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Nine Years of DadCooksDinner

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My favorite PicOfTheWeek: Working on a recipe video

The other day, my friend Judy said that Fall is the real start of the new year. “That’s it!”. She’s absolutely right – I think it’s the rhythm of the school year – but I always treat Fall as when I start new projects. (New Years Resolutions are for when those projects aren’t going so well…but that’s another story.) So, it’s appropriate that my blog anniversary is in late August.

Specifically, August 20th, 2008. DadCooksDinner started when I posted a recipe (and I use the term “recipe” loosely) for Chipotle en Adobo Puree. It’s 2017 now – holy cow – and I’ve been writing here for 9 years. I’ve know I’ve been doing this for a while, but 9 years? That’s a lot of recipes.

2016–2017 recap

As you probably noticed, I leaned into pressure cooking even more over the last year. This has been good for the blog, from a traffic standpoint; the Instant Pot is a cultural phenomenon, and pressure cooker baby back ribs, chicken legs, quick chili, and New York cheesecake are some of my most popular recipes.

I have also focused on video, making a short time lapse of almost every recipe this year. I enjoy these, and they are expanding my video skills, but they have not been that popular on YouTube. (They’re doing a little better of Facebook, but Facebook doesn’t bring me a whole lot of love. Facebook wants you to stay on Facebook, not leave to some blog for the recipe.) I’m going to keep making the videos – they’re pretty easy to put together with my current workflow – but I’m considering changes in the new year.

I also took a month off from the day job. (One of the best perks of my day job is a sabbatical every 5 years.) We hit the road to the East Coast, and had a great time in Montreal, Maine, New York City…and then “back home” to our cottage in Madison, OH. I still feel like I’m trying to get caught up after the trip, though…gone for a month punched a huge hole in my schedule.

So, what’s coming in the next year? That blog theme redesign I teased last week is Coming Soon. Very soon. (Hopefully next week. Fingers crossed.) I’m plugging away at my pressure cooking cookbook; I’m finally keeping the procrastination monster at bay, and making progress on the writing. And…other than that, I don’t know what the new year will bring. That’s part of the beauty of blogging: I never know what’s coming next.

Finally, a shout out to my loyal readers. I love writing this blog, but I doubt I could have kept it up for 9 years if you were not reading what I have to say. Thank you!

Top 5 recipes in 2017

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – Dad Cooks Dinner

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage – Dad Cooks Dinner

Basic Technique: Grilling Sausages

Basic Technique: Grilled Sausages – Dad Cooks Dinner

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs – Dad Cooks Dinner (Did I mention this is my new breakout hit? You’ll see it again soon…)

Grilled Tomahawk Steak (Long Bone Ribeye, Reverse Seared)

Grilled Tomahawk Steak (Long Bone Ribeye, Reverse Seared)

Grilled Tomahawk Steak (Long Bone Ribeye, Reverse Seared) – Dad Cooks Dinner

Honorable mention:

Top 5 new recipes (recipes published in 2017):

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs – Dad Cooks Dinner

Pressure Cooker Quick Chili with Canned Beans | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Quick Chili with Canned Beans

Pressure Cooker Quick Chili with Canned Beans – Dad Cooks Dinner

Pressure Cooker Chicken Legs with Herb Rub | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Chicken Legs with Herb Rub

Pressure Cooker Chicken Legs with Herb Rub

 

Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake

Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake

Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks | DadCooksDinner.com

Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks – Dad Cooks Dinner

Honorable mention:

Top 5 7 Instagram Pics from 2017 (most of them on the road)

(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself – had to add a couple of time lapses at the end there…)

Guacamole En Molcajete at @rosamexicano #nyceats

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Hasslebeck potatoes- cooking class at the @saltlakeculinarycenter for #efc2017

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Orval day at @winkinglizardtavern #orvaltrappistale

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Fruit-infused coconut water snack from @mysmithsgrocery #EFC2017 #smithsfoodie

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Dinner tonight: steak of the week is Porterhouse! Thanks to #bestbeef @certifiedangusbeef and @acme_fresh_market #spon

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Time lapse from the 86th floor of the @EmpireStateBuilding – that's Times Square lit up in the center left. #EmpireStateBuilding

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Visiting the sponsor booths at #EFC2017 – lots of great brands to meet with and samples to try. #somanysamplessolittletime

A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on

Top 5 Pressure Cooker Time Lapse videos on YouTube


Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake [YouTube.com]


Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs [YouTube.com]


Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage


Pressure Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wings


Pressure Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks – Time Lapse – YouTube

What do you think?

Questions? Anything you’re looking forward to in the next year? Leave them in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. Sigrid Trombley says

    Thanks, Mike. Congratulations on the success of the blog. Thoroughly enjoy your work – especially that for pressure cookers. I’ll look forward to what’s to come.

  2. Congratulations Mike, and thanks for doing what you do! You’re my go to guy for all things rotisserie.

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