging, I had plenty of catching up to do in this area. I had over 350 comments that needed answering. To date, I still have a little over 100 remaining. If I have not answered your question yet, hang in there…I promise to get to you very soon!
Below are some of your comments.
Comments Requesting Recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey
Tammy writes, “Hello, I can’t find your recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey. Do you have it posted? I would love to use it this year. Thanks!”
Tawana writes, “Hello Stacy, Can you please email me with the recipe for Brandy & Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey? I used your brine recipe before and I got many happy family members. I would love to try your recipe.”
Tina writes, “Just made the brine and the turkey is in the cooler on the back porch, brinning away… Brine looks and smell delish…. Can you email me the Brandy and Tangerine Glaze recipe? Would love to try it out. Thanks, love your blog.”
Tracie writes, “I am brining as we speak. Very excited, smells great. Can I get the herbed butter compound recipe from you?”
Helen writes, “Hi- I am brining my turkey for Christmas and would love the recipe for the Brandy and Tangerine turkey as well!? Would you mind emailing it to me as well? Please? Thank you so much, cannot wait to try this recipe!!”
Comments About Our Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices Recipe
Tricia writes, “Hello, We have just used your recipe today to start brining our bird. The smell is fantastic! I cannot wait!”
Ari writes, “Wow, this brine is amazing I am switching recipes as of today. I made some today and it tastes and smells so wonderful! I plan to butter my turkey with rosemary butter. Can’t wait to roast and eat this delicious turkey! Thank you for sharing!!”
Amy writes, “Amazing tutorial!”
Robyn writes, “Amazing! Best turkey ever! I was a little unsure, at first, as it didn’t smell the best. But, the turkey had an amazing taste, and very moist! Thank you!”
Jenette writes, “Stacy, We absolutely love the brine and the glaze. Thank you so much for sharing.”
Arelisa writes, “WOW! Best turkey recipe ever! Thank you so much for sharing and posting! I had tried other recipes before but I’m going to stay with this one forever! Thanks again and happy holidays!”
Caroline writes, “Came across your recipe on Pinterest and giving it a try for Christmas! I was happy to find all the ingredients I needed at Whole Foods (seasoning wise), thank goodness for bulk. I am getting ready to seep my citrus soon, waiting for the brine to cool a bit, but so far it smells amazing! We just moved out of state and my family is driving the 3 hours to come spend Christmas with myself and family, this is my first time doing Christmas dinner. We plan to smoke the turkey in our smoker, I can’t wait to taste this!!!”
Thank you, my dear friends. I am convinced that I have the best readers ever! Once again, I enjoy connecting with each and every one of you. 🙂
Stats: Let’s take a look…
Keywords & Key Phrases
Here are the Top 25 Keywords you all are searching: Cream, cheese, happy, new, year, frosting, recipe, free, gluten, best, chocolate, paleo, cookies, buttercream, to, hazelnuts, cake, how, cherry, butter, with, christmas, pie, chip, merry.
Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, paleo chocolate chip cookies, best cream cheese frosting, how to blanch hazelnuts, caramel sauce recipe best ever, cream cheese buttercream frosting, cream cheese buttercream, gluten free russian tea cakes, blanching hazelnuts.
Kind of interesting, huh? I’m still wondering…what is with the ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ in there? 😉
Our Growth in Traffic
Take a look at Wicked Good Kitchen’s growth by comparing our traffic stats below from our first year, 2013, via HostGator.com…
…and, our traffic stats below from our second year, 2014, also via HostGator.com.
Do you see what we are seeing?
Wow! The traffic for Wicked Good Kitchen has essentially tripled! This is truly amazing when you consider that I did not blog for nearly 8 months out of the year due to illness. Incredible! It just goes to show that Wicked Good Kitchen has the best readers there are. You have pinned our recipes at Pinterest, made them and even shared photos and have commented. Once again, thank you for visiting!
Where Our Traffic Is Coming From
Here is a look as to where our traffic is coming from comparing our first year (top) and second year (bottom):
Last year, a high percentage of our traffic came from Pinterest per Alexa. We noted that it seemed both natural and yet slightly troubling. With Google being in second place, this proved that we had to improve our SEO. By 2014, Google was at the top and Pinterest followed. This shows a definite improvement with Google and Pinterest being near equal.
Without further delay, here are our lists of the Top 13 Recipes of 2014 for Wicked Good Kitchen starting with Reader Favorites from the top!
Top 13 Recipes: Reader Favorites
Top 13 Recipes: Most Pinned
- Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream (58K)
- Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream (42K)
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars (30K)
- Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream (27K)
- Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream (26K)
- Chocolate-Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream (23K)
- Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars (21K)
- Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies (20K)
- Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake (17K)
- Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream (15K)
- Carrot Cake Jam (11K)
- Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream (10K)
- Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce (9K)
Top 13 Recipes: Most Viewed
- Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake
- Best Ever Lemon Brownie Bars
- How To Easily Peel (Blanch) Hazelnuts
- Chocolate-Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Carrot Cake Jam
- Strawberry (Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies
- Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
- White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars
The Year of Cream Cheese Buttercream
It was definitely the year of Cream Cheese Buttercream here at Wicked Good Kitchen. It was also the year of recipe components…because it was meant to be a year of cakes!
Since the buttercream series was so popular, you can look forward to many more coming to the blog in 2015. In fact, I am going to pick up right where I left off. Along the way, I will also be including more tutorials. Our tutorial, How To Easily Peel (Blanch) Hazelnuts, stands at #4 in the Top 5 all-time page views here on the blog. Amazing!
In addition to recipes, I will also be sharing helpful tips concerning diet, health and nutrition as well as ‘My Story’ as a fixed page here on the blog to help others. What happened to me could happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. I won’t go into details now and bore you to tears, but I was very sick this past spring, summer and fall. Everything in my life was put on hold—even my cookbook projects. In fact, I am not fully recovered and probably jumped a bit too soon back into blogging because I am still learning and healing. But, I am feeling so much better and just couldn’t wait any longer!
As always, I greatly appreciate your support of my blog and look forward to returning to regular blogging with more unexpected original recipes. Just wait until you see what I have planned for you!
Meanwhile, best wishes to you, your family and friends for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!