It has been quite a year for Gift of Hospitality! It kicked off in January with a name change and rebrand (the blog was formerly known as Kate Shungu). I wanted to continue to share recipes, but also share hospitality tips and resources for inviting people into your home. Thanks to Pinterest and Google, many of the recipes became my most popular posts.
Thank you so much for reading this past year. It has been wonderful to interact with many readers in comments and on social media. I love getting ideas from you all, too!
Here are the top ten posts from 2018:
Yep, you can taste the rum! Grandma Cay passed away last June but I think she would have been so thrilled that people are making her rum balls. She made them every Christmas and us grandkids would gobble them up.
This is one of my very favorite recipes. They’re crispy on the bottom, soft in the middle, and are seriously SO flaky. Perfect with (more) butter and jam. They’re also a great dinner roll—I made these for Thanksgiving dinner in lieu of rolls and they were a hit.
I made these for my friend Kelley’s baby shower in June, and their cuteness took Pinterest by storm. These two-bite appetizers can be filled with store-bought chicken salad (or egg salad) making them even easier.
This recipe was given to me by a former coworker and friend who grew up in Mexico. Another friend from Mexico confirmed that it’s very close to her family’s recipe, too. It tastes just like it does in Mexican restaurants (even better, if you ask me).
I’m so thrilled about this recipe—it’s so much better than store-bought jerky and barely takes any work! The key is to have the butcher slice the meat for you. Then you just have to marinate and bake it. It’s great for a weekend afternoon indoors (it takes up to 5 hours in a 175°F oven). The result is so worth it.
This isn’t a recipe, but it’s a popular post. It was my hope that it would serve as a resource for people interested in learning more about the gift of hospitality. In Christianity, the gift of hospitality known as a spiritual gift, which is given by the Holy Spirit and used to serve others. Each Christian is given a different gift, and that is what enables the church to function and care for the needs of everyone in it. It was one of my most challenging posts to write and I’m thrilled that people are using it as a resource in their own research.
My husband Longe is SO proud that this made the list. The recipe is from Longe’s grandma “Koko”, who was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). Longe was born there as well, and moved to the United States (to Wisconsin, of all places) when he was 13. He puts this hot sauce on nearly everything I make. I’ve learned to not take that as an insult. 🙂
This is Longe’s very favorite recipe from the blog. It’s so rich and comforting. I hadn’t cooked with short ribs before making this recipe, and now I know what I had been missing! It’s fancy enough for a dinner party but he prefers not to share. 🙂
I created this recipe after eating black beans & rice at a Cuban restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida. I desperately wanted to re-create the jet black rice at home, and I came pretty darn close with this recipe. It’s a nice change of pace from plain rice and great with skirt steak with chimichurri.
This recipe made it into what I think is a large company’s email, and clicks came from all over the country. I still can’t figure out who shared the recipe, but I’m appreciative! It’s super refreshing and has a much cleaner ingredient list than store-bought ginger ale.