Welcome to SGCC’s First Annual Blogiversary Bash!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Well, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy is one year old today! Never did I imagine when I started this little blog a year ago what an important and fulfilling part of my life it would become. I have learned so much, not only about cooking and baking, but about the wonderful nature of people. Through this journey, I have met so many kind, caring, creative and passionate souls, all who have enriched my life in various ways. This food blogging community of ours is a truly unique and one hell of a special group!

My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have kept me company here in my little slice of the blogoshere. It’s been a pleasure having you. If you’re visiting for the first time – welcome! I hope you return often.


I have to say that I was truly touched by the number of you that RSVP’ d for my party. I never expected so many of you to attend, and with such spectacular food and drinks! Thank you all so much! (I also never expected how much work it would be to put this post together!) With your help, we have the mother lode of all buffets here. So have a drink (or several), grab a fork and a plate, and let’s get this party started!!!

I’ve divide the buffet line into three categories – Libations (drinks), Savories and Sweets. I tried to be as organized about this as possible, but we all know I’m not perfect. If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know and I’ll correct it right away. Oh, and please don’t judge me on my formatting skills. This post was a b*tch to put together! 😉



peachhyssopsparklerEssentia Rachel (aka the Short (dis)Order Cook) from The Essential Rhubarb Pie knows how to get a party started! Her Peach-Hyssop Sparkler is made with peach liqueur and bubbly Proseco, mixed with a simple syrup infused with apricot hyssop flowers from her garden. I’d never heard of apricot hyssop before this, and now I’m determined to find some of my own!

limoncelllo-sunshineKitchen Colleen from Kitchen Diary sent over this cooling and very refreshing Limoncello Sunset all the way from South Africa. Limoncello Sunset is made up with crushed ice, a splash of Angostura Bitters and a double tot of Limoncello Liqueur. The glass is filled with Soda Water and accessorized with a twist of lemon peel and a sprig of mint.


Mezzanotte-ProudItalianCook The lovely Chicago-based Marie from Proud Italian Cook calls her Mezzanotte “Pure Decadence”. I agree! This amazing coffee cocktail, made with dark chocolate, espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur, is like having your espresso and dessert all in one! Very efficient! Mezzanotte means midnight in Italian, and Marie figures that this special drink will help keep us partying well into the wee hours.


chocolatini-MagicSprinkles One of my newer blogging buddies, Lisa from Magic Sprinkles (Is that not the coolest name?) calls Atlanta, Georgia home. I’m so happy to have her here today, especially since she brought these smooth, sweet and creamy Chocolatinis with her. This girl knows how to party! Toss back one of these chic “tinis” made with vodka, chocolate liqueur and cream, and you’ll feel just like Carrie Bradshaw!


kiwifizz-EatReal Sandy from Eat Real is one of the bloggers I initially got to know through Twitter. She’s smart, witty and insightful. From New York’s mid-Hudson Valley, she writes about lots of delicious and healthy foods and drinks, like this cool and refreshing Kiwi Green Tea Fizz. It all starts with a mouthwatering homemade kiwifruit sorbet, to which green tea liqueur and fizzy ginger ale are added. Then, grab a straw and a comfy chair and you’re set!


WineArtAioli Nicole from Art and Aioli hails from Orange, California. She’s brought this lovely bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa to go with her fab Buratta Plate below. Wine and cheese? Wait til you see it. Classic!





Lori from Luscious and her “Darling Chef”, Marc brought this beautiful Gravlax. Just look at that stunning color! Lori, who is in NYC, says that you can get this great party food started a few days ahead and let it sit in the fridge. Slice it thinly, and either platter it with slices of bread and a pot of mustard, or make little hors d’oeuvres for your guests. So easy, fresh and tasty!

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Libby from The Allergic Kid is a neighbor from Tampa Bay, Florida. Her blog is a source for recipes and tips for cooking and living with specific food allergies. Libby brought this Zesty Tomato Salsa. She says the fresh cilantro and lime juice are simply addictive, and the salsa also makes a nice topping for chicken or fish. Ole!


Antipasto-Square-CuttingEdgLisa from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary, in Rhode Island, submitted one of her most requested dishes, these Antipasto Squares. With an assortment of cheeses and cured meats baked inside flaky crescent pastry, these would be tops on my list too!



Susan from Food Blogga sent over this beautiful Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade. Susan comes from California by way of Rhode Island, hence the name of her blog. I can always count on Susan to come up with healthy, yet tasty dishes using fresh and often quite unique ingredients.



Nina from My Easy Cooking sent over these lovely and elegant little Salmon Starters. They’re made with baby creamer potatoes, filled with a cream cheese filling and topped with smoked salmon and caviar. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but I stashed a few of these away back in the kitchen for later!)



