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Second Anniversary Or Is It Blogoversary!

A pug in the kitchen via pinterest

A pug in the kitchen via pinterest

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years now. I started the blog on January 12th and it took me two days to get the courage to write my first post and click publish.  My very first post was on January 14, 2012. Seems like yesterday and eon’s ago at the same time. I have really enjoyed the ride. It was like jumping into cold water or venturing into the unknown, I wondered if anyone would read my blog.  I was a little scared, fearing that if anyone did visit they would think it silly or uninteresting. Despite my fears I jumped in and was so relieved to find the most wonderful community of fellow bloggers, people I have so much in common with and consider my friends even though we have never met in person. I am thankful for the welcoming and kind comments. This blog has helped me in many ways, I feel like I am a better cook, writer and photographer and it has given my cooking a dual purpose, more than just nourishing myself and my family, I am cooking for a much larger crowd, the wonderful people who follow my blog and for that reason I am more careful and deliberate in the kitchen. So thank you everyone for being there for and with me on this journey. It has been fun and I hope to continue doing this as long as I can. During this two years I have received and given awards, participated in contests, participated in bake/cooking groups, had multiple potlucks at my house, been a part of charity food events, whew, this really has been a lot of fun and I want to thank you again because without your encouragement I would not still be doing this.

Here are some of my favorite photo’s and recipes a pictorial history of a pug in the kitchen:

.Mixed Citrus Curd

Mixed Citrus Curd

Mixed Citrus Curd my first post

Tender Yellow Cake

The Best Yellow Cake Ever!

Tender Yellow Cake Photo by Food52

Angel Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Angel Food Cupcake With Chocolate Orange buttercream

Angel Food Cupcake With Chocolate Orange buttercream

Beef Kebob on Flat Bread

Beef Kabobs on Flat Bread

Beef Kabobs on Flat Bread

Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate cake

Triple Chocolate cake

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Pizza Margherita

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty

Moms Meatballs

Meatballs

Meatballs

White Cake with blackberry whipped cream frosting

White Cake With Blackberry Whipped Cream frosting

White Cake With Blackberry Whipped Cream frosting

Mango cream tart

Mango Cream Tart

Mango Cream Tart

Chocolate Shortcake With Cognac Infused Apricots

Chocolate Shortcake With Apricots

Chocolate Shortcake With Apricots

Fig and goat cheese tart

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake

Flank Steak on Texas toast with chimichurri

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Blackberry and nectarine galette

Galette

Galette

Vanilla ice cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Farmers Market Finds

Kale Anyone?

Kale Anyone? Ft. Greene Farmers Market

Figs

Lovely figs before roasting

Lovely figs before roasting

Roasted Tomato and goat cheese tarts

Rectangular tart roasted tomato and goat cheese

Rectangular tart roasted tomato and goat cheese

Empanadas guest post

Spicy and flaky empanadas

Spicy and flaky empanadas

Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Eggnog

Eggnog

Eggnog

Izzy And Nando

Izzy And Nando

95 Comments Post a comment
  1. Happy Blogoversary! I’m so hungry looking at all your photos – swoon.

    January 12, 2014
  2. congratss…. 🙂

    January 12, 2014
  3. I echo everything you say, except for the 2 days. That’s nothing. I waited for 4 years! 🙂 The photo gallery is absolutely drool-worthy and inspiring. Happy 2nd Blogoversary! XOXO, Angie.

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks so much Angie, blogging has been fun and I have met so many wonderful people.

      January 12, 2014
  4. Congratulations!

    January 12, 2014
  5. Whew…..big accomplishment! I am still in the throws of year number one. I am absolutely positive my appetite is in tact after looking at the delicious images. I just cooked fresh prawns last night in some pasta for Tom (I’m still on soup), your scampi looks delicious (as does everything else).

    How did you get involved in Food52? I love that community.
    Congrats on your tenure and keep up the good stuff.

