Closet Cooking's Birthday: 2012 and 1500 Recipes!

A few days ago I noticed that I was quickly approaching post number 1500 and then I realized that I had just missed Closet Cooking's 5th birthday on April 29! As both of these milestones are pretty big, I though I would take a break and instead of sharing a new recipe for post 1500, I would take a moment to reflect on those milestones.

1500 Closet Cooking Recipes!

Not all of my posts have recipes in them but a lot of them have several recipes so that means that there are now more than 1500 recipes on Closet Cooking! I find it difficult to believe that I could have written 1500 recipes over the last 5 years... I wonder, if you were to compile all of the recipes into a printed cookbook, how thick would it be?

One thing that I do worry about with all of the recipes is that it might not be easy accessing recipes that are not on the front page. You can use the search form in the sidebar to find specific recipes and there are the labels/tags and of course the recipe index but it is still not easy. If you have some suggestions about how I can make it easier to find recipes on Closet Cooking I would love to hear them!

Closet Cooking's 5th Birthday!

Happy Birthday! (It's better late than never.)

Wow, I cannot believe that it has already been 5 years! Back when I started Closet Cooking, if you had asked me where I saw it in 5 years I would not have guessed that it would be here! I have a habit of switching hobbies every 1 or 2 years and yet food blogging seems to have captured my heart. Now I cannot even imagine myself not making and sharing tasty new recipes with you here on Closet Cooking and I am now looking forward to the even tastier year 6 to come!

As I took a look back at the last year of recipes I realize that year five was the tastiest year yet! It was just packed with amazing recipes! I wanted to round up my 10 favourite recipes from the last year and when I finished going through them all, I had about 50 tabs open with a "must make" recipe on each of them. One thing that I did notice was that year 5 of Closet Cooking was The Year of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich as they made a really large showing in the list of my favourites. It was hard work narrowing the selection down to just 10 but I was able to do so and here they are:

Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip
Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions
Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
Duck Tacos with Chipotle Cherry Salsa and Goat Cheese
Jalapeno Cornbread Grilled Cheese with Chipotle Caramelized Onions, Refried Black Beans and Guacamole
Similar Posts:
Closet Cooking's Birthday: 2011
Closet Cooking's Birthday: 2010
Closet Cooking's Birthday: 2009
Closet Cooking's Birthday: 2008

56 comments:

Rachel K.R. said...

I'm a fan, even though I've only found your blog recently. Such a great read with amazing photographs.
Never ever tire of the food you share.
Thanks so much.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, happy bloganniversary and congratulations on the achievement!

Cheers,

Rosa

Banana Wonder said...

Congrats! Congrats! Your recipes and photos are the most drool-worthy of the blogosphere. Keep up the great work, Keven!

Andrea said...

Happy blog birthday! I love following your recipes.

ter@waaoms said...

congratulations Kevin, I am a fan of your blog, and I have enjoyed every recipe I have attempted from your blog. Keep up the good work! :) p.s. the fact you're Canadian is just a big bonus! :)

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary and thank you for all the great recipes and inspiration. May you have many more.

AlanaMarie said...

Congrats! You have one of my favorite food blogs. You make your recipes so easy and delicious.

Esi said...

I've been a fan since the beginning. Congratulations on 5 delicious years!

Kanchan said...

Congratsss and yeah thats a huge milestone :) keep up the good work :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Kevin, Happy Blogiversary to you!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker said...

Congratulations on your five years, Kevin! Mine was in February; isn't it crazy how fast time goes, and how much things change?! Your recipes are always amazing, and I still drool every time I see that guacamole bacon grilled cheese. I really need to make it immediately!

Jeanette said...

Congratulations Kevin! Wow, what an accomplishment - that is a lot of recipes. It would be a ton of work, but perhaps it would be easier to find recipes if you had each recipe listed with links to the recipes from your recipe index.

Gavin said...

Congrats on the milestone! When I was living in Vancouver your blog inspired me to head back to the kitchen and begin cooking again. Four years later, I now live across the street from Kensington Market for fresh ingredients and still read every update - great work!

Glenda Gee said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Joanne said...

Congrats Kevin! that is SUCH a crazy insane achievement!! Here's to five more years (at LEAST) of deliciousness

janet @ the taste space said...

Congratulations on 5 splendid years, Kevin! Here's to many more! :)

JS said...

Congratulations on year 5! Great work!

bellini said...

Congratulations on so many milestones Kevin!!! We look forward to many more years to come!

almostveg said...

Congratulations!!! You have a great blog.

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

Kevin, Congratulations on your Milestone of 5 years of Closet Cooking. I will be sharing this with my Recipe Exchange, as you are one of my most favs to always drop in on to see what you are creating.

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Congrats on the double celebration.

You have many amazing recipes and you post so regularly and wonder how you manage to find so much time to cook. I never seem to have the time to prepare all the dishes I'd like to do. Therefore, I have a long list of dishes to do, the list gets longer and longer and very few ticked off LOL.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Happy Anniversary !
I look forward to trying out quite a few of these recipes when we have moved back to the US .. where I am better able to manage shopping for certain ingredients.
besitos !

