Scrumptious Chef is a food-based website but our reportage on the New Orleans second line scene led this to be the single most popular article we penned this year. Maybe we missed our calling.
2017 saw our crew journey across Louisiana, deep into Acadiana and back to our beloved 9th Ward of New Orleans. We ventured as far north as Mamou and as far south as Bayou Lafourche. What a year.
We also made it as far west as Texas.
We posted 512 times this year, and now have 3,943 articles in our archive. This body of work took eight years to compile. Here’s our omnibus for 2017:
We managed to put up 57 posts in January of this year.
Our most popular article published in January 2017 was an installment in our sprawling 500 Po Boys series where we visited Ray’s On The Avenue to try their Treme Brass po boy.
We suffered many deaths in January but none hit as hard as when we lost William Onyeabor. The next time you’re trying to move the party at aunt Glenda’s up a level put on some Onyeabor.
We posted 41 times in February. The one piece that drew the most traffic was an accounting of our visit to Charlie’s Restaurant down in Violet, Louisiana. Charlie’s has one of the best roast beef po boys in the region.
In March we managed to get up 46 articles, and not one enjoyed as many page views as Zephyr Wright’s chile con queso recipe . Ms Wright was LBJ’s cook in the White House, and is one of the greatest cooks Texas ever produced. Thanks Houston Chronicle, for linking to our efforts.
In April we took a little vacation to the Netherlands and only published 24 posts. We earned it, and there is no other place on earth we’d rather traipse around eating smoked rib plates and drinking cold beer. Nothing draws traffic (except for second lines) like our 500 Po Boys series. We hit Bobby’s Seafood up in River Ridge for one of the best fried shrimp sandwiches in greater New Orleans.
We sat down in front of the typewriter 43 times in May. Funny, when we first started writing for money back in the 80s that’s exactly what we used to do: type, on an old Smith Corona. Even funnier, we made more money doing it then too. We try to avoid politics at all times but when New Orleans’ Mayor Landrieu went on Meet The Press we had to publish an article on his shucking and jiving on the national stage. And it was our most viewed piece of the month.
We posted 48 times in June and were stunned when an article on a 66 year old chili parlor in rural Kentucky garnered the most views. We don’t do Facebook but somebody over that way cross-linked the piece and it exploded. Somerset Kentucky Amon’s Sugar Shack Chili Bun Recipe
Summer officially hits for our team in July and with all the attendant good times we only managed to pen 40 posts. Our obituary for the great one: D.L Menard was easily the biggest traffic-driver for the month.
We picked up steam in August while we hibernated under the AC, and managed to put up 58 posts. This site began its life as a recipe site for senior scribe R.L Reeves Jr of course it has since developed into far more than a simple repository of food formulae. But, Reeves piece on greasy beans with hog jowl bacon was easily the most viewed article in August.
49 posts in September, and our review of Top Notch Hamburgers est. 1971 was the most trafficked.
A scant 40 posts in October, and our apologies for being so slothful.
We feel a kinship with Lafourche Parish. Every time we head down that way the folks treat us like cousins they have not seen in a spell. Our 500 Po Boys article on the parish’s Festival Of Old Times saw nearly 15k page views.
We ventured back to Austin in November and only managed to put up 33 posts during the entire month. Of course we produced the biggest Cajun foods pop up the city had ever seen so we have a decent excuse. It’s not surprising that with all the Austin media attention on our site that our article on RL Reeves Jr’s top gumbo recipes won the gold star for most hits.
December is not quite over but our 500 po boys piece on St Cecilia in the French Quarter is trending toward being our number one article for the month. If you like slow-cooked roast beef po boys then this new-ish restaurant deserves a look. Above average tap beer selection too.
We should finish December with about 33 posts for the month. Travel and demands of friends and family always cut into our year-end production.
As a public service to our readers if you find Schexnayder Acadian Foods vending po boys at an event in Louisiana keep a firm grip on your wallet while you make the transaction. more The cashier they hired for the alligator festival in Luling was shady as fuck.
Our song of the year? Well, it came out in 1994 and here’s the video: