Happy New Year!

What a year!

With all the ups and downs of 2008 it was still an overall great year!  Lots of fun was had and memories were made.  We became smarter (yeah) and got older (boo) but overall it was good.  Very good.

Do I have any resolutions?  Why, yes I do.  Thanks for asking.

Let’s see…

Stop worrying about calories….I mean if you want wrinkles and gray hair…sitting around and fretting about everything that passes your tonsils will age you for sure.  Indulge a bit and don’t freak out.

Forget about having a perfectly clean house…what is the point of every single thing being put away before bed…it’s not worth the stress.

Spend more time doing nothing…this is when the best ideas come.

Take nothing for granted….here today, gone tomorrow is not just a fancy saying.

And lastly…..enjoy life more…you only have one chance to get it right.

I would also like to say thank you to everyone who comes by here and reads everyday.  I have to say one of my biggest gifts of 2008 has been the outpouring of kindness and friendship I have discovered through this blog.

I am amazed with the true community established by people who blog and those who read blogs.  It’s funny to me how people are always speaking of internet weirdos, but what I have found in food, wine and family blogs are everyday people sharing their lives with others.  It has been an enjoyable journey peaking into everyone’s kitchen’s, wine cellar’s and family goings-on all while experiencing new cuisines, traditions and life’s ups and downs.

At this point it is more mainstream to have a blog than not too.  I only think those numbers will grow.

Again, I appreciate each and every one of you for your continued support, comments and emails sent my way every day.  I enjoy each and every one of them.

Since the whole world seems to be posting their Best Of or Top 100 or The Year In Remembrance, I figured I would do the same.

So here we go…

The following ten entries are the TOP 10 posts for this site in 2008 by my site analytics or really by YOU, the readers.  These ten posts, by themselves, have garnered over 1 MILLION HITS (which just amazes the heck out of me).  Curiously, they are all food posts…you people really like to eat! 

So here we go…and we’ll start with #10….just like David Letterman does k?

#10.  My favorite ribs, ASIAN LIME RIBS, to be exact.  I have been making these for years and they are my absolute go to rib recipe.  I also include a little RIBS 101 chat and my reasons for choosing spareribs over baby backs every time. 

#9.  My Ridiculously Addictive Lemon Squares I have been making for twenty years.  I have no idea where the recipe came from and is only scribbled on an old, yellowing piece of paper.  Those are always the best recipes right?

#8.  In this recipe of Caramelized Chocolate, Banana and Marshmallow Sandwiches I warned you all to get your fat pants out because you were going to need them after eating this.  If you were already wearing your fat pants, you would need to get fatter pants.  I must confess, we made these last night for New Year’s Eve.  They.  Were.  So.  Good.

#7.  This particular post about Blue Sky Potatoes is where I first proclaimed my serious addiction to the tuberous root vegetable.  I also admitted I was a Potato Ho, which in and of itself took on a life of its own.  Potato Ho is now a coined phrase around the blogosphere where many have also proclaimed their love of the spud.  The Potato Ho Down is now a monthly blogging event and even has its own website.  Join us for the fun, everyone is welcome.

#6.  We call this the 1-2-3 dinner at my house, otherwise known as Tangy-Sweet Plum-Spiced Chicken.  This dinner is ready in minutes and requires no cooking skills.  It also tastes good which is always a plus!

#5.  The Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookie won the million dollar prize at the Pillsbury bake-off.  Can a cookie be worth that much?  You decide.

#4.  In this post I promised you would captivate the love in your life if you made them Breakfast Bruschetta with Strawberries and Tangy CreamDid it work? 

#3.  You folks went nuts with this Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze.  Smother it in extra sauce before serving for the ultimate experience.

#2.  I also love these Smokin’ Red Roasted Potatoes; apparently you all do as well!  These were big in 2008….very, very big!

#1.  And the NUMBER ONE post on this site remains, Butterscotch-Apple Cake.  This cake has swirled around the globe more times than I could have ever imagined.  If you love a sweet dessert….give it a try!  You won’t be disappointed!

Again, Happy New Year to everyone.

I wish you and your families peace, love, joy and prosperity in 2009. 

My best to you all.

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  1. HAPPY HAPPY New Year to one of my newest favs! I think I gained 10lbs just reading your list…but the ribs, oh yeah, they’re soooo on the menu, and soon!

    Wishing you and your family all the best in 2009! I look forward to getting to know you, your winery venture and your wonderful blog, better in the coming year!

  2. Jamie 2

    I just found your blog and I too think I’ve gained at least 5 pounds looking at all the yumminess in this post! Adding you to my list of blogs I read.

