Looking back at 2008, and looking ahead for ’09
Can you believe we’re already at the caboose-end of 2008? I hope you’re all enjoying some relaxing, restful, and fun times with your loved ones around the holidays. We had a wonderful trip to see my family for Christmas; enjoyed lots of good food, some snow still on the ground for Christmas morning, lots of time to read, chat, and dream about what plans we have ahead in 2009.
Along with the special gifts and treats that Santa brought us for Christmas, I also seem to have been “gifted” a cold, that seems to be carrying me from Christmas Eve through the entire rest of my vacation week this week…sniffle, sniffle (literally and figuratively!) Maybe it was a present from that mean one, Mr. Grinch. But, while convalescing on the couch won’t get me into the kitchen much this week, it’s kind of the perfect place from which to look back at 2008 — Eggs on Sunday’s inaugural year! — and to share some of the greatest hits from the past 12 months.
My first bit hit! These cute little miniature pies, inspired by Pushing Daisies, were followed by my first big increase in site traffic.
April Fool’s “Eggs and Toast”
My first venture into home cheesemaking, and definitely not my last. Nothing compares to fresh, soft ricotta. Have you tried making it yet?
Soups, Soups, and more Soups
I won’t lie; I’m in love with soups. They’re one of the main reasons I look forward to the colder months of the year…there’s nothing like a steaming bowl of beautiful, tasty soup to warm your bones. They also happen to be one of my favorite things to photograph.
A few Daring Bakers Challenges
One of the things I was most excited about when I started blogging was taking part in the Daring Bakers Challenges. I participated in 5 of the challenges before missing one, almost missing another, then deciding that I should probably put that blogging activity on hold for awhile…but, it was a blast to take part in the challenges that I did, and to be introduced to so many talented fellow bloggers and bakers!
Weeks upon Weeks of CSA Goodies
Did you all enjoy seeing what I got in my CSA boxes this year as much as I enjoyed my little show-and-tell? Seeing what’s in the share each week is a surprise that never gets old to me!
CIA Boot Camp!
This was one of my favorite series of posts; not only did it allow me to share my experiences at CIA Boot Camp with all of you, but it also is a great record for me of that week and all the wonderful things I learned and experienced there. Here’s hoping I can go back for another one in the future. :)
Pork Belly – or, I Hear the Crickets Chirping
As much as I found it interesting to confit the pork belly and see what it turned out like, apparently you, dear readers, are not as excited about it as I was. I could hear the crickets chirping in the comments section. No biggie. I won’t hold it against you. ;)
Friday Night Pizza!
And of course, we had a great series of Friday Night Pizzas! Mmmmm….I’m drooling looking at this collage. I may have to resurrect this series in the New Year…
Funny Search Terms
As any of you fellow bloggers know, one of the statistics I can see behind-the-scenes is what search terms people are using, in any search engine, that bring them to this blog. The results are sometimes surprising and either make me (a) laugh out loud, or (b) shake my head in disbelief. Here’s a few:
#1 and #2 search terms – the #1 search term that leads people to my blog is, not surprisingly, “eggs on sunday.” But, interestingly, the #2 search term, very close behind, is “swiss chard!” Who knew.
there are lots of fellow ricotta and soup lovers out there – two of my most popular search terms are variations on “homemade ricotta” and “soup.” Glad to see there are other homemade cheese and soup lovers out there.
the quinoa tower – apparently this is a phrase that someone used and ended up on my blog. Does anyone know what this quinoa tower is, and where I may find it? Yum. :)
gargantuan cherokee tribal necklace – I have two questions about this one. Number one: what in my blog is remotely related to this search term? Number two: if you were looking for information on a gargantuan cherokee tribal necklace, would you really click on a food blog? Maybe that person decided that he/she was too hungry to keep searching for information on that gargatuan tribal necklace. I just like the use of the adjective “gargantuan” in the search phrase…no moderately sized tribal necklaces, please.
What’s Ahead in 2009
And yes, I’m already dreaming and scheming about new things to bring you in 2009. I’d like to do a bread-baking series. A tutorial on pasta-making — I have been making it at home for us since attending my CIA class, and honestly, I think it’s one of the best things on earth! I’ve also been making my own yogurt for the past 6 months, and it’s about time I shared that with you all, too, I think. This past year I shared with you what I received in my CSA box each week, but next year, I’d like to expand on that and do a bit more with tips for using in-season produce, week-by-week. I want to tackle a few more new-to-me challenges: making macarons, making puff pastry, making more homemade cheese (besides ricotta), perhaps some home-cured meat (I know, I know, that wasn’t a big draw for many of you when I did the pork belly, but – hey – it’s my blog, it’s something I’m curious to learn more about, and I promise to not write solely about cured meat.) Looking at my Recipe Index, it seems I could use a few more starters/first courses – so look for more of those in 2009, too. Who knows; I may look into a few video tutorials for some of my posts, even! If there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!
In the meantime, may the New Year bring health, happiness and plenty of good things to eat for you and yours. Thanks for reading!