As the nation reviews the employment, or rather unemployment, data from December 2012, I too feel inclined to take a look at some numbers. CC Gluten Freed had a fantastic year when quantified in terms of hits and viewer traffic! Now, asking a blogger for the number of hits per year/day/whatever is similar to asking a woman her age: it is simply impolite. I will happily reveal some of my aggregate data and post CC Gluten Freed’s top hits of 2012! Just as NPR reviews the best podcasts, I will be reviewing my top posts of this year for you to share with friends or just enjoy for a second read through.
#1 Post of 2012
This post offers advice for taking mainstream cooking classes while being gluten free. The cooking classes advertised as “gluten free” are usually special courses offered sporadically at cooking schools, local markets and local stores. Gluten free people need to be able to cook for themselves since restaurants always pose a risk and bringing a dish to dinner parties is always a must. How are we supposed to become master cooks when the only classes we attend teach gluten free baking and/or are hyper-specific classes eg a specific type of cuisine.
I wanted to take a cooking series that covered all the basics of cooking: knife skills, sauces, meats and poultry, baking, grains etc. Check out the top post of 2012 to find out how I managed to make my experience a gluten free on.
#2 Post of 2012
Remember when Domino’s thought they were being gluten free? This post looks at the situation critically and examines both sides of the issue: was Domino’s position on gluten free pizza a valid one? Spoiler alert! I conclude that it was an absolutely abhorrent decision on Domino’s part.
In this post I applaud the NFCA for making sure that Domino’s did not falsely advertise their pizza. GREAT Kitchens was able to evaluate the kitchen practices that Domino’s intended to implement and concluded that their kitchen practices are not safe for Celiacs.
In addition, I point out the negative implications of such careless actions on Domino’s part. Do the decisions of big companies have a domino effect? Read to find out!
#3 Post of 2012
The third favorite of 2012 is “The Importance of Letters.” I am glad that this post ranked so high in terms of traffic because this was one of my founding pieces for CC Gluten Freed. The whole idea behind this blog is to spread awareness and teach my readers how to advocate for themselves and other people living with Celiac Disease. This post discusses the what, when, where, why and how of writing letters to restaurants about gluten free customer experiences.
#4 Post of 2012
I am also glad that this post had so many views because it is a great resource for people who are gluten free but are still feeling symptomatic. In some cases, people let bits of gluten slip into their diet from some unexpected sources! This post looks at five foods that a lot of gluten free people continue to eat even though they shouldn’t.
#5 Post of 2012
Coming in at #5 we have my recipe for cucumber mint quinoa! This recipe is absolutely delicious! It is a great dish to serve in the summer time because it is filling yet refreshing. I include little changes you can make to this recipe to keep things interesting. You can use this versatile recipe in so many contexts.
One tip: the Quinoa dish is perfect for bringing to a dinner party as a gift for the host. It is filling enough so that if there isn’t anything you can eat your plate will still be full (as well as your stomach) but the dish is light enough that it won’t steal the show from whatever main entree your dinner host is serving.
Here’s to another year of great posts and many readers!