This time last year I was up to my eyeballs in chemistry notes and ecology theories and distractedly jotting down little ideas for a blog. The internet certainly didn’t need another food blog, I figured — there’s an overwhelming amount of big, beautiful sites that can satisfy any hungry reader. But here I am! I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about, only that I wanted a little space for a creative outlet. As time has gone on, I guess I’d call Kate’s Plate a generalist/travel/food blog…as indecisive as ever, but having fun along the way.
Having just participated in a wonderful blogger cookie swap, I can’t get over how nice the blogosphere is, and I’ve been lucky to meet some really interesting and lovely people online and off because of my little blog. I’ve learned so much this year, and now I see how the people who run the blogs I admire most are full time bloggers — they have to put in a lot work!
I’m so grateful for the positive feedback I’ve received this year — thank you to everyone who has commented, sent recipe suggestions, book recommendations, interesting links, travel tips, constructive criticism and lovely encouragement. Thank you for stopping by my little blog and I hope you’ll come back often. I enjoy having you here! (Special thanks to all my taste testers, and family and friends for waiting for me to photograph my food before you get to eat…even though some of you make fun of me! And mama, thank you for being my number one after-the-fact-mistake-finder, recipe helper and kitchen consultant, just to name a few.)
And now, to celebrate a first year of happy blogging, here are the top five recipes from the first year on Kate’s Plate!
5. Baked Polenta Fries
You can use any other stout beer in this recipe, and definitely don’t need to wait until next Saint-Patrick’s day to make it.
So, there it is folks. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? It’s been a challenge, it’s been tasty, it’s been a ton of fun, and I’m grateful for it all. Muchas gracias — hasta pronto!