I posted 40 meal plans this year, which means I was on top of dinner more than 75% of the time. That’s a lot of planning for dinner! The number also surprised me, because — at least during this fall — I felt I’d let meal planning get away from me. It’s helpful for me to look back and realize I did do a good job, overall.
I spent more time on other Chick in the Kitchen outlets this year than ever before. You can follow me on Twitter, Like me on Facebook, and follow my boards on Pinterest as well. I hope you will. I often post items in those three places that won’t necessarily make it onto my blog, and I love interacting with my readers on Facebook, especially.
As in the past two years (2009 and 2010), I took a look at my site statistics to get a feel for what you were reading. This year, the majority of my traffic came from the U.S. and Canada, with the UK, Australia, and Germany rounding out the Top 5. A little more than half of my traffic comes from search results, and almost 30% comes from referrals (someone linking to the site).
And now, the Top 5s:
Top 5 Posts of 2011, Published This Year
- Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies
- Vegetarian Mushroom Barley Soup
- Chatzilim (Israeli Eggplant Salad)
- Ginataang Manok (Chicken, Ginger, & Spinach in Coconut Milk)
- Roasted Cauliflower, with Turmeric and Garlic
Top 5 Posts of 2011, Published Anytime
- Unstuffed Cabbage with Ground Turkey
- Slow Cooker Italian-Style Turkey Meatballs
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Packing Lunch for Kindergarten
- Slow Cooker BBQ Skirt Steak
Top 5 Search Terms
These were the Top 5 terms that brought people to my site, once I removed “chickinthekitchen.com” and similar queries.
- slow cooker turkey meatballs
- turkey meatballs crockpot
- israeli eggplant salad
- turkey meatballs slow cooker
- vegetarian mushroom barley soup
There were also three new dishes, all vegetarian, that I really enjoyed but that did not make a Top 5 list. They included Gigantes (Greek Beans in Tomato Sauce), Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Walnuts & Gruyere, and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette & Gorgonzola.
In fact, I’m making the Gigantes to bring to our friends’ house on New Year’s Eve — it will help offset the enormous quantity of pigs in blankets we’ll eat.
With that, I wish you a happy and healthy 2012! Thank you for reading and sharing with me.