The Not So Skinny Kitchen turns 1!
When I look back to the start of this blog, I realize how much I’ve grown. I had been posting pictures and recipes on Flickr for a few months but wanted a new format, and a blog seemed like the next logical step as well as a good way to share recipes with my friends and family. Even though I was taking pictures of the recipes, trying to get the best shot wasn’t something I really thought about trying to accomplish. I only read a few other blogs at that time so I wasn’t incredibly comfortable with what kind of content to add to my posts either. I like to think that over time my posts have improved in both areas. I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I do actually stop to think about what will look good. Where I used to take one quick photo and hope for the best, it’s not uncommon for there to be 20 pictures of each recipe now. I still struggle with the written part. As I’ve come to know more of my readers from reading their blogs and interacting with them, I feel compelled to share things about my life in my posts instead of just saying, “This was good. That was not good.”
The area where I see most change, however, is in how “brave” Ryan and I are when it comes to facing new foods and flavors. We were enjoying lunch at Panera earlier today; his sandwich had tomatoes and chipotle mayo on it while mine had a tomato ale mustard. Maybe that seems like a small thing, but a year ago I wouldn’t have come within a foot of mustard nor would he have tried anything with any type of mayonnaise or vegetable on it! There we were, trying something totally new and enjoying it. This blog has inspired us to eat and prepare things we never would have before. Mushrooms, mustard, mayonnaise, tofu, tomatoes, feta cheese, curry, Greek yogurt, spinach, zucchini, couscous, meatloaf, kale, avocado, risotto and steak are just a few of the things we’ve tried that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Not all of them have been a success, but most of them were. Of all the new things we tried, all 125+ new recipes I cooked this year, there were less than a handful that we simply would not eat.
This week, as my blog turns a year old, I want to pay homage to those recipes that stood out above the rest. Ryan and I each picked five recipes to create The Not So Skinny Kitchen’s Top 10 Recipes from Year One (in no particular order):
Can you guess which recipes we each picked? I bet the last one will surprise you.
Hopefully this week I will finally be able to unveil The Not So Skinny Kitchen’s new home, but at this point, we are having some technical difficulties. Given my limited technological abilities, moving the site has been quite an ordeal. In the meantime, tell me, which of the recipes you’ve made this past year has been your favorite? Did you try something you never thought you would like and end up loving it?