Flashback Friday – Stat

Flashback Friday

The following originally appeared on 1/5/09 on Exit 51.


2008.  The year SFC successfully completed his second overseas deployment.  The year that I threw caution, and the dismal exchange rate, to the wind and had a fabulous tour of Scotland with my pal Frau Poshizzle.  The year that was many, many things.

It was also the year that I moved Exit 51 to WordPress.  And according to the Stats, it was also year that many of you found me here.  Exit 51 logged 1,353 views from May to December.  The top five posts of 2008 were:


#1 – Notes on a Recipe: Jacques Pepin’s Scallops Grenobolise.

This was one of my favorite recipes of the year.  If you haven’t already done so, you should check this out.  Really.

#2 – Num Yummy

Based on the search terms associated with this post, I think people were really looking for Mr. Num Yummy or the Num Yummy Guy.  But whatever.  Because I think this ode to caramel is a way better find.

#3 – Fast Food @ Home

Repeat after me – fast food doesn’t have to equal a super value meal.  And good food doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel.

#4 – Click! Coffee

My entry into the Click! monthly contest may not have won, but I couldn’t have asked for a better excuse to churn out the most excellent coffee ice cream you’ll ever have.  You can thank David Lebovitz for your eventual addiction to this ice cream.  And thank him you will!

#5 – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Mashed Potatoes

What I can’t believe is that I’m just now noticing the typo in that post’s title.  Oh well, hopefully you stop by here for the food, not the spelling.

My thanks to everyone who has paid me a visit in 2008.  Hope to see you back here in the coming year.

Flashback Friday – Pleased To Meet You

Flashback Friday

The following originally appeared on 9/29/08 at Exit 51.

Pleased To Meet You

Happy birthday blog.  You’re officially one year old.  Well officially, you were one year old last month.  I’m just a little late with the party.  Your card?  That must have gotten lost in the mail.

So in the year that I’ve been rambling about this and that, I have absolutely no idea who is reading this.  No, that’s not right.  I know that Miss G and Frau Poshizzle stop by.  But who the heck are the rest of you?  I know somebody’s coming here, wordpress tells me so.

See, there’s this stat function that tells me how many visits I get on any given day.  It also tells me whether visits were direct hits (somebody does have us bookmarked!) or if it was the result of a search of some kind.  The oddest string someone has used to get here  was toxic-plants-berries.  Yeah, I don’t get that one either.  Clearly, they took a wrong turn somewhere.

But the thing it doesn’t tell me is who is on the other side of the computer screen.  And I’m dying to know.  So if you’d be so kind as to drop a quick comment and say hello, I’d be much obliged.