    Happy New Year!

  3. HoneyB 3

    Happy New Year Cathy! Love your resolutions! :)

  4. Teri 4

    Such a delicious post! I’m going to try the lemon squares for Saturday.


  5. Barbie with a T 5

    What got me started reading your blog was a recipe that someone sent to me from your website. It was the Cherry Clafoutis. After I tried that one, there was no stopping me. I have tried at least half of your recipes and every one has been delightful. I love tried and true recipes. I hope to continue to learn more about cooking and wine from you in the coming year, and I also hope to be able to follow the progress of the winery and your exceptional talent of putting things down in writing. Looking forward to 2009. Thanks very much for sharing these things with your readers. We love you!

  6. I love this list, I have been looking for a good Lemon Bar recipe and I may try yours!

  7. Happy New Year!
    Thanks for becoming a blogger!
    I look forward to reading your posts everyday and when I miss a day I always feel like I didn’t do something important!

  8. A wonderful post, Cathy. It’s a joy to visit your site each day. Many thanks for all the great recipes and comments about your take on life.

    I’m very happy you are moving up my way.

  9. Happy 2009 Cathy! I love coming here everyday to read your funny stories, great recipes and of course, all your posts on wine! I’m so glad I’ve come to know you online!

  10. Deeba 10

    The 10 posts richly deserve a million hits Cathy…how proud you must be!! I agree…it’s wonderful to blog, it’s wonderful to stop by blogs & it’s a great community out here! I’m really really glad I bumped into you…have a wonderful year. Warm wishes to you, wild boar & the 2 boys.May your dreams & very nice resolutions be achieved! I think I’ll share your resolutions if you don’t mind. They are so ‘me’!!xoxoxo

  11. Mike 11

    It would appear I’d missed some of these and now I have some more on the seemingly endless to-do list (starting with those ribs!). Happy New Year (and congrats on the big numbers–the big one mil!)

  12. Becky 12

    Happy New Year to all at Noble Pig!
    I hope this year is better than last, for us all!

  13. why, oh why would you print such TEMPTING pictures with recipe links on this FIRST day of the 2009. my resolution is now shot to hell-and-back. i want the peanut butter cookies.

  14. Katrina 14

    Somehow I missed number 8, but goodness, THAT looks divine! If I wouldn’t have just eaten breakfast….
    Everything looks amazing! Love your blog, Cathy!
    Happy 2009!

  15. Happy New Year to you, too. Going to hit the treadmill. Then make those ribs to go with my Hoppin’ John;)

  16. I can personally attest to the delicious-osity of #1. We made it for an Autumn cake and it was then DEMANDED that we produce it for Thanksgiving, brother #1’s birthday … It has quickly become a staple in our house:)

    I love reading your blog for the great food, the good company, and I’m so intrigued with Noble Pig wineries. It’s like my interent soap opera – what will happen next? Will the neighbor move the fence? Cue spooky music:O) Happy 2009!

  17. I agree that all of these dishes are certainly droolworthy!!! I have so enjoyed following your blog over the past year asnd look forward to an inspiring New Year!!!Will the Potato Ho still be going strong??

  18. Woo Hoo to the Pumpkin Cake! It put my blog on the map! Happy New Year Cathy- I am going to have to try out the other top nine for sure!!

  19. flyfishergal 19

    Cathy, Thank you for your wonderful blog. I love reading it;the recipes inspire me to think more creatively in the kitchen, and your stories capture my attention! Here’s to you in 2009!

  20. Laurie 20

    Happy New Year, Cathy! Since I only recently found your blog, I really enjoyed seeing your top 10 list.

    I love your resolutions, especially the one about spending more time doing nothing. I always feel like I must be doing something every single minute, and some time just to daydream would do me some good.

  21. They were all great resolutions, Cathy !

    And the chocolate-banan-marshmallow sandwiches had me drooling !!!!

    Loving Annie

  22. Alisa 22

    Happy New Year!
    I can’t believe that I have not cooked one of those recipes yet. Will you forgive me if I promise to cook all 10 today? Yikes, better get going.
    Ok, I can’t lie to you, I most likely won’t get them all in today since I’m still in my pj’s and most likely won’t even get out of them today.
    Thanks for such a great blog! We all appreciate the hard work and time you put into it. It is so unique and funny and cool.

  23. Kiki 23

    Happy New Year! I’m impressed by your stats! I don’t remember how I found you (I think a series of random clicks & :) I liked your name) I’m glad I did though!

