I have recapped your favorite recipes of 2013 (based on the number of views), I included one old favorite that shows up year after year, but the rest were posted in 2013; I’ve also got great plans in store for you for 2014…so read on!
The past year brought many changes to my life and to this website. After eighteen years of working side-by-side with Mr. Saucy in our fly shop, I made the decision to leave our business and focus my efforts on this endeavor. It has brought me tremendous joy, new vitality, new adventures, challenges, opportunities and best of all a chance to be creative in the kitchen, with my food photography and with life.
While I was initially terrified of the decision, you all have made it the very best choice ever. This little website saw growth not in the single digits, not in the double digits, but an astounding 7oo percent growth! You came to The Saucy Southerner in record numbers, month after month after month; the site grew at such a tremendous rate that you provided me with the drive to keep going. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!
I spent some time in June in Austin Texas attending BlogHer Food where I learned a lot about where to focus my efforts, met some fabulous people and representatives from some amazing companies. It was time well spent and I hope to attend this year in Miami.
In 2013, I teamed up with the Meatless Monday movement and became one of their Official Bloggers. This is such an amazing organization; they have been incredibly supportive and I think the movement itself is so very worthwhile: Promoting healthy eating while improving the health of the planet too is a win/win and I will be continuing to post Meatless Monday meals in 2014.
Also in 2013, and as a result of the tremendous growth in the site, I was able to partner with ZipList as one of their official bloggers. Because of your interest in The Saucy Southerner, you made that possible for me; I thank you for helping me to realize one of the biggest goals I set for myself this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Last year I started two features, Meatless Monday of course, as well as Five Ingredient Friday. The latter was an unbelievable challenge for me. Creating tasty, delicious meals and appetizers and cocktails with five ingredients isn’t easy, and I will continue doing it, but I plan to add some new features to push me further and to give some variety to my Friday posts for you. This year I will be alternating weeks of Five Ingredient Friday (recipes with five ingredients, give or take a few), and I’ll be introducing Frugal Friday which will be budget friendly Friday recipes (and don’t we all need those), as well as Thank Goodness It’s Friday (TGIF) recipes which will consist of easy, fun, and fabulous food and drink for the coming weekend.
A wrap-up of the year wouldn’t be complete without a compilation of your favorite recipes as determined by site views. There were several in the top ten that appear year after year, but I’ve only included the very top old recipe…all the rest were your favorites from 2013 posts.
Slow-Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork, a Five Ingredient Friday post, topped the list with tens of thousands of views. I found out just how much I love to use my Crock Pot, and I found out just how much you all use yours, too. This was a win/win…and we just ate some of this amazing pork last night. This recipe was featured very recently by ZipList in their Top Holiday Recipes.
Another Crock Pot favorite of yours and also in the top ten of views was my Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket. I absolutely guarantee this is the most flavorful and easy brisket recipe ever. It was also one of my featured recipes this year. It appeared in Best Crock Pot Recipes on the Net by Food Explorer in their August edition.
An all-time favorite of yours, year after year, has been my recipe (with tips from my friend, Jack) for Southern-Style Mustard Potato Salad. This is THE potato salad for this household.
Interestingly, a companion post for the Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket came in among the top ten posts. The recipe was for a French Dip Sandwich using leftover brisket and that had an Easy Au Jus recipe. This tells me you would like to see recipes that utilize leftovers; I’m listening and will incorporate more of those in the future.
The last inclusion is probably the most surprising for me. My recipe for Masa de Harina Sweet Yellow Cornbread really ranked up there toward the top. I came up with this recipe as a challenge to try to create a sweet cornbread that had the texture of Jiffy and it is delicious. It certainly made me look at sweet cornbread in a different light.
I hope that 2014 brings you joy, as much joy as you bring to me each and every day…and that is quite a lot. Thank you, again, for being here.
Happy New Year!