my ten most popular recipes of 2013

When I hit the “publish” button to send a post out into the world, I never quite know how the post will be received. I’m always optimistic that what I’ve written will resound with someone, and hopefully lots of someones. On your end, you see my words on the screen, a photo or two or three, and, more often than not, a recipe. On my end, if I’m lucky, I get to read your comments and emails. This is my favorite part.

Let me clarify: having written the post is my favorite part. Your feedback — emails, comments, tweets, Facebook messages — is my reward, a virtual pat on the back or a comforting hug.

But also on my end, I see statistics. These, my friends, are fascinating. I try not to pay too much attention to them, as statistics can be disheartening. A post that I feel represented some of my better writing may completely bomb in terms of page views. On the other hand, a post that I didn’t put as much effort into may win out as the most viewed post since I started this site. It’s a bit mind boggling.

I thought it would be fun to share with you my ten most popular recipes of 2013. These are the posts that have the most reader views according to my blog statistics, from January 1st, 2013, to now. I was a little surprised, but pleasantly so.

On to the list…

 * * * My Ten Most Popular Recipes of 2013 * * *


10. Buttermilk Muffins

buttermilk muffins | the merry gourmet

9. Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese

fresh homemade ricotta cheese | the merry gourmet

8. Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

homemade marshmallows | the merry gourmet

7. German Chocolate Cake

german chocolate cake | the merry gourmet

6. Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

banana chocolate chip cupcakes | the merry gourmet

5. Southern-Style Stewed Tomatoes

stewed tomatoes | the merry gourmet

4. Mississippi Mud Cake

mississippi mud cake | the merry gourmet

3. Overnight French Toast Casserole

french toast casserole | the merry gourmet

2. Key Lime Cheesecake

key lime cheesecake | the merry gourmet

And, last but not least, my top viewed recipe for the year was:

1. Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream frosting | the merry gourmet

It’s no surprise to me that the top ten is filled with sweets, with just a few savory dishes present. I’m very much a baker at heart, so that tends to be what I share here.

But here’s my big question: was your favorite recipe – or post – in this list? If not, what was it?

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10 Responses to “my ten most popular recipes of 2013”

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    i feel like getting comments is a virtual warm hug too..I love your writings more than anything and having a sweet treat to go with it is a huge bonus 🙂 hands down that peanut butter frosting wins. hope you have a great holiday season.

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 23, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      Oh, thank you so much, Dixya. And happy holidays to you, too!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 23, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    All look so tasty but those stewed tomatoes are calling my name right now. YUM!!

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    Jennifer Annan House — December 24, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Well, I gave up sugar most definitively this year and went (almost) full Paleo so although all the desserts look delicious, my vote would be the stewed tomatoes sans sugar. On a side note, I love your writing and enjoy all your posts. Happy Holidays to you and you family and wishing you all the best in 2014!

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    Lillian — December 24, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Everything lo0ks wonderful. I’ll be trying out some of the recipes after the holidays.

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    Eileen — December 25, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Merry Christmas Jennifer! !

    I always enjoy reading all of your posts. I get you on the posts that you think will be a hit but end up bombing, and vice versa. The most popular post on my blog is a story I wrote about a public tour I took of the former Willard Asylum for the Insane. I never expected that historical piece (posted on my baking blog) would trump all of my posts. Go figure! I’m thinking of all your recipes, I really need to try your French Toast Casserole, and soon! Thanks for sharing your stories and recipes with us 🙂

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    TidyMom — December 29, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    oh I want to make it all!!!

    Happy New year!!

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    Chrissy — December 30, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    Your photos are amazing! So simple but delicious! Happy New Year!

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    Carolyn — January 1, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    That German Chocolate cake just might make me swoon. I can see why it was one of the most popular!

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    annelies — January 1, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    This looks like a wonderful list. Happy New Year’s MJ!

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