The Conscientious Omnivore’s year in review, 2012 edition

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Having recently posted a few annual retrospectives, I thought I’d finish out 2012 with this blog’s own end-of-year review. So grab your favorite winter beverage, kick up your feet, and enjoy some of the top posts of the past year.

Most viewed TCO posts in 2012:

  1. Curry tofu salad [my one and only recipe post, which apparently filled a void online by providing our rendition of this classic Whole Foods deli item]
  2. Pelmeni lives (in Fitchburg!) [folks sure do miss their Russian dumplings]
  3. First impressions: One Barrel Brewing Company [folks also love their craft beer]
  4. Check out Roast Public House on State Street [a great new casual, locavore eatery comes to town]
  5. Gorst Valley fosters small-scale hops farming [homegrown hops make a comeback in Wisconsin]

My personal picks for favorite TCO posts you might’ve missed, one from each month of 2012:

  1. January: The Greek yogurt craze
  2. February: Targeting our shopping behaviors
  3. March: Fake meat targets flexitarians
  4. April: Farms, lies and videotape
  5. May: Service dogs allowed!
  6. June: Lakefront Brewery’s Wisconsinite
  7. July: The “mule” of summer [or, where seedless watermelons come from]
  8. August: A Pig in a Fur Coat review roundup
  9. September: A better egg from M&M Organic
  10. October: Bacon butter (AKA lard), the comeback kid
  11. November: Cranberries and climate change
  12. December: Is our food supply fracked?

My favorite posts at others’ blogs:

  1. What We Spent and What We Ate: F-You, Pies. F-You, by The Food Fighters, November 26. This Thanksgiving post is from my very favorite blog, about a Phoenix family striving to eat heathfully and thoughtfully each week.
  2. Melissa Kelly’s Primo, by André Darlington, October 27, from the blog of Isthmus critic and foodie. This entry celebrates the best in contemporary cooking and will make you want to plan a summer trip to Maine.
  3. Going undercover in the American factory farm, by Caroline Abels, November 15, from The Eat with Care blog at Abel introduces readers to Mary Beth Sweetland, senior director of investigations for the Humane Society of the United States, and the important work of her staff of undercover investigators.
  4. Andrew Zimmern’s 90 minute wait, or Do you know who I am?, by Kyle Nabilcy, July 22, from the blog of another Isthmus food writer. Nabilcy describes what happens when a cable TV host and podcast personality encounters 2-for-1–burger–night mayhem at The Old Fashioned.

Happy New Year to you and yours. See you in 2013!



  1. the food fighters

    Thank you for the mention–very kind of you. It means a great deal coming from you. Thanks for recommending the “Going Undercover” article, too. It should be mandatory reading for anyone who eats. Happy New Year–may it be full of wonderful food, drink and friends.

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