Closet Cooking is now 2 years old!
It is times like these that I like to take some time to stop and look back. As I looked through all of my posts over the last year on Closet Cooking I was amazed at all of the tasty food that I have been making. My meals have certainly not been boring since I started food blogging and I have been enjoying them a lot more!
As I looked back over my posts I also noticed my transition from my old point and shoot camera to my new DSLR camera (a Canon XSi/450D). It certainly has been fun learning all the ins and outs of the new camera both with respects to food photography and using it for other purposes. I still have a lot to learn about the camera and about food photography and I look forward to learning more. The next thing on my list of things to do to improve my food photography is to pick up some new props. I’m sure that you are all tired of seeing that some old place mat. 🙂
I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers! Your continued support provides me with the energy and inspiration to continue searching for new and wonderful flavour adventures.
It’s time for me to enjoy some celebratory apricot and white chocolate oatmeal cookies. I will leave you with some of my favorite recipes from the last year:
Closet Cooking’s Birthday 2012 and 1500 Recipes!
Closet Cooking’s Birthday: 2011
Closet Cooking’s Birthday: 2010
Closet Cooking’s Birthday: 2008
Kevin, I’m a new reader to your blog and have been scouring the entries these last couple of days. I love, love, love what you have here and look forward to another two years of great food and photography!
You have a new fan in SoCal!
CONGRATULATIONS…thanks for all the inspiration…I sure learned a lot with your blog.
Cynthia Gunawan says
Congrats! Keep on creating great recipes!
HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! Wow, two years! I love your blog because you always have inventive and beautiful dishes! Keep up the awesome work!!
happy blog birthday kevin – so the secrets out – that is one nice camera!
[email protected] Cutting Edge of Ordinary says
Happy 2nd year! I have tons of blog props, believe it or not, you can pick up lots of props at the dollar store…placemats, cups, plates, etc. You do have dollar stores in Canada right?? lol
Happy Blogiversary, Kevin! I think your food is just great!
Kevin your food and pictures are amazing!! Happy 2 yr Blog Anniversary!! I finally figured out how to get you into my google read ( I never said I was the sharpest tack in the box) and will visit you regularly. You’ve done a fantastic job!!
Time definitely flies when you’re blogging! You make me jealous that my meals are boring. So what were you eating before closet cooking?!
Congratulations! Your recipes and photos are outstanding!
Peter M says
Congrats Kevin…happy cooking and on to yr. number 3!
Kevin, congratulations on the completion of 2 years blogging. I’ve become a fan and am looking forward to your third year.
happy blogiversary!! it’s been a great 2 years 🙂 (or at least as long as i’ve been following!!)
Congrats, Kevin! Here’s to many more years of posting fantastic food!
Happy Birthday Kevin!! I’m only new to reading your blog but I have to congratulate, not only your culinary and photographic talents, but your creativity and your diligence! I only post twice a week and it keeps me super busy, how do you do it so often?! you’re my hero! I really like your recipes, the layout of your blog and your introductions to the recipes. You are doing a great job! May Closet Cooking enjoy many more years 🙂
Poornima Nair says
Congratulations Kevin..thats quiet a milestone..I love ur blog, its one of the best and I hope you keep going…
Paula Pereira says
Congratulations to you! And it is great to hear that your stomach is much happier:) YUM!
Happy 2nd blog-birthday, Kevin! Congratulations on two successful year. Definitely no reason to get tired of your recipes now – you have some of the widest range of options I’ve seen on any blog.
Congrats Kevin! You do a great job. I admire your dedication!
Yay congratulations! I love reading your blog 🙂
I don’t know if it’s just me, but that place-mat is your SIGNATURE piece. I would hate to see it go. I am so accustom to seeing it, that to not see it, would be like the sun deciding not to rise. It’s essential to your blog. Don’t let it go! Does anyone else feel this way? I just love that feature in your blog pics!
Congrats on 2 years, Kevin! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog.
