Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Year that Was



2007 was a fantastic year for cooking and I am so glad that a portion of it is documented here on Under the High Chair. Several factors helped make it the year that was...

This summer my garden finally decided to start producing and gave me plenty of fresh vegetables and herbs to work with. My son Noah was old enough to pull up a chair and obedient enough for us to try slightly more complex dishes together. Certainly being pregnant for the second half of the year gave me a voracious appetite that spurred me on to keep cooking. I didn't crave much in particular except FOOD and lots of it (sweets in particular!)

I found inspiration in every season from the crisp asparagus and Quebec strawberries in spring to the ripe peaches and fresh fish of summer. Fall produce tempted me to start canning jams and jellies and the arrival of snow brought an onslaught of comfort food such as warm gingerbread and bread pudding.

Christmas is practically a season of its own and I got a jump on my holiday baking with an early batch of fruitcake and a successful cookie swap that even made the local paper.

Yes, I so enjoyed cooking every dish and sharing them with you, but at the end of the day, what really makes blogging worthwhile is the feedback that I get from my readers. Thank you to all who have commented and sent personal emails! They are always encouraging and great to get.
Some of the feedback never fails to really astound me. For example, Dana from the UK writes that a new resolution of hers is to try as many recipes as I post! A truly ambitious and flattering goal. New mom Michelle emailed to say that she is addicted to UtHC and her 7-month-old son loves tartiflette. Sounds like a foodie in the making, Michelle! Laura also dropped me a note from Vancouver and said she and her sister spent a few hours browsing UtHC over the holidays and they are two new hardcore fans!

These comments are much appreciated and I thank each and everyone who takes the time to drop me a note.

I hope that I can continue to inspire you to get cooking in the year to come!
Thanks for reading.



14 comments:

Lisa Rattai said...

hi aimee!
i follow your blog quite regularily, and i love it! you are very creative and talented! check out my blog....it's listed on my profile on ringo.
talk to you later,
lisa (schmidt) rattai

Bellini Valli said...

This is what blogging is all about Aimee...good food and exchanging ideas. The fact that we get to "meet" our fellow bloggers from all over the world is an added bonus!I have enjoyed our time in 2007...2008 will be even better!

Lucy said...

hi aimee!
i am new to the foodie blog world but i love it and if you love the comments i thought i may as well say how much enjoy reading your posts and how disappointed i am that i did not discover your blog earlier! PLEASE keep up the good work and scrumptious looking recipes as so far all the recipes i have tred from you have ben 100% delicious!
Lucy (12)

Nora B. said...

Hi Aimee, you already know that I am a UTHC groupie ;-)

Your blog is wonderful to viist because of the stories, recipes and photos. I wonder how your blog will evolve with no. 2 one the way. Will UTHC become UTHCs? ;-p

winedeb said...

Aimee, I really like your photo show in this post. What I like more is remembering all of those goodies you prepared and how lovely all of your presentations tend to be. It is fun to be a part of your blog world and I look forward to 2008, and seeing photos of that new baby soon to join us!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a lovely slide show! A great wrap up of all the amazing things you've made over the past year. I love all of your thoughtful posts and beautiful kitchen creations.

David Hall said...

H Aimée

I share similar feelings on Blogging - best thing I have ever done. It is amazing how many likeminded people are out there no matter where in the world they reside! Your Blog is one of my faves, especially as we share similar interests in getting our children passionate about good food.

All the best for 2008
Cheers
David

Gillian said...

Aimee, I discovered your blog in November and I have been checking it regularly ever since. Seeing this slide show makes me want to go back and read all the 2007 entries that I missed before that discovery. Your recipes and photos are the perfect combination for making my mouth water every time. Thanks so much!

Gillian

http://hitpaydirt.wordpress.com

Tartelette said...

I am so glad to have become one of your readers in 2007 and cheers to many more great posts in 2008! Lovely round up!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Excellent slide show and post Aimee. Of course you're going to have loyal readers - your blog is FAB! You can turn that into really good expletives if you want to or class it as short for fabulous! Either way the blog is great and written by one very cool Mama!

Dana said...

Thanks so much for the shout out. Now I am truly flattered!

Can't wait to start cooking/baking (just have to wait for my items to arrive as it is clearing UK customs now, although I did bake both zucchini and banana loaves with no measuring cups.

Anonymous said...

2007 was amazing, and I am very much looking forward to what 2008 holds in store.

Terry B said...

Happy new year, Aimée! Your kitchen is always so warm and inviting. And you're absolutely right about the value and power of feedback. One of the biggest surprises for me in doing a food blog was tapping into such a great group of talented, sharing people!

Aimée said...

Hi Lisa- The Schmidt's seem to be my loyal readers. I guess we all share a love of food!

Hi Valli- I have also enjoyed hooking up with you in '07. It's like a trip back home to BC every time I visit your blog.

Hi Lucy- You are most warmly welcome here! That's so cool that you are interested in food. I knew I was a foodie at age 12, but my family poked fun at me. I showed them! :)

Hi Nora- My favorite Kiwi! Thanks for your kind comments. As for the blog evolving, we will have to see. It tends to have a mind of it's own, and who knows? maybe the next baby will demand only caviar and blinis.

Hi Deb- It's good to take a look back every so often and remember where you have come from. I can't wait to introduce the baby to all of you too!

Hi Lynn- Thank you so much. Your blog is truly an inspiration to me.

Hi David- Thanks for the well wishes. I always dreamed of cooking with my kids and it's better than I imagined.

Hi Gillian- Welcome to UtHC! Thank you for reading!

Hi Helen- Merci. Your recipes and photography are always inspiring.

Hi Amanda- 'Course you and I would know that moms are the coolest people in the world!

Hi Dana- Happy cooking to you in '08!

Hi Terry- And a very cool food blog you have indeed. Looking forward to staying in touch.

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