3 years ago, I made a website so that I could remember all the recipes I was trying. Here we are, 615 posts, 483 Recipes, 3075 comments, and over 1 million unique visitors later. I have lived in 5 different places since I started this site. I have made many friends through the site, some I have met in person, and others only electronically. 3 Years ago I didn't like Indian food, was still iffy on sushi, didn't know Persian food existed, and didn't know what cardamom, raita, lassi, tah-dig, or arepas were. When I started this site I had never written a recipe, and now I get paid to write recipes weekly for a major US food company! A lot can change in 3 years!
Starting this blog was the best thing I have ever done. I love creating crazy recipes and sharing them with you guys. I am so glad that people are interested. You rule! Even when I have had a long week and am exhausted and come home from work covered in chocolate and cream, it is always a pleasure to get on my computer, check out my stats, read some comments, and write tomorrows post.
I don't do stuff like this very often, so I was going to take this opportunity to list my 10 or so favorite posts from the past 3 years, but because these posts are like my babies, I am having trouble playing favorites. So here are 50 or so of the best posts on TFIMB. I am going to take about a week off in hopes to make the Foodie Fights 2011 season start in the next few weeks, so if you guys miss me, you can come back and check a couple of these a day!
My top 5 worst posts - a companion piece to this post.
Interactive Apartment - A fun flash tour through the apartment and kitchen I started this blog in.
Brick Oven - I built a brick pizza oven in my back yard in Bermuda and then moved away only 1 year later! No worries though, this oven got plenty of use to make it worth the effort. Also, I like to call it my first brick oven, implying that there will be more in the future.
I used to make up quizzes on the site from time to time. I wish I still could, but I ran out of ideas. These are my 2 favorites:
Fictional Chefs Quiz
Tv Chefs Kitchen Quiz
Beastie Boys - Foodies! - I compiled a list of every Beastie food reference from all 6 albums. Expect this to be revisited when Hot Sauce Committee (finally) comes out this spring! Even the title of the album is a food reference so i think we are in for a treat!
Buffalo chicken ravioli - Intense meal for an intense band.
Lemon Pepper Wings and a Freeze Cup - It's Gucci time! Also I have the best look ever in this post.
1,100 Tortellini - I look forward to making all these tortellini with my family every year the day after Thanksgiving.
Gnocchi - A very scientific post about the best way to make gnocchi
Muffuletta - A fun afternoon with a New Orleander and some friends trying to re-create this perfect sandwich
Pork Belly Mac and Cheese - Do I need to say more?
Chicken Tuscany - Love this post cause of the pics of me cooking years before I started the blog. Also chicken Tuscany is delicious.
4 Pizzas - a favorite among many pizza posts.
Cuban Burgers - I love Cuban sandwiches, I love Cuban burgers.
Ancho Coffee Shortribs
Peanut Crusted Halibut with Tamarind Noodles
Chicken Stuffed Pretzels with Homemade Mustard
Cheeseburger Slider Steamed Buns
Buzzed Pasta with Coffee Smoked Scallops - One of the most unique things I have ever done! I boiled the pasta in coffee instead of water to give the noodles an extremely bitter smoky and delicious coffee flavor.
Pizza week - Leftovers - Making ravioli with leftover pizza toppings!
Buffalo Chicken Soup - This is mainly on here cause of the awesome flash animation.
Cuban Sandwich Mac and Cheese Lasagna - Crazy flavors that actually worked!
Pasta Salad Week - Playing with Colors and Shapes
Valentine Fortune Cookies - It's that time of year again.
Over The Top
Huge Burgers - I really had fun coming up with this idea and then cooking it! I needed to use a pizza peel to flip these gigantic burgers on the grill.
Frank-in-burger - I love this post. Totally obnoxious writing, hot dogs, ground beef, bacon, cheesy fonts, and a cameo from boxed mac and cheese.
Mac and Cheese Mock-i - The funniest idea I ever had. Mac and cheese instead of rice on a sushi roll.
Epic Timpano - A whole Italian feast baked in a pie.
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burgers - Complete with hatemail saying I cook too fatty foods.
Groundhog Cupcakes - Yesterday was Groundhogs day. This was like my 3rd post ever.
Going All The Way
100% Free Range Organic - An intense post where I document butchering a whole deer my friend caught.
Frozen Yogurt - from super scratch
Fun with Friends
Chimi-Turkey Apres-Ski - Skiing in January, everyone was sick of turkey, but we had a free one. This was a really fun snowboarding trip that I will never forget!
Peruvian Night Ceviche - One of my favorite nights chillin out on the patio with amazing food, company and conversation for hours on end.
Pool Party - One of the best days ever. Friends visiting Bermuda and we just hung by the pool for 8 hours in the middle of a forcasted hurricane that never really happened.
BBQ - Hangin at a friends place with food and lots of beer.
Food Blog Battle - A challenge against my rival Mcheesmo that the idea for Foodie Fights sprang from.
Turducken - One of the craziest things I have ever made.
Banger and Mashballs - A friends going away party to London.
Chicken Halloumi Basil Tomato Skewers - A nice snack on a beautiful beach
Banana Leaves - cooking with the leaves growing in my backyard.
Going Bananas - Cooking the bananas, also from my yard.
Taco Burgers - Nothin beats grillin up some burgers on the beach.
Smores - Chillin on the beach at night.
Meat on stick - More beach awesomeness, this time with funny pics of making the grilling setup in the sand