5 Year Blog-aversary

I have officially owned this blog for 5 years. 5 years! I’ve ranged from posting 3 times a week to once a week. I’ve posted videos and photos. I’ve tried vegetarian months. I’ve goofed on recipes and I’ve been successful. My parents published a cookbook of my recipes. My hair has gone from short and straight to long and curly. You’ve seen it all! To commemorate the past five years I have finally purchased a domain name so it’s just voilawithemily.com (it’s .05 cents/day, I didn’t have any more excuses) And I’m revisiting the top five, most viewed  posts  on my blog with added, retroactive commentary. Counting down from the 5th most popular…

5. Turkey burgers with avocado and goat cheese (April 2010)

turkey burger
What’s interesting about this post is that I don’t make turkey burgers anymore. They used to be such a staple!  In fact, I don’t even eat turkey anymore. I’ve moved away from “feathers” food in the past year, including chicken and now only eat beef or fish when it comes to meat. Even so, I rarely, if ever, cook meat in the house. I got out of the habit of cooking hamburgers when we lived near the now-closed Ray’s Hells Burger and never picked up since. As for other cow-meat options, I leave it to the restaurants. I do enjoy cooking fish “in house” as it were. In the future I may return to chicken and turkey, but for now neither are on our grocery list. Otherwise, veggie burgers, goat cheese, avocado, sweet potato fries – they are all very common!

4. Caramelized Onion and Leek Pizza with Tomato Pesto (August 2009)

caramelized onion and leek pizza with tomato pesto sauce
caramelized onion and leek pizza with tomato pesto sauce

What’s fun about revisiting old posts is reminding myself what I’ve cooked! I haven’t made this pizza since this post but it sure looks good! I think I’ll make it again soon. In all these five years I have never made my own pizza dough. People, readers, Italians: is it worth it? Should I make my own? Is it as easy as everyone says it is?

3. Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole (March 2010)
layered eggplant, tomato and zuchini casserole

Food photography can be hard. When I look back at earlier posts, I notice that photos might have been taken at night and I tried to fix the light in iPhoto. It rarely worked. Natural light, people. That is the way to shoot food. The recipe might be a disaster or delicious brown sauce on a plate, but if its photographed in natural light, it will (almost) always look good. This casserole for example looks like it was photographed in natural light but touched up later. It just strikes me as a strange photo. When I showed James this post he asked, “did I like that?” And I believe we both did! And here’s a confession: in the post I said it was a staple. I think that was wishful thinking because I don’t know if I made it more than once!

2. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Peach Salsa (April 2009)

tilapia with peach salsa
tilapia with peach salsa

I mentioned earlier that we stopped eating “feather food” in the house. I still make fish because it is delicious. Tilapia, salmon and catfish are common staples to be had with side salads, tacos, rice, quinoa. My new favorite way of cooking salmon is poaching it in 1/2 cup wine, 1/2 cup water, shallots and dill. It’s so easy and does not make the house smell like salmon for days on end.

1. Greek Orzo Salad (May 2010)
greek orzo salad

Drumrolllllllllll! The number one most viewed post on my blog is Greek Orzo Salad. This seems so random to me. A simple orzo salad? Really? Among all the baked goods, cakes, quick breads, cookies, smoothies, pasta‘s – this post has over 4,000 views! To be completely honest, the number one viewed page on the blog was the homepage but this countdown I wanted to chart the specifics. I wonder how certain posts get so many views. Is orzo salad a really sought after recipe? News to me!


The most popular posts are between 2009 and 2010. Why? Who knows. The 6-10 spots, for those of you wondering, are as follows:

6. Mama Mia! It’s a Meat Sauce! (August 2008)
7. Flank Steak Panini’s (June 2009)
8. Homemade Frappucino (March 2012)
9. Mama’s Challah (November 2009)
10. Dark Chocolate Kahlua Truffles (February 2009)

I really enjoy food blogging. My goals for the foreseeable future are to maintain a consistent posting schedule and write more. Looking back on these posts, I only get snippets of information about the experience surrounding this food. What makes a food blog worth reading? I want to know! Leave comments!

Ultimately, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Whether it’s your first time on Voila or you’ve been with me since the beginning, thanks.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Rachel Ann says:

    Pizza dough is stupid easy! Try it out. 🙂

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