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The Cooking Bride’s 2012 Year in Review

Jan 1, 2013 by

2012 Year in Review

 

Happy New Year!

It’s been quiet around here for a few days, hasn’t it? With all the hullabaloo that comes with Christmas, I decided it would serve my sanity wisely to step away from food blogging for a few days and enjoy my family.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been hard at work. You may have noticed the blog got a little facelift. Even though the blog got a complete overhaul this time last year, there were elements that I wasn’t entirely happy with. However, our household budget is tight and I don’t have the money to hire someone to redesign it. One of the few (and I do mean few) perks of not having a lot of money is that it forces you to learn how to do things yourself. Through a lot of trial and error, reading and research, I managed this entire redesign by myself. I am tickled pink with how it turned out. I hope you like it.

In addition to changing the look of the site, I also added a resources tab to the navigation bar. In the coming months, I plan on posting a lot of quick reference guides and tutorials here. To start, I have launched The Cooking Bride’s Guide to . . . and have posted two reference guides for beginner cooks – “Stocking a Kitchen on a Budget” and “Stocking a Pantry.” If you are a new or budding cook, I hope you will find these helpful. Feel free to share them with your friends.

Guide to Stocking a Kitchen on a Budget Guide to Stocking a Pantry

 

For the last three years, I have always posted a top recipes compilation consisting of the most popular recipes from the blog in the last year.  Here are 2009, 2010, and 2011.  I enjoy putting these posts together, because it’s fun to go back and see which recipes were the biggest hits. So in keeping with tradition, here is my 2012 recipe round-up.

10. Pink Lemonade

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9. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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8. Chicken Miso Soup

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7. Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

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6. Mashed Cauliflower and Cheese Gratin

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5. Chewy Chocolate Brownies

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4. Spicy Venison Stew

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3. Strawberry Pizza

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2. Bang Bang Shrimp

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And the number on most popular recipe on the blog for 2012 was:

1. Basic Homemade Strawberry Jam

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Thanks for making 2012 such a wonderful and rewarding year.  I have a good feeling about things to come in 2013.  Stay tuned!

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