Ten Years of Blogging
Has it really been 10 years since I started my little blog? Wasn’t it just yesterday that my girlfriend suggested that I organize my many recipes into a blog to share them with friends and family. This blog has become my baby, my creative outlet. It challenges me to expand my knowledge and keep on learning. I do have issues with the technical part of it. Like everything in life , nothing is perfect. Even I use this blog myself quite often, as the recipes are like my old and most trusted friends. The most enjoyable part has been connecting with other bloggers and people around the world. This community has given me support and positive input and I thank you for being part of it. I hope that I can blog for a little while longer, and find some new and interesting stories and recipes to share. I appreciate your loyalty and taking time from your busy life to read my blog.
The recipe for duck confit quesadillas is one of my older recipes. If you click here
you will not only find the recipe but a write-up of one of my favorite restaurants in Capitola called Shadowbrook.
In a few days I will be flying to Germany to visit my family and friends. I have my railroad pass (read about the German railroad system here) and will be traveling by train. I will be staying in my nephew’s tiny house while at our farm since my brother still has 2 Ukrainian women and a teenager living in my niece’s apartment where I usually stay. Then I will take the train to go to Lüneburg, a beautiful historical old salt town near Hamburg, where my niece and her family are living (click on this link to read about my previous visits). I will also take a short vacation to the Eastern Sea near Wismar. I have never been there and I am looking forward seeing something new. Before I know it, my three weeks will be over and I will be back home with my husband.
Here are some of the recipes I have made in the last couple of months. My seafood pasta is a dish I have made for years. It comes together quickly, I freeze my pesto when basil is plentiful. I like to serve this dish with asparagus, steamed or roasted. My husband likes it steamed, but I prefer it roasted with some walnut or hazelnut oil, sprinkled with garlic salt and pepper. I roast the asparagus for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Last time I omitted the scallops and used only shrimp. which was just fine. I like to serve this dish on a large platter., which makes a lovely presentation. Click her for the recipe.
I have to say, I love my banana bread, especially when it is freshly baked. I made my last batch using frozen bananas. Once I defrosted them I got rid of all the juices that had accumulated. Click here for the recipe.
My husband and I are at an age where we gain weight easily, so I try to make some dishes that are light and not loaded with extra calories. My lentil salad fits that bill. Especially since I can eat it for several days. I had some leftover homemade duck confit that I added as a protein. This recipe I have for duck confit is great. Thank you Bon Appétit. It is a great weekend project with little effort; it just takes time to bake slowly in the oven. I did some much-needed gardening while it was cooking.
Click here for the lentil salad recipe.
Click here for the duck confit recipe
Let’s return to eating healthy. For a quick , tasty and healthy dinner this fish dish baked in parchment is a winner. You can use any white fish and spruce up the flavors by adding anchovies, tomatoes, and capers, giving this dish a Mediterranean twist. The last time I added some sliced cooked leftover potatoes. It was super delicious. Click here for the recipe.
Thank you again my dear blogger friends for all your support and loyalty. Stay healthy and well.
4/29/2023 12:58:32 pm
Well, here’s to ten delicious years. Though I haven’t posted on my blog since August I still note it’s anniversary and ponder all the same sentiments you have expressed here. GREG
5/10/2023 04:31:13 am
Hi Greg, it’s so nice to hear from you. I don’t blog as frequently as I used to. Time seems to be running away. Stay well !
I've enjoyed your blog so much over the years. I guess I'm ten years too. We may have begun close to the same time. So glad to "know" you through the blogosphere. Have a great trip - I admire your ability to travel and visit family. Now, off to your banana bread recipe. :-) Pam
5/15/2023 09:18:49 am
Pam, I always enjoy reading your posts. Let’s continue for a few more years.
4/29/2023 01:11:16 pm
All of those recipes look wonderful! And I'm so excited for you going back to Germany. Ten years is a long time - but blogging really is fun, isn't it?! And work, but mostly fun. Now I'm going to check out the duck confit quesadillas!
5/15/2023 09:23:19 am
Mimi, blogging is fun. I just have to take time to write a post. I think you would like duck quesadillas.
4/30/2023 04:22:57 pm
Congrats on your 10 year blogiversary! Very few blogs make it that far. I hope you’re popping open the champagne. 🥂
5/17/2023 11:43:25 am
Thanks Frank, as soon as I get home I will pop open a bottle of Champagne.
5/1/2023 07:46:26 am
Congratulations! And that shrimp dish looks absolutely gorgeous!
5/17/2023 11:44:31 am
Thanks Jeff, that pasta dish is an old friend of mine,
5/19/2023 10:29:55 pm
I said hello for you Friko. Germany has changed in so many ways .
5/6/2023 11:28:43 am
Congratulations on 10 years, Gerlinde! It does pass quickly, doesn't it? I truly enjoy sharing recipes and ideas with you -- the blogging community is so generous in spirit! The recipe you post look wonderful - Mimi introduced me to lentils and duck confit (amazing) and the seafood past looks just fantastic. Have a wonderful time in Germany -- and I wish you safe travels.
5/8/2023 06:39:57 pm
Happy 10th blogiversary, Gerlinde! After 10 years, I had to reduce my posting schedule, first to every two weeks, then every three, and then this year to once a month (the second Thursday of every month). I hope that will continue to work well for me. Wishing you a wonderful trip and time with your family. I always enjoy your travels and photos and delicious foods. Happy Spring!
congrats Gerlinde for 10 years. It is 10 years blogging for me too - actually today 13 May! It has led to friendships both IRL and virtual and has been a constant delight. And I've got a record of my recipes for years to come,too. Here's to many more for us both.
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