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by Caitlin Saniga and Sarah Steimer

What a year for So Hungry I Could Blog!

What a year for So Hungry I Could Blog!

Allow us to revel in some accomplishments before we step into a new year.

In 2012, we’ve published 249 posts, including 222 recipes, with:

  • 120 main dishes,
  • 71 side dishes,
  • 43 snacks,
  • 43 desserts,
  • 9 drinks,
  • and 2 dog-friendly recipes

*Note:  Some recipes straddle two or three categories.

Our 10 most popular posts of the year were the following recipes:

  1. Roasted sweet potato with Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, cranberries and pecans
  2. Cathedral windows
  3. Fortune cookies
  4. Fresh honey lemonade
  5. Slow cooker maple-glazed meatballs with pineapple
  6. BLT muffins
  7. Cream cheese balish
  8. Sweet potato pancakes
  9. Broccoli-cheddar soup with rice
  10. Pecan pie

The most popular search term used to find our site was “stained glass cookies marshmallows,” followed by “wine pairing” and of course “So Hungry I Could Blog.”

Caitlin’s 3 favorite recipes:

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Sarah’s 3 favorite recipes:

Sarah's 3 favorite recipes

We’ve been causing a splash over on Facebook, too. Our most popular post:

We posted this photo on our Facebook page along with the caption: ""Pie" of the storm: Something strange happened today when Caitlin sat, holed up in her apartment in Southwest Virginia, playing with pie crust scraps and waiting to see whether Frankenstorm would knock out her power ..." Do you "like" us on Facebook yet?

We posted this photo on our Facebook page along with the caption: “‘Pie’ of the storm: Something strange happened today when Caitlin sat, holed up in her apartment in Southwest Virginia, playing with pie crust scraps and waiting to see whether Frankenstorm would knock out her power …” Do you “like” us on Facebook yet?

On Twitter, our flock of followers has grown to 204, including notables such as Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post, L.A. Times Food, Healthy Living magazine, Slow Food U.S.A. and Meatless Monday. Won’t you follow us, too?

Here's a taste of what we do on Twitter.

Here’s a taste of what we do on Twitter.

We tried to track down our most-pinned recipe of 2012 on Pinterest, but it proved to be an impossible task. Just know that lots of people dig our recipes on Pinterest, and maybe you would, too.

We started the $6 Snack series, which features food reviews based on a $6 price limit, in 2010, but we greatly expanded our reach this year.

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In all, we have 19 $6 Snacks representing 8 states. Can you help us fill out our map? We love featuring your reviews. (See more details on submission guidelines here.) Our goal is to have blue markers in 15 states by the end of 2013.

Of our 222 recipes in 2012, 36 of them made Tastespotting.

Only the most picture-perfect recipes make the cut for this drool-worthy food photos site. Browse our Tastespotting portfolio here.

Only the most picture-perfect recipes make the cut on this submissions-based food photos site. Browse our Tastespotting portfolio here.

We were pleasantly surprised to receive emails from writers at the Huffington Post, requesting permission to use a couple of our photos and link to our blog. This was a first for us, and it made us feel like other people are noticing that we’re passionate about what we do on the blog.

Caitlin's recipe for BLT muffins was used in a roundup of BLT-inspired recipes. And Sarah's roasted sweet potato with Brussels sprouts and other goodies was picked for a feature on Brussels sprouts.

Caitlin’s recipe for BLT muffins was used in a roundup of BLT-inspired recipes. And Sarah’s roasted sweet potato with Brussels sprouts and other goodies was picked for a feature on Brussels sprouts.

We kept busy with guides for each month of the year:

  • January: Warm and Buzzy, with 4 recipes for hot alcoholic beverages
  • February: Fond of You, featuring 4 recipes for savory fondues
  • March: Lookin’ Hot, Cakes, with 4 deluxe pancake recipes
  • April: Spring Cleaning, our special 4-part guide on whipping your kitchen into shape
  • May: Alfresco Refreshed, with picnic ideas for burgers, potato salad, fruit salad and iced tea
  • June: Presto, featuring 4 recipes for quick and easy pesto
  • July: Power Trio, with 4 recipes featuring the classic combo of bacon, leafy greens and tomato
  • August: Lickety Split, a guide to quick pickling with 6 recipes
  • September: Dynamic Duo, our nod to peanut butter and jelly, with 5 recipes
  • October: Want One?, a collection of 4 savory and 2 sweet wonton variations
  • November: Thanksgiving pies, with our takes on 4 classic pies
  • December: Crunch Time, with 4 recipes for biscotti

We reached and surpassed several big milestones on the blog: 100 followers, 500 posts, and 1,000 likes on posts. Our most recent tallies are: 155 followers and 600 posts. The current number of likes proved harder to determine.

New things we tried: recipes for four-legged friends, wine and chocolate pairings, expanded Oktoberfest reviews. We also checked out the food scene in a few new cities (New York City and Santa Fe, N.M., for example), and now offer themed recipe and tip collections on Storify.

Thanks for sticking with us in 2012. We think it’s been a great year! Hang on with us in 2013, and we promise to share more of our favorite recipes, reviews and tricks (and hopefully a few of yours, too)!

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We quietly closed voting on our first reader survey on Wednesday about noon, but most of the votes were cast long before then. Thank you for opening up to us! With the help of some pie charts, we’ll take this post to look back at your answers and give our reactions.

Thanks again for your input and time!

— Caitlin and Sarah

How many times per week do you cook?

Based on 20 votes

How many times per week do you cook?

“Never” was an option, but no one selected it. And we guess that makes sense. If you care enough to take a survey on a cooking blog, you likely care at least a little about cooking. We were happy to see that about 45% of you cook at least 5 times a week.


How many recipes have you tried from the blog?

Based on 20 votes

How many recipes have you tried from the blog?

While we’d like to think all of our readers have tried at least 1 recipe from our blog at some point, we know that’s not realistic. But to whomever responded that they’ve tried more than 10 of our recipes, that made our day! Which recipes have you guys tried?


How many times per week do you eat a meatless dinner?

Based on 18 votes

How many times per week do you eat a meatless dinner?

What does “meatless” mean? We define it as any meal that includes no meat or fish. It can include eggs or dairy products, though. These answers were about on par with what we expected to see.


How many people do you usually cook for?

Based on 19 votes

How many people do you usually cook for?

Apparently we cater to a lot of people like ourselves! Caitlin usually cooks for just herself, and Sarah usually cooks for two. The option of “More than 4” was on the survey, but no one selected it.


Where do you buy produce, dairy and meats?

Based on 19 votes

Where do you buy produce, dairy and meats?

“A natural foods store” was also among the choices for this question, but no one selected it.


Do you have any dietary restrictions?

Based on 18 votes

Do you have any dietary restrictions?

We expected to see more people who have dietary restrictions to respond — especially those of the vegan and vegetarian persuasion.


How likely are you to try new foods?

Based on 20 votes

How likely are you to try new foods?

A couple of other options were offered but went unselected — “Not at all” and “I almost never eat the same meal twice” — which were the two extremes.

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