Lauren from I’ll Eat You brought these Duxelles hors d’ouvres. This is a simple little hors d’ouvre whipped up with puff pastry and filled with a mushroom duxelles. They look fancy schmancy complicated, but Lauren swears they are not!



My good friend Val from More Than Burnt Toast in Canada is one of the most prolific bloggers I know! (Either that, or she’s just a party animal!) Today, Val has brought over these gorgeous Golden Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto. They are pure summer on a plate!



Lisa from My Own Sweet Thyme offers up these sweet little Cheesy Choux Puffs. Look at that adorable G-clef! Lisa hails from the Pacific Northwest and does amazing things with choux pastry! Visit her blog to find all sorts of tricks and tips.

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In her blog profile, Grace from A Southern Grace calls herself a Southern girl currently sticking out like a sore thumb in upstate New York. When I read that, I knew I was in for a treat! I was. Grace is full of Southern charm and New York wit!Shee sent over this dreamy looking Black Bean Dip. Careful! No double dipping, please!


blackbeansoupSpicedLife Laura from The Spiced Life submitted another delicious dish using black beans. Her Southwestern Black Bean Soup was made with her mother’s homegrown black beans and lots of bacon. How cool is that? Laura says that this soup isn’t super healthy, but it sure is tasty. I heartily agree!


ChickenKebabsPassAbtBaking Deeba from Passionate about Baking brought these light, tender and silky Chicken Reshmi Kebabs all the way from North India. Deeba says that these kebabs, a North Indian specialty, are made with minced chicken but are equally as good with minced beef or lamb. She attributes their moist, succulent texture to a marinade, featuring thick, rich yogurt. I think they look marvelous and I can’t wait to dig in!


tangy-tomato-twistiesKitche These zesty Tangy Tomato Twisties came all the way from South Africa, again, courtesy of Colleen from Kitchen Diary. They’re made with sundried tomato paste, basil pesto, Bushman’s HotAzHell Chilli Sauce and some very strong mature cheddar cheese sandwiched between layers of tender and flaky butter puff pastry. Amazing! Check out the Limoncello Sunset that Colleen also sent over to wash them down to wash them down with.


crostini-FoodHunter Theresa (The Food Hunter) from The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine brought some beautiful Neapolitan Crostini to my buffet table. They’re a quick and easy appetizer and are just the perfect thing for a party! Theresa hails from Arizona, by way of Philadelphia and is a girl after my own heart. These tasty crostini are covered with a creamy ricotta spread and then topped with anchovies. Anchovies! I love anchovies!


redpepperdip-TaketheCannoli Tanya from Take the Cannoli blogs from Illinois. She says that while this luscious Roasted Red Pepper Dip is a snap to make, it packs a big flavor punch. With roasted peppers, garlic and cream cheese, how could it not?


chipirones-en-su-tinta-Span When I first laid eyes on Nuria’s Chipirones en su tinta, my salivary glands went onto overdrive and I haven’t stopped drooling since! Chipirones are small squids and these are prepared Basque-style in a sauce with their own ink, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and onion. Nuria and her delightful blog, Spanish Recipes, are based in sunny Barcelona, Spain.


SeafoodCanapesHeartandHeart Ning from Heart and Hearth sent over these lovely Seafood Canapés from her home base in Manila, Philippines. These little beauties are made with a tomato, green onion and anchovy mixture which is spread on toast points and topped with tender, sweet baby shrimp. Ahem…have I mentioned how much I love anchovies?

A-Veggie-Venture-Balkan-Egg This Balkan Eggplant Casserole sent over by Alanna from A Veggie Venture is just the thing for a party buffet. Lightly sauteed eggplant slices are baked in a creamy, cheesy and subtly spicy sauce. It is a wonderful vegetarian offering that can be served either hot from the oven or at room temperature. Alanna dishes up her tempting veggie fare in St. Louis, Missouri.


salmon-tartletsCakelaw My good friend Cakelaw from Laws of the Kitchen has brought these terrific Salmon Tartlets all the way from Australia. To make these little gems, pre-baked puff pastry discs are topped by a tangy cream cheese spread, a strip of smoked salmon and a sprig of dill. Cakelaw says they are dead easy to make, yet look and taste impressive. I know that I’m impressed!


tetrazzini-NoSpecialEffects Manggy from No Special Effects is one of my favorite people in the whole world! Talented in so many ways, he is truly a Renaissance man. As busy as he is, he found the time to send over this outrageous Spaghetti Tetrazzini for my Blogiversary Bash by way of the Philippines. It is an uber rich pasta dish baked in a creamy sauce brimming with cheese, chicken, mushrooms and……bacon! This one is not for the faint of heart! As a matter of fact, I think I’m swooning right now!


minipizza-FruttoPassione Joanne from Frutto della Passione is living my dream life in Milan, Italy. What a wonderful place and what a warm and kind woman! She has sent over the kind of party food that I grew up with – adorable Mini Pizzas and Calzones. She even made her own dough! These babies have it all. Mushrooms, onions, ham, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella! Buonissimo!