Christina Kim says
Kevin, I think your photography skills are just fantastic! I don’t know what you could do to improve. You are a natural at this — cooking, photographing, blogging. Keep it up, we all love it!
Kevin – Happy blogiversary! I’ve always enjoyed stopping by your blog to see all of your inventive creations. I second zinke and vote to keep the placemat!
Happy blogoversary! How wonderful!
Mr. Shiny and New says
Happy birthday Closet Cooking! I have to agree with zinke and say that the placemat is distinctive. However the wooden table background makes for cleaner shots most of the time.
Maybe you should put the placemat pattern as the background image for the blog itself. Or send the placemat around the world, where it can be photographed doing interesting things. I vote for a visit to a Gorgonzola factory.
Happy blog birthday! I think you’re doing a great job with the blog. Many more to come I hope.
Ciao Chow Linda says
You know I never noticed the place mat. Now I’m going back to look. Congratulations Kevin. You’re doing a great job. I always marvel at how many different ways you can prepare one food item. Very creative guy you are and your photos are terrific. I’m looking foward to year three.
Ciao Chow Linda says
OK, now I see that place mat. But it’s neutral and really nice. Keep it.
Happy 2nd Birthday! Here’s to many more, and please don’t do away with that place mat!
Love your blog, Kevin. Your food and photography are amazing. Can’t wait to see more.
Your apricot oatmeal cookies sound GREAT!
Congratulations and Happy 2nd Birthday!
@zinke: I’m with you! The placement is the signature bit about this blog and I would hate to see it go. It’s like going back home and finding your parents moved the furniture or something. Just something not right about it. =P
Congrats on your 2 years 🙂 I love all the food pics, I’m especially drawn to the cinnamon bread!
Happy 2 nd B’day Kevin…great job for sure !!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Happy blog birthday! Keep up with the good work!
Congratulations. I enjoy your blog and look forward to your future blogging. I check in frequently and my family likes all your recipes I’ve made.
Congratulations on two years of blogging. You work hard at it and it obviously shows. Looking forward to many more posts.
One day Mr. I am going to spend time and make something from your blog ONE DAY!!!
Sara @ Our Best Bites says
Congrats! That’s really great. Good luck in the coming years. I’m making the switch to a DSLR camera soon and I hope my pics look as great as yours!
Happy 2 years! Thanks for the sharing.
[email protected] says
I just started using my husband’s camera and I can see the difference. Anyway, happy second birthday. You should be proud.
Happy Blog Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your wonderful meals, I love your recipes!
Saee Koranne-Khandekar says
Happy birthday! Keep up the enthusiasm–it’s infectious!
haoy 2 year blog anniversay kevin. this is a lovely space you’ve created and i love your style of cooking! keep it up! hugs!
Kevin, Happy 2nd birthday for your delicious & fabulous food blog! It is the best I know!!!
I wish you a lot of inspiration & more delicious recipes for us to try!!! Congrats!
Nina Timm says
Happy Birthday Kevin and congratulations on building this very popular site!! You should be extremely proud!!
[eatingclub] vancouver || js says
But Kevin, that placemat is a classic! It’s your signature! 😉
Congratulations on the second birthday and we are definitely looking forward to more delicious food!
She'll be apples says
Congratulations! I love reading your posts and have been inspired to cook more goodies 🙂
Happy cook says
Congragulations on your 2nd blog b’day and wishing you many more happy years with you wonderufl and delcious blog.
Congrats Kevin! You’ve done so many amazing recipes. Here’s to many more!!
Your blog is looking better and better. Congrats! Happy Blogiversary! And I relate to you on the new props thing…I’m in desperate need of new placemats 😉
I look forward to what new ideas you’ll have for your future food photography!
Deeba @Passionate About Baking says
Happy 2nd blog birthday Kevin. I'm really glad you discovered food blogging! Your blog is inspirational & refreshing!
Happy blogoversary Kevin! You are a great inspiration!
I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for a little over six months now – your obvious love for food shines through in everything that you write. It’s been a pleasure reading your blog, and I wish you every success in the future.
