The Best Recipes of 2013

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Well here we are…..the last day of 2013! Are you ready for 2014? Do you have new goals or resolutions for the new year? The best way to look to the future, is to learn from the past…..right? So here we go, The Best Recipes of 2013 on Cooking with Curls…..

The Best of Cooking with Curls 2013

I have gathered all of the information together, and these are the top posts, recipes, and pins for 2013!

The Best Recipes of 2013

The Most Popular Post in every way possible is:  Homemade Ranch Dressing {dairy-free}

Homemade Ranch Dressing {dairy-free} from 2

This is the most viewed post, the most popular recipe, and the most pinned photo/recipe!

The second most popular post:  Pumpkintini


The third most popular post:  Apple Streusel Pizza

Apple Streusel Pizza by

The fourth most popular post:  Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake(s)

Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes by

This was the cake with the most options…..Bundt cake, cupcakes, or Bundt Shots!

The fifth most popular post:  Southwest Chicken Salad “Summer”

Southwest Salad Summer

The “Summer” version has the mangoes and Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing. 🙂  I just realized that I never posted the “Fall” version…oops! I guess I should do that tomorrow.

It does seem a bit strange to me, that the most popular recipes/posts are not also the most pinned posts. So here are the remainder of the most pinned recipes:

The third most pinned recipe:  Avocado Shrimp Risotto

Avocado Shrimp Risotto

This recipe was just posted on December 6th, so it must REALLY be popular! 🙂

The fourth most pinned recipe:  BAILEY’S Kiss Cocktail Cake

Baileys Kiss Cocktail Cake

The fifth most pinned recipe:  Guinness Chili

Guinness Chili by

Jetpack was nice enough to send me and email link to “Your 2013 year in blogging” where the page views and most popular posts were broken down for me. I am very thankful for that! 🙂  They also provided information on what people were searching for, and where the visitors came from.

People came searching for:

Hawaiian Potato Salad

Hawaiian Potato Salad

(the 9th most popular post), dairy free ranch dressing, cooking with curls, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich….okay that last one makes me laugh 😉

The day with the highest page views, was October 13th…..the most viewed post that day was Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies by

I am a bit confused, because these cookies ended up being the seventh most popular recipe?? I still have a lot more to learn about how this all works! 😉

The Top Referring Sites were not really a big surprise:

pinterest, facebook, android.pinterest, sixsistersstuff, and theladybehindthecurtain   (Six Sister’s Stuff and The Lady Behind the Curtain are link parties 🙂 )

They also let me know who left the most comments on my posts. The #1 commenter for 2013 was…..Marcie from Flavor the Moments!! Thank you so much Marcie and all of my other wonderful friends for all of your kind words and encouragement this past year. It has been a bumpy ride, and you have all been so supportive! I couldn’t do this if it weren’t for all of you coming by to visit me and taking the time to let me know what you think… a BIG THANK YOU!!!

I really do listen to your suggestions and I am making some changes for 2014.

I will be placing the step-by-step photos within the post, instead of the small photos in the recipe. I will still have to work on lighting in my dark, tiny kitchen, but they will be much easier to see! 😉

I will also be adding more dairy-free, clean eating / low carb recipes. That was the original vision for this blog, so it’s about time I get my act together. Don’t worry, I won’t be going crazy and eliminating food groups. I just think there needs to be a bit more balance in my food choices! (More on that subject coming up soon).

The eighth most popular recipe was Dairy-free Chocolate Cream Pie, so that makes 2 out of 10 being dairy-free!

Chocolate Cream Pie {Dairy-free}

My big goal, and I’m about to put in in writing for the whole world to see… to finally create my Cocktail Cakes Cookbook! I have been working on the recipes for almost 9 years, so now it’s time to put it all together and get it in ebook form! 🙂

Is there anything else that you would like to see here in 2014? Just let me know. 🙂

Happy New Year!!

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  1. WOW, I am your top commenter?! How nice! I’m a big supporter of your blog because I love it — look at that Guinness Beef Chili (which I posted and loved), those cookies, and that chocolate pie among all the others…and your sense of humor always gets me. Blogging is a time consuming job but it’s so worth it. Your cookbook sounds like a fantastic idea, and I gotta get on the cocktail cake bandwagon. Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Lisa, I love reading peoples’ Top Recipes…I always try to see if my personal favorites were in there! I think you got most of mine in your list, and everything is so beautiful and colorful! Can’t wait for your cookbook, and I’m looking forward to all the great things you come up with in 2014! 🙂

  3. Yay! So happy your homemade ranch made the list! No surprise there, of course… I’ve been making it ever since you first posted it. I don’t even buy the package stuff any more! I can’t wait to see all of your success again this year, Lisa. You are just amazing!

  4. This is a great group of recipes. I especially like the Pumpkintini! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  5. Oh your tempting me with your recipe goodness! These all look so delicious 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up this post to The Weekend re-Treat on The Best Blog Recipes! Wanted to stop by and Pin your post to our party boards while I was here tonight 🙂

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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