Balsamic-Tomato-Bruschetta- The first time I visited Nicisme’s blog, Cherrapeno, was was after I found myself drooling over one of her stunning photos on Tastespotting. Since then, I have spent quite a bit of time enjoying this UK blogger’s tantalizing fare. Today, Nic has sent over these Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta with Grilled Blue Cheese. Grilled Blue Cheese, people! Need I say more?


boursin-Culinography Michelle from Culinography has brought over this Better than Boursin Cheese Spread. It’s a dreamy, cream cheese based concoction loaded with garlic and herbs. Michelle says she makes it because she is too frugal to pay Boursin’s high price. I say it’s because this Arkansas girl is too smart! Either way, this spread looks way too tempting!


BurrataPlate-ArtAioli Nicole from Art and Aioli has come to the party with a most thoughtful offering. She’s brought a gift of Buratta, her new favorite cheese along with tomatoes and basil from her garden, served with olives, organic ciabbata bread and a dish with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Nicole describes this Rolls Royce of Italian cheeses as “sheer heaven”, and so do I! This is going to go so well with that great Cabernet!


scalloppedtomatoes-FranticF Heather from Diary of a Frantic Foodie whipped up this Italian-style Scalloped Tomatoes and Eggplant. She says this is just the kind of dish she likes to serve to keep things interesting at her book club meetings up in Arlington, Virginia. Not only does this casserole contain tomatoes, eggplant and a host of zesty Italian herbs, but it’s baked with a topping of tangy goat cheese and pine nuts too. Delicioso!


Bierocks-DineDish One of the best things about being a food blogger is discovering all kinds of new foods that you’ve never known about before, like these Bierocks sent over by the sweet and charming Kristen from Dine & Dish in Kansas City. Biercocks are a German food, commonly seen at Oktoberfest events. They’re kind of like a German calzone, with a soft, chewy dough encasing a garlicy meat and cabbage filling. Kristen calls them a little pockets full of goodness with something unexpected in every bite!


Polpettine-al-limone-Lien Lien from Notitie van Lien sent these intriguing Polpettine al Limone aka Lemon Meatballs over all the way from The Netherlands. Grated lemon zest and ground pine nuts give these meatballs their unique flavor. Lien serves them with just a squeeze of fresh lemon. I can’t wait to try them!



Lemon-Cookies-Lucy-teenbake Lucy from Teen Baker brought these tasty Lemon & Sultana Cookies. How did she know that I love all things lemon? I am so impressed by Lucy. Did you know that she is only 13 years old? This little Londoner has quite a baking career ahead of her!


CinnToastFinger-NancTwoP Nanc from NancTWoP, in Gotham City, brought these Cinnamon “Toasty Fingers” Lightly sweet and crispy, they fit neatly on the saucer. Plus they’re ridiculously easy to make, using items you always have on hand. They look totally addictive to me! I met Nanc back during Top Chef season. She blogs about her favorite TV show and did a great job with her Top Chef recaps. I’m so happy to have her at the party!

pinacoladacupcakeswhatweeat Lisa at What We Eat sent these delectable Pina Colada Cupcakes all the way from Dublin, Ireland. Don’t they look adorable all dressed up with their cute umbrellas? Lisa says that these are her favorite thing to bring to a party. I’m so glad she brought them to mine!


figssndricottaDishingUpDeli Esi from Dishing up Delights says that she’d been dreaming of these Figs with Ricotta and Pistachios for days before she made them. I can see why. Just look at them! Those juicy, ripe figs with creamy cheese and glistening honey are making me long for a bite! Esi is from L.A. and remembers the fresh fig trees in her backyard while growing up. Me too.

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Another Florida neighbor, Judy from No Fear Entertaining sent over this fresh and delicious Fruit Pizza. Can you believe that this elegant looking dish started with sugar cookie mix and a tub of cream cheese frosting? Now, that is some creative cooking!


Bubbies-mochi-ice-cream-Che Nathan from House of Annie brought something really unique. His Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream looks totally fun and festive! Traditional mochi is a Japanese confection made from sweet glutinous rice paste, filled with sweet azuki bean paste. Ice cream replaces the red bean filling in these. Love these!


cocochipcookies-ChewOnThat Hilary, another Chicago gal, from Chew on That brought these delectable fresh baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. She happened to use my favorite recipe for them too. They are a chocolate lover’s dream.


