Happy Anniversary to Me!

It’s been one year since I started The Rowdy Chowgirl, which makes it just a year and a couple of days since the big light bulb popped on over my head.  I remember it well.  I was at work, doing some last minute clean-up before leaving for the day.  I’d been mulling over the oft-touted advice to “find your passion and everything will fall into place”.

I’m passionate about my writing,  I thought.  And what else?  What do I think about, talk about, seek out?


And like the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial, the two came together.

Hey!  I should write about food! My hand stopped moving toward the files.  I immediately knew I was on to something.  That big light bulb was humming away up there, burning brightly just above my forehead.

Anniversaries put me in the mood for reflection and stocktaking.  It’s been a wonderful year—one of trial and error, learning, creativity, and getting to know so many wonderful readers and fellow bloggers.  I’ve written about some of the things that matter most to me:

Feeding the hungry

What I Want to Know


Ethical food production

First Do No Harm



Don’t Crowd Me Baby






The Ladies of the Club



And That Sweet City



The End of the Hamburger Trail


And just plain good recipes:

Mushroom Chestnut Soup with Creme Fraiche

From The Foundation Up


Rosewater Pistachio Biscotti

God Bless You Mr. Rosewater


Lamb Ragu

Your Last Bad Boyfriend


Thank you all, dear readers, for joining me along the way.  Happy Anniversary!





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17 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary to Me!

  1. Natalie

    Congratulations. I am so happy that I found your blog, one day I do hope that my writing is as good as yours is. You have a real talent for capturing the moment and mood (and the food). May you long continue.

  2. Robin

    Happy Blog-iversary my dear! I’ll tear up that lamb ragu like my last bad boyfriend. Maneater!

    Hope you’re well. Happy clinking.

  3. Chef Dennis

    Happy Blogoversary!!
    I am certainly glad you decided to start your food blog, I have enjoyed reading your blog and learning more about you! I hope you have many more years of food blogging for us to enjoy!

  4. Victoria

    Woo Hoo! Happy Anniversary! What a year, congratulations. I have some catching up to do on your site but I know I’m starting with the mushroom chestnut soup.

    1. The Rowdy Chowgirl Post author

      You can’t go wrong starting with that soup, Victoria! If you make it, I hope you’ll let me know what you think!

  5. Cristina

    Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! I like how you mentioned some of the highlights from your writings during the last year…I look forward to catching up with what I’ve missed since first discovering your blog (after mtg you at IFBC). :)

    1. The Rowdy Chowgirl Post author

      Ditto, Cristina…it’s so much fun to meet fellow bloggers like you, then have all of your archives to catch up on and enjoy!

    1. The Rowdy Chowgirl Post author

      Thanks, Kendra! Maybe for my 2nd blogaversary I should plan something really exciting!

  6. Michael

    Congratulations!!! Each of the posts seemed like the best thing ever written. The warm, satisfying glow of excellent reading would last until the next blog arrived and topped the one that came before. It was a wonderful year of food exploration. I can’t wait to see what comes next. The lamb ragu will be tough to beat. Here’s to a new year of gastro-adventure. Count me in. Cheers!

  7. Monet

    Congratulations! I can’t believe you’ve only been here for a year. You put out such quality posts, week after week! You are passionate about the things that are truly important: family, growth and good eating. Thanks for sharing with us and happy anniversary.


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