2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. What fun!! 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 66,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Ironically, the best day of 2014 for thebrookcook was December 31st- too late to make the WordPress report. I reached my all-time record views of 1,245!!!! Wow! What a great way to end 2014- as well as a fabulous surprise this morning! 🙂

I have made many friends in the food blog world but would really like to especially thank Sonal, Patty, Nancy, Sue, and Angie for their thoughtful comments over the past year. Happy New Year to all of you!

A link to the full report is below- it includes links to my top 5 recipes of the year:

  • Spicy & Garlicky Fresh Tomato Sauce over Pappardelle
  • Ottolenghi’s Chicken with Caramelized Onions & Cinnamon-Cardamom Rice
  • Flourless Chocolate Cookies
  • Creamy Mushroom Pappardelle
  • Mustard Chicken with Shallots

Thank you so much for your support and Best Wishes for a Fabulous 2015!!

Click here to see the complete report.


If I Knew You were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake

I love to cook and above all love trying new recipes. In general, I am a very organized person, but somehow my recipe collection has become unmanageable! This blog (my first adventure on the blogosphere) will not only be a way to share successful recipes with family and friends, but also a way to organize recipes for myself.

I enjoy planning my menu around the freshest seasonal produce available, so I joined a CSA program through the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Jamesport, New York. Every week, this farm gives us boxes of fruit and vegetables that were in the earth the morning they were delivered. This has changed how my family eats. Planning delicious meals around the ingredients I receive in the box each week is fun, healthy, and, most importantly, gives me some direction.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the seasonal recipes as much as I did making them.

–  Josette “TheBrookCook” 🙂

“If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake….”


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