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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best of 2013: Top Recipes From The Rising Spoon Kitchen

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The Best of 2013: Top Recipes From The Rising Spoon Kitchen | www.therisingspoon.com
Happy New Year's Eve, foodies! Only one more day until the start of 2014. Today and tomorrow are opportune times for reflecting back on the previous year and setting goals for the year ahead. Hence the reason why I'm creating this post, just like last year. Are you doing either in the days ahead? 

Since starting this blog back in 2012, I've embraced reasonable goal setting habits, which would surprise the heck out of my teenage self, who back then thrived on procrastination. 

How did I overcome those habits? 

I abandoned lofty goal setting and focused instead on smaller daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. The"dream" goals I clung to were so huge and abstract that I easily rationalized them away without taking responsibility for what I wanted to achieve. 

In contrast, the smaller tasks were finite and do-able, so I could chip away at the list, feel great about accomplishing things and then keep chugging away. 

If you're the type to make yearly goals, I definitely recommend dividing them up into monthly or weekly tasks instead. This method DOES work! 


And even better, create a daily list and add things you know you'll accomplish to the list. Like brewing or drinking coffee, for example. It might seem silly at the beginning, but the act of crossing little things off the list really motivates! 

For the year ahead, one of my goals is to work on my first e-book, which will be an extension of the recipes I post here and my own food philosophy. Another is to eat more fermented foods so I can strengthen my gut, along with types of foods and supplements that will heal my body. 

Feel free to add your goals in the comment section below. Putting them out there in the open could inadvertently inspire another person. :)

In the meantime, I'd like to take a look back at my top five most popular posts from 2013 based on traffic (page views) alone, plus five more that I hand picked as my favorites. 

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR RECIPE POSTS FROM 2013

As much as I love creating random foodie recipes, I know the posts that do the best are ones that are helping people either by teaching them a new skill or solving a problem. One of my goals in creating this blog was to share basic cooking skills or techniques, so I'm not surprised these posts were the most popular (for my little food blog) in 2013. 

1. How to Cook the Perfect Steak in a Cast-Iron Skillet
How to Cook the Perfect Steak in a Cast-Iron Skillet | www.therisingspoon.com
2. Two Methods For Slow-Cooked Pork: Oven & Crock-Pot
Two Methods For Slow-Cooked Pork: Oven & Crock-Pot | www.therisingspoon.com
3. How to Make Whipped Cream From Scratch
How to Make Whipped Cream From Scratch in Five Minutes | www.therisingspoon.com
4. How to Make Homemade Pizza with Whole Foods Pizza Dough
How to Make Homemade Pizza with Whole Foods Pizza Dough | www.therisingspoon.com
5. How to Make Hot Cocoa with Cacao Powder
How to Make Hot Cocoa with Cacao Powder | www.therisingspoon.com

MY FIVE FAVORITE RECIPES FROM 2013

Just like last year, it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite recipes from 2013, but I managed to do it. ;) I chose recipes that I use time and time again (like preparing homemade dried beans and breakfast egg muffins) and a few others that my taste buds fell in love with (pan-fried peaches, pumpkin butter and beer floats).  

1. How to Prepare & Cook Dried Beans For Optimal Nutrition & Taste
How to Prepare & Cook Dried Beans For Optimal Nutrition & Taste | www.therisingspoon.com
2. Bacon, Egg, Cheddar & Kale Breakfast Muffins
Bacon, Egg, Cheddar & Kale Breakfast Muffins | www.therisingspoon.com
3. Creamy Pan-Fried Peaches with Cinnamon & Honey
Creamy Pan-Fried Peaches with Cinnamon & Honey | www.therisingspoon.com
4. Maple Spice Pumpkin Butter
Maple Spice Pumpkin Butter | www.therisingspoon.com
5. The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float
The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float | www.therisingspoon.com

And there you have it. Feel free to peruse my most popular recipes from 2013, plus a few handpicked recipes I've personally enjoyed sharing with you all this past year.

I wish you all health, wealth and happiness in the coming year. :)

Best,
Elaina

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Elaina Newton is the creator, writer, and foodie behind the blog, The Rising Spoon. She's a self-taught cook and passionate about spreading basic cooking skills and information about real foods. She loves reading fiction, crafting, video games, dark roast coffee, cats, and rainy days. Connect with her on Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, and Twitter

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