Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cheap Healthy Good Turns 3: The Top 10 Recipes of Our Previous Year of Existence

Sweet readers! Don’t forget: tomorrow begins CHG’s No-Cook July. It’s all the food you’ve come to know and tolerate, minus any bacteria-killing heat. See you then!

You guys! We’ve been around for three years! Who knew that financial idiocy and an inability to cook would someday lead to a blog with over 120,000 George Clooney references?

But seriously, folks. It’s been a sweet year here at the CHG compound. Our readership remained aweradbodaciousicalsome. We even grew a little, with over a million visits since last July. We got a tad burned out. We came roaring back. We introduced Ask the Internet, which thanks to y’all, has been a thriving success/fab way to brainstorm. Our photos have become marginally better. (See here, then here.) We watched the Food Networks for 19 hours straight, and did not die. You guys totes chose my wedding beer!

Still, there’s always room for improvement, so we have to ask: How are we doing? What do you like about CHG? What do you hate about it? What would you change? Do you like my hair? The comment section awaits your wordage.

We also have to thank everybody who makes the blog possible, including MSN Smart Spending, Lifehacker, BoingBoing, Karen Datko, Donna Freedman, CNN, CBS Early Show, Time’s Money Blog, Money Saving Mom, Casual Kitchen, Kalyn’s Kitchen, Serious Eats, Get Rich Slowly, Wise Bread, Healthy Eats, Tip Hero, Thirty a Week, Brokeass Gourmet, Faithful Provisions, It’s Frugal Being Green, Paid Twice, The Simple Dollar, Owlhaven, Like Merchant Ships, and many more.

Of course, the most important part of CHG remains constant references to arcane sitcoms the frugal, healthy-like food. With that in mind, here, in the great tradition of our anniversary posts, are the Top Ten Recipes of our last year, in no particular order. (And then I promise we'll stop talking about ourselves.)

Butternut Squash Risotto
Adapted from Chez Panisse via The Wednesday Chef.
I love this thing more than I’ve ever loved a thing.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Asparagus and Turkey Sausage
Adapted from My Kitchen Snippets.
Easy, healthy, delicious. It’s a troika!

Adapted from David Schuttenberg’s Esquites in New York Magazine.
There’s corn, and then there’s corn. This is the latter.

White Bean Dip
Adapted from Ellie Krieger.
One of the simplest recipes on the site, and also one of the best. For a while there, I was making it weekly.

Salsa Couscous Chicken and/or Moroccan Chicken
Adapted from Ellie Matthews via Pillsbury.
This recipe won Pillsbury’s 1998 Bake-Off, with excellent reason.

Hot and Sour Soup with Baby Bok Choy
Adapted from Serious Eats and All Recipes.
Comfort food at it’s warm tastiest.

Maple Morning Polenta
Adapted from Mary Ostyn.
This immediately went into breakfast rotation, and has remained there ever since. We ate it yesterday.

Sardine Avocado Open-Faced Sandwiches
Adapted from Alton Brown.
Sounds bizarre, tastes heavenly. A sublime tuna fish substitute for mayo haters.

Gingersnap Oatmeal / Oatmeal with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Scallions
Adapted from Kitchen Bitsch / Mark Bittman.
Can’t decide between savory or sweet oatmeal? Now you don’t have to.

Veggie Burgs
Adapted from Mark Bittman.
Stellar version of a vegetarian standard.

Honorable Mentions: Baked Loaded Potato Skins, Basic Tomato Soup, Breakfast Burritos, Chickpea Cutlets, Carolina Barbecue Seitan Bites, Grilled Bananas and Chocolate, Italian Turkey Sliders, Pasta with Zucchini and Chickpeas, Sourdough Sausage Stuffing, Summer Panzanella, Sweet Potato Kugel, Tofu Banh Mi, Tomato and Avocado Salsa, Veggie Lo Mein.

And that's it. Thanks again, to all you guys, and we'd love to hear about ways we can improve the experience. Have a lovely Wednesday!


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Kalyn said...

Congratulations on three years, and thanks for the mention!

Leigh said...

Happy anniversary, Lady Miss K! Thanks for inviting me to the party. It's an honor and a blast.

TIGHTWAD said...

I love CHG and typically link to a recipe of yours in my weekly frugal shout outs. Congrats on three years!

Myrnie said...

Congrats on three years!

I don't know how to say this, because obviously you're AWESOME and don't need advice...but I'm always surprised how nice your blog looks (balanced, well-laid out) when what comes through my feed reader looks...not nice. I don't even know what it is that I'm seeing that makes it look more jumbled than other feeds- lack of pictures? Text heavy at the top?

Not much help, but I love your blog :)

ashupe said...

I really like the funny writing, such as, "You guys totes chose my wedding beer!"

This is one of my favorite blogs. Happy Birthday!

KitschenBitsch said...

Happy Third Birthday, or Leather/Crystal/Luggage Anniversary (seriously, who comes up with that crap?) Kris and Co! I can't believe it's been three years... I found you two years ago and you've been lighting up my culinary life ever since!

Window On The Prairie said...

Mmmmm....they all look delish.


MS said...

Happy Anniversary to one of the very few food blogs to survive my food-blogs-are-making-me-want-to-eat-all-the-time-and-gain-40-pounds-in-one-year RSS feed clean-up. Thanks for all the great ideas and fun writing!

LB said...

Thanks for all you do from another CHG fan and mayo hater. :)

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary, and thanks for three fun and inspiring years. BTW just made Mary Ostyn's Maple Morning Polenta for breakfast, topped with fresh blueberries. My 5-year-old ate it up. Ostyn's whole book is amazing, and so is her website. I found both through CHG, so thank you! Looking forward to trying the other recipes and those to come!

Kris said...

Thanks, you guys! Y'all are seriously the best. THE BEST.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I am the only red neck stupid
man you never hear from .But you would not catch me with Your food. and it is not like Mom,Granmother made. I was raised on Fish, Chicken,Pork,Beef,and Turkey You must of went to the other School
maybe in the next three years you may understand we like hunting and eating what we kill(red meat)
fishing Eating what we kill. One good beer not light, or ultra-light but a real beer. I am sure you are all proud of your blog but the Minister would not come to eat your (GOOD) food Twice. Some of us have special food needs and Mother Nature Never got us to this age with your blog. God Bless You!
I am sure their are more redneck wifes' who could send you some
Recipes to help you out.

Anonymous said...

This is hands down, my favorite blog, read it every day. I don't think it could get any better - the writing is so funny I laugh outloud almost every day, while my husband stares at me and wonders what the hell I could be laughing at. THanks.

Diane said...


I'm buying avocados today for that sardine/avocado sandwich - weird enough that it has to be tried...

Karen Datko said...

Congrats! Live long and prosper, both you and CHG. And I'm glad I ate some delicious pasta before I looked at all the photos, or I'd be very, very hungry.

Amiyrah said...

Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! I love this blog and can't wait to see what else you all come with!

Maybe feature some new blogs out there? We are all fans of MSM and so forth, so featuring some new blogs to follow would be nice. BTW, I have a blog with frugal recipes lmao!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
Best Things I Love about CHG: Some of your recipes are for 1 or 2 people, Sense of humor, and the blogs you choose to endorse.

Thing to improve: The pictures do not do justice to the vegetarian recipes.

Michelle said...

this is by far the food blog I recommend most to my friends - foodies and newbie cooks alike. Cheers to you and keep up the great work!