Revani-with-pineappleKopias The lovely Ivy from Kopiaste…To Greek Hospitality brought over this gorgeous cake called Revani all the way from Greece. It is made with flour or semolina that is bathed in syrup, and topped with whipping cream and coconut and decorated it with pineapple and sour cherries. She calls it a sticky, gooey, creamy, chewy dessert. I call it heavenly!


blacksesameDessertFirst Anita from Dessert First brought this equisite Black Sesame Panna Cotta with Five-Spice Peanut Brittle. Black sesame is a classic Chinese flavor, especially in desserts, and is perfect in this creamy, barely set panna cotta. The crunchy, buttery, spicy-sweet brittle makes a lovely complement to it.


phemomenon_cookies Holly from PheMOMenon brought some yummy looking Almond Glazed Sugar Cookies from her home base in Utah. These are the cookies for you if you’re into instant gratification. Holly says there is no chilling, no rolling and no waiting involved. I think they look indescribably delicious (and there isn’t an elf in sight)!


oatmeal-raisin-cupcakesCupc Stef from Cupcake Project asks “What’s a party without cupcakes?” I agree and am thrilled that she sent over these tasty Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes topped with adorable maple bacon lollipops for my Bash! She says they’re just like oatmeal raisin cookies, but moister and with less oatmeal texture. I say WOW!


polkadotcheesecakeFeastWith Gabi from The Feast Within has brought over the most divinely decadent looking cheesecake ever! This Polka Dot Cheesecake is made with both a plain and a chocolate cheesecake batter. The chocolate batter is actually piped into the cake to form these wonderful “polka dots”. The finished cake is then topped with a sinful bitersweet chocolate ganache. Be still my heart!


ChocMousseHCTFood These elegant glasses are filled with rich and creamy Chocolate Mousse topped with Caramelized Strawberry and Orange Sauce. This luxurious dessert was created by the FFichiban, Cupcake and D from Here Comes the Food out of Sydney, Australia. They had me at chocolate mousse, but that delicate fruity sauce sealed the deal! Doesn’t it look dreamy?


coffeecookies-Medicine Claire from Cooking is Medicine is a doctor from Jackson, MS. Despite her busy schedule, she found time to bake her signature Claire’s Coffee Cookies. These cookies are loaded with chocolate chips, oats, nuts and rich coffee flavor. How efficient is Claire? She can have her coffee and cookies together in one bite!


espresso-browniesFunFoodCaf Look at the fudgy goodness of these amazing Espresso Brownies made by Mansi from Fun & Food Cafe! Who could resist these sinfully delicious brownies filled with the richness of cocoa, a shot of espresso and a hint of Kahlua liqueur? I know I couldn’t! Mansi sent her delectable treats from sunny California. I wish I lived closer so I could have them all the time!


blueberrypeachgalette-SassV Kelly from Sass & Veracity sure knows to make the summertime last! Of course, being in California, she has access to some of the best fruits available. This Blueberry Peach Galette is a gorgeous showcase for two of the season’s most popular bounty. For her galette, Kelly makes a dough using yogurt and cornmeal, which is filled with fresh, ripe peaches and blueberries kissed with honey and thyme. To. Die. For.


galette-ChezUs Those wild and crazy kids, Denise and Lenny from Chez Us also had peaches on their minds. They came up with this oozey, gooey Peach, Vanilla Bean, French Thyme Galette, even though they’ve both been down with nasty colds all week. I’m touched that they went to all that trouble for little old me!

applespicebars-PeasinPod Maria and Josh from Two Peas and Their Pod are getting in the Fall spirit with their Applesauce Spice Bars. I’m sure the weather is quite a bit cooler up there Salt Lake City, Utah! These tasty treats are chock full of apples, raisins, brown sugar and spices, all smothered in a gooey vanilla/brown sugar glaze. You better grab one fast. They won’t last long!


PannaCottaKitchenTreasures The Happy Cook from My Kitchen Treasures has certainly made me happy with the Mango Panna Cotta she sent over all the way from Belgium! Panna Cotta is one of my favorite things and this one is rich, creamy and fruity all at the same time. Plus, could those glasses any cuter?


Tartelette's-Entry--Pine-Nu Helen, everyone’s favorite Tartelette, has brought these stunning little Pine Nut Tartelettes to the party. She is a lovely lady and one of the most talented and creative bloggers I know. Everything that comes out of her kitchen is perfection and these sublime little jewels are no exception! From the South of France to South Carolina, Helen bridges the gap with her tartelettes intended to be a riff on pecan pie, swapping out pecans and corn syrup for pine nuts and acacia honey. C’est Magnifique!


lemon-meringue-cake-Technic Dear, sweet Patricia blogs from her Technicolor Kitchen in Sao Paolo, Brazil. She has sent over this fabulous Lemon Meringue Cake for us all to enjoy! The cake has a sticky, gooey, and chewy meringue base, similar to a pavlova, and is filled with a glorious lemon cream filling. To top it off, she has sprinkled on white chocolate shavings. It is everything I could wish for!


lemonbarVeronicasTestKitche Veron over at Veronica’s Test Kitchen has sent over another delectable lemon dessert, Lemon Bars on Brown Butter Shortbread. Based in Richmond, Virginia, she is also among those of us trying to squeeze the last drop out of Summer! Tart and sweetly delicious, these bars feature a cool, lemony filling nestled on a rich, buttery crust. Lemon bars have always held a special place in my heart, an I’ll be first in line for these!


