It has been a long, wonderful year. I started Jillian’s Kitchen somewhat selfishly, as a way to have my recipes written down for myself and as a quick way to send them to family and friends instead of trying to remember who I had emailed what. It was also a way for me to continue on my weight loss journey to not get bored by the same meals over and over again, I have either come up with new recipes, found recipes to try or to modify to be healthier.
I remember being shocked when I had 10 views, 25, 100, etc. I kept thinking “Really? People like my recipes? Wow I guess I should keep doing this” Now Jillian’s Kitchen is reaching a few thousand folks a month – mainly in part to the wonderful word of mouth of my readers sending a favorite recipe on to their friends, or sharing on their own blogs. When I wanted to throw in the towel and revert back to my old habits I would think of some of the wonderful emails I have gotten from readers thanking me for showing them it is possible to eat healthy while not giving up any flavor. Many of your emails have brought tears to my eyes to think that I have helped other people to a healthier life.
In the past year I have been featured on both Pillsbury and Wholly Guacamole’s Sites and much to my surprise I was not only nominated but awarded one of the CBS Baltimore’s Most Valuable Blogger awards. On the advice of a friend I started using Pinterest and have found tons of new inspiration, ideas and recipes as well as new viewers. I am proud to say I have renewed my website for the next three years – Jillian’s Kitchen isn’t going anywhere and I hope you continue to find a recipe here and there to try.
Happy Birthday Everyone, below is the Top 10 recipes of Jillian’s Kitchen over the last year!
10. Peach Cheesecake Pie
9. Teriyaki Chicken Legs
8. Chicken Taco Pizza
7. Bacon Egg & Cheese Muffins
6. Blueberry Pancake Fluff
5. Egg Noodle Lasagna
4. French Onion Meatloaf
3. Garlic Chicken in a Tomato Cream Sauce
2. Sausage & Goat Cheese Pizza
1. Cabbage Roll Casserole