Sweet Caroline over at Sweet Caroline’s Cooking invited me to participate in the seven links challenge. What, you may ask, is the seven links challenge? It’s a fun little blog activity to have you evaluate and judge some of your past posts.

I’m supposed to give my past blog posts superlatives in these categories: most beautiful post, most popular post, most controversial post, most helpful post, most surprisingly successful post, most under rated post and most proud of post.

This was a pretty hard challenge for me, since my blog is just a babe…a little over 6 months old to be exact. But I did the best I could, so here we go:

1) Most Beautiful Post:

Since I already used my  Pear, Proscuitto and Fig Tart with Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust for #7, I figured that my most beautiful post would have to be the recent Rainbow Velvet Cake I made for Nate’s bday. While my photography was certainly not spectacular, the colors in the cake are just so amazing! I mean look at those colors: beautiful!…and that guy in the back ain’t so bad either ;)

2) Most Popular Post:

That would be for the cake I made for Valentine’s day. The funniest part is that it’s so popular because it comes up as the 9th link when you search “how to win a man’s heart” in google. That search leads more people to my site than by any other means. Who knew so many people look to the internet to answer that question ;)

3) Most Controversial Post:

While my homemade jewelry holder wasn’t a controversial post (and in fact received lots of pins on Pinterest!), I put it in this category because it wasn’t a food post. Perhaps that’s a controversy for a blog with the word Eats in the title? Although by that logic, perhaps all of my posts would be controversial because they’re not about an Elephant? I dunno, but I do say in my About Me that I will often insert non-food posts when I find myself doing something crafty that I’m proud of :)

4) Most Helpful Post:

I don’t tend to give directions too much, but my Apology Cookie post was helpful for a different reason. Who hasn’t ever needed to make cookies that would say sorry without actually saying it? Ok, I realize that there are many recipes that would be appropriate for such a purpose, but that was what I chose to make that day…and it worked ;)

5) Most Suprisingly Successful Post:

This would have to be the Ho-tteok recipe, which is a sweet, chewy, Korean pancake. This was actually my most-clicked post but I figured I’d put it here instead of #2. I just found it surprising because it’s an ethnic recipe and probably most people haven’t even heard of it! But I posted it on yeastspotting, so I guess that’s how it got so much attention. I personally think they’re delicious, so if you can get your hands on some sweet rice flour, give it a try!

6) Most Underrated Post:

I would have to say that my most underrated post would be one from back when I really didn’t have a following at all, aside from my family and closest friends (not that I really have a “following” now, but I’m workin on it!). It’s a recipe for Apricot Chicken and it’s a favorite of my family. We tend to make it on Rosh Hashannah because it’s a sweet dish. It’s super easy and is absolutely, positively the moistest, most delicious chicken dish I’ve ever eaten. I’d eat it every day if I could, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t really like chicken!

7) Most Proud of Post:

This would have to be my Pear, Proscuitto and Fig Tart with Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust. It may be a mouthful to say the whole name, but it was soooo good. I’m most proud of this because it’s the only recipe on this site that I developed completely from scratch, without even another recipe idea that I took it from. In addition to being the only thing I’ve ever made that I spent so much time making beautiful, the flavors in it are completely amazing together. I entered it into a contest and while it didn’t win, it doesn’t make me any less proud. Obviously the judges didn’t know what they were doing ;)

You’re supposed to nominate 5 bloggers to do this challenge next, but pretty much all the bloggers I know have already done it. So if you’re a blogger reading this blog and you haven’t done it…then I nominate YOU!


  1. Ah, yes. I am still let down by that jewelry post. I come here for food! Kidding, I like the picture, I might do that with my accessories. Such a great roundup. That tart is amazing. The heart cake is really pretty.

  2. I love this challenge as I’ve found so many great recipes I missed. And yours is no exception! Love that cake, those cookies – yum, the hearts – gotta try those and the chicken too!

  3. How fun to see some recipes of yours that I’ve missed. That apricot chicken looks wonderful!

  4. That cake looks absolutely awesome and ridiculous!

  5. Great roundup, Amy! I’m obsessing over that pear, prosciutto and fig tart, it’s absolutely gorgeous. And what an awesome combination of flavors! That is definitely on my list of must-make-soon recipes. That rainbow cake was epic too. ;)

    • Thanks, Caroline :) And thanks again for nominating me! It was def fun to go through all my old posts, especially the ones from the beginning. You HAVE to try that tart. It could be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten (not to boost myself up or anything, hehe). However, I figured out the calorie count, and let’s just say it should be for a special occasion and not an everyday occurrence ;)

  6. Apricot chicken?! Yum! I’m always game for new chicken recipes…thanks for the heads up that this one was out there :)

    • I’m telling you, this chicken is a.m.a.z.i.n.g… i wish I could say I came up with the recipe! Let me know how you like it if you make it :)

  7. Could I be any happier that I have sweet rice flour on hand? it’s like this post and I were MEANT for each other!

  8. Hi Amy, I enjoyed touring your links and getting to know more about you and your blog. *WoW* on the Pear, Proscuitto and Fig Tart – what a success and something to be proud of indeed. Your jewellery holder is gorgeous – love the idea. I’m going to make your apricot chicken – looks delicious to me!

  9. hehee i remember the hodduk post! what a hit! and i can’t believe you know “juk” and even the korean term for it! how do you know so much about korean food? i’m soooo impressed!

    • Hehe. I only dated asians for most of my adult life and two of my past bfs were korean. I love korean food and taught myself to make a bunch of different things. I even took a couple semesters of korean! :)

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