GroundCherryCompoteLyBDishe Lynne from And Then I Do the Dishes sent over a batch of her delicious Ground Cherry and Vanilla Compote. She’s serving her compote up on lightly toasted French bread topped with a smooth, nutty Gruyere cheese from beautiful from Quebec, Canada. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory!


French_apple_pie-AndreasRec I believe no party would be complete without a good old-fashioned apple pie. Fortunately, Andrea from Andrea’s Recipes felt the same way and brought this French Apple Pie! She makes it, in her Northern Virginia kitchen, with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Then, she tops it with a buttery, brown sugar crumb topping. It doesn’t get much better than this!


cupcakes-RecipeGirl One of my daily treats is visiting Lori, The Recipe Girl – especially when she has one of her wonderful desserts on the menu! Imagine my delight when I saw these sinfully good Devil’s Food Cupcakes she sent over. That rich, gooey chocolate frosting topped with those festive sprinkles is making me weak in the knees, I tell you!


cinnamon-palmiers-JumboEmpa One of the very first food blogs I ever read was Jumbo Empanadas written by Brilynn from Canada. Before that, I didn’t really even know what a blog was, but I was hooked! I have to say that Brilynn was part of the inspiration that prompted me to create SGCC. I’m very honored to have her as a guest at my BB! I knew she would bring something fabulous and she did not disappoint. Brilynn says that her Cinnamon Palmiers, (or Elephant Ears!) are ridiculously easy to make, look fantastic, make your house smell like Cinnabons and will have people begging for more. Whew! She really means it when she says “Go big or go home”!


bananacake-NoblePig One of my daily reads I never miss is Cathy’s blog, Noble Pig out of Northen California. Sometimes, I laugh. Sometimes I cry. I’m always entertained. Cathy sent over this amazingly delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese-Sour Cream Frosting. She guarantees this one takes banana baked goods to a whole new level of yumminess. I’ll take that bet. I’ve been dreaming about this cake ever since I first saw it on Cathy’s site!


And now, for my party gifts!

You’ve all been such patient and gracious guests, but I know you’re all dying to know who one my special Blogiversary giveaways. Take a look at this little video I made (with my Flip Video, natch!) and all will become clear! Now, be forewarned that this is my very first attempt at filmaking, so be kind. Also, any snarky comments about my tiara will be promptly deleted! 😉 Um…..and please don’t look at my hair too closely. I shot this after a very long day!

Sooooooo, to recap, the list of winners is as follows:

Nuria from Spanish Recipes wins Working the Plate!

Laura from The Spiced Life wins the NBC Sunday Night Football Cookbook!

Lauren from I’ll Eat You wins Martha Stewart’s Cookies!

Lisa from What We Eat wins Digital Food Photography!

Aaaaaand last, but by no means least, Manggy wins the Flip Ulta Video!

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Thank you all so much for coming to help me celebrate my blogiversary! I hope you all enjoyed yourself. Take care and see you soon!

81 responses to Welcome to SGCC’s First Annual Blogiversary Bash!

  1. On September 17, 2008 at 11:39am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    I had a hell of a time getting this post up! Blogger seemed determined to frustrate me today!!!

    Sorry there are two videos showing. They are both the same. I don’t know how I ended up with two, but Blogger wouldn’t let me take one out without losing the other. GRRRRR!

  2. On September 17, 2008 at 11:57am, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    Susan, Happy Bloggy Birthday! I’m so sorry I didn’t RSVP – I’m spectacularly disorganized right now. Please accept a bottle of virtual champagne from me, and Congratulations!

  3. On September 17, 2008 at 11:57am, joanne at frutto della passione said...

    WOW It will take (me) days to visit all those blogs! What an amazing party. Congratulations.

  4. On September 17, 2008 at 11:59am, Andrea said...

    Wow, what a great buffet! And your video is awesome. The only way to top it would be with one of those bingo bins for the drawing. 😉

    Happy blogiversary!

  5. On September 17, 2008 at 12:01pm, RecipeGirl said...

    Susan, You did a great job! I feel like a know you now. You should have been a teacher… I can see that you have the personality for it :) Congrats again on the big year-end!

  6. On September 17, 2008 at 12:02pm, Judy@nofearentertaining said...

    What a party!!! I am so glad that I am there! Everything looks so wonderful. I don’t even know where to start!

    Happy Blogiversary!!!

  7. On September 17, 2008 at 12:05pm, CookiePie said...

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!