Truly great work!
La Table De Nana says
Happy Birthday Blog to you.
I am very impressed with your blog..the recipes..
I just found you through my own blogging a little while ago.You TEACH..it’s just great..I wish I had had all this when I was a new bride and knew nothing.I know a bit more now..and yet you teach me new things.
Thank you for all your time and efforts.
Happy Blogiversary!! And many many happy returns.
Congrats Kevin! Two years is very impressive. I love reading your updates.
Two years?! Congratulations Kevin and Happy Birthday to Closet Cooking. You are quite the force in the blogging world, and I hope you continue to find success. Enjoy your day!
Happy 2nd Birthday Kevin!
Kitchen Flavours says
Happy Birthday……..Closet Cooking…Wish you many more yummy years…Keep rocking…..
Happy Anniversary Kevin and thanks. I often do a google search with ‘closet cooking’ plus the recipe I’m looking for. Your site has helped create many happy moments in my kitchen.
Happy Bloggy Birthday…I totally love your blog – you are amazingly inventive and the various cuisines you experiment with is really inspirational..
Kevin I whish you a happy,happy, Birthday of your lovely Closet Cooking.
Is time to say I love yours recipes, I learned a lot these years and you never bored me, you AMAZING, me thanks dear Kevin by your worh and lovely recipes, xxxGloria
Sorry I wanto say “your work” Kevin, xxGloria
I whish you more years with lovely recipes,x
Happy 2nd blogoversary Kevin!
Congrats on 2 years of blogging. You have a great blog!
Congratulations! Looking forward to many more years.
Happy blog birthday Kev! 🙂
Congratulations on a fantastic blog Kevin, and thanks for so many great recipes! Your descriptions are always so lovely and positive too.
I’ve just started a food blog myself… you could always pass on your placemat to me in the hope I could follow in your footsteps 😉
Thanks for keeping my tummy and guests happy! All the best!
Congrats Kevin! I hope you stay around a lot longer. Your blog and all your fabulous creations have inspired me in so many ways. I'm glad that you are one of the ones that love to kick food & recipes up a few notches. Never lose that.
Jaime and Jen DISH says
Kevin, I have loved each and every one of your posts. I jump up every morning to check out what you’ve made next. It’s exciting and I’m glad I found you in this crazy blosphere. I have made several of your recipes and they have never failed to please. Keep up the good work and for the record, I dig the placemat, I have the same set..HA! Oh and btw, I just got that same exact camera for my annivesary, it’s crazy, I’m trying to figure out all these settings. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again and congrats!
Happy blog birthday! Our blogs are about the same age, and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog!
Happy Blog b-day Kevin! I’m just at the 2 month blogging mark so I still have lots to learn. Your blog is really exceptional!
And I totally don’t mind seeing that same placemat over and over, I do all my photo “shoots” in my Poison green sunroom!
Thanks for posting all your favorite recipes, otherwise I would have missed the Nanaimo Bars (yes, I am originally from Vancouver!)
Happy Birthday, Kevin’s Blog!
Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and find it to be one of my favorites. Thanks for all the amazing recipes and photos. Keep up the fabulous work!
Laura P. says
happy 2nd birthday! keep the great posts coming! : )
Happy 2nd blog anniversary. I love your blog and look forward to year no 3 of great food and photography.
Enjoy your new camera and give us more delicious food to drool over :)))
First of all, congrats! Two years is a big deal! Second of all, I love seeing that mat – it marks the pictures as yours. I think it’s great that they are instantly recognizable.
Happy 2nd birthday – you have a wonderful site and you are constantly inspiring me to try new things.
Jay and Kelly says
Congrats to you! LOVE your blog.
Robin Sue says
Hooray for 2 years! Good for you. You have created a very nice blog for all of us to enjoy and try your wonderful recipes. Keep it up and I like that old placemat!!
