The Hottest Posts of 2010

It’s been an exciting eleven months of blogging in 2010; remember, Simple Bites has yet to celebrate a one year anniversary, as we only launched last February! I’ve really appreciated the warm response from readers and the enthusiastic feedback on everything from canning to menu planning. That you’ve embraced this newcomer has been a huge incentive to keep on writing, cooking and blogging. So, thank you.

Just for fun, let’s look back at some of the hottest posts of the year!  Every month, there are always one or two posts that, for whatever reason, really get people’s attention.The comments pour in, the retweets rack up, and the word gets out.

In no particular order, here are the Top Twelve Hottest Posts of 2010.

How to Make the Best Muffins Ever

Apparently throwing ‘Best’ in the title of a post is like throwing down a challenge, but this was one declaration I knew I could back up. Believing every one should have a solid muffin recipe in their repertoire, I passed along mine, along with tips and suggested add-ins.

The response was thrilling. The comments speak for themselves. Dry muffins? Be gone!

The Best Do-Ahead Breakfast Foods

What was merely a recap of my preparation to host my family reunion turned into one of the top viewed posts on Simple Bites. Was it the tip for maple-glazed bacon that created the buzz? Or our family’s favorite Buckwheat Pancake Mix?

We’ve got some breakfast lovers out there, folks.

10 Guilt-Free Non-Suppers

Guess what? That ‘Non-Supper’? It’s more popular than you think.
Reader Katie said is best:

“As a foodie, I put a lot of pressure on myself to get delicious, healthy, well-rounded meals on the table every night…and sometimes it’s just not possible! These are great ideas to help take some of the pressure off. Thanks for the permission and the inspiration!

Don’t miss plenty more inspiration (and commiserating) in the comments.

Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Rolls in a Jar

I knew these cute (and tasty) buns baked in a jam jar would be a hit, but I didn’t quite expect the ardor that poured in from readers. Nor the kind mentions on The Kitchn, Babble, Kim Vallee and many more.

9 Reasons to Can Your Own Food

I’ve been sticking up for home canning as long as I can remember, and it all came out in this post. Whether it made converts or not, I don’t know, but a lot of people read the article, including the folks at, who quoted the canning post in this article on saving money.

Warm Weather Batch Cooking

There’s no question Simple Bites readers love to be organized! This post was inspiration for do-ahead meal prep for the hot summer months, and evidently came in handy for many cooks. High-five to keeping cool and well-fed in the summer!

Holiday Baking Pantry Checklist

Bakers abound among Simple Bites readers and this free printable was quickly snapped up as everyone geared up for fall baking! It was pretty ultimate, after all.

How to Make the Best Zucchini Bread Ever

We ate so. much. zucchini bread in August as I worked on creating a healthy and tasty recipe to use up the surplus of this abundant summer squash. It seems like everyone else was looking for a similar recipe, and with my proclamation of ‘best ever’ zucchini bread, this post gathered a lot of interest.

Of course, now that it’s the middle of winter, I’m wishing we had a few loaves of this to snack on.

Roast Chicken 101 (Recipe: Lemon & Oregano Roast Chicken)

In September we entered cooking school and this tutorial on perfect roast chicken was warmly received. The testimonials warmed my heart. Like this one from reader Kayla:

“I just made this for dinner tonight and everyone was VERY happy with the results! It was my first successful roast chicken. I had given up until I saw your tips and recipe; I thought I’d give it one last try and am very thankful I did! It was so moist and tender. I am definitely making this again!”

Hmm, roast chicken for dinner, anyone?

Simple Chilled Pumpkin Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake. And if it’s no-bake, easy to assemble and contains pumpkin, then it’s almost impossible to turn down. It was also one of my first vlogs where I make the entire recipe on camera. Nerve-wracking!

Simple Shortbread

December is literally “cookie month”, so it’s no surprise that my shortbread post received an enthusiastic response, including a kind mention from PBS Parents. Shortbread is an essential holiday treat, and when one recipe can morph into four different types of cookie, then it’s bound to be loved!

Citrus & Pomegranate Salad with Vanilla Syrup

Evidently I’m not the only one loving clementines, pomegranates and other seasonal fruit right now. Both and
Gourmet Live had praise for my fresh take on fruit salad for the holidays.

Did you have a favorite post from Simple Bites this year? Thank you for reading!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I made a table FULL of appetizers for our Christmas Eve dinner- my riff on your citrus salad was the only item that was completely eaten up by the evening’s end! (I sliced grapefruit and clementines, topped with pomegranate arils, and drizzled with simple syrup left over from sugaring cranberries.) Funny though, at first glance people thought it was a sashimi tray… 🙂

  2. Your muffins and roast chicken are permanently a part of our diet. Soooo delicious.

  3. It has truly been a banner year for you and Simple Bites and the above mentioned posts are just a peek into the reasons why. What a lovely way to end 2011 to be one of the finalists in not one, but several categories for the Canadian Blog of the Year Awards. Congratulations to you and your stellar team Aimee!

  4. Cant wait to mark this post for future zucchini season!!! Blessings!

  5. Absolutely my favourite blog to date – I think my favourite blog was the buns in a jar – that was amazing. Awesome blog!

  6. bridget {bake at 350} says

    Ooo…..I have some reading to do….all of these posts look FABULOUS!

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I bookmark a lot of recipes, but the ones I actually make … and the ones I returned to time and time again in 2010, have by and large been Simple Bites recipes. You and your contributors do an amazing job here, Aimee!

    Thank you! And, Happy New Year 😉

  8. I liked your turkey post!!

  9. I like the buttermilk buns in a jar. Really cool idea.

    Happy New Year!


  10. Amy @ Poor Girl Gourmet says

    Congratulations, Aimee! It hardly seems as though it’s been less than a year. Simple Bites is gorgeous, well-written, and posts like those whole wheat buttermilk rolls in a jar invade my food dreams – thank you for that! Happy New Year!

  11. Wow. Love all the post here, especially make ahead breakfast. Congratulations on a great year and cheers to a new one. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  12. Yes, the post about non-dinners was so freeing to me!

  13. looks very tasty, very good for dinner with the family!

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