  8. On September 17, 2008 at 12:08pm, Deborah said...

    Happy blog birthday! It certainly is a big milestone, and what a spread of food to celebrate with!

  9. On September 17, 2008 at 12:20pm, Mike of Mike's Table said...

    Congrats on a successful year and this event–here’s hoping for many more!

  10. On September 17, 2008 at 12:29pm, Jen Yu said...

    Oh, happy blogiversary hon! I’m sorry I missed out on the bash. I read a lot of posts in a morphine-induced state… Blame my appendix. However, I must say that the video and your two nephews are SOOO cute! And look, Mark won something :) yay!! You’re precious. I’m so happy to call you my friend. xxoo

  11. On September 17, 2008 at 12:53pm, Allergy Mom said...

    Big congrats and thanks for throwing such an awesome party! I’ll be right over for leftovers… :-)

  12. On September 17, 2008 at 1:08pm, Patsyk said...

    That’ll teach me to not write down the date of a big party! I wanted to join in on the fun and submit something… but, life got in the way and I lost track of the date!

    Anyway, congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! I love your blog and your posts are always so well-written.

  13. On September 17, 2008 at 1:18pm, [eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

    What a fabulous spread of food! Congratulations on your first blogiversary and here’s hoping for more delicious years!

  14. On September 17, 2008 at 1:30pm, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Happy Blogday! It was an honor to attend the party.

    Parties are a great place to socialize, so it’s great seeing everyone’s recipes and some new blogs to investigate and new frineds to make.

  15. On September 17, 2008 at 1:49pm, Gabi said...

    Wow Susan! That is a bash to remember and what a great job on the roundup! I’m tired just thinking of how much work that must have been for you. So now make sure you have a spa day tomorrow and for heaven’s sake put your feet up you hostess with the mostess!
    Can’t wait to go read everyone’s posts- it will take days for sure!

  16. On September 17, 2008 at 1:57pm, Anita said...

    Happy blogiversary Susan! What an awesome way to celebrate a great year of blogging! Let me know if you need help with the leftovers:)

  17. On September 17, 2008 at 2:22pm, mimi said...

    wowzers, what an awesome blog bday party! sorry i couldn’t join the fun, but here’s a toast to many more yummy years!

  18. On September 17, 2008 at 2:24pm, Beth said...

    Happy blogiversary! Loving the drinks !!!!

  19. On September 17, 2008 at 2:26pm, Katrina said...

    What a fun party that I wish I would have had time to attend! And great gifts. I need to get me that Martha Cookies book.
    It was great seeing your video and it was so cute. My favorite part was when you pointed “up” to the buffet knowing it would be listed on your blog up above the video. Clever and well done. It’s always fun to see bloggers!
    Have another great year, I can’t wait for the recipes, pictures and to hear what you have to tell us about them.

  20. On September 17, 2008 at 2:42pm, Lori said...

    Happy blogiversary! I hope you don’t mind, but I invited some friends:


  21. On September 17, 2008 at 2:44pm, Lien said...

    What a fantastic buffet!! and what a lovely video you made there with your nephews, I love it. Thanks for the invite to your lovely party buffet, it’s really worth it to come over all the way from the NEtherlands!! Many more blogiversaries to you! HIP HIP…

  22. On September 17, 2008 at 3:25pm, Proud Italian Cook said...

    What a fantastic round up Susan! I’m so impressed with the way you put it together, I would have been pulling my hair out for sure!
    I loved the video, congrats to all the winners! You have been the best hostess, thanks for the invite, and congrats again on your 1 year Blogiversary!

  23. On September 17, 2008 at 3:26pm, Loving Annie said...

    Happy Anniversary !!! And BEST party ever – burp ! I’d write more, but my hands are full of good food :)

  24. On September 17, 2008 at 3:29pm, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear sticky,goey,creamy,chewy! Happy Bithday to you! And many more. Sorry I didn’t RSVP – I can’t seem to organize my way out of a paper bag these days. I look forward to many more years of your blog. And the tiara – every diva needs one.

  25. On September 17, 2008 at 3:40pm, noble pig said...

    Happy party day! Yahoo, look at all the great food! Thanks for doing this, now get out of way I need a cocktail!

  26. On September 17, 2008 at 3:47pm, tanya said...

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging! I was glad to take part in it. Here’s to another year of great blogging!

  27. On September 17, 2008 at 3:58pm, culinography said...

    What an awesome party! Great drinks… great food… great company! Happy blogiversary!

  28. On September 17, 2008 at 4:05pm, Esi said...

    Happy Blogiversary!! What a wonderful celebration

  29. On September 17, 2008 at 4:21pm, Nate-n-Annie said...

    Happy Blogiversary! This was a great roundup. What a lot of fun dishes!

    Have you tried using Windows Live Writer? It’s an offline blog editor by Microsoft that has revolutionized my blogging. So much better than Blogger’s or Picasa’s klunky interfaces.