    January 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I just saw your post, I am so sorry that you have been through such a terrible ordeal. Hoping you feel better very soon and can once again eat solids.
      I found food52 while searching for recipes online, I saw that they were a wonderful community of cooks and had contests so I decided to jump right in and enter one of their contests. I commented on others recipes and they did the same and we formed strong friendships. It’s really a gateway to so much more than food.
      Best wishes!

      January 12, 2014
      • Thanks! I am learning how satisfying it is to connect with like minded people that I would never have met if not through this medium. You are so right, It is so much bigger than food in so many ways. Glad that I found your site. I am on the mend; thank you for the well wishes.

        January 12, 2014
      • So happy to hear that you are doing better. Looking forward to more from you once you are well!

        January 12, 2014
  6. Antisocial Patty #

    Happy Blogoversary. Your photos always make me drool. And I’ve learned a lot from you. Thanks, lady!

    January 12, 2014
    • I follow your blog religiously, love the gorgeous photo’s and of course Beast is so so handsome. Thank you so much.

      January 12, 2014
  7. Happy blogversary Suzanne! You are awesome and your blog is a reflection of the great person behind it. Happy to have found you on the web! Best wishes for many years to come!

    January 12, 2014
    • Thank you Viviana, I feel the same way about you and your blog. Thank you so much.

      January 12, 2014
  8. Happy Blogoversary, Susanne! Lucky us to have your blog to visit and learn a thing or two each time! 😀

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks so much Fae, I feel that way about your blog x10, I always learn so much from you. Thank you.

      January 12, 2014
  9. Happy Bloggerversary! Your triple chocolate cake and goats cheese tart are particular favourites of mine. I hope that you finger repairs quickly and you can get back into the kitchen again very soon…

    January 12, 2014
    • Thank you I love those recipes also, finger crossed (on my left hand) that my finger heals well

      January 12, 2014
  10. Many congratulations on reaching the two year milestone and a very happy blog birthday to you. It’s amazing how blogging time whizzes by, truly it is.

    I agree with all you say about the blogging community, there is a connection and you get to know a little of fellow bloggers lives, even though you haven’t met them. Which reminds me – I hope your finger is on the mend.

    I wish you continued success with your lovely blog. 😉

    January 12, 2014
    • It’s true time flies by, thank you so much. I often think how wonderful it is to have this blog, I never would have met you or any of the other wonderful people I have met.
      Kind of a breakthrough today on the finger, some of the swelling has gone down a little, I am so grateful for even a small change in a positive way. Thank you so much,

      January 12, 2014
      • That’s some good news on the finger-front even if it’s not yet fully better. 😉

        January 12, 2014
  11. Happy blogoversary! I don’t always leave a comment, but have loved reading your recipes over the last few months – here’s to the next two years!

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks so much, I love comments but it makes me very happy that you read and enjoy! Thank you again.

      January 12, 2014
  12. Happy Blogaversary!! I’m looking to many, many more of them with you!!

    January 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much Susan, look forward to many many more from you also!

      January 12, 2014
  13. Happy Anniversary, Suzanne!!!
    Best wishes for many more years of cooking and writing your beautiful blog!
    We are so happy to be part of your community! 🙂

    January 12, 2014
    • I am so thrilled to be in a community with you and Francesca, thank you so much!

      January 12, 2014
  14. Congratulations Suzanne – you have such a wonderful blog, that provides both instruction and a whole lot of inspiration! I love reading each and every one of your posts. Happy Blogoversary to you! 🙂

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks so much Margot, you are inspiring, love your blog and the delicious and creative food you make and beautiful photo’s.

      January 12, 2014
  15. And many more Happy Bolgoversaries, too! Several of your posts I haven’t seen, like the savouries Shrimp scampi and the Texas toast. Even though I’m still not eating meat I’m kinda licking my lips and drooling ever so slightly :). Must go and eat a very late sups of mushroom and mace orzotto!

