Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top Five Recipes to Date and a Thank You (2013)

The best part of writing this blog is the connections I make with readers like you.  It is such a joy to read your comments, especially when you tell me your stories in return.  This year has been one of adjusting to and exploring yet another city and making Dubai our home.  It’s been a year of celebration and of loss and it delights me no end to have you along for the journey.  Occasionally I check my blog statistics and it’s always fun to see what you’ve liked the most week by week, month by month and year by year.  About this time last year, I shared the most viewed recipes to date so I thought I’d do the same at the close of this year.

Tasty Turkey Potpie

5. Tasty Turkey Potpie for Denise
This was 2012’s most viewed recipe.  As I wrote in the post last year, it came out of nowhere to take top place, even though it was one of the most recent posts.  This year it’s still in the top five.  It’s something I make every time I have leftover roast turkey or sometimes even chicken.  Yesterday, I picked the Christmas turkey bones clean and will make it again.

Banana Cream Pie

4.  Banana Cream Pie
My husband was delighted to hear that his birthday sweet of choice was still in the top five, albeit sliding down from to number four from second place last year.  With its homemade vanilla custard and flakey shortcrust, it's the perfect pie anytime of the year.

Madam Wong's Pizza Rolls

3.  Madam Wong’s Pizza Rolls
The third most viewed recipe is one of my personal favorites, not just because I love a savory roll but also because it reminds me of good times and wonderful friends from the International School of Kuala Lumpur, the school our daughters attended for the many years we lived in Malaysia.  I posted this recipe as part of #SundaySupper, a group dedicated to encouraging families to gather regularly around the supper table.  My first #SundaySupper post was on January 6th this year, so I am close to a personal anniversary of sorts.  If you are a food blogger interested in joining us, I encourage you to click on the link to learn more.  It's been such fun!

Vegetable Stir-fry

2. Quick Vegetable Stir-fry
This quick stir-fry of vegetables and ramen noodles starting surging up in views about mid-year and steadily climbed to number two.  I have no idea what triggered the jump since it’s one of my oldest posts and the photographs are terrible.  But it truly is delicious and a dish I make quite often, so it’s rather gratifying to know that ingredients and method are often enough.  This makes me feel better when I am agonizing over poor lighting and sorry pictures.

Cheesy Spinach Muffins

1.  Cheesy Spinach Muffins
This recipe is so far ahead in views than its next closest contender that I will be surprised if anything else ever catches up!  I love making muffins, especially savory ones, so I am thrilled to have a muffin from #MuffinMonday in top position.  I'd like to send out a special thank you to Anuradha from Baker Street who got me started down the road of Muffin Monday.  I enjoyed baking with her week after week and it made me sad when life took over and she got too busy to continue.

If you’d like to see 2012's top five list, click here.

Thank you for your comments, for your interaction on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ but, most of all, for being a part of the Food Lust People love community of readers.  I am grateful daily and wish you all a most astoundingly wonderful new year.

Fond regards,


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