And the Winner Is….best Of the Blog 2014

Salad in a white bowl with avocado and quinoa. Healthy anti-inflammatory recipe

Arugula Quinoa Avocado and Bacon Salad

I don’t know about your 7th grade, but in mine one of the highlights was an end-of-year ritual known as Superlatives. Members of the student body voted for fellow classmates in a variety of categories, the most coveted being “Most Popular”, “Best Looking”, and naturally, “Cutest Couple”. I still remember a twinge of envy when my friend Carla snagged the award for “Best Eyes”. I congratulated her, of course, but secretly wished that I too had a beautiful Persian mother from whom I might inhertit exotic blue-green eyes with lush lashes.

While I’m glad that the hallmarks of 7th grade are a thing of the past, I’m swiping a page from middle school for the purposes of rounding up this year in blogging. Using a largely unscientific approach, I’ve gleaned the Best of the Blog based on traffic to various posts, number and nature of comments, posts that were picked up on other sites, along with some of my own personal favorites. Here goes:

Slow cooker pinto beans www.momskitchenhandbook.com

MOST POPULAR RECIPE: Slow Cooker Pinto Beans 

This post generated nearly 50,000 page views this year. Those are some beans.

Spaghetti with Butter Egg and Cheese www.momskitchenhandbook.com

RUNNER UP: Spaghetti with Butter, Egg and Cheese

This simple pasta was a close second for most frequently visited recipe (and is a household favorite).

Best of Trader Joe's / MOMS KITCHEN HANDBOOK

MOST POPULAR NON-RECIPE POST: Best of Trader Joe’s

Generated lots of traffic along with plenty of comments with welcomed input on readers’  TJs favorites.

Upside Down Buttermilk Plum Cake / MOMS KITCHEN HANDBOOK

PRETTIEST: Upside Down Buttermilk Plum Cake

I still have a lot to learn on the photography front, but some of my photos now manage to look as pretty as the food they capture.

A Year of Whole Grains / momskitchenhandbook

 BEST SERIES: Year of Whole Grains

Does it matter that it was also the ONLY series I did? We covered millet, farro, teff, oats, rice, sorghum, quinoa, and rye, with a recipe for each.. You can find specific recipes by typing  “whole grains” and the  grain you are looking for in the search box on the home page.

 

How to Make and Freeze Smoothies / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

BEST TIP: How to Make and Freeze Smoothies

My personal favorite discovery this year and so easy to do.

 

Beans and Grains, Organized / momskitchenhandbook.com

MOST PRACTICAL: Cure for the “See Food” Diet

 This post was picked up on the Huff Post and Fooducate and is chock full of pratical tips on healthifying your pantry.

Beautiful breads / momskitchenhandbook.com

 MOST CONTROVERSIALl: Will the Real “Best Diet” Please Stand Up

This one generated lots of comments, both positive and critical, and made for some good food for thought.

 

Low Cal Lemon Bars / Moms Kitchen Handbook

MOST PERSONAL: What Happens When you Don’t Look Down

I debated writing this one, but judging from the number of emails, texts, and comments that followed its publication, it resonated with a number of you.

Arugula Quinoa Avocado and Bacon Salad

HEALTHIEST: Arugula and Quinoa Salad 

Truth: I’m not sure this is the very healthiest recipe (I did sneak in some bacon, after all), but it is a good one for this time of year as we look to eat a little cleaner after the holidays and into 2015.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR SPENDING EVEN A LITTLE PART OF YOUR 2014 WITH ME.

XOXO, KATIE

Comments

12.30.2014 at9:06 AM #

Kelly

Katie,

All of your blog posts are winners!

Thank you for inspiring, teaching and supporting. I can’t imagine cooking without you:) Here is to a healthy and happy 2015!

12.30.2014 at9:06 AM #

katiemorford

Well that comment just made me cry. Most appreciated and Happy New Year.

12.30.2014 at9:16 AM #

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Great posts! It surprised me what my #1 post was this year too!

12.30.2014 at9:16 AM #

katiemorford

You never can predict what will resonate.

12.30.2014 at9:49 AM #

Cynthia Jones

Katie,
Thank you for a year of helpful info, beautiful photos, and good nutrition. Somehow you manage to impart to mere mortals the art of cooking in creative and delicious ways.
We appreciate you!
Cynthia

12.30.2014 at9:49 AM #

katiemorford

Aw, that means a lot to me, Cynthia. I appreciate every comment.

12.30.2014 at10:06 AM #

Pamela

Beans ~~wow! This is a great post and a great way to remind us all of how lucky we are to have found your blog! I am sending it on to a few folks who i don’t think have it yet but who
will be delighted~~xxoo

12.30.2014 at10:06 AM #

katiemorford

Thank you. I welcome new readers, especially as we launch into a new year

12.30.2014 at5:56 PM #

[email protected] Athletic avocado

Looks like you had an amazing and very successful year! Great job! Totally gonna try that arugula and quinoa salad! Got my eye on that! Yum! Love your blog!

12.30.2014 at5:56 PM #

katiemorford

It’s a good one … And thank you!

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