My first blogaversary and a GIVEAWAY!

I am proud to report that today is the one year anniversary of my blog!  I cannot believe how quickly time has passed, and how much I have learned.  I have always loved to cook, but writing this blog has given me an outlet to share my creations and push me to try creating things outside of my comfort zone.  I’ve discovered so many wonderful inspiring bloggers, chefs and new friends in the online “foodie” community who push me to challenge myself everyday.

Sometimes this task can seem daunting, as I have so many ideas and so little time to share them all! (Come on people, I do have a full-time job!) This is in addition to the fact that anything relating to web design and food photography was absolutely foreign to me a year ago.  Actually, it’s all still pretty foreign, so maintaining and updating my site is a constant learning process!  That being said, one of my goals for this next year is to learn more about web design.

On the subject of goals, another one is to create more original recipes.  So as that happens, I would love to hear honest feedback from all of you fantastic readers!  I have received great support so far, and for that I sincerely thank all of you.

In honor of my one year blogaversary, I would like to offer a giveaway as a thank you!  I will giving one lucky reader a copy of James Peterson’s most recent cookbook, “Kitchen Simple”.  Peterson is the winner of six James Beard awards, and this cookbook is a nice change from his usual which tend to focus on one category.  This book has a little bit of everything!  I like it because there are simple recipes, as well as some things that are more suitable for weekend cooking.

*Note:  this giveaway is now closed.*

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Leave a comment below and let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to see me make in this upcoming year, or just say hi!

2.  For extra entries, follow me on Twitter, and like The Culinary Enthusiast on Facebook.  Leave two separate comments for this below for extra entries.  If you already like me or follow me, let me know for entries as well!

Contest will end next Friday September 2nd at 8pm CST.  The winner will be chosen by and notified via email.  Good luck!


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16 Responses to My first blogaversary and a GIVEAWAY!

  1. I don’t think I should be eligible to win. But, I just wanted to say “Congratulations”!! Looking forward to reading many more years of posts and seeing where this takes you in the future.
    Much Love!

  2. Rivki Locker says:

    Nothing specific to request – you’re doing great. Congrats on your milestone!

  3. betsy says:

    Super HOORAY!!!! Congrats to you! So glad that I have been able to be a part of your blog world and cheers to many more years!

  4. Lisa says:

    You don’t know me, but I’m friends with your mom, and she told me about your blog. I love to read about cooking, but I’m not a super adventurous cook. But I like your blog and have copied a few recipes to try sometime!

  5. clara says:

    Great blog! I really enjoy reading it.

  6. clara says:

    I also liked you on Facebook!

  7. Sue E says:

    Fun blog! Nice work keeping it up for a whole year!

  8. Sue E says:

    I’m a facebook liker too! 🙂

  9. Lisa Weiler says:

    i enjoy all the recipes and cant wait to see what the next season brings!

  10. Kelly says:

    I would love to see some healthy crockpot type recipes that I could use in the fall and winter. Congrats!!!

  11. Alicia Balonek says:

    Thanks for all the yummy ideas for the past year…looking forward to many more.

  12. Jamie and Mike Anderson says:

    Happy one year bloaversary! We will celebrate on sunday with a yummy shot! Good luck with all your creations. Thank you for keeping us inspired. J and M

  13. Brian U says:

    Awesome blog Kelley! Makes me hungry every time I visit. Have you done potstickers yet? Was craving those and figured you might be able to do something terrific with them. Oh and also something for the crockpot like someone already mentioned.

  14. Iain Robertson says:

    Hello, I would like to know how to make Beef Wellington and also quiche.

  15. Kenneth says:

    looking forward to cooking meals from your book a new hobby for a new retire person,

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