Wow, 2011 has been a huge year for us because of one special ingredient: Cayenne. It felt like just yesterday that we were chatting on Twitter about #babymayhem the day I went into labor. Now, she’s already 10 1/2 months old! From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for so much support that day and since. Despite my favorite distraction, I’ve continued to feel included in the wonderful food blogger community and that’s why it’s a truly special group of which I am proud to be part.

Caya is truly the “Best of 2011” but for the sake of tradition, I compiled a list of the top posts (by traffic). This time, it’ll just be a top five since posts were less frequent this year. See the top ten from 2010 and from 2009 for more delicious inspirations.

Pork, Shrimp, and Chive Dumplings Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf
Valentine's Day Shrimp Cocktail Bacon Wrapped Dates
George Duran, Such a Liar

#5 Pork, Shrimp, & Chive Dumplings

It’s wonderful that so many of you found the video on how to wrap dumplings helpful! I know many people are intimidated by the idea of making and wrapping their own dumplings. Once you get the hang of it, it can become a zen activity. You can also do it as a fun group activity. Then everyone can have a meal together and freeze extras to take home.
dumplings with chopsticks

#4 Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf

In food blogging, traffic has a lot to do with photos. So, it surprises me that meatloaf, a tasty yet kind of ugly food, would make the top list. I guess we can’t deny how delicious it is. It’s also healthy and keeps well, and reheats well. Lon’s favorite way of eating these left-overs is in a sandwich.
Rosemary Meatloaf 3

#3 Valentine’s Day Shrimp Cocktail

All the best recipes are those made with love and this one has L-O-V-E written all over it and hearts hidden in it.

Valentine's Day Shrimp Cocktail 4


#2 Bacon Wrapped Dates

Since posting I’ve learned that these morsels are also called “Devils on Horseback” and upon looking that up, Wikipedia says it’s commonly served as part of a Christmas feast. I don’t care for that name and am still going to make these, eat them, and serve them.

Bacon Wrapped Dates 4

#1 Open Letter to George Duran

Our most popular post this year, with over 10,000 page views, was the “Open Letter to George Duran.” Unexpectedly, we got a ton of press on it. We’re just really glad Con Agra and George Duran didn’t get away with their scam. What a lot of big companies still don’t understand is that food bloggers don’t do what we do for money. (It really doesn’t pay the bills.) And we (well, most of us) can’t be bought. We do it for the love of our community and to keep that, we’re always honest with our readers. We’re not going to promote bad products we don’t believe in because a celebrity chef (a crappy one at that) tells us to.

Well, that rounds out our list for 2011. Happy New Year all! We have some exciting things lined up for 2012… like we’ll be tweeting live from Bocuse D’or at the end of January. Stay tuned!!

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