Oh, my goodness, another whirlwind year for Grits and Pinecones! Can you believe 2019 is now history?
2019 was a growth year for Grits and Pinecones with over 1,850,000 visitors, and a 23% increase over the previous year’s 1,503,000 number. I genuinely appreciate every one of you that stopped by and downloaded a recipe or two! I also want to thank my husband, who patiently waits for dinner many nights while I take a few more pictures yet, cheerfully edits my posts, and serves in the vital role of “hand-model” for my blog!
Grits and Pinecones – four years and still going strong!
This is my fourth full year anniversary as a food blogger, and I still learn something new every day. Who knew there was so much more to food blogging than just cooking a dish and sharing the recipe? Google, Pinterest, and Facebook are always changing their algorithms, and it’s mind-blowing how fast everything changes.
In 2019, I attended my third food bloggers conference, the Everything Food Conference, which was held in Salt Lake City. I also attended a Mediavine Bloggers Conference in Austin last fall. There is still so much more to learn!
For 2020, I’m already registered for an SEO Mastermind Group meeting in San Diego, another Mediavine Bloggers conference in Baltimore, and new this year, the Tastemaker Bloggers Conference in New York City. Besides being excellent learning opportunities, the best part of attending these conferences is meeting other food bloggers from around the world who I otherwise interact with online.
This past year was also the year of the video! Videos became very popular in food blogging in 2018, and I resisted as long as I could. But finally, with the help of Trevor Depth of Show Me the Yummy, and my patient sister Chula of the Pudge Factor blog, I filmed, edited, and produced my first video in July. Since then, I have made 22 more videos, and you know what, I now really enjoy making them. Who knew?
Grits and Pinecones – Top 10 Most Popular Recipes in 2019!
I thought you might be interested in knowing which of my recipes were the most popular with readers in 2019. Not surprisingly, it turns out the most popular recipes were also some of the easiest to prepare, and there are some repeats from previous years. Also, not surprisingly, half of these recipes are classic southern-style favorites.
#1 – Southern Pecan Praline Cake
Number two in 2018, Southern Pecan Praline Cake, moved into the number one spot for 2019! It is about as southern as you can get. If you like pecans and pralines, you will love this easy to make, decadent, and delicious cake that starts with a boxed cake mix.
#2 – Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole
When you see a recipe with the name Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole, you expect it to be, well, something pretty spectacular! This delicious casserole is loaded with cheesy goodness and more than lives up to its name.
#3 – Best Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs and Rub
If you love baby back ribs but don’t love standing outside in the heat for several hours cooking them or don’t have a grill, this easy recipe for the Best Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs is for you! These baby back ribs are mouthwateringly juicy, fall off the bone tender, and when slathered with tangy barbecue sauce, just plain finger-lickin’ good!
#4 – Three-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites
New this year, these delicious tarts are made with cranberry sauce, a wheel of creamy brie cheese, and light, crispy mini phyllo shells. These elegant and delicious cranberry brie appetizers will wow family and friends, and they will never guess how easy they are to make. My best advice, make twice as many of these delicious tartlets as you think you will need because they will go fast!
#5 – Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters
Another newcomer to the top-ten is my fried oysters’ recipe. You might be wondering why I call them the Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters? Well, that’s easy! They are the best-fried oysters I have ever had. It’s a Southern recipe because I soak them in buttermilk before dredging them in cornmeal, which makes them crispy, and I fry the oysters in peanut oil.
#6 – Easy Southern Potato Salad
Number one in 2016 and 2017, this easy-to-make Easy Southern Potato Salad is creamy, tangy delicious, and is loaded with crunchy dill pickles, spicy mustard, mayonnaise, and must-have hard-boiled eggs. Just like Grandma used to make!
#7 – Old-Fashioned Southern Cornbread
Are you looking for a recipe for delicious traditional Southern cornbread? Always in the top-ten, Old-Fashioned Southern Cornbread, made in a cast-iron skillet with buttermilk, is a true Southern staple, and because there is no flour, a quick, easy gluten-free recipe!
#8 – Easy Baked Parmesan Grouper Fillets
Number 8 this year is my delicious, low-carb, baked fish recipe, Easy Baked Parmesan Grouper Fillets. This dish is quick and easy to prepare and will impress your guests!
#9 – Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Shrimp
Another newcomer to the top-ten, Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Shrimp are fresh, delicious, briny Gulf shrimp, lightly coated with flour and pan-fried in a small amount of olive oil until they are golden brown and delicious.
# 10 – Easy Southern Fresh Peach Bread
Easy Southern Fresh Peach Bread is as delicious as it sounds. Think of the best banana bread you have ever had and substitute fresh last-of-the-summer juicy peaches and crunchy pecans for the bananas, and you should be able to imagine just how delicious this peach bread is.
Did your favorite recipe make the top ten? If so, please rate it and leave a comment to let me know. Also, please feel free to leave suggestions for new recipes for me to feature in 2020 in the comments section.
More Most Popular Grits and Pinecones Recipes by Year:
- Most Popular Recipes in 2015
- Most Popular Recipes in 2016
- Most Popular Recipes in 2017
- Most Popular Recipes in 2018
PS: If you would like to see how far I have come since I started blogging, check out my 2015 and 2016 most popular recipes roundup posts. They are pretty embarrassing, but everyone has to start somewhere! And, as you can tell, I had a rocky start!
Thank you again for your support this year and Happy New Year from my family to yours!
If you are like millions of other folks and made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier this year, check out my roundup post 30+ Healthy…ish Recipes for the New Year!