Happy 1st Blogoversary!!!

Whoa. A year has already passed. Time really flies. I must confess that I had meant to write a very special post for the Culinary Taste’s first blogoversary (which, incidentally, is also my 4th wedding anniversary), but here I am, with a lot to say and very little time to do it. So I’ll try to be short.

Thank you.

Thanks to all the special people I met this first year. Thanks to fellow foodies, bloggers, readers. Thanks for helping, supporting, giving advice, reading or simply stopping by. Without you I wouldn’t be here, probably. I’ve thought several times of closing the blog – I’ve even thought that maybe I shouldn’t have opened it at all – but without the Culinary Taste I wouldn’t have met too many good friends – yes, friends. Dear friends.

I still remember the first moments, the first weeks after opening the Culinary Taste. All the disappointment and frustration of not having a single comment left, not a visit shown. But I didn’t give in. I kept on going on. And I now I love those first, unread posts as my dearest, my truest, my most honest creations. I have but a favor to ask and I hope you can do it. Just have a look at them if you want to make this day special. For me.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep the blog open: I wish I would, but it’s really too demanding for me now. If only I had another blogger to help me!!

Sorry if this post sounds a bit sad. I had imagined it to be cheerful and funny and happy. A good present for all my friends. But here it is.

Ok. Now let’s get a little funny. I’m honored to say that I was acknowledged by Yvette from Yvette’s Twistedvines in her Se7en Link Challenge post. Like her, I had heard about this challenge on Mandy’s blog and I’m happy to say that I can join in! Thank you so much, Yvette!

Well, what’s this all about? You have SEVEN different categories, and each blogger nominates a single post (their own posts, of course) for each category, then nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part in the challenge and on it goes. As Yvette says, it’s a great way to personally look at how far your blog has travelled from when you started and look at your great achievements and maybe even remember some of those forgotten posts. Try it: you’ll find it incredibly funny!

Seven Categories:

  1. Most Popular Post
  2. Most Controversial Post
  3. Most Helpful Post
  4. Most Beautiful Post
  5. Most Surprisingly Successful Post
  6. Most UnderRated Post
  7. Most Proud of Post

Here’s my most-something posts.

1. Most Popular Post

Probably, the Dairy-free Chocolate Cake. Well, it’s no news. This cake is so amazing that it couldn’t go unnoticed with such sweet-toothed gourmands like you around!

2. Most Controversial Post

I’ve never had really controversial posts. The only one I can think of is Curried Butternut Squash and Celeriac Soup with Leek and Crispy Bacon Topping: one reader left a comment complaining about the quantity of curry powder. Poor fellow! I wrote the wrong quantity, so his soup turned out a disaster!!!

3. Most Helpful Post

I dare say How to make Buttermilk. I thought buttermilk was easily found on markets, but I was wrong: it seems to be as rare as the Philosopher’s Stone instead!

4. Most Beautiful Post

I personally love the Chick in the Mead post because it holds a special place in my heart. It’s the post for my baby’s 1st birthday. His cake was so cute! How couldn’t I adore it?

5. Most Surprisingly Successful Post

This surprises me too, but the most surprisingly successful post is surely Olive Pickles. It’s amazing how this post still gets a lot of traffic after so many months. It seems that olives rule the world!

Above left: Tuscan olivepickles; above right: Provençal olive pickles; bottom: crushed olives

6. Most UnderRated Post

Sage Pesto. It’s a quick, delicious recipe that’s never been taken into consideration. Probably because it belongs to those early posts I mentioned before that no one ever read. One of those I’d love you to read.

Sage Pesto

7. Most Proud of Post

Greengage Jam. Because it’s one of my favorite jams and because on this post I received my very first comment (from my cousin to whom I’m still endlessly grateful).

And now the 5 bloggers to take part in the challenge. Well, and the nominees are…

Shelvasha from Bouffe Delicieus
Rufus from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide
Natalie from Cook Eat Live Vegetarian
Sally from Cooking Lessons
Michael from Oishii!

Hope you love this challenge, guys!

