Thoughtful Eating's First Blogiversary

Raquel StecherAbout Me
Blogger at Thoughtful Eating and Vintage Brand New. Please add my to your circles.

I can't believe it's been a year since I started this little nook in the foodie blogisphere. I have to say, it's been a swell ride that I hope will continue for years to come. This blog has done a lot for me. It's encouraged me to add variety to my cooking and to be adventurous. It showed me that I still have a lot to learn about cooking and that it's okay to make mistakes in the kitchen as long as I learn from them. I saw just how huge the foodie blogosphere is and have been humbled a bit that my nook is only going to be a quiet corner of that. (I'm no We Are Not Martha). Photographing the food I've been making has been a lot of fun. I realized how big a factor visuals are when cooking and eating. I've tried to consistently add at least one photograph to every recipe. And I've had fun photographing. I try to be clever setting up the food shots but I'm also limited with my camera and with lighting/timing. It'll become more difficult in the future so I'm hoping to create my own light-box to help out.

Here are some highlights over the past year:

Lisa and I celebrate Falafel Fridays

I eat through my Fridge & Pantry

I teach people how to process: Honey Dew Melons, Onions, and Pineapples.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread my top dessert

I fall in love with my Crockpot

 I sell some goodies at the office

 I enter Foodbuzz's Eggland Best competition with two entries (First and Second) (I doubt they even bothered to look at them)

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with food was a blast: Guinness Cupcakes, Irish Lamb Stew and Irish Soda Bread.

Best Photograph I took all year 

Massachusetts suffers an Aquapocalypse and I celebrate by making a Chicken & Pasta Salad

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For the next year I hope to start using a food processor, advance my knowledge of basic techniques, review more local restaurants, become more active with Foodbuzz and Foodista, and keep enticing my readers with my recipes. Hope you'll stick around to see what the next year will bring!


John Hayes said...

Congrats! It's a really good blog, & best wishes for its continued success!

Laura said...

Congratulations, Raquelle! Wow, that year went by quickly. Thanks for being one of my favorite "foodie" stops along with keeping up your excellent classic film blog!

Best wishes,

Jonas Nordin said...

A yummy happy anniversary!

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