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Last Year on Macheesmo

by Nick

I’m kind of a stat nerd and I love compiling all of the stats at the end of the year and figuring out which posts were most popular.

I thought it’d be fun to let you guys check out the list of the most popular posts from the last year.  In addition, I gave my 10 favorite posts that weren’t already mentioned.

Most Popular Posts

Out of the over three hundred posts that I wrote for Macheesmo last year, these were the ten posts that had the most traffic.  Some of these really surprised me actually.

Click on the title or photo to read the whole post.

10) Breakfast Baked Peaches

I wasn’t too surprised to see this in the list.  It turned out really pretty and was delicious.  When peaches were in season a lot of people had this on their “to-make” list I think.

9) Spinach Artichoke Cups

I’ve made these  a few times since posting them for parties and stuff.  They are always a hit.

8) Rainbow Wheat Berry Salad

I kind of forgot about this post!  Betsy and I ate this for lunch a few weeks in a row because it was so good, but I was shocked to see it high up in the stats.

7) Margarita Shrimp Tacos

These were really tasty and simple to make.  Not surprised that these were popular.

6) Lemon Drop Jello Shots

From my attempts at making super-fancy jello shots.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.

5) Repairing a Cast Iron Skillet

Possibly the most useful post I wrote all year…  bring that old rusty skillet back to life!

4) Crockpot Yogurt

Not too surprised that this was high up on the list.  Making your own yogurt is pretty easy and you don’t need a fancy yogurt maker.  A crockpot will do the trick.

3) Bacon Bourbon

Any time you want a page to get a lot of traffic, just put bacon on it.  It’s a recipe for internet success.  I try not to fall into the trap of just throwing bacon into things for the heck of it, but sometimes it just makes sense.

2) Cast Iron Pizza

People loved this recipe.  I loved this recipe.  Quite honestly one of the best pizzas I’ve ever made.

1) Four Homemade Cleaners

It figures that the post with the most traffic from 2011 wasn’t even my idea.  I have to give Betsy credit for this one.  Maybe she should start a blog…

Nick’s Favorite Posts

Some of the posts that were popular overlap with posts that I thought turned out the best, but only a few.  Most of my favorite posts from 2011 weren’t even close to making the list.  Funny how that works.

Here were my 10 favorite posts from the last year in no particular order.

Crispy Tempeh Tacos

I’m not really sure why I thought this would be a good combo, but it turned out to be an amazing combo!  The texture of these tacos is really awesome.

Green Chile Mac and Cheese

I had a dish like this in Austin and the first thing I did when I got home was try to re-create it.  Turned out fantastic and still something that I like to make for a crowd.

Three Dry Rubs

This is more of a resource post than a recipe post.  Everybody should have a few good recipes for rubs in their spice arsenal.

Short Rib Ragu

I think this was probably Betsy’s favorite thing that I made this year.  With good reason… it’s a really hard dish to beat and would be great on a cold winter night.

Homemade Mayo

I was blown away at how much more flavor homemade mayo had over the store-bought stuff.  I still make homemade mayo pretty regularly.

Spicy Pickled Okra

 

I liked this post a lot because it was my first attempt at pickling something and it turned out fantastic.  These tasted better than the pickled okra you buy at the store for $5/jar and they cost me way less than that to make.

Shredded  Chicken Hard Tacos

The filling for these tacos isn’t as important as the technique.  Making hard tacos like this is pretty easy and makes a much better taco than if you were to grab a box of the pre-formed hard taco shells.

The NickRib

The idea of a BBQ pork sandwich is a good one.  The idea of freezing them so you can have one anytime is even better.  Plus, these are cheaper than the McD’s version.

Cashew Dip

This dip kind of stunned me!  It’s really simple to make and is really addictive.

Sweetbread Po’ Boys

Offal? Check. Fried stuff? Check. Sriracha? Check.  My dream food.

I’m really happy with how 2011 turned out on Macheesmo.  I feel like I learned a lot and tried a lot of new dishes.  Hopefully, 2012 brings even more delicious food!

If you have a favorite recipe or post from 2011 (from any website), leave a comment!

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10 comments on “Last Year on Macheesmo

  1. Dang it, Nick!!! Here we are, after having gorged ourselves on food and drink throughout the holidays and in desperate need of a break and a low cal diet, and you ruin all that by posting “food porn”! Shame on you! I had to wear a bib just to read today’s blog!!! ;)

  2. Because of your site, the cast iron is the only way I make pizza from now on. The stone is solely used for a good surface to cut it on.

  3. Not sure how I missed the cast iron pizza–will definitely have to add that to my list. Doing the WDW Goofy Challenge next weekend so I have a week of gluttony and overeating left before it’s back to healthy living; I may as well take advantage of it!

  4. My 8 yr old daughter was reading this over my shoulder while we ate lunch. She’s told me I must also make the spinach artichoke cups, shrimp tacos and she’s very disappointed that the jello shots are off limits because she thinks they look yummy!

  5. 2011 was a great year Nick! I enjoy reading your blog every morning and drooling before breakfast! I have made several things based on your ideas and recipes, so please keep them coming!!

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