Saturday, August 20, 2011

My 7 Links

I like the 7 Links game that has been making its way around food blog land.  It's been fun to see other people's posts-- to see what their favorite recipe has been, or what their most successful post was, or to see some can't miss recipes you may have missed before you discovered his or her blog.  It's a great way to catch up and I was really excited when Cassie at Bake Your Day tagged me!  Cassie is the sweetest, and she has a blog full of the most delicious treats so go over and say hello if you haven't already!

How the game works:  There are 7 categories to link to a post you've already written, and then you tag 5 blogger friends to take their turn.

1.  Most Beautiful:  Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Whipped Cream

I loved this cake and thought the dense chocolate cake was so good with the sweet raspberry whipped cream.  I also thought the light pink icing looked pretty with the deep dark brown cake. :)

2.  Most popular:  Strawberry Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

This was the first time I ever had a picture accepted by Foodgawker and Tastespotting and I was thrilled to say the least!  It's still the post that gets the most hits-- I guess everyone else likes pound cake as much as I do!

3.  Most Controversial:  Strawberry Streusel Muffins

Thankfully, I haven't had a controversial post yet really, although people who have been blogging longer than I, assure me that its inevitable. Yikes! That's not a pleasant thought! Anyway, I'm offering these strawberry streusel muffins instead. These were one of my early blog posts and one of my all-time favorite muffin recipes!

4.  Most helpful:  How To Make Stuffed Artichokes

I did a "how-to" post for stuffed artichokes back in the spring.  My family makes these a lot and they're one of my favorite foods! Yum!

5.  Surprisingly Successful:  Spiced Peach Carrot Quick Bread

I'm always looking for quick bread recipes, but apparently everyone else is too because this became one of my most popular posts! It's always surprising to me to see what's going to do well and what going to get an "ehhh"  response. :) I do love this bread-- so good with a cup of coffee!

6.  Post that Didn't Get the Attention it Deserved:  Dad's Favorite Chocolate Cake

This was one of my first blog posts before I knew about cropping photos, Tastespotting, Foodgawker, Twittering, Pinterest... a lot has changed since February.  As the title says, this is my Dad's favorite chocolate cake and its mine as well.  I like this photo because you can just see a little bit of my cat Bella on the left as she's watching me take pictures.

7. Post you are most proud of:  Lemon Blueberry Cake

I chose my first blog post as the one I'm the most proud of-- even though the pictures are kind of dark and funky.  I'm really glad I took the plunge and started blogging.  I was nervous to start the adventure but am so glad I did.  I have met so many wonderful people in the 8 or so months I've been blogging and am constantly impressed at how kind and encouraging the people in the food blogging community are!

There are 2 Rules:  1 Link per category.  2.  Tag 5 other Bloggers

Tag you're it!

1. Amy at Gastronome Tart
2. Malou at Skip to Malou
3. Linda at The Orange Bee
4. Juanita at There can be Only Juan
5. Kyleen at Sixteen Beans


  1. Love the photo of your first cake. Can't wait to try that! And, I'm excited about trying the chocolate cake as well!

  2. thank you for tagging me... it's a pleasant surprise i will work on my list soon. I just got back from the East Coast but I will.
    Your blog has grown a lot since Feb. That's impressive considering that it has only been less than a year!
    Have a great Sunday!

  3. Thanks for playing tag :-)
    Your cake recipes and photos are AB FABulous! I always thoroughly enjoy them.

  4. I love this game! Too much fun! Thanks for the tag! I will work on it :) I love your artichoke post! I have yet to try that! :)

  5. Thanks for that sweet shout out Ryan! Your links are great and 4 of the 5 blogs you tagged are new to me, awesome! Have a great week!

  6. These are great choices, Ryan, and I am looking forward to trying all of them!

  7. Yummy! I love all the delicious recipes you tagged! :)

  8. Oh, I love this post! Such fabulous baked goods...and I will definitely try your dad's favorite chocolate cake. It would be a major hit here :)

  9. Thanks for tagging me! And I love the photo of the lemon blueberry cake; I don't know whether you edited it or not, but it looks like it has a really awesome filter.


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