Today is Kitchen Fiddler’s 5th birthday! If I could make one giant birthday cake to share with you all, it would be this Black Pearl Cake.
Five years ago I had no idea what I was getting myself into, only that I knew a blog would provide a way to share recipes and stories beyond my immediate circle. I couldn’t have imagined how much joy I would find knowing that family, friends, friends-of-friends, and even strangers truly enjoy the recipes they find here.
I’m grateful for this little space in the cyber world, for it has challenged me in so many creative ways. My cooking has improved over the past five years, and my writing and photography skills definitely have as well. I almost cringe at some of those earliest posts that rambled on at great length, yet as much as I’ve wanted to go back to edit them or retake the photos in natural light, I’ve left them alone. They represent where I was at that time, and there’s something heartening about being able to trace one’s creative journey, with both stumbles and successes along the way.
During those early years, I had the most fun being in the kitchen with my nephew, aka The Little Chef. I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard in the kitchen as I did when we were cooking together, and I could always justify baking up some decadent treat for the blog whenever he was over. The Little Chef is not so little anymore and is loath to pose for the camera without making a crazy face, but he is still one of my favorite kitchen buddies.
I have a gadget that displays the most frequently visited posts on the sidebar of this blog. But in honor of Kitchen Fiddler’s birthday today, I’m going to give you my own personal Top Eleven Favorite Posts on this site. (I couldn't narrow it down, so this list goes to Eleven!) Some of them are the recipes I turn to most frequently, while some are favorites because of the stories connected with them. Regardless, I am happy to share them with you today.
My heartfelt thanks to each of you who have visited me here over the years, and I hope to share many more years of delectable recipes and delicious stories with you all!
LOUISE'S TOP ELEVEN
- Chocolate Toasts with Olive Oil and Sea Salt
- Black Magic Cake
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
- Poached Pear Cheesecake
- Orange Fennel Salad
- Arugula-Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Guinness Gingerbread Cake
- Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread Cookies
- Panko-Crusted Chicken Cutlets with Dijon Mustard