Belated Birthday

19 02 2010

Yesterday, this blog turned two.  Time sure flies when you’re having fun.  It would appear that I have also just passed the 300 post mark, which, wow.  who knew I was so prolific?  (Granted, in Croque-Camille’s first six months I posted five times a week, so I’m sure that helped.)

Like I did last year, I want to celebrate with a rundown of favorite posts, month-by-month.  It’s fun to go back through the archives now and again, because there’s always something I’d completely forgotten about!  So without further ado…

February 2009: Well, it was Alsace month, so I baked flammekueche and went to Strasbourg, but the meal down the street at Astier was probably the highlight of the month.

March 2009: Ah, Savoie month, with its potatoes and cheese.  And more cheese.  A light, lemony dessert was just what the doctor ordered for Nick’s birthday.  (If you click that link, be sure to go to the next post when you’re done.  It’s Enchiladas Robuchon!)

April 2009: Exploring the regional cuisine of Brittany (Bretagne, en français) yielded many fun finds, including a very interesting and delicious buckwheat soup, but my favorite post of the month is the one where I fail and then succeed in making cauliflower into a main dish.

May 2009: Un peu de dépaysage.  I wrote about Basque cuisine and my trip to London.  And fell in love with Fergus Henderson.

June 2009: Posts were sparse, because I was on vacation in the States, but I did manage to write my most popular post ever – Cheesy Poofs Kick Ass.  (If you haven’t already read it, do.)  The highlight of the month for me, though, was cooking a fabulous meal for my dad for Father’s Day.

July 2009: We spent a weekend in Rouen for Normandy month, and discovered the delights of Norman cheese and cider.  I also battled the WiiFit and my jeans after excessive vacation eating.  (And sitting!  Nobody walks anywhere in the USA!)  This key lime tart didn’t help, but it sure was good.

August 2009: The month of Provence (boules!  bouillabaisse!) and baking with tea.

September 2009: We ate some delectable Corsican charcuterie, cheese, and honey.  I also caught pork fever, which resulted in homemade breakfast sausage as well as xiaolongbao.

October 2009: Celebrated Burgundy month with a trip to Dijon, a beautiful city filled with delicious food and wine.  It turns out they even make tasty beer in Burgundy!

November 2009: Thanksgiving may have been overshadowed by Languedoc month, my homemade duck confit, and the resulting cassoulet.

December 2009: Perigord month was a gutbomb.  Mouthwatering, but a gutbomb.  (Still, I’m not sure I ever want to do Christmas without a whole lobe of foie gras again.)  I also got started on a pickling kick, one of the results of which was an awesome (if I do say so myself, and I do) loaf of jalapeño-cheese bread.

January 2010: Trying to get back into simpler cooking.  And I started a new series, Around Paris, thanks to which I discovered a wonderful Korean restaurant in Paris.

And that’s the year in clips!  I hope you had as much fun with it as I did.  I have one more treat for Croque-Camille’s second birthday – This Day in History.  From now on, providing there is one, I will post a link to a previous year’s post that fell on the same date as the current post.  (Wow, that was a lot harder to explain than I anticipated.)  So…

On This Day in 2008: Cuban Stuff is Legal Here (my first full-length post!)

Originally published on Croque-Camille.

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11 responses

19 02 2010
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

Wohoo!!! Congrats on turning 2!! Great round up and I love the Jalapeno Cheese bread recipe!!

20 02 2010
hungry dog

Happy birthday! I’m looking forward to going back and reading some of these posts I missed. Love your blog and am so happy to have discovered it.

20 02 2010
Hannah

Happy birthday! And thanks for letting us in on yur top picks – I adore lemon desserts, and that pudding looks so lusciously rich! I also love that you noted the difference between fruitier Madagascar chocolate and roastier Venezuelan chocolate in your tea ganache recipe. Hurrah! :)

21 02 2010
researchingparis

Happy birthday (in many ways)! Looking forward to a great year discovering Paris through your eyes!!

21 02 2010
croquecamille

Cathy – Thank you! I hope you try the bread, it was delicious!

hungry dog – The feeling is mutual. :)

Hannah – I told you I was a chocolate geek.

researchingparis – Thanks! Maybe you can help me out a little with adventures in your neighborhood…

22 02 2010
trisha

Félicitations on hitting the two-year mark. Thanks for continuing to share your discoveries of food and place, and for further fueling my appetite for all things French!

22 02 2010
Michel

Congratulations on your two years! Your blog and recipes are favorites of mine. Best wishes for the next year!

22 02 2010
croquecamille

trisha – Merci beaucoup! I’ll keep doing it as long as people keep reading and encouraging me. :)

Michel – Thank you, I’m glad to hear it!

23 02 2010
Dinners & Dreams

Happy blog birthday! I wish your blog many many happy years!

xo
Nisrine

23 02 2010
Sam

Congratulations on reaching the two year mark! I always look foward to seeing what’s new on your blog, your posts are always so well written and the recpes are fantastic!

Here’s to another year!

23 02 2010
croquecamille

Dinners & Dreams – Thank you very much!

Sam – Cheers!




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