Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Year in Review: Year One Blogoversary

It's hard for me to believe that it has been one year ago since I jumped into blogging.  With the encouragement of friends, I decided that blogging would be a good way to keep me on track with eating a paleo template.  I was already doing the cooking, so how hard could it be?  

Overall, when I reflect over the past year of blogging, its been a pretty awesome year.  I've met and interacted with awesome people from all over the world.  I've discovered some awesome recipes and products.  I've had some fun giveaways from Tropical Traditions, Paleo Powder, and a few others.   Recently, I've started a new path with respect to fitness at Efficient Exercise.  I never imagined that I'd be blogging about fitness at all.  

Thanks to Efficient Exercise for believing in me.

Again, with the encouragement of my friends, I started an Etsy store, Cavegirl Couture where I sell my handmade aprons (and soon some other kitchen textiles).  My friends sure do have lots of suggestions for me.  

In my first post, I said that I lacked creativity in the kitchen.  It seems I've started to find some as I've developed a few original recipes.  They may be simple recipes, but I'm quite proud of them.  

Boss Sauce anyone?

Since I know few of you have been with me since the beginning and perhaps you are stopping by for the first time, I thought this might be a good opportunity to share a little about what my real goal is with this blog.  After my friends encouraged me to blog, it took me a while to think of what angle I wanted to approach it from.  I didn't want to just do a food log as really, what I eat day to day isn't that interesting.  

One day, I was looking at something on America's Test Kitchen and it occurred to me that I could take their approach and apply it to paleo recipes.  If you're not familiar with them,  they evaluate the best way to make various dishes and review appliances and kitchen gadgets.  In fact, my original idea for a domain name was The Paleo Test Kitchen, but alas it was taken.  The Paleo Review seemed to be a little more creative fitting choice, it describes what I do, but also, it's a reference to my day job as a lawyer.  

With each review, I try to be fair, account for any personal preferences, and explain when I have made mistakes (they happen in every one's kitchen) that could have affected the outcome.  If I don't like something, I'll say so, even if someone has given me a review copy of a book or asked that I review a recipe.  My friends will tell you that I've never been one who has trouble providing an honest opinion. In fact, my mom will tell you my honesty got me sent to the car at many family events when I was small (don't worry the windows were down).  

If you haven't figured it out already, this blog really isn't about the reviews at all.  My true intention is to show everyone who reads it that cooking whole healthy food isn't difficult or unmanageable.  The recipes I review are closer to the Whole30 side of the spectrum of a paleo template.  While it might not be as popular as posting endless paleo sweets and treats (junk food), I'm of the opinion from talking to experts like Amy Kubal, that this is where the majority of people coming to a paleo template should eat to encourage their bodies to heal.  If you are looking for a safe paleo treat free zone, you've found it.  

For those of you who visit this blog regularly, thank you.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  For those of you who visit and have interacted with me through comments, the blog's facebook page, on twitter, re-pinned on pinterest, submitted a recipe request, or shared this blog with friends thank you times infinity.  I especially thank Amy Kubal - a woman with endless patience; Martha  -another woman with endless patience; and Shane and Susan Epperly - my massage therapists and friends who have been super supportive of me and the blog.   

If you want to give me a blogoversary gift, like, share, repin, or follow the blog on the various social networks or comment on your favorite post from the last year.  If you haven't blogged before, there is nothing more encouraging than interaction with your readers.  

As I am cooking for one the vast majority of the time, it's often hard for me to revisit recipes that I really like as I have to cook something new for the blog.   Here are a few of my favorite recipes from the past year that I will make over and over again.  

Boss Sauce from The Paleo Review

Ketchup and Mustard Pork Chops from The Paleo Review

Lime Green Tea Spritzer from The Paleo Review

Thanks again for your support.   I have some fun things planned in the near future for the blog and am looking forward to what the next year holds.   I certainly hope that this little blog continues to grow.  I hope you will all stick with me for at least another year.