Foodie Question (and a chance for lurkers to say hi!)

First of all, Happy April Fools Day!

I’ve been doing this blog for a little over 18 months and I have to say, it has grown into a much bigger part of my life than I ever thought it would. I’m really enjoying it. Like most other bloggers, I especially love when people leave comments for me. It reminds me that people really do read along as I bake my way through life.

So today I’d like to ask everyone to come out and post a comment. Whether you’ve been following along from the beginning, or just recently found my blog; even if you’ve never commented on this or any other blog, or if you’re a comment addict, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll even give you a topic.

What is your biggest accomplishment in the kitchen? If you don’t have a specific kitchen related accomplishment, how about something else you’re proud of in life? Maybe even a great April Fools prank?

Thanks to all my readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as I have. There are plenty of new posts piling up under Drafts that need to get published, and I’ll soon be featuring the adventures of a Beantown kitchen remodel! Hang on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Oh, and if you’re reading this in a feed reader, click through to see my newly revamped layout and design. I couldn’t have done it without the help of The Cutest Blog on the Block. Let me know what you think.

I’ll share my answer to the topic. My biggest accomplishment in the kitchen has been overcoming some major fears in the kitchen. Yeast was the biggest one. In the past year I’ve made bread, yeast pretzels, and yeast cinnamon rolls! I get inspired by many other food bloggers out there and plan to keep chugging through my list of must-bake recipes.

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30 Responses to “Foodie Question (and a chance for lurkers to say hi!)”

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    Stephanie — April 1, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Hmmm cheesecake might be my biggest accomplishment. Actually, baking a cheesecake that didn’t crack was a huge accomplishment!

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 1, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Love the new digs, nice work. I am on the waiting list for my new blog design – May.

    My biggest baking accomplishment is either the snickerdoodle cupcakes I made which my husband said were the best cupcake I have made yet, or the French Lemon Cream Tart from Dorie’s FMHTY that my Dad went nuts for (and he is hard to please).

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    cHim-prints — April 1, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I’m a lurker… I have enjoyed reading for many months. I’ve even tried some of your recipes!

    My biggest accomplishment happened years ago. Before I knew that it was hard, I made Beef Wellington. It turned out perfectly – beginner’s luck.

    Sorry to rain on your parade – I think your old layout was more complimentary to your food photos.

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    Erin — April 1, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I recently conquered yeast too! Check out my blog for my pretzel update! You’re blog is lookin’ good. :D

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    Julie — April 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I like reading your blog, it gives me inspiration to cook new things!

    I think my biggest kitchen accomplishment lately was getting my husband to request my chocolate chess pecan pie for his birthday instead of a cake… and he “doesn’t like pie.” :)

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    Jen — April 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for all the comments so far everyone!

    Congrats Steph on the cheesecake. I have yet to make one that doesn’t crack.

    Mermaid – I’m going to have to try those snickerdoodle cupcakes you mentioned.

    Thanks for the feedback cHim. I appreciate it. Congrats on the Beef Wellington. I’ve never tried, but I know they always struggle on Hells Kitchen with it (yes, I love reality TV).

    Nice work on the pretzels Erin. Pretzels are so good aren’t they?

    And Julie – nice work on converting your husband. Hubby used to say he didn’t like sweets. Ha!

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    Laurel — April 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I’m a very new reader, but hey – I’ll comment if you want me to!

    My April Fools dinner is going to consist of:

    “fruit punch” – jello in glasses with straws set in
    “grilled cheese” – loaf pound cake sliced and toasted with orange frosting in between
    “fries” – apples cut into sticks, tossed in cinnamon sugar and toasted in the oven
    “cupcakes” – meatloaf cupcakes frosted with mashed potatoes colored with beet juice
    “sundaes” – scoop of mashed potatoes topped with a thick gravy

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    Amy Kingman — April 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Hi! You’re my baking inspiration. I’ve been avoiding it all together after a couple fiascoes and just got back into it this year. I’ll say my biggest accomplishment, not screwing up my sisters red velvet birthday cupcakes. :) Your new blog design is pretty. Looking forward to more photo projects with you!

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    One Particular Kitchen — April 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Oh definitely my cherry limeade cupcakes I made for my sister’s birthday this year. They were so CUTE! And so GOOD!

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    Laura P. — April 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I would have to say chocolate truffles…I was so proud at how they turned out! Love the new design! : )

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    Jessica J. — April 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I also overcame my fear of yeast (which included a couple failures before my successes).

    Also, I baked my first cheesecake. It was delicious and it didn’t crack (I hightly recommend the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook).

    This year I hope to do more with yeast and tackle making pies.

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    Jessica — April 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’m not sure if this is much of an accomplishment, but one of my most exciting food moments was when I made my first roasted chicken and gravy on my own, away from the watchful eye of my mother. For some reason it had always seemed intimidating to me, though I know it’s really one of the simplest meals you can make. The skin was crispy, and the gravy was perfect (maybe even better than Mom’s….shhh!)!

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    Jingle — April 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Hi! I love your blog and I am here in Mass, so that makes it even more fun! I love making cupcakes and I’ve made some pretty fun ones! I’m not super fantastic or anything, but I have lots of fun with them!