  30. On September 17, 2008 at 4:32pm, Nicole said...

    Wow! How fun this is. And soooo much work for you to get it all together. I love it though. I don’t know how I am going to get through all those yummy food posts! I am getting full and fat just looking at them.

    Congratulations again! And HI everybody! Glad to meet you all here.

  31. On September 17, 2008 at 4:57pm, Bridgett said...

    Happy Blogiversary! What a wonderful post full of gorgeous photos and descriptions. I had a blast reading this! It must have taken you forever! Well done, and congratulations again.

  32. On September 17, 2008 at 5:08pm, Rachelle said...

    Happy Blogoversary! Sorry I missed your party :(

  33. On September 17, 2008 at 5:13pm, Sandy Smith said...

    Wow, what an awesome job you did putting this together! How I wish it wasn’t just a virtual bash! (YUM.) Congratulations on your blogiversary . . . can’t wait to see what delights the next year brings!

  34. On September 17, 2008 at 5:25pm, haleysuzanne said...

    Susan, congratulations on one year and such a wonderful blog. I’m looking forward to reading it for another year!

  35. On September 17, 2008 at 5:26pm, haleysuzanne said...

    Susan, congratulations on one year and such a wonderful blog. I’m looking forward to reading it for another year!

  36. On September 17, 2008 at 5:49pm, Laura said...

    I love football! I never win anything! So exciting!

    Uh, what do I do now? I hope any email from you is not caught in my spam filter!

    OK can I just say that your gorgeously presented buffet is why I live in fear of hosting my own food event. Talk about work!

    Oh, and, my kids were riveted by your video. :)

    Thanks for such a great blog event theme.

  37. On September 17, 2008 at 7:34pm, Manggy said...

    I can’t believe I won! I’ve never won anything in a raffle!!! AAAAAAH! I’m ecstatic! Thank you, thank you so much! I’m so impressed by the video quality too!
    Also, I think you definitely deserve to wear a tiara!! :) Happy blogiversary once again! :)

  38. On September 17, 2008 at 7:56pm, veron said...

    Happy Blog Anniversary, Susan! May you have a ton of blogging years to come.

  39. On September 17, 2008 at 8:15pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    LOL….Congrats! You are a RIOT WOMAN!!!

    What is up with the smarmy crown???

  40. On September 17, 2008 at 9:24pm, Heather said...

    yummo! what an awesome roundup of food! Glad you had a good blogiversary! totally fun event :)

  41. On September 17, 2008 at 11:52pm, PaniniKathy said...

    What an amazing buffet! I wish I could have gotten my act together to create something, but at least I could “feast my eyes”. Congrats on your anniversary, Susan – it’s clear that you’ve achieved quite a lot in just one year! Love the video too, what a great touch (and love the tiara). The boys were adorable! :-)

  42. On September 18, 2008 at 12:02am, Lisa said...

    Great party…and what fun to mingle with so many fabulous guests. Thank you so much for having us… and Happy Blogiversary!

  43. On September 18, 2008 at 12:08am, J.Danger said...

    You are just too cute!

  44. On September 18, 2008 at 1:58am, nicisme said...

    Love the crown!
    What a great party, hope you enjoyed it as much as your guests. I’m fed, watered and very happy!
    Here’s to your next year of blogging – CHEERS!!

  45. On September 18, 2008 at 3:06am, Maryann said...

    What a great post! Loved the video! I’m so sorry I couldn’t get a dish over to you in time. There are some wonderful contributions :)

  46. On September 18, 2008 at 6:17am, Ning said...

    Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! What a party! What a buffet! Happy Blogiversary to the hostess! Cheers to more blogging years! :)

  47. On September 18, 2008 at 6:45am, Passionate About Baking said...

    YAY for you Susan…what a swell bash for your blog birthday! Fantastically put together…what a fun post this has been. I've spent an hour reading through each post & looking at the video…you must have put in many more hours!!! Well done indeed!!

  48. On September 18, 2008 at 6:47am, Steph said...

    Happy Bloggiverary!! WOW!! Look at all that amazing food and pictures all in one post! It was a lot of fun watching you and your nephews in the video. That tiara is so cute!

  49. On September 18, 2008 at 7:33am, Mary said...

    What a great buffet! Happy Blog Birthday! I’m sorry I couldn’t light a firecracker under my butt and get something sent over.

    I do like your sparkly shirt!

  50. On September 18, 2008 at 7:49am, FFichiban said...

    Wooww what a great buffet with so much variety! What an awesome party Yumm^^!

  51. On September 18, 2008 at 8:02am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    My goodness! I have to admit that I was a little hung over from the party last night and am just now going over all of your wonderful comments! It looks like the party was a success. Thank you all so much for your good wishes! I hope to be blogging and trading stories and great recipes with you for a long time to come.

