One year ago today, we posted our first entry on Sauce and Sensibility. Hitting that “post” button for the first time was a little disconcerting—kind of like getting up in front of an audience the first time I made a speech—butterflies in the stomach and all. But I needn’t have worried—because nobody was reading! Well, that’s not fair—my family and closest friends are certainly not nobody—they are everything to me—but of course they were the only ones reading a year ago. That’s beginners’ blog life!
Now, I am somewhat amazed to say—things have changed a lot. In the year since we’ve started, 49,000 visitors have stopped by Sauce and Sensibility—and looked at 250,000 pages. Compared to the 175 visitors in our first month, over 8,000 stopped by last month. Of course, those aren’t big numbers at all in the blogosphere, but it’s certainly enough for my talented photographer husband and me. And the best part of all is that we really are having fun cooking together and learning about the art and science of food photography. And the food blog community is a great place—filled with talented cooks and interesting people all over the world—we’re definitely here for the long haul.
Anyway, since it’s a day of looking back for us, I thought it would be fun to see which recipes were the most popular of the 92 posts we’ve done this first year. And here they are, presented Letterman-style, beginning with:
The 10th most popular recipe on Sauce and Sensibility this year:
Shrimp Salad in Wonton Cups—nice to look at, easy to eat.
The Panaché and the Monaco—the answer to a hot summer thirst.
Smith Island 10-Layer Cake—a really fun project and delicious!
Tex-Mex Pasta Bake—my family loves Mexican too.
Beef Bourguignon—a wintertime classic.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp—I’m not the only one who loves this combination!
Shrimp Salad in Lime Vinaigrette—thank you Donna!
Goat Cheese-Stuffed Eggplant and Zucchini Rolls—ooh, have to make those again soon.
Buffalo Chicken Dip with Celery Fans—my mother’s little trick with celery won raves!
And…the #1 most viewed recipe on Sauce and Sensibility in the past year was…
Vegetable Tian—beautiful to look at, really good, and really good for you!
Thank you for reading–it’s been a great year.