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3 Years of Food in my Beard

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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!


Non-Recipe Posts

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


Music

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.


Classics

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


Most Delicious

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


Most Unique

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

Homemade Pancetta

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.


Beautiful Bermuda

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


9 Comments

Congrats! Sorry I didn't make it to the party...I'll be there for the 6th anniversary :) (PS, shocked at all the nasty comments you got on your carbanara. I will never understand people who leave nasty comments)

So glad to hear foodie fights is coming back and Congrats on 3 years!

Congratulations! It's been a fun first 3 years. I'm so glad we have the pictures of food and fun with friends to reminisce. Feeling very nostalgic looking at all those beach pictures, while I’m sitting in D.C. now watching the crap weather coming our way. Keep up the awesomeness, Dan!

Congratulations Dan!
I'm glad I have been a part of this site since the beginning.

The Over The Top posts had me laughing and the Steamed Bun Sliders were some of the best things we've made ever.
So tasty! I look forward to many more years and recipes.

Congrats man. Three years is huge!

Great job Dan! Happy Anniversary! May the next 3 years be even more exciting!

Congrats on your blogiversary! I am bummed I missed out on the party! Hopefully we'll be able to meet up again!

I've never commented before, Dan, but I really enjoy your site. Been reading it for a good portion of it's lifetime.

I'm sure I'm not the only person that reads and never comments, but just wanted to say thank you for keeping the this going.

Hey Dan!

We just discovered your blog! Love the title and the food looks excellent! Can't wait to try out some of these recipes, especially the Indian ones!

~Katherine

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