    If anyone is still hungry. there are lots of leftovers! 😉

  52. On September 18, 2008 at 8:14am, Tina - Choosy Beggars said...

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary, I love your blog.

    What a fabulous spread! I wish that I could have been there! Everything looks mouth-wateringly good, and you’ve just introduced me to a boatload of new sites that I can’t wait to squander my work hours on 😉

  53. On September 18, 2008 at 8:17am, Grace said...

    if all of these creations were actually present in one room, i’d be in hog heaven. this is a fabulous way to celebrate your blogiversary–happy day! :)

  54. On September 18, 2008 at 8:31am, Lisa Conmara said...

    Yeay!!! I’m so happy! I love your blog so its extra special to be part of it!!! xx

  55. On September 18, 2008 at 8:51am, Peter M said...

    Congrats on a most successful event to commemorate your anniversary.

    The timing of return from vacation was bad and I neglected to send in a dish.

    Happy cooking may you grace us with many years of great food.

  56. On September 18, 2008 at 8:59am, Núria said...

    Wooooaaaaahhhhhhwwooooooeeeee! Thanks so much Susan!!!!

    Thanks for a wonderful party, for an awesome buffet, for the best company and for THE BOOK I won!!!!! I still don’t believe I was so lucky 😀 😀 :D. Thanks so much darling!
    Congratulations to you and your beautiful party bash! It’s been great participating… you look so sweet in that video :D.
    The bunch of recipes is awesome and you DID a great job, no matter the video ;D

  57. On September 18, 2008 at 9:00am, Peggy said...

    Oh shoot – I missed the party! What a fabulous idea, a great video of you, great gifts! I really enjoyed reading and viewing your blog today, as always. I’m blown away by your creativity! Can I at least have a chocolatetini as a late celebration? :)

  58. On September 18, 2008 at 9:02am, Colleen said...

    Thanx so much for a fab party and congrats once again. Great to have been a part of it!! Phew, you can recuperate now. Great video! Well done xxx

  59. On September 18, 2008 at 9:06am, Nik Snacks said...

    Congratulations!!! What a spread! What a party! You, the tiara, and the boys look cute in the video, too! :)

  60. On September 18, 2008 at 9:28am, Maria said...

    What a great roundup! Thanks for a GREAT BASH! We had fun!! Lots of good food, that is for sure! You are a gem!

  61. On September 18, 2008 at 10:30am, PheMom said...

    Happy Blogiversary!! Fantastic roundup and congrats to the winners!

  62. On September 18, 2008 at 11:28am, LyB said...

    You’re so cute with your nephews in that video! And boy, that is a lot of recipes! Congrats Susan, thanks for inviting us! :)

  63. On September 18, 2008 at 1:14pm, kittie said...

    Happy Birthday to my adopted mother!

    What an amazing collection of recipes and such a cute video!

    And I love the tiara!!

  64. On September 18, 2008 at 2:35pm, Kristen said...

    You are too darn cute! I love your video :)

  65. On September 19, 2008 at 1:08am, alexandra's kitchen said...

    wow, what a feast! I’m sorry I missed it this year and hope to participate next time around. great job!

  66. On September 19, 2008 at 5:49am, Núria said...

    Hi again Susan!
    I’ve got something for you in my blog… hope you like it!


  67. On September 19, 2008 at 6:26am, Darius T. Williams said...

    So – I’m loving this…congrats!


  68. On September 19, 2008 at 9:40am, michelle @ thursday night smackdown. said...

    it’s really just been a year? you always seemed like one of the old guard to me!

  69. On September 19, 2008 at 12:16pm, Wandering Chopsticks said...

    Happy Blog Birthday! I was going to try and submit something for this but I’m still trying to get caught up from being gone last week. I’m so bad. I’ve been meaning to leave comments but seems like it’s taking all my time to just get caught up with my blog.

    Here’s to another year, actually many more years of blogging!

  70. On September 19, 2008 at 1:25pm, Hillary said...

    Oh wow, what a beautiful roundup! Thanks for including all of our lovely dishes! I’m so glad you liked the recipe I used for the chocolate chip cookies! :) Happy blogiversary!

  71. On September 19, 2008 at 2:57pm, kellypea said...

    What a fun video! I’ve tried to watch it through three different times and kept getting interrupted. I loved it! Great prizes, and congrats to the winners. I can’t wait to check all the loot out myself. Thanks for all the fun, Susan!

  72. On September 19, 2008 at 4:41pm, Ginny said...

    Happy Blogiversary!!! :) Wish I could have participated but law school isn’t leaving me much time to cook! I love all the entries! :)

  73. On September 20, 2008 at 4:19am, Lucy said...

    I had a great time at your party – thankyou for your kind words about moi and I loved everyone else’s food at the buffet! Although my dancing needs some work, your tiara is very groovy 😀