First things first! Congratulations to Isabelle, the randomly chosen winner of the CSN Stores giveaway! Isabelle said, My favourite birthday dessert is flourless chocolate cake, preferably with a big dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries. As far as I’m concerned, a cake isn’t a birthday cake until you add chocolate. Hear, hear! A girl after my own belly!
My blog-birthday celebration draws to a close today, and I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for being part of such a rewarding year. When I started Kitchen Confidante, I had no greater expectation than to transform my overstuffed black binder of curated recipes into something that was more a reflection of me, my day to day life stories, and my childhood memories. The outcome in this short time has truly exceeded that.
I discovered a new creative outlet, where I could write from the heart, find beauty through a lens, and preserve memories for my children. I realized that I love creating new recipes more than following them. I met and shared stories of people who find joy in making our world taste good. I picked fruit from orchards. I tasted time in a bottle. I challenged myself. I met a world of people who love food as much as I do, and even found new friends.
I wanted to preserve the first year into something a little more tangible. So, I turned to one of my favorite sites.
Long before I began to document my adventures in the kitchen in this space, I was using Tastebook to keep track of family favorites, my mother’s recipes, and new recipes that I loved. I liked being able to share this with my friends and family, and I also liked the flexibility of being able to choose which recipes I wanted to include in my new, more organized binder(s). Over time, I could switch recipes out or add new ones; my creations were adaptable and easy to alter.
So, I thought it would make sense to create a Tastebook as a memento of my first year of Kitchen Confidante. I am putting a few final touches on this Tastebook, but the compilation is very close to being completed. If you already use this site, you could add the recipes you may have tried and enjoyed last year to your own collections. Or, you could get your very own copy of the whole book.
For my last birthday treat, I wanted to host my own little giveaway. One randomly selected winner will receive a copy of my Tastebook.
* Disclaimer: I am currently not affiliated with Tastebook. This giveaway is personally sponsored by me – I hope you enjoy this little memento of my first year!
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post, and let me know, how do you organize your recipes?
- Entries/Comments accepted until 10 pm Pacific, Thursday, 10 February, 2011.
- One winner will be randomly selected and announced on 12 February, 2011.
- This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only, my apologies to my other international friends!
Thank you all, and here’s to another year of sharing taste and inspiration!