A little voice inside my head said: “Don’t look back. You can never look back.”
Don Henley, Boys of Summer
On August 20th 2008, I posted for the first time, wondering if anyone would ever read what I wrote. Here I am, six years and 844 posts later, with another year of DadCooksDinner behind me. Let's look back at the highlights of Year Six, shall we?
I was a wandering blogger this year. I learned about Mole at the Seasons of my Heart cooking school in Oaxaca, Mexico. I studied up on duck at Blogger Duck University at Maple Leaf Farms. I toured the Weber Grill factory in Palatine, Illinois. And I went on the Meaty Chicago tour and did a book signing at the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual convention in Chicago. Where am I off to next? I’m meeting Pam Anderson, my kitchen inspiration, at her Big Harvest Potluck at the end of September. I can’t wait!
Top Five New Recipes
Here are five most popular recipes from the last year. (Last year means: Published in August 2013 or later. Popular means: most page views.)
1. Pressure Cooker Senate Bean Soup
2. Cast Iron Roast Butterflied Chicken
3. Rotisserie Prime Rib Roast, Reverse Seared
4. Sous Vide Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Herb Pan Sauce
5. Fresh Tomato Gazpacho (in a Vitamix)
Top Five Pictures
I’ve been working on the blog’s photography over the last year. I bought a new camera, learned how to process RAW files in Adobe Lightroom, and practiced using off camera flash. It was rocky at first, but now it feels like my photography is improving. There is always so much more to learn…
1. Cedar Plank Grilled Ribeye with Peppers and Onions
2. Pressure Cooker Shrimp Étouffée
3. Grilled Asparagus and Prosciutto Wraps
4. Rotisserie Fresh Ham with Injection Brine
5. Grilled Chicago Char Dogs
The most important thing I’ve learned over six years of blogging: I wouldn’t be here, writing my little heart out, if you weren’t interested. Back when I started, I assumed I would blog for myself, and maybe some family members (hi, dad!). I was thrilled to find out that you’re out there, enjoying my writing. Thank you for reading!
What do you think?
What was your favorite recipe from the last year? Leave them in the comments section below.
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Dan McGrew says
Happy anniversary. Six years is almost an eternity in the blogosphere. Good job and it's always a fun read.