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The Best of 2019

The Best of 2019

Another year come and gone, another batch of delicious recipes tested, shot and shared.

I’m really proud of the recipes we put out this year, both the recipes themselves as well as the photography. The past few years have really seen a shift from quantity to quality, with fewer, longer and more thoroughly tested posts and recipes. I still can’t figure out how I used to post 3-4 times a week (now I’m lucky if I get 2 recipes published).

What’s in store for 2020? Well, if my list of recipe ideas is any indicator, it’s going to be a tasty year!

(Also, because I don’t mention it here often enough, be sure to join our facebook group if you haven’t already! It’s a friendly community and fabulous resource and for anyone looking for cooking tips and recipe inspiration. Join us, won’t you?)

2019 by the numbers:

  • Posts published: 75
  • Comments received: 587
  • Words written: 74,042
  • Average post length: 987 words
  • Photos taken: 19,475 (622GB worth!)
  • Most liked: Chocolate Maraschino Layer Cake (14,050 likes!)
  • Most pinned: Strawberry Cake Roll
  • Books read: 64
  • Countries visited: 5

Without further ado, here are most popular posts from 2019 and from the past decade (be sure to click through to see all of them, including the most popular images from Instagram!)

Your Favorite Posts this Year

These were the top visited posts published this year according to Google Analytics.

The Most Popular Recipe Posts of 2019

1. Sourdough Crackers with Olive Oil & Herbs / 2. Reverse Sear Steak / 3. Strawberry Cake Roll / 4. Crispy Oven-Roasted Broccolini / 5. Matcha Amaretti Cookies / 6. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cloud Frosting / 7. Chocolate Amaretti Cookies / 8. Chocolate Pistachio Cream Thumbprints / 9. Homemade Cheese Crackers

The Most Popular Posts of the Decade

Since we’re entering a new decade, I figured I’d round up the top visited posts from the past 10 years. Most of these will probably look familiar to you, as they’ve appeared in the annual round ups year after year (well, except for the magic lemonade… that one surprised me this year!)

The Most Popular Recipe Posts of the Decade

1. Soy Sauce Noodles / 2. Shakshouka / 3. Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting / 4. Tomato Cucumber Salad / 5. Pan-Fried Trout with Garlic, Lemon & Parsley / 6. Soft Amaretti Cookies / 7. Pickled Green Tomatoes / 8. Butterfly Pea Lemonade / 9. Blue Moon Milk

Most Popular on Instagram

These were the top 9 most liked posts on Instagram this year. A few surprises here, namely a savory recipe (GASP!) since savory recipes tend to get noticeably less reach when compared to sweet ones (those cucamelons are pretty darn cute, though!) Always interesting to see that the most popular recipes on instagram tend to be completely different from the most popular blog recipes (with a few exceptions like the ever-popular amaretti cookies—everyone loves those, no matter what platform!)

2019's Most Liked Photos on Instagram

1. Chocolate Maraschino Layer Cake / 2. Cookies ‘n Cream Puff Ice Cream Sandwiches / 3. Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches / 4. Black Sesame Cinnamon Rolls with Matcha Glaze / 5. Matcha Amaretti Cookies / 6. Chocolate Pistachio Cream Thumbprints / 7. Cookies ‘n Cream Puff Ice Cream Sandwiches / 8. Pumpkin Cake Roll with Mascarpone Whipped Cream / 9. Cucamelon Pickles


Tell me, what was YOUR favorite recipe this year?

Here’s to plenty of delicious things to come in 2020!

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  1. Wow Lindsay! I don’t know what’s more impressive… the amount of books you read or the amount of photos taken this year. How do you find the time to do all of these? I’m amazed and you produce such great recipes. You’re an inspiration =)

  2. Love the meatball dish. These all look fantastic. I was seeking tasty cookies, and also ultimately found ones I actually such as. Thank you.

  3. Love the meatball recipe. These all look amazing. I was looking for tasty cookies, and finally found ones I actually like. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for sharing all the delicious recipes in one place.

  5. Wow Lindsay! I don’t know what’s more impressive… the amount of books you read or the amount of photos taken this year. How do you find the time to do all of these? I’m amazed and you produce such great recipes. You’re an inspiration =)

  6. thank you for putting all of these in one place!

  7. This all looks so good! I need to make some of these recipes asap!


  8. This is a reminder to me to cook more recipes from your blog! Drooling over here.

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