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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Friday, December 28, 2012

Year End Roundup - Most Popular Posts of 2012

Well, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I started this blog.  I thought it would be nice to have a look back at some of the best posts of the year.  First lets look at the most popular posts based on the number of pageviews.  I thought this might take us back to some older posts but 4 out of the top 5 are from the past few months.  

Here are the top 10 most popular Clockwatching Tart posts this year:

Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks

This post from August shows my special tip for de-skinning chicken drumsticks.  It's simple and really nice for summer.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Hand Pies

I wish this one from October was more popular since it's also one of my favourite posts of the year. It was an amazing discovery that is not too complicated, uses mostly leftovers and worked out great even though I made the mistake of putting hot filling in cold puff pastry.  

Braised Lamb

This one from September is a bit of a surprise. It's really nothing special. Super quick, cheap and easy lamb shoulder chops braised in wine.  But I think it's a little Google magic, as a few of these posts seem to be.  People stumble across them while Googling the ingredients and I guess that's great for me!  Also, the pictures turned out terrific.

Lobster Bisque

This is another one of my favourite meals of the year. The post is from November and I think these are also some of my favourite photos I've taken.  It's not skill, seafood pictures just have this gorgeous colour that brown meat can't compare to. We did freeze the leftovers and they did turn out great the second time around.   

Steak Salad with Mango, Avocado and Jalapeño Vinaigrette

This salad is amazing but the pictures in this post are just brutal. It was in July just a few days before I got my amazing indoor blogging light, but there's no excuse for the sheer amount of crap in the background of these photos.  Try the salad though.  It's a winner.

Saltine Toffee aka Christmas Crack

This is no surprise at all. I shared this post/recipe from December with everyone I know. It has to be made. It is SO amazing. I also changed the title from just Christmas Crack and added the Saltine Toffee for SEO purposes. I hope this will continue to be popular all year round, since there's no specific season for deliciousness.

Turkey Scallopini with Kale in Mustard Lemon Sauce

Another surprise from November. I loved this meal and I raved about it.  Maybe it was popular because it was featured in Clean Eating and they never post their recipes online?  Who knows but it's a healthy, tasty meal that's deserving of 4th most popular post of the year.  (And a great way to make kale!)

Stripetti Squash with Sage and Rosemary

Another triumph of Google.  I assume the people who viewed this post from October were searching "what the heck is a stripetti squash" like I was when we found it at the market.  The recipe wasn't even that spectacular but it was an interesting squash I'd eat again.  The pork we served with it was the real winner.  

Putting Up With: Tomato Sauce (Guest Post)

I have no idea how this post from September became the number two most popular post of the year. We shared it all over but the title is not very Google-friendly so I just don't get how it has twice as many hits as number 3.  But it is a wonderful canning recipe and a great guest post from my amazing husband so I'll take it!  

Crock Pot Pot Roast

Here we are with the most popular post of the year from all the way back in February 2012. It had way more than double the number of hits as the last one.  This is all Google. Somehow I tapped into the search term preferred by weirdos like me and it got searched hundreds of times.  I also entered this post in a Canadian Beef blogging contest so maybe some of the hits came from there.

I was worried about looking back at the pictures for this one in the dead of winter without proper lighting, but it's not that bad.  The amount of junk in the background of the shots is more concerning. At least I've learned that lesson!

Hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane.  Soon I'll have a look at my favourite posts of the year so thanks for reading and stay tuned!

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