Sippity Sup says
Congratulations. I just started my blog 5 months ago, so two years seems a bit awesome to me! I have to admit the demands of an always hungry blog can be daunting, so I appreciate what an achievement two years is! GREG
I’m a huge fan of your blog. You make such interesting, diverse, and attractive dishes. I really want to move near you just to be on the dinner invite list. Good luck in the coming year, and thanks for all the inspiration thus far.
How awesome! I will never forget your blog’s birthday as it is shared with my doberman’s 2nd birthday which I blogged about today! How ironic!!!
I agree with all the others. Your food, presentation and diversity is amazingly intriguing! Thanks for sharing so much good stuff with us.
Kevin, congratulations on 2 years of blogging. Yours is one of the nices food blogs out there and by far the most original. Thank YOU for all the great recipes!
Happy anniversary! And keep all the yummy food coming!
I really enjoy your blog…I have a lot of your posts bookmarked!
Happy blog birthday!
Congrats on two great years! I look forward to seeing many more delicious recipes from you!
Many congrats to you! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next couple of years.
Congrats!! I recently discovered your blog and its terrific! As a fellow Torontonian living far far away from home, your descriptions of the places you shop at keep me connected! Keep up the great work!
Patricia Scarpin says
Happy blog birthday, Kevin!
Happy 2nd blogging birthday!
Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now – love the recipes!
Congrats on two years – that’s amazing! I always enjoy your blog and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the next year!
Congratulations and thanks for the delicious reading.
Happy anniversary, Kevin! Wishing you many more years of blogging.
Happy blog birthday Kevin. I know my kitchen is certainly richer because of your inspiring recipes! Thanks very much for your efforts and wonderful recipes and photography. And I am not at all tired of your signature place mat 🙂
You have so many followers after two years… And an amazing blog. My 2 year anniversary is in May… Funny, I started not too long after you 🙂
Culinary Cory says
Congrats for celebrating two years. In the blogging world, that is almost a decade. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.
YAY!! Happy Blog-Birthday!!! 🙂 🙂
Congrats Kevin, you are amazingly creative and a great photographer!
Congratulations Kevin! =D
Wow! Happy 2nd Blog Birthday!
I recently discovered your blog and have really enjoyed reading it. Your no bake cheese cake is next on my list!!Figtreeappetizers
You’ve posted some great recipes over those 2 years and always great photos to go along with them. Congrats!
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
DAMN Kevin that is so wonderful!! Your site is incredible and I love all the kick ass culinary creations that you come up with !!!
congratulations! I was just double checking the cooking time for your savoury zucchini bread which I made for dinner tonight when I noticed it was the two year mark, as a new reader I look forward to a couple more years!
Thank you for your inspiring recipes and photos. I live way out in the country but my family was in the fruit and vegetable business at St Lawrence Market from the 1870’s-1970’s so I love your references to shopping in that area as well as the many other wonderful ethnic areas in Toronto.
Congratulations Kevin! I can’t believe CC is “only” 2 years old, there are so many recipes….Regarding your props, I just wanted to make a note: using props is fun and I enjoy it too, but it always amazes me that your photos were always so simply styled and yet your blog is one of the most populars out there. That says a lot about your cooking and the quality of your recipes. You should be very proud of it!
Thanks for all of the kind words every one. It seems that I will be keeping that old place mat after all. 🙂
[email protected] Cutting Edge of Ordinary: The dollar store is a great idea. There used to be one just down the street but it closed a while ago. I will have to look for another one.
Jaime and Jen DISH: The first thing that I noticed about this camera was that I needed a tripod to take a shot without my shaky hands blurring the photo. 🙂 I normally use it in aperture priority mode (Av) with the ISO to auto. I normally set the aperture to f8-f16 to get a whole plate of food in focus. When I want to purposely blur the background of the photo I move the aperture to f5.6 or lower. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. Just send me an email.
Mary: The St Lawrence market is my favorite place to shop. I head down there every Saturday morning form groceries.
Clumbsy Cookie says
Happy happy 2nd 2nd birthday birthday!
Coffee and Vanilla says
Happy Aniversary to you Kevin and to your Blog 🙂 Keep cooking and sharing those delicious recipes!
