Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! I loved reading about your first kitchen adventures. Some of you had me laughing (I’ve been there with the disasters) and some of your stories warmed my heart.
The winner of the cookbook giveaway is:
Cece who wrote:
And I remembered to tweet
Congratulations, Cece! To redeem your prize, please email me within 48 hours at firstname.lastname@example.org! Congratulations!
Four years ago, I started this blog as a challenge to myself. I wanted to be able to do more than boil hot dogs or cook a mean scrambled egg. At the time, I moved back in with my parents after finishing my degree, and I felt that I should contribute more in the house since my parents both worked fairly late.
I wanted to cook dinner.
I remember the day before I started my blog, I went to the Winn-Dixie near my house and purchased everything necessary to make turkey meatballs that evening. I kept thinking that there was no way I’d mess this up. I mean, meatballs. How can you mess up meatballs? And thankfully, I didn’t mess up the meatballs. They were delicious.
The next day, I got a little bolder and bought everything I needed to make biscotti. That evening, those came out without causing the smoke alarms to go off.
I was hooked. So, that evening I started a food blog, because I knew I could do this. I could learn how to cook.
I started watching Food Network more, and bought my first cookbook. I wanted to learn terminology in recipes. What the heck is folding anyway? Saute? Braise? So confusing. To give you an idea of how rough the beginning was, I used to cook my chicken in a layer of water, wondering why it didn’t brown. ::sigh::
At some point, my Mom noticed my efforts in trying to learn, so she gave me hands-on lessons too. I think I learned the most from my Mom. To me, she’s completely a pro. I’ll never forget the time we went to a local craft festival, where they served this amazing crawfish sauce on top of fried eggplant. She replicated it perfectly.
I want to be just like her someday.
After four years of challenging myself in the kitchen, I can safely say that I’m perfectly comfortable with trying almost any recipe. There are still some kitchen fails, but that’s what carry-out pizza is for, right?
It’s been so amazing to watch this little chunk of cyber space grow into a blog that actually comes up when you search it on Google. Google knows I exist. That’s pretty darn cool.
It’s also been wonderful to become friends with so many of you. I haven’t met you in real life, but sometimes I feel like I can tell y’all anything. Not anything like my social security number, but still, I can share a lot with y’all. I want to thank y’all by offering one of you a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks.
Source: Barnes and Noble
These cookbooks are my favorites. Since I’ve been blogging for four years, I figured I’d give you 4 choices. Cheesy, right? I know….
One reader will win a copy of either one of these cookbooks pictured above (your choice). If you’d like a chance to win one of these books, just leave a comment telling me about the first recipe you attempted in the kitchen. I’m not talking about heating up Stouffer’s lasagna or boiling hot dogs (although there’s nothing wrong with those things…love me some Stouffer’s). I want to hear about your first real kitchen adventure.
For an additional giveaway entry, post this on your Twitter and comment back with the Twitter link: “I just entered @niftyfoodie’s 4th Blogiversary Giveaway to win a free cookbook. Enter here: http://bit.ly/z8cRRx “
You have until Tuesday, January, 24th at 11:59pm to comment.
Just a note: Only continental US readers can enter this giveaway.
FTC Disclosure: These prizes are provided by The Nifty Foodie.
I look forward to sharing more recipes with y’all in the upcoming year. Thanks so much again for reading!