  24. Kayola 24

    WOW! A million hits! Do they have such a thing as a platinum blog??? You deserve an award…and to think you actually comment on my little nothing blog…I feel very very honored. I too am so grateful for the friendships made through these bloggity blog blogs…It is such a highlight in my day when I read a comment that someone has left…oh and we did the grapes on the skewers last night with the kids and grandkids…so fun! I am so with you on the clean house,diet, spending time doing NOTHING and enjoy my life MORE…I so l♥ve your recipe’s…thank you for all the work you do for your groupies. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  25. dawn 25

    wow a big congrats on a million hits! holy doodles! well, your cooking is pretty amazing, so I can see why everyone is naturally drawn to you. I never saw those crazy, yummy marshmallow sandwiches, but I’m still kinda new around these parts. But what a picture! All I have is my boring morning coffee in hand (at 12pm) and those sandwiches are screaming to me.
    Well, Happy New Year to you! 2009 will rock!

  26. Happy New Year to you and your family Cathy!!

    I’m glad you reposted those recipes–I cseen some of those before.

    The butterscotch-apple cake…must try!!!

  27. Marlene 27


    this was one of your best posts ever! I am so glad that I found you and am part of your circle of blogging friends. You mean the world to em and I really mean that. I can not imagine a day without you and your inspiration.

    I so look forward to sharing 2009 with you and so many, many more.

    You are such a blessing in my life.



  28. Bob 28

    Happy New Year! What a realistic group of resolutions you have. :) All that stuff looks so good, I want some of that plum chicken right now!

  29. annie d 29

    I wan’t going to make New Year’s resolutions, but I’m going to now…make every one of the top 10. They look great!

  30. You’re a wise woman, Cathy. I agree with every one of your resolutions.

    I’m also drooling over all of those fabulous dishes! I’ll definitely be trying some of them out for myself.

    I hope that your 2009 is filled with all you ever dreamed of! Happy New Year!

  31. Liz C. 31

    I am not surprised at the one million hits, my friend. You are definitely worthy and likely to hit 3 million this year, lol.

    My life has been enriched by all of your posts, so Thank You! & keep them coming.

    We did your Champagne & Grapes Thing last night and it was so much fun! Everyone got sweet grapes, which made everyone leave happy… That was such a stellar idea!

  32. Kate 32

    Very eloquently put about our growing blogging world. I’ve found nothing but support and inspiration from this community over the past year.
    Your Top 10 is fantastic~!
    It’s also really nice that your 10 best are all together in one place. Hmm. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I’d buy one of your cookbooks ANY DAY.

  33. Happy New Year Cathy!

    Great Stuff as always. A ton 10 helps to refresh my memory for all the foodie stuff you posted that I want to try.

    A happy, healthy, prosperous 2009 filled with LOTS OF WINE!!!

  34. Your resolutions are basically the exact opposite of mine. I want to focus MORE on calories and my house.
    All that food looks amazing. I want that chicken for sure.

  35. Debbie 35

    Life is good in blog land. I,too, have met and made friends through my blog and looking at other’s blog. Happy 2009!

  36. Pam 36

    I love your resolutions Cathy. Your blog is one of my very favorites and I am always looking forward to each of your new posts.

  37. ashley 37

    it all looks fabulous!! the ribs really caught my attention though! they look fabulous!

    have a wonderful new year!

  38. Happy New Year! Love the round up

  39. KathyB. 39

    Some of your top 10 are now in our top 10 home cooked recipes! Thank-you!
    You said it all about the blogging community as it relates to food, wine and family blogs ! The three just go together as a recipe for bonding and sharing your lives, and the blogging community I have, and still am discovering, has been an encouragement, sometimes comedy relief, and so very often helps me put life and it’s problems into perspective! You’re a big part of that Noble Pig, and a MILLION HITS ! And you still take the time to reach out personally to the many people who read and respond to you! Thanks again and Happy New Year…will this be the year you get the winery built ?

  40. misty 40

    i must make time soon to check out those recipes… YUM!!!!

    happy new year… :)

  41. tamilyn 41

    Happy New Year Cathy! That Top Ten list looks better than anything David Letterman has! I’m glad I was able to find your blog and so many others that are just regular people like me who have a place to let their voice be heard and their talents be seen. May all of us have blessed 2009 and be strengthened by friendships created here. While we may not meet our new ‘friends’ in person, we always know where to find them. Thanks again Cathy for a great site!

  42. Karly 42

    Ooh, man, what torture. After spending yesterday cooking all day, looking at this delicious food makes me hungry, but the thought of cooking it makes me want to scream!

  43. Biz 43

    I think I liked these the best:

    Take nothing for granted….here today, gone tomorrow is not just a fancy saying.

