A Few Crunchy Numbers to Munch On… What was hot in 2012?


Low-sugar cookies

"Skinny" Brownies

“Skinny” Brownies

Mohawk Gardens Public School

Vinny goes back to school

Beet cake

Choco-beet cake

Tibetan pie with it's hat off, so you can see what's inside

Yak’s Sherpa pie

Let's make some chips!

Kale and coconut oil


 Click the pics to view the posts   The carrots are cooked! Thanks to the WordPress gurus, we now know our blog, Cook Up A Story, got 11,000 views in 2012. People from all around the world logged on to read Vinny’s 41 stories over the year and to check out the 242 pictures we uploaded. I know there are lots of blogs out there with far bigger readerships, but I’m thrilled with the faithful following we’ve grown over the past year. Thanks so much to our readers who make blogging such a lot of  fun!

The busiest day of the year was April 5th, with 575 views. The kids from Mohawk Gardens Public School poured all over Vinny’s blog that day, leaving helpful comments wherever they went. Their most popular place to comment was Feedback. The post Mini chefs tackle dishes with maxi nutrition documents the kids’ efforts at cooking up stories. Check it out!

Snails and milk

Lower-fat escargots

Trail mix

“Happy trails” mix


Stevia… safe and natural sweetener

Tea party: Sharon and Heather with Judy Van Wart

Tea party on St-Paddy’s Day

Here's Yoda Soda dressed up for Christmas

Yoda soda

Vinny's hazelnut chocolate not-quite-nutella sauce

Nutella from scratch

The largest share of the audience came from the United States (4,611), followed by Canada (3,107) and the United Kingdom (761). Other countries in the top 10 were Australia, Germany, New Zealand, India, the Philippines. the Netherlands, and the Russian Federation.

But Vinny had visitors from more exotic places too… like Gabon, Brunei Darussalam, Afghanistan, Albania, and Mongolia…  103 countries in all.

People came back again and again to check out posts on diet soda, home-made nutella, and custards. But they also liked reading up on unusual foods and ingredients…  like stevia, beets, dragon fruit, turr, quinoa, kale, and escargots. The popularity of a post may have been related to how close to the top of the index list it sat. But not entirely…

Oh No! It's Dragon fruit... Hide!

Dragon fruit!

Rumbledethumps... with sweet potatoes and white ones.

Lunch at Hogwarts

Quinoa salad

Quinoa goes to a party

They're from the Land of Time!

Eggs from the Land of Time

Green eggs

Blue eggs?

Pink up your pickled eggs for even more pizzaz!

Eggs pickled pink

New in 2013 I’ve organized Vinny’s blog posts to appear in the right margin by category and tag. That way, people can see at a glance what topics are covered in particular areas.

Do you have suggestions to help make the blog better? Are there some topics you’d like Vinny to write about? Do you have a favorite post you’d like to mention? We’re looking forward to another active year of fun and good eating on this site. Please do leave a comment or drop us a line. Why not follow Vinny and let’s cook up some stories together!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trixfred30
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 18:55:26

    I’d like to see your take on crispy peking duck!


    • Vinny Grette
      Jan 04, 2013 @ 19:01:52

      I love duck and the crispy peking kind is a favorite!


      • Vinny Grette
        Jan 04, 2013 @ 19:09:14

        My most popular post was cucumber caterpillars. Turns out it was a photo I used for a post called “Kookie Cukes”. After reading your post, I checked Google. Turns out it was the first image up on a google search for “cucumber caterpillars.” I can’t imagine who would ever want to search for that unless you had a garden infestation… lol!


  2. Tony
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 07:31:47

    Well done, Vinny! Congrats!


  3. grandmassewingstudio
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 18:23:52

    I enjoy reading your post and would like to see more post on healthy foods since this is one of my goals for this year. Looking forward to reading more in this new year.


    • Vinny Grette
      Jan 02, 2013 @ 21:10:53

      I hope to have lots about healthy eating in the new year. For the basics, you could get Vinny’s book. If you have an ipod, it’s cheap. A real book is more expensive because each book is printed for each reader and mailed to them – so you pay for the printing and the shipping. I only get a dollar per book, which I use to pay the artist and for my classes if there is anything left. Hope to do more of this in the new year – Happy New Year! – Sharon


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