    January 12, 2014
    • Yum, Orzotto, totally love that. I think I would prefer to rice. I don’t eat very much meat, but do enjoy it every now and then. Thanks Johnny!

      January 12, 2014
  16. Congratulations! You’ve done so well! Keep up the good work and continue inspiring us to improve our blog! 🙂

    January 12, 2014
    • Thank you, I love that it’s always a work in progress and there is always a way to improve.

      January 12, 2014
  17. Happy Happy Blog Day girl! You deserve it, so happy I found your blog and can follow your cooking adventures!

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks Pamela, I can’t wait for spring to see more gardening adventures from you!

      January 13, 2014
  18. Happy blogoversery, Suzanne! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and your blog over the years.

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks Melissa, so glad to have met you and love following your blog, I love that you are practically in my backyard.

      January 13, 2014
  19. Liz #

    Happy happy 🙂 That all looks delish! Glad you’ve had such a great experience. You’ve been busy for sure.

    January 12, 2014
  20. Happy two year blogging anniversary! I love your blog and am happy to have gotten to know you in person as well. The pictorial history of the blog is exquisite torture: i’m DROOLING!

    Congrats Suzanne! xo

    January 12, 2014
    • Thanks Azita, so glad to have gotten you and found your incredible blog!

      January 13, 2014
      • Fig & Quince #

        I have a question for you re the name of the blog: why “a pug” in the kitchen and not “two pugs” in the kitchen? Totally curious, hope am not being nosey!

        January 13, 2014
      • It’s a very good question and one I have thought of also, the name just came to me when pondering what to call the blog. A pug in the kitchen seemed to flow better than 2 pugs, or even pugs in the kitchen. Truth be told Izzy never really hung in the kitchen it was and still is always Nando. Izzy has never been a foodie pug so on a technicality Nando really is the pug in the kitchen.

        January 13, 2014
  21. talkavino #

    Happy Blogoversary Suzanne! Let’s drink for many more! Cheers!

    January 13, 2014
  22. Congratulations! 🙂

    January 13, 2014
  23. Happy Blogoversary Suzanne!! Congratulations on your two years of blogging…and wishing you many more!! I’m so glad to have found you. I truly enjoy reading your blog… ❤ Your recipes are pure excellence, and your stories are wonderful. I always walk away happy after reading a post from you.

    January 13, 2014
    • You are so sweet, thank you so much and I feel exactly the same way about you and your lovely blog!

      January 13, 2014
  24. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Love your blogs and your recipes!!!
    Thanks,
    Maria

    January 13, 2014
  25. Congrats and happy blogverssary Suzanne!
    To celebrate, I am coming over to your house for some “Angel Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Orange Buttercream” or that triple chocolate cake or Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake – I will bring the coffee 😉

    January 13, 2014
    • Come on over, LOL, if you lived closer I would make a dessert buffet and invite everyone, wouldn’t that be fun! Thank you so much.

      January 13, 2014
  26. Wow, all your recipes look so delicious! 🙂

    January 13, 2014
  27. Congratulations, Suzanne!

    January 13, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I really enjoy your blog, your beautiful artwork, design ideas and recipes. It’s wonderful.

      January 13, 2014
  28. Happy 2nd blog-oversary. (Though since you are a pug, perhaps we should be calculating in dog years) I can definitely relate to the sentiments you’ve expressed about blogging, keep up the delicious work!

    January 13, 2014
    • LOL, ok in dog years that approximately 14 years. Yikes. Thank you so much.

      January 13, 2014
  29. Congratulations, Suzanne! Fabulous work in only 2 years! Don’t you get a medal of some sort? Ha ha! 🙂 You deserve one! Hope your finger is doing better. CC

    January 13, 2014
    • Ha, yes where’s my medal, LOL!! Thanks Christina, I’m hoping my finger will start improving soon.

