Ten From 2010

by kitchenarian on January 9, 2011

January is a great time to reflect on the previous year as one makes plans for the new year ahead.  With that said, here is my retrospective blog for 2010 as I look back on my first year of The Kitchenarian.

In 2010, I left my job as store manager for Sur la Table. A decision that took me, quite honestly, months to come to terms with. I loved this job for so many reasons. My love of food, the creative expression it allowed me and its most endearing quality, the people. But I had reached a point where it was necessary to pull back and try to find a better quality of life for myself and for my family. I found myself once again  jumping off the cliff of comfort and safety into the abyss of life’s great unknown. After 10 years, I was back at home as a full-time mom and starting a new writing career. I was not quite ready to fully relinquish my love of all things culinary, so I started The Kitchenarian. Besides, I had a lot of great kitchen equipment that was waiting to be used!

During 2010, I wrote 141 blogs. In many ways that is not such a big number, but an indication to me that The Kitchenarian was not a passing whimsy, but quite the contrary, a creative outlet that had me in its grips and was not letting go; it had become my newest passion.  As I reflect back on the year, I have chosen ten blogs (in no particular order) from 2010 that stand out as my favorites. I hope you enjoy looking back at 2010 with me:

Five Favorite Food Films – I loved writing this blog. I love watching movies and these movies not only entertained me but they touch on my passion for food and remind me how food can stir so many emotions in one’s life.

Sous Chef – This was my daughter’s first post and I just loved the fact that she was a contributing writer and I loved what she wrote.

From the Recipe Box: Espresso Brownies – This post was one of my favorites for several reasons: I really love this recipe and have baked these brownies for years. I was pleased with how the picture came out and after spending a lot of time researching, practicing and tweaking my pictures I felt that maybe I had reached a new level in my photography. (Still quite the amateur I know; but I had improved!)

The Blackberry Patch – This post was a sentimental writing about my grandmother; a great childhood memory from the summer my family lived with her. It is amazing how food can transport one back to such a vivid memory of so long ago.

From the Recipe Box: Cinnamon Rolls – I enjoyed this blog because it was a great day in the kitchen with my youngest child. At twelve, his interest in The Kitchenarian and cooking together in the kitchen is something I do not take for granted.

Kitchenarian Project 50 – Cookware – This blog, part of a continuing series on kitchen equipment, stands out to me because it was written during, how should I say, a low point in my blogging. I was wondering if I would even continue my blog and I received a personal email from someone I know who said how valuable that blog was to her as she had been trying to decide which cookware to purchase. This particular blog stands out as one that gave me great encouragement.

The Morning After…The Clean Up – This blog was about the part of cooking I hate the most – the clean up. It was somehow therapeutic to write about and it was the day after dear friends came over for dinner, so it makes me think of them.

Barefoot Contessa Book Tour – This blog was an eye opening experience about the power of Google. Little did I know that when I wrote this it would bring hundreds of people to my blog and wind up on page one of a google search for Barefoot Contessa Book Tour. I am still amazed.

From the Recipe Box: Blue Cheese Biscuit Bites – This was really a turning point in my blogging. Yes, every blog needs a picture; I made the commitment around this time. Blogs are great, recipes are nice, but pictures are key. (Yikes, I hate looking back at some of my early photography.)

French Fridays With Dorie – I had just completed a total renovation of my site, my pictures were improving and I was ready to tackle another challenge – an online cooking club. This was a fun post: I wrote the English version and my daughter wrote the French version; a great collaboration.

Those are some of the highlights of 2010. There were many changes to the site and much personal reflection along the way. Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me as I journal about life in the kitchen in 2011.

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Lawyer Loves Lunch January 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I think it’s funny you said 141 wasn’t such a big number because when I read that, I thought, wow that’ s a lot. It’s extremely brave to pull back from something that is comfortable to embark upon a new adventure. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the next year 🙂


Kate @ Diethood.com January 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Walking away from a job is somewhat a scary experience, but the unknown will bring about its own goodies and surprises – good luck to you – the Kitchenarian looks like the perfect path to me!


Sydney January 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Definitely can’t wait for more!


megan @ whatmegansmaking January 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

This is my first visit to your blog, so it was fun to see your year in review. I’m glad I found you! What a brave thing you did leaving your job for the good of your family 🙂


Sister January 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I’m so glad to see your picks of 2010. Somehow I missed the blog about Grandma’s blackberries and had to smile as I read it and remembered those hot summer nights with lightening bugs, the first moon walk and blackberry cobbler. I am very proud of you and all that you have accomplished this year.


kitchenarian January 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thank you Sister. You are the best.


Liz January 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I’m so glad you stuck with your blog…you are an inspiration to us all!


Rich January 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

I liked reading your food movies one probably as much as you enjoyed writing it! And Charlie and the Chocolate Factory still makes me want to see the factory – I totally would have won the contest!


Sandra January 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

Great writing, and I enjoyed every word! I wish you brighter new year!


Happy When Not Hungry January 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

I always love reading your blog, hearing you talk about your daughter, your family, and your food journey, so I’m glad you were able to make your decision, be at peace with it, and now devote much of your attention to the Kitchenarian. Looking forward to see what 2011 has in store for you!


UVAMOM2 January 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

I have loved reading all 141 of your blogs. What a year of change, scary but good, for you, Kitchenarian. Your writing and your photography are wonderful and reading about your family, the sous chef and all that you love about cooking is a “must” for me. I’ve picked up great hints and great recipes. I miss seeing you at the store and across the fence, but feel close to you through your blog. Keep up the great work!


kitchenarian January 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thank you so much dear friend.


Nikki January 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it. I can’t wait to see what you do in 2011.


Kim-Liv Life January 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I’m really enjoying all of these round ups! Nicely done!


Eric January 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Kitchenarian, tell us what you think about Emile Henry Red Flame Top Round Stewpots. My wife has this and says it is her favorite item to cook with in the kitchen. Lighter than cast iron, even and consistant heat. Safe in the oven, the microwave, the freezer, and on the stove top. Seems very versatile, with Emile Henry quality. Please share your experiences with this item and this brand.


kitchenarian January 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Tell your wife I agree with her. I also have an Emile Henry flame stewpot. It is a great piece of cookware. I love all things Emile Henry!! Great cookware from a great company.


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