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Vodka, Sauerkraut, and the Spice of Life

Whether you blog for business or pleasure, or both, it’s always interesting to see what search terms are driving traffic to your posts. Those search terms offer strategic insight for marketers and copywriters, and often a few good laughs when we perform a similar analysis on our personal blogs.

I hope those of you who came to this blog through search phrases like business writing, buyer decision making, how advertising works, linguistics and copywriting, lead nurturing literature, and ethos in advertising found something useful here.

Visitors arriving from terms like “mfa thesis” paper outline structure and telling story from the end and ethos and logos in paradise lost no doubt found a little something to read.

But, not all visitors to this blog find what they’re looking for.

Take, for example, the one looking for “I like it on my…” phrases. Sorry, I don’t have anything out here for you today, but check back later. It’s been a long winter, and I need to write more than marketing copy.

The point of this post—other than to use the saying that inspired the blog’s name in the title—is to provide something for those who get here from search terms related to the tangible, gluttony-tempting treats, vodka and sauerkraut.

So, here are a few recipes in attempt to atone for my inability to provide information relevant to searches for cultural interpretation of vodka or introduction of sauerkraut.

To Drink                 

Vodka
Put ice in a glass. Pour vodka on it.

Vodka/Tonic
Put ice in a glass. Pour vodka on it. Add a splash of tonic water and two slices of lime.

To Eat

It’s worth mentioning that I’ve always made the following dishes using homemade sauerkraut (fresh cabbage, canning salt, fermented awesomeness). The dishes would likely taste much different with store-bought ‘kraut.

Sauerkraut Balls

This one is a family specialty. Preheat your oven to 350, pour a VT, and be ready to get messy.

2 quarts of sauerkraut
about a cup of flour
one or two eggs
a splash of milk
a splash of pepper
fried onion (optional)

Drain juice from sauerkraut, and mix everything together. Crush a bag of corn flakes cereal. Form little balls out of the sauerkraut mixture (like making meatballs) and coat them in the crushed cornflakes. Fry the balls on the stove until golden brown, then bake in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Sauerkraut Hotdish

Always a hit at Lutheran potlucks.

1 or 2 quarts of sauerkraut
1 lb of hamburger
an onion
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1-2 cups of white rice

Preheat oven to 350, and pour yourself a V&T. Fry the hamburger and onion together and add a little salt and pepper. Taste it. It’s good. Combine all ingredients in a big dish that can go in the oven, and bake the concoction for about an hour or so. Check it halfway through, stir, and add water if it looks dry.

Vodka and aristotle…That was my favorite. At the risk of creating a self-perpetuating situation where I actually drive more of this kind of traffic to my blog, here are some more vodka-related search terms from last year’s traffic, worth a laugh or at least a hmmm:

  • vodka startups
  • how to make sauerkraut with vodka (editor’s note: if you figure it out, let me know)
  • need a nice assignment structure of case study about vodka
  • ethos vodka
  • consumer process vodka
  • does sauerkraut make you poop (editor’s note: depends on what you have with it)
  • sauerkraut juice and vodka
  • sauerkraut and arthritis
  • sauerkraut and gout
  • suarkraut poop black
  • literature of vodka
  • research paper on sauerkraut

*Goblet image credit: Will Murray (Willscrlt) via Wikimedia Commons

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