  1. Tandy said:

    well done on making it to one year! Have a super day celebrating your wedding anniversary 🙂

    • Rita said:

      Thank you Tandy!! 🙂 It would be a perfect day if my grannie hadn’t broken her elbow… So sad… 😦

  2. Well done, happy blogoversary! You definitely had entertained me for the past few months. I wish you more blogoversaries to come

    • Rita said:

      Tank you Ray! I really wish so, too! 🙂

  3. Cindy said:

    Congratulations on both your year of blogging and your wedding anniversary 🙂

    • Rita said:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! 🙂

  4. Happy first blogoversary Rita and Happy Anniversary. Hope you have a special day celebrating.
    Thank you for the mention and link back. 🙂 I love all of your posts and even if there is only one here and there, we will all still be back to read and share with you, so please don’t give it up.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Rita said:

      Thank you so much, Mandy!! Your kind words mean a lot to me! 😀

  5. Yvette said:

    Hi Rita, Congratulations on your 1st year and wedding anniversary…Thank you for linking back to my blog…I absolutely adored that birthday cake…and remember your post. I’ve had ups and downs all year and know exactly how you feel about how time consuming writing and creating on our blogs can be…I’ve connected to a fantastic circle of friends all around the world…and really miss calling past or seeing everyones updates! §I hope you’ll continue blogging! Buona Serata xx

    • Rita said:

      Hi Yvette! Thanks to you for acknowledging me!!! Yes, blogging is really time-consuming… I wish I could write more and read all your posts, my friends! I hope to continue blogging too. Let’s wait and see what we can do… 😉

  6. Rita said:

    Thanks Rufus! Yes, the curry thing was really funny… I’m afraid his poor soup was really disgusting…
    Of course, I missed your seven links challenge post (surprised?), so thanks for giving me the link to your page! 🙂

  7. elena said:

    direi che gli auguri per un buon primo anno di blog sono d’obbligo anche per una come me che legge ma non lascia mai un commento!!!!! le virgole ci vorrebbero ma non so dove piazzarle (,,,)
    che novità ci sono spero stiate tutti bene e ancora complimenti per tutte le tue meravigliose ricette!
    un bacio grande

    • Rita said:

      Oh, Elenina!! Che bello sentirti!!! Grazie per gli auguri! 🙂 Qui stiamo tutti bene. Che dici? Ci sentiamo in questi giorni? Un bacione anche a te!!! 😀

  8. Laura said:

    Congratulations! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 1 year – don’t stop now!!!!!

    • Rita said:

      Thanks Laura!! Don’t worry. I won’t stop… 😛

  9. Happy 1st year, Rita! What a ride it’s been, huh? I am truly thankful that you did decide to write your own blog because if not for this, I wouldn’t have met beautiful you! 🙂 Keep up with the amazing, inspiring work you do here. All the recipes are awesome. XO

    • Rita said:

      Thank you so much Stephanie! Your words are so precious. Luv. 🙂

  10. Amanda said:

    Happy first anniversary, Rita, and I do really hope you can keep on for a while longer at least!

    • Rita said:

      Thank you Amanda! I’ll try to do my best!

  11. Happy belated blogoversary Rita! The year has flown by! So great to see you stick to it! Wishing you many more great years to come!

    • Rita said:

      Thank you so much Caitlin! i hope you’re doing great in Vina del Mar! Kisses 🙂

  12. ElenaSC said:

    Can’t waito to read more of your post!!!

  13. Are you still there Rita? Just saying hi, it’s been a while. Happy belated anniversary and thanks for passing the challenge onto me. Hope all is well with you and the family, take care, Natalie.

    • Rita said:

      Hi Natalie! Thanks for your concern. You’re so sweet! Yes, I know I’ve disappeared and I’m so sorry. Everything’s fine, but life with a curious and restless toddler around is a bit complicated… or rather, messy. 😛 I’m following your posts, but I haven’t much time to leave a comment. Sorry about that. 😦
      I’m planning some new posts, not exactly culinary but in a way related to food. I hope to publish them soon… Love, Rita

  14. lifeinarecipe said:

    Great post! I too have wondered about keeping my blog alive especially when life gets in the way and I find myself pressuring myself about working at it. I have finally come to terms and have stopped beating myself over it all. I will blog when I can, visit my friends blogs when I can and that is that…it’s life. If we can all be on the same page and feel that way we’ll all muddle along and be there when we can. That being said, I really can’t believe that I am considering starting another blog to add to the three I already have! Hang in there and all the best to you no matter what you decide!


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