      January 13, 2014
  30. Hey! Congratulations. I felt the same way before I pressed publish for the first time. And don’t know if I ever told you this….you were my very first comment and I was shocked someone actually “liked” my post, let alone comment on it! (I actually had one other comment before yours…it was my friend, so I didn’t count it. 🙂 Thank you for always giving me such kind comments, they really are encouraging Suzanne. And I am always happy when I see you have posted something new!

    January 13, 2014
    • Really, oh wow that makes me so happy. I was the first commenter on your blog. Well, I have loved it from the beginning. Thank you so much, I am so thrilled to hear this.

      January 13, 2014
  31. Bevi #

    Congrats Suzanne!

    January 13, 2014
  32. Congratulations Suzanne on your wonderful blog! I love it! I’m glad you took that plunge into the unknown, for it has allowed me to meet a wonderful woman! xoxo

    January 14, 2014
    • Thank you so much Lidia, I am so happy to have met you and love your blog!!

      January 14, 2014
  33. cookingupthecure #

    Hooray! On to the next two years, in good health and good fortune! xxx H

    January 15, 2014
  34. Happy anniversary to your blog Suzanne! Beautiful collection of your creations. To many more to come!

    January 15, 2014
  35. Happy blogaversary! It’s so wonderful to meet (via blogs) people around the world and learn something new from them. And your comments are always so kind.:)
    Looking forward to see more wonderful photos and recipes! 🙂

    January 15, 2014
    • Thank you and I am so happy to meet you and everyone else albeit virtual. Without our blogs there is only a slim chance we ever would have crossed paths.

      January 15, 2014
  36. Happy Anniversary, dear Suzanne! Did you seriously think no one was going to follow you? What’s not to love? Your recipes are wonderful and the directions very well written and simple to follow. Furthermore, your blog is like seating on the most comfortable couch ever. Once you tried it, you get addicted to it and you don’t want to leave. 🙂
    We look forward to meeting you. I’m sure we’ll have a blast! 🙂

    January 15, 2014
    • Thank you Francesca, oh yes I had major doubts. I am so thankful that I have such wonderful people that visit and comment, thank you. I do so look forward to meeting you and Stefano and your family.

      January 15, 2014
  37. Happy Blogoversary, Suzanne! Keep it going! Off to check out some of these great recipes that I might have missed.

    January 15, 2014
  38. Happy blogoversary Suzanne!! Nice post, you have done so much great work! To many more to come!!!

    January 18, 2014
  39. Great set of picture Suzanne!! I love your blog and seeing all those reminded me just why! Congratulations on your two years–hoping there’s lots more to come…

    January 19, 2014
    • Thank you so much Rhonda! Glad you are back blogging! I noticed you have 3 pears in your header, love that. I have a thing for pears, not just the flavor but the esthetic.

      January 19, 2014
  40. Happy Blogiversary Suzanne!! Congrats on two years and look forward to following you for years to come!

    January 20, 2014
  41. Congrats! Looking forward to more! Love seeing pictures of the pugs too!

    January 21, 2014
  42. Jo @ the contented baker #

    Happy Blogiversary Suzanne! I have been admiring your prize winning ganache on Food52 for sometime now. It looks divine! Congratulations 🙂 Look forward to future posts!

    January 23, 2014
  43. Jo @ The Contented Baker #

    Congratulations on celebrating two years! I have been admiring your fabulous award wining ganache recipe on Food52 for sometime now! It looks divine!! I look forward to future posts 🙂

    January 23, 2014
    • Your blog is beautiful, I am really going to enjoy browsing through all of your lovely posts.

      January 23, 2014
  44. Congratulations, Suzanne! I’m so happy you started your blog. It’s been a delicious two years with all you’ve shared with us. I look forward to more! And what a lovely round-up here of some of your recipes and photos. 🙂

    February 3, 2014
  45. Congratulations, Suzanne! This is a great achievement 🙂 Looking forward to many more years of A Pug In The Kitchen and to many more fantastic recipes!!

    February 10, 2014
    • Thank you so much Julian, I really love doing this and hope I can keep it up and hopefully people will stay interested.

      February 10, 2014

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