Never Enough Thyme’s 2013 in Review

by Lana Stuart on December 31, 2013 · 8 comments

Never Enough Thyme's 2013 in Review

I always try to take a little time at the end of each year to look back at what worked and didn’t work here on the blog. There were (thankfully!) some recipes that were successes and some that just fell flat. Sometimes I’m surprised by the posts that readers like the most. I never seem to be able to quite predict the popularity of a particular recipe!

Sometimes the most viewed recipes of the year didn’t come from that year at all. Take for instance the #1 viewed and pinned recipe for 2013 – Cilantro Lime Shrimp. It was posted in 2011 and has been viewed by thousands and pinned more than 220,000 times! It’s most definitely the most popular post on the entire blog.

Sometimes my favorites don’t get much attention at all. Like the Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces and that Mocha Eggnog Sundae I made just a few weeks ago. If you haven’t seen those, you might want to take another look :-)

So, as a little review, I’ve tracked down the top 10 most popular recipes on Never Enough Thyme for 2013. I hope you’ll see a favorite here and one or two that you might have missed! I’ve also included my favorite 10 that didn’t make the top. Every one of them is totally delicious.

Most popular posts (based on number of readers’ visits):

2013 Reader FavoritesCilantro Lime Shrimp – I had no idea when I threw this recipe together one warm Sunday afternoon it would become the most popular post on the blog! It’s a combination of shrimp, garlic, tomatoes, and lime juice. Add some bread to soak up the juices and you have dinner in a skillet.

Strawberry Icebox Cake – For this one, I took an old-fashioned favorite and substituted in some chocolate wafers. Y’all went crazy for this version.

Chicken Pot Pie – an old favorite with a crispy, puff pastry topper.

Old-Fashioned Southern Teacakes – this is one of the most often commented on posts on the blog. So many people remember their mother, grandmother, or aunt making these old-fashioned cookies.

Southern Sweet Tea – another southern favorite and something that is never absent from our refrigerator all year round.

2013 Reader FavoritesSouthern Butter Beans – I grin every time I re-read this post. There a lot of debate there in the comments about the difference between limas and butter beans. Whatever…I’m just agreeing to disagree :-)

Hash Brown Omelet Skillets – a fantastic weekend breakfast or brunch dish. Heck, it’s good for supper, too.

Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing – my Mama’s recipe for cornbread dressing and the one I use every single year for Thanksgiving.

Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Soother – I keep a jar of this in my refrigerator even when it’s not cold and flu season. It’s great in a cup of hot tea any time.

Lazy Daisy Cake – an old, old recipe that many people remember from the 1940’s and 50’s.

My Personal Favorites that didn’t make the “cut” for top 10:

2013 My Personal FavoritesSausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces – it just wouldn’t be Christmas in many southern homes without a batch of sausage balls.

Mocha Eggnog Sundae – Oh. My. Gosh. You just have to try this.

Corn Dodgers – such an old recipe that most people had never even heard of it. I remember it from childhood. Just barely :-)

Hot Baked Crab Dip – a favorite that I used to make for get-togethers in the 80’s.

Paprika Chicken – a new-to-me recipe that I saw on a French-themed cooking show. It’s now a favorite of ours.

2013 My Personal FavoritesMississippi Mud Cake – another old southern favorite. How can you go wrong with chocolate, marshmallows, and pecans?

Leek and Potato Soup – this one reminds me of my Irish ancestry. I especially love it on a cold, rainy day.

Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bread – my copy of that famous “down under” steakhouse’s dark bread.

Black-eyed Pea Salad – Yummy. Delicious. Perfect summer picnic food. I took leftovers of this to a family get-together, really as a afterthought and it got rave reviews!

Pineapple-Blueberry Basil Galette – a most unusual combination of flavors that is totally delicious! The basil works perfectly with the pineapple and blueberries.

Whatever your favorite recipe was for 2013, I sincerely thank you for being a reader! I wish for each and every one of you a prosperous and blessed 2014.

Do you have ideas or requests for recipes you’d like to see in the upcoming year? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

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1 Frances Wilson December 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Since I am a retired nurse, I don’t have an official website.
Would really appreciate main dish recipes that can be made ahead and
frozen. I have a badly damaged back and have more energy in the mornings;
by late afternoon, my back is bothering me and would like to have a frozen
meal to count on. Thank you, Fran Wilson

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2 Lana Stuart December 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm

That’s a really great idea, Frances. I think lots of people would like make-ahead meals. I’ll put that on the idea list for 2014! Thanks!

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3 TidyMom December 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

What a delicious year Lana!! Here’s to a tasty 2014!

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4 Lana Stuart December 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Thanks so much Cheryl. The same to you!

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5 Neena January 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Wonderful year of recipes. Thank you.

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6 Pam January 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Lana, I made the sausage balls at Christmas and they were a huge hit. My kids said they were the Bomb. Very easy to do and very good. Thanks
Pam

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7 Lana Stuart January 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

So glad they liked them, Pam! They’re definitely an old favorite here.

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8 Miss P January 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

I like them all, but the “heritage” recipes really hit a great note! Keep them up.

Miss P

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