Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Year One in Review

Today is a very special day for me, it is the one year anniversary of Perfecting the Pairing.  I absolutely cannot believe it has been one year.  If someone told me 365 days ago what this blog would become, I would have been shocked.  I have been so pleasantly surprised with the response I have received from family, friends, and folks that just found the site.  Let’s face it, I knew my mom would like it, but to hear nice things from strangers is pretty exciting.  Thank you to everyone that left comments.  I love receiving and reading them, even if they are less than complimentary!  I suppose that is what happens when you open up your recipe books to the world!
The last year has been quite a learning process.  In September and October I posted about 20 times per month.  I quickly realized that was not feasible long-term if I wanted to spend time on other hobbies, or life in general.  Now my goal is about 10 per month.  You may have noticed some changes in photography.  I just cringe at some of those early pictures, but still have so, so much to learn.
Thank you to all of my family and friends who have suffered through photo sessions, failed recipes, and delayed dinner times.  Most importantly, thank you to everyone that visits the site!  I hope you have all enjoyed reading the posts and trying the recipes.  I can’t wait to see what happens in year two.
Now, a summary of year one!

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While the posts above are great, some of my favorites were left out.  Below is my favorite recipe from each month.  It was difficult to narrow it down!
August 2011
Green Herb Dip – Did I really post a picture of dip in a plastic container??  Yikes.  I really loved the pairing here, Personalized Memory Cookbooks.
Tomato Pie – It might sound strange but it is crazy good.  CRAZY good.  The one-dish, press, no-mess, pie crust is fantastic and should be added to everyone’s recipe box.  No more boxed crusts, no more rolling out. 
Roasted Vegetable Dip – This dip has ended up being one of my favorite recipes.  I make it all the time because it is delicious and incredibly healthy.  It is great as a dip with crackers or bread, but also fantastic as a topper to chicken, quinoa, or on top of crostini with a smear of garlic and herb cheese.
Lasagna Soup – No one is thinking about soup in this heat but this will be top of my list when the leaves start to change.
Corn and Avocado Salsa – I have made this about 10 times this summer.  That tells you something.
Grandma Marge’s Fruit Dessert – Favorite dessert.
August 2012
Darn Good Ham and Cheese Sliders – So simple and darn good.

Bring on year two!


  1. Congratulations on an amazing year of posts!!!

  2. So many great recipes. There are so many I still wanna try. Starting with the avocado and corn salsa.


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