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Dish Ditty Recipes: A year of cooking in review

Dish Ditty Recipes: A Year in Review

Well, it’s been one year since my first post here on Dish Ditty Recipes. When I started this site, I had a goal of 200 recipes for the year.  I thought that was going to be tough to do as that’s a little more than a recipe every other day. But, that number was hit several months ago, to my own surprise.

So, how many recipes did I post? I posted over 240 recipes, 20 articles, 12 little ditties, and a dozen more other articles like videos and quotes.

Wow. I can’t believe I posted that many. I have had so much fun cooking, writing and photographing these recipes for you. I think what makes this journey fun is being able to watch my son get excited about taking pictures for my site and actually learning to critique food. He isn’t afraid to hold back and tell me “I think it has too much X” or “I like it, but I think it could use Y”.  Next is to get him interested in doing some of the cooking.

Vegetable Chow Mein by Dish Ditty
Vegetable Chow Mein

Are you wondering what my top recipes are?  Well, by far the biggest hit it is my Vegetable Chow Mein.  Totally took me by surprise.  I almost didn’t even photograph it or post it since to me it is just something that I throw together quickly for my family.  But, it has really taken off. I have had almost 150,000 hits on this one recipe alone, taking over 1/2 of my total traffic for the year.

Well, I think I have a lot of recipes that are even better than my Vegetable Chow Mein. So first I’ll give you the sites top 10 recipes based on traffic and then my top 10 favorites that didn’t show up on that list.

Top 10 Dish Ditty Recipes by Traffic

One thing I noticed, everyone loves Chinese recipes.  After looking around the internet for good Chinese recipes, I’m not surprised. With 50% of the top ten being Chinese, I guess I need to get on the ball and start posting more of my stir fry recipes.

Vegetable Chow Mein
Vegetable Chow Mein

Beef with Bok Choy
Beef with Bok Choy

Family Style Lo Mein
Family Style Lo Mein

Shrimp Fried Rice
Shrimp Fried Rice

Island Dreams Salad
Island Dreams Salad

Country Sausage Gravy
Country Sausage Gravy

Easy Baked Chicken
Easy Baked Chicken

Chipotle Chicken Pasta Salad
Chipotle Chicken Pasta Salad

Beef with Bok Choy
Beef with Bok Choy

Decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse
Decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse


My 10 Dish Ditty Recipe Favorites

Some of these are my go-to recipes, others I just really enjoyed creating. I think you can tell that I like crab by this list.

Quick Flat Bread
Quick Flat Bread

Polish Fried Rice
Polish Fried Rice

Hot Blue Crab Dip
Hot Blue Crab Dip

Spicy Chicken & Shrimp
Spicy Chicken & Shrimp

Memories of Farmhouse Minestrone Soup
Memories of Farmhouse Minestrone Soup

She-Crab Soup Recipe by Dish Ditty
She-Crab Soup Recipe

Blue Crab Salad by Dish Ditty
Blue Crab Salad

Grandma's Maryland Style Lump Crab Cakes by Dish Ditty
Grandma’s Maryland Style Lump Crab Cakes

Chinese Rice Cake with Pork by Dish Ditty
Chinese Rice Cake with Pork

Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe by Dish Ditty
Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

My husband’s favorites:

Mushroom-Free Beef Stroganoff by Dish Ditty
Mushroom-Free Beef Stroganoff

Classic Ribeye by Dish Ditty
Classic Ribeye

Eggs over Stuffing by Dish Ditty
Eggs over Stuffing

My son’s favorites:

Grandma's Banana Split Dessert by Dish Ditty
Grandma’s Banana Split Dessert

Justin's Childhood Tuna & Pasta by Dish Ditty
Justin’s Childhood Tuna & Pasta

Coconut Cream Pie by Dish Ditty
Coconut Cream Pie

Surprise Hits 

The recipes that surprised me the most on the top 10 list above was the Country Sausage Gravy and the Easy Baked Chicken. But then, there’s a couple recipes that took me by surprise that didn’t necessarily garnish the number of hits to reach the top 10, but definitely had more pins and clicks than I had expected.

Chinese Stewed Pigs Feet by Dish Ditty
Chinese Stewed Pigs Feet

Pesto Oven Fried Chicken by Dish Ditty
Pesto Oven Fried Chicken

Meat & Potatoes Skillet Dinner by Dish Ditty
Meat & Potatoes Skillet Dinner


Runner Up Recipes

Well, that’s quite a list. But I feel like I’m leaving out so many of my favorites. So, here’s the Runner ups to my favorites. 

Cherri's 30 minute chocolate sheet cake
Cherri’s 30 minute chocolate sheet cake

Triple Chocolate Cream Pie by Dish Ditty
Triple Chocolate Cream Pie

Cherri's Quick Spaghetti Sauce by Dish Ditty
Cherri’s Quick Spaghetti Sauce

Cherri's Pasta Pot by Dish Ditty
Cherri’s Pasta Pot

Jamaican Beef Pies by Dish Ditty
Jamaican Beef Pies

Muddy Bars by Dish Ditty
Muddy Bars

Vivi's Fried Rice Noodles by Dish Ditty
Vivi’s Fried Rice Noodles

Black & White Kisses by Dish Ditty
Black & White Kisses

Fresh French Onion Dip by Dish Ditty
Fresh French Onion Dip

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What’s next?

So, what’s next for Dish Ditty? We’ve got quite a busy year planned. In addition to continue to build up our site’s recipes, we are working on our first Cookbook and planning on entering several local cooking competitions.

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Thank you!

I wanted to thank every one of you for clicking on my recipes, sharing them with your friends, trying them out, commenting, or just ‘liking’ the picture.  It makes my day when I get nice comments from people or see that my recipe has been liked or shared.

So, what’s your favorite Dish Ditty Recipe? Comment on this article and let me know!