Kim said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday. I have to go back and revisit some of these recipes now. I'm looking forward to the next year of recipes.

Kim said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday. I have to go back and revisit some of these recipes now. I'm looking forward to the next year of recipes.

apartahotel said...

Un buen blog, tiene temas muy interesantes para comer y preparar comida :) saludos.

Unknown said...

Congratulations, Kevin. I so enjoy your enticing recipes and your pics are some of the most drool-worthy ever! I find myself trying (and enjoying) your creations more than any other blog I follow. Look forward to many more. 1500 in 5 years...wow!

Ricki said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Kevin! As others have already said, what an amazing accomplishment! You're a true inspiration for the rest of us who write food blogs. Glad to have met you and spent some time getting to know you in person! :D

Shannon said...

Happy anniversary! Your blog is an inspiration! Keep up the good work, Kevin!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Congratulations on your blog birthday. It takes a lot of dedication to create and publish recipes for five years!

Kathryn said...

Happy belated 5th blog birthday:)

Katrina said...

Happy 5th year, Kevin. I've enjoyed your blog for at least 4 of those years and love your amazing photos and delicious looking food. Keep 'em coming!

Ann said...

You get me more excited about cooking than any blog! I've loved your recipes and am always excited to see a new one in my inbox. Congratulations on 5 years, what an amazing feat!

Zsofi Anna said...

Happy 5th! Those sandwiches look fantastic--the black bean/sweet potato one looks A-MAZING!
Congratulations on all your hard work and sticking with it.

Kathleen Richardson said...

Truly the Year of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Kevin. Anyways, congratulations on your milestones. Keep it up 'cause you give us such pleasure.

Nikki @Pennies on a Platter said...

Happy 5 years! I'm so glad to be in good company as Pennies just celebrated 5 years this last February, too. Time flies when you're having fun, huh? :) Keep up the great work!!

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Brent (Cookapalooza) said...

I'm always amazed by the quality and quantity of recipes you post. Congrats Kevin!

Nicole Papantoniou said...

huge fan of your blog. love your entries, especially this roundup. congratulations on this big milestone!

Jada said...

Congrats!!

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Rona said...

Wow! That's one hell of a lot of work you've done. Thanks for the time and the great recipes. I cannot believe I haven't made that bacon guac grilled cheese yet... I have all the ingredients but the bread... must pick some up on the way home!! Thanks again!

Rachel said...

Congrats! I've always loved scrolling through your posts and seeing all the wonderful photos you take! Keep up the good work! :)

Nicole said...

Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment and worth bragging about!

WokandSpoon said...

Congrats! I notice a common theme in those recipes - cheese!

elly said...

Congrats on 5 years and 1500 recipes - that's quite an accomplishment!

John said...

Congratulations on your blog 5th year birthday! With 1,500 posts it looks like you have been posting pretty much every day and this by itself is a great achievement!

My 2 favorites are your Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins - both great recipes.

ann kiyoko said...

When I started following this blog a few years ago, there were a little over 700 people following. Now there are around 21,000 more--testimony to a great blog. Happy 5th Birthday and Congratulations!

Tamsin said...

Congratulations! As you can find recipes by meal and by ingredient I don't have any suggestions to improve on how to find them - it already seems pretty easy to me. Having read your blog for a while I can see how you've improved and become more confident, in terms of your recipes, ingredients and photography. Long may it continue.

Cooking Rookie said...

Happy Birthday! And to all the readers :-)

Alessandra said...

Happy five years, that's great. I just started revealing my cooking adventures and I hope to have great accomplishments such as yourself. All your food looks great, going to have to make a list of must tries. It looks like maybe someday you should consider your own restaurant. Happy blogging for many years to come.

Shae L. said...

I've been a fan of your blog for several years, and as a matter of fact am going to make your Tilapia Piccata tonight. I do have a suggestion for all of those recipes. I know you did an e-book, but I think you should consider doing a blurb book. I love buying cookbooks that I can have on my bookshelf. The great thing about blurb, too, is that you don't have to print up a large inventory. They can be printed as people order them. Check them out at www.blurb.com. I learned about blurb at the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Culinary Cory said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging! That's awesome.

Katie said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your blog! I love reading your blog and finding inspiration for my own cooking. Thanks for all of the delicious posts, and keep it up!

vanillasugarblog said...

definitely a HUGE congrats to you
you were one of my inspirations for starting a blog
i hope you get a cookbook deal and soon!!

Sewa Mobil Jakarta said...

Aw! It make me hungry now!

Sonya123 said...

I can see why this was year of the grilled cheese - each of the grilled cheese photos just leaped out from the screen at me and were the most delicious looking recipes ever!! I found your blog because I too just have made (almost) 1500 recipes and was wondering if anyone in blog-land had a similar milestone. I'm half way through my own goal, which is to cook every single recipe in my cookbooks. In your post, I see that you noted that your cooking has gotten better than ever - that is so cool; I think it's a combination of more and more experience but also knowing which flavors you love!

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