    And lastly…..enjoy life more…you only have one chance to get it right.

    I must have missed a couple posts because some of those recipes are new to me!

    Happy New Year!

  44. tipper 44

    Loved all your top 10-and have loved visiting you and your world through the Noble Pig during the past year! Hope the new year is all you want it to be.

  45. Raina 45

    Thank you Cathy for opening your doors and welcoming us into your kitchen and all you crazy, funny and some times kinda serious stories.

    I look for your post everyday, they sort of make my day sometimes and yeah dinner these days have never been better!

    Wishing you and your family as well as everyone else in here many new fabulous memories through 2009…Hanta Yo!! (Native American means, We go Forward)

  46. Shirley 46

    Cathy, happy new year!! What a fantastic visual summary. I launched my new gluten-free blog (GFE–Gluten Free Easily) late on Dec. 30. Just made that 2008 goal! LOL Thanks so much for all your encouragement and insight on that a while back. I’ve linked to your site, of course! My 2009 “initiative” (new term, more accurate than resolution or goal with the idea that the desired outcome is ongoing) is to blog, blog, blog. ;-)

  47. grace 47

    so much good stuff. the noble pig is full of win, and i hope it never stops. :)

  48. Marjie 48

    Happy New Year, Cathy. Love, happiness and good vineyard progress in 2009!

  49. pam 49

    Happy New Year! Now those are my kind of resolutions. Also, the recap is great, it was a yummy trip down memory lane!

  50. Tanya 50

    Happy New Year to you too, Cathy! I’m so glad I found your blog last year and I look forward to continuing to read it in 2009!

  51. Wow, what a great dishes! Yes, I made grapes on skewers – Thank You for reminding me. I had also stuffed potato skins… I will post recipe in few minutes, just dealing with the photos :)
    Happy New Year!!!

  52. The very best to you and yours in 2009, Cathy!

    It’s been such fun getting to ~know~ you over these last months. Keep it goin’~!

  53. Julie 53

    Thanks for the top ten list…very helpful since I just started stalking you, um, I mean reading your blog a few months ago. They all make me drool :)
    Great resolutions.

  54. The food blog world is a happy place; thanks for your part in making that happen. Wishing you all good things for 2009.

  55. Sandra 55

    Around here, in southwest VA Appalachia, that’d be Tater Ho.
    Happy 2009…all the way!

  56. Linda 56

    Being somewhat of a newbie to your blog, only discovering it a few months ago, you have realize some of those recipes are entirely new to me! The Caramelized Chocolate, Banana and Marshmallow Sandwiches … HOLY COW … we can make these tonight. What a gift!

  57. I love the recap of best recipes. I have to bookmarked some.

    Happy New Year!

  58. Sweet wounded wuffles. I need those peanut butter cookies. You don’t understand. Cathy, you’re going to kill me. Seriously.

  59. Rebel 59

    Wow! All your food looks great! I am so glad I found your blog. I was readin’ and checkin’ out your posts. What a great blog! I can’t wait to try your Asian Lime Ribs. Thanks for the recipe.

  60. Mary 60

    Based on those ten recipes alone I’d follow you anywhere. Can you be a groupie at my age? Congratulations on those numbers—they represent people you have touched.

  61. Flea 61

    Mmmmm! Happy New Year, Cathy! I hope this year sees much progress on your new property!

  62. Happy New Year Cathy! I hope it’s even tastier than last year ;)

  63. I love top 10! I don’t remember those marshmallow sandwiches, but oh boy they look am,azing and they’ll probably exist in 2009 for me! Have a wonderful year!

  64. imom 64

    Great resolutions! Since I’m fairly new to your blog I hadn’t seen those recipes. I plan on trying the Tangy-Sweet Plum Spiced Chicken and Smokin’ Red Roasted Potatoes. I can’t wait!

  65. giz 65

    So it’s already become a ritual for me to just put on my fat pants whenever I come to view your blog. I have to then rationalize it all by using the Popeye approach – I yam, what I yam…sigh – yayy to good food

  66. Super delicious choices… all of them!

    Happy, happy New Year to you!

  67. Happy New Year, Cathy!

  68. Nikki 68

    That butterscotch apple cake is the stuff of gods. I bow to you.

  69. Stephanie 69

    I know this is a late comment but I tried two of your recipes this past weekend: the lemon bars and the chicken with plum jam (substituted plum sauce) and balsamic vinegar. Both recipes were delicious and I’ll definately be making everything on your top 10 list!
    Keep up the great work and I love reading your blog.


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