Congrats Kevin!! & wishing Closet Cooking many more years to come!! You have one of the best blogs around, unique, delicious but very doable recipes… the photographic appeal is extreme… your food looks so good that i had never noticed the "same" mat till i read 🙂
Happy 2!I admire your creative recipes:)
Kevin, I’ve been following you for a long time and love your blog. Congratulations! I wish you many more years with us.
Jaime and Jen DISH says
I love your blog, keep up the great work!
Jaime and Jen Dish
Happy Birthday Closet Cooking! Looking forward to several more years!
Happiest Birthday to your gorgeous blog! I cringe when I look at my early pictures and posts, but your early ones put mine to utter shame! They all are fabulous. You are quite an inspiration, Kevin.
Deeba @Passionate About Baking says
Hi Kevin…check this link out.Have they asked you? I think they’re stealing your content.
Congrats on Closet Cooking’s 2nd birthday! I love coming online and seeing your delicious posts. Keep up the great work and I hope this next year is even better than the last 2!
WOW..2 years is a long time and a whole lot of food, I must say you do have some of the best and most interesting food I have ever seen. Happy Birthday and I look forward to another 2 years.
You rock! Happy Day! No more placemat? Sniff. Maybe you’ll bring it back occasionally???
I know I am late but still, I would like to wish Closet Cooking, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Congratulations on two years of blogging — it’s no small achievement!
Congratulations on completing 2 years! May you celebrate many more. All the recipes on your blog look so yummy and delicious. Its always a pleasure to visit here 🙂
Deeba @Passionate About Baking: Thanks for the heads up!
The most significant question for humankind is not, “What is the meaning of life?” It is “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” Thanks for being one of my best helpers in answering that question.
Keep on blogging, Kevin!
Happy Blogiversary Kevin! Your blog is outstanding, and I look forward to reading about many more of your tasty treats! Congrats! Oh, one more thing, I actually like your props. It feels comfortable visiting here! Have fun shopping!
Happy Blog Birthday Kevin!!
Love the blog and your recipes.
Jenny Tan says
Happy Blogging Anniversary!! I’ve been “stalking” your blog, and LOVE all the food I see! YUM 😉
My Asian Kitchen says
Happy 2nd Birthday and congratulation!!
i love closet cooking the blog!! i’ve been following ever since i stumbled upon your blog. you’re always updating with great recipes. do continue with your efforts and we all for sure will always support closet cooking!!
Happy 2nd Birthday!!! Looking forward to a lot more of your great entries… thanks for sharing them to us, Kev… Cheers!!! 🙂
Lori Lynn says
Haha Kevin. That placemat, you should frame it.
Congrats on your milestone.
Happy Birthday to Closet Cooking! I always enjoy reading about your adventures in the kitchen. You come up with some interesting flavor combinations.
Congrats to you and your blog. I love to see what you have done and certainly have given me inspiration.
Congratulations and happy blogversary!
Congratulations Kevin! I’ve had a great time reading your posts and your recipes are fantastic. Cheers to another year!
Congrats on reaching the second birthday!!
Congrats on your 2nd year of blogging! The Xsi is definitely a nice camera 🙂
As seeing ALL of your comments, it’s no wonder you are doing so well, i love your blogs, and they have been inspiring me for the last few months i have been reading! Keep on keeping on!!
Only two years? Seems as if your fabulous recipes have been around forever! A very happy blog birthday to you and I’m looking forward to reading (and sampling!) many more of your recipes 🙂
Bellini Valli says
It has been an amazing two years Kevin. Congratulations. I have tried and loved so many of your dishes. I look forward to what happens next:D
Mrs. L says
Congrats on your blogiversary. I have enjoyed reading your blog but more importantly, cooking some of the things you’ve posted! They’ve all been excellent!
Thanks for your beautiful food blog Kevin, it’s truly inspiring!
Happy Birthday – belated! You have a wonderful blog filled with super no-fuss recipes!I admire your ability to try so many different cuisines!