In a pinch appetizer: Caprese Sticks

Remember those chain emails that asked you a billion questions so your friends could get to know you better? Yeah, after the 900th time I had to answer that my favorite color was red, I gave up. Filing those emails in spam every time I got one and begged my friends to stop. We were in junior high school, I’m sure that had something to do with why these were so fun for a while.

In the blogging world, I see similar things spread like wildfire and often don’t participate, haunted by the memory of those emails. But I have seen this 7 links one going around and actually thought it was pretty neat (and after Ping and Steph tagged me in their’s, I couldn’t resist jumping in). It doesn’t just ask generic questions, it asks ones that selfishly I love. What posts are we most proud of? As a food blogger, I can tell you nothing is more deflating than spending 7 hours on something only to get few interested comments and little to no traffic to the hit while your quick dinner fat kid friendly throw stuff in a bowl and heat post goes viral. Sure, they were both yummy, you posted them both for a reason, but dangit! Don’t people see the effort in some of those other posts? Nope, cupcakes and quick and easy will win out every. single. time. I try not to let it get to me. Heck, I enjoy a cupcake every now and then and have vowed to not change what I cook in an attempt to boost hits (I do not like sweets that much) so here is my chance to shine some light on some posts you may have missed, the one’s I’m proud of, and I invite you to go back and leave them a little extra love because these are probably some of the posts that make me want to learn more and keep on with this whole blogging gig.

 1. The most beautiful post: This one is tough. What do you think my most beautiful post is? I’m sure there is one where I’ve tried to be verbally philosophical and that mumbo jumbo (actually, I try to keep it rather light on here) but immediately I think of pictures. I think this post had amazing pictures. Sure, its ground pig in intestines, but hell, I thought the pics came out great! However, I think it was this post that I sat back and realized that I was starting to get the hand of this photography thing, and that its all not just luck. I will never be the beautiful Tartlette or the next Cannelle et Vanilla, but maybe I can take some pretty pictures from time to time.

2. The most popular post: If I had known that Bubble Up Pizza would be my most popular post, I wouldn’t have posted it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it (actually, its a favorite from my childhood), it’s not that it’s not yummy, it’s not that I can’t make the whole tray disappear. No, it’s that there are many other posts that I feel I put effort into and would love for people to enjoy. I wouldn’t have posted it if it wasn’t good. I know that quick and easy suppers actually help out a lot of families and are appeal to all ages at the table, so I really do love that a lot of people enjoyed this one, I just didn’t expect it to become what it did in my analytics.

3. The most controversial post: Oh, this was easy. After Tastespotting posted this on their facebook page and I saw all the lovely comments about how disgusting of an idea it was, I sat back and grinned from ear to ear. It’s not disgusting or gross. It’s fat kid food. Pure and simple. I just wasn’t afraid to post it, eat it and enjoy it. Unless you’ve been a vegan your entire life, I’m sure there’s been a moment or two where you’ve indulged on something you wouldn’t share with the world. So, hate me for it, but enjoy a bite of the Manwich!

4. The most helpful post: I’m not sure how to answer this one. Are my posts supposed to be helpful to you the reader or me? I think it it’s for you, this one was probably helpful (though I really am not an experienced photographer). As far as awesome posts go with helpful recipes, this one was a party for the taste-buds.

5. The post that was surprisingly successful: Wow, this one! Seriously, those pictures are horrible. It’s chicken wrapped in bacon. Sure, it’s tasty, but how can I make that look good?

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved: Easy. This one. This was hands down one of my favorite things to make. You should go snuggle with it, now.  If Handsome had to answer, he would say this little number. And then he would tell me I never make anything he likes over again. PS. This one could use a little love too, because it was slammin’. No lie.

7. The post that I’m most proud of: Probably somewhere in between here and here I realized I wasn’t picking recipes for the blog that I thought would get hits. I was picking recipes that I wanted to challenge myself. I’m proud of almost all of my posts so this is a hard pick.

Now as for a recipe I’m phoning in:

I really think this 7 links thing is a way to show off some posts on your blog, so instead of linking to 5 other bloggers like I am supposed to, I am inviting you to share your 7 picks on my facebook page. I want to see what all of you are proud of. Share a link to your post if you have already participated in this, or just like your links! I’d love to see them!


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  1. says

    Going to check out all those links you posted! I know what you mean about people loving simple recipes that you feel like you see all the time. It can definitely be a little disheartening when you love a post and don’t feel like others do too.

  2. says

    Teehee…. fat kid food. Its true! Cupcakes and unhealthy morsels are definitely chosen over all others. I didn’t even realize until you mentioned it. Please don’t change…

  3. RavieNomNoms says

    This look amazing! What a great thing that would be to have at a dinner party…I would be munching on those for sure!

  4. says

    Of course you have a ‘controversial post.’ Like NO ONE else in the food blogging world has actual controversial posts. I remember that glorious manwich. It made birds sing and angels cry.

  5. says

    Kita this is awesome. I’m glad you went through your posts and talked about them.

    I get it how the easy stuff gets the love but like you said just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re an awesome blogger and I’m happy that you share your kitchen adventures with me.

    these shots are beautiful. I hope you’re having a good summer! take care -Kimberly

  6. says

    Recipes look good. I smash chain letters too, but including blog memes. The longer versions that used to come around in email have taken over Facebook Notes now. Bleck.

  7. says

    Oh, I love your caprese sticks photos…so lovely and artfully taken! And what fun to look through some of your old blog posts…love that strawberry cake!

  8. says

    What a great idea. I have an abundance of cherry and grape tomatoes on the vine right now. And I don’t need much of an excuse to eat mozzarella!

  9. says

    I completely understand what you are saying! It’s funny what gets ‘picked up’ and what no one notices. Meanwhile I absolutely love these caprese sticks – so simple but just brilliant! Love it. Will definitely be serving this at my next dinner party :-)

  10. says

    Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that will give the most punch. These are fabulous and always a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Love the other posts and think you made great choices.


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