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    Pipabubo — April 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t think I’m particularly talented in the kitchen, but one recipe that I thought was difficult when I first made it at 19 was Manicotti.

    I enjoy your blog because it combines two things I am very fond of, Boston (lived there 2 years and miss it everyday) and baked goods. Thanks very much for your posts!

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    ShoeFanatic614 — April 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Hi! I found your blog a few weeks ago and started following due to your yummy looking oatmeal raisin cookies. I haven’t made them yet but I plan to soon!

    My biggest kitchen accomplishment would either be A) starting anad maintaining a food blog; I never thought I could do it!, B) making red velvet cake or C) hosting my first holiday (I’m actually counting my eggs on this one; I’m hosting Easter in a week and a half).

    Love your blog!

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    Kerstin — April 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    My biggest accomplishment in the kitchen has been gaining the confidence to come up with original recipes! Sometimes I have a disaster, most of the time we grade the recipe a 6 or 7 and then I have to go back and make changes (only recipes rated 8 and above by both my hubby and I make it on my blog!), but I always have fun!

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    Melissa — April 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Hi! I love your blog, but honestly don’t comment very much because I have to log into my google account to do so. My blog is on wordpress and you don’t have the open ID comment option, so it is just laziness on my part!
    ~Melissa
    http://madebymel.wordpress.com

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    LOS17 — April 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Love the new design layout! My biggest accomplishment was hosting Thanksgiving this year – from the turkey to the taters, it was all me ;) Except for the pies, those, we leave to the Moms.

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    bluestarback — April 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Baker! I haven’t been around much lately but I just wanted to say hi and I love the new look.

    Amy

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    Jen — April 2, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Laurel – what a cute idea for an April fools meal! I’ve never even heard of doing something like that!

    Amy – you’re one of my main crafting/photography inspiration. That’s a fair trade right?

    OPK – Those sound great

    Jess J – I hear ya about yeast. I’ll def have to check out the ATK cheesecake…

    Jess – I know what you mean about certain recipes just being intimidating

    Jingle – Hey neighbor! Cupcakes are fun no matter what!!

    Pipabubo – Manicotti at 19 is impressive! I hope to try to include more Boston stuff in my blog this year.

    Shoe – I hear you about maintaining a food blog! It’s more work than I thought, but very addictive.

    Kerstin – Everyone has disasters in the kitchen right? Congrats on gaining confidence – it can go a long way in the kitchen.

    Melissa – I’ll have to look into openID to see if I can use that in my blog. I’m not sure how to set that up, but thanks for the comment.

    LOS – Hosting any holiday is a huge accomplishment! Congrats!

    blue – Thanks :)

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    Sara Therese — April 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Kudos to you and your 18 months of posting! While I am a fan of cutest blog on the block, the gray tones don’t reflect the excitement that your posts and pictures contain. :)

    My only kitchen accomplishment at this point is my ability to organize it. After all the new dishes from the wedding, I now am happy that everything has its place and my pantry is in order. I’m a bit OCD about it, but when I do go in for the kill on a baking excursion, I know exactly where to find everything!

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    Beth — April 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hey girl, first time on your blog and it is very cute! i would say my biggest accomplishment is banana bread. can’t wait to go through your site. It looks really cool! Hope all is well!

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    bcallegra — April 3, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I’m another lurker as well, and I’ve loved using your blog as inspiration for my baking! I’m dealing with an ancient oven that is from the seventies which makes it tough to try recipes that require a long baking time i.e. cheesecake. My biggest baking accomplishment was not really in terms of flavor but in decorating -shark cupcakes for my sister’s birthday!

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    Jen — April 3, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for the feedback Sara. It’s always nice to have an organized kitchen!

    Thanks for visiting Beth! I love banana bread. My mother in law has a great recipe.

    I heard you bcallegra about an old oven. Ours is getting replaced soon. Shark cupcakes sound cute!

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    Ms. Green — April 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I am also very new (thus my late post!) … I think my biggest accomplishment in the kitchen is a tie between being able to make whole wheat bread and my once-a-month cooking schedule that I mastered this weekend — 20 meals in 5 hours! Phew!

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    Jen — April 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Ms.Green – once a month cooking sounds good to me! We’re actually doing something similar for our upcoming kitchen renovation.

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    Sonja — April 7, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I’m a lurker! :)

    I’d say the first time I made a homemade apple pie & everyone kept asking me to make more! I havent stopped baking since & I’ve fallen in love with trying it all!

    & I love reading/following your blog! It gives me inspiration to try new things! :)

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    h2babe — April 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m a lurker! ;-) My accomplishment as a foodie is to keep up my food blog! I’ve been doing pretty well in maintaining it. Come and check it out sometimes!

    http://blissfullydelicious.blogspot.com/

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 8, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I know I’m a little behind, but I had to comment. My biggest accomplishment was a pumpkin cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving. It took me 2 tries the night before, but finally got it!

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    Jen — April 8, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Thanks so much for the comments Sonja and h2babe. I love when lurkers come out and say hi :) Keeping a food blog is hard work. I’m definitely going to check yours out!

    Wow Steph – I’m impressed. I’d have to say I would have gotten frustrated and thrown the towel in. Nice work for sticking with it and making it work.

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