I was so excited to get my emailed Food Network Newsletter at the end of December. It promised “the full list of 2008’s top 100 recipes”. I wrote about this last year, but unfortunately that actual 2007 list has disappeared from the Food Network’s new brilliant (NOT!) website. This year, that list appears not to exist.
This is what I found:
1.Baked Macaroni and Cheese
2.Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup
4.Who Loves Ya Baby-Back?
5.Old-fashioned meat Loaf-A.K.A "Basic" Meatloaf
6.Red Velvet Cupcakes
8.Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw
10.Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs
I would have loved to have brought you the entire top 100 recipes of 2008, but YOU try finding it on the Food Network website!!! Where are the other 90 recipes?
I found the top 100 page, which had the top TEN recipes of the year. They separately listed the top TEN chicken recipes, the top TEN desserts, pasta, appetizers, pork and, goodness knows what else, but I could find no general top 100 recipes list. And even on their truncated list, the link doesn’t take you directly to the recipe, it takes TWO clicks to get there. ARGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve made it easier for you, by linking each one to the recipe page itself.
The top ten are worth noting, but it’s too small a list to look at the larger trends of what folks are searching for. For example, saying that 2 out of ten of the recipes are sweet, 5 are animal protein, 2 are pasta, about 5 could be said to be of Southern origin is interesting but, hardly, definitive given the small sample.
Last year’s top recipe WAS and this year’s IS Macaroni and Cheese. In the 2008 top ten, we have Paula represented 5 times, Alton twice and Giada, Tyler and the Neelys with one recipe each. I would have liked to have known if those numbers continued down the entire top 100 list. But I guess the list is secret. If you can crack the code, please let me know.
Note: Anonymous directed me to this page, which include the top ten recipes in each of ten categories. That's a little better, but it still doesn't show us the overall top 100 recipes, which, undoubtedly, do NOT include an even 10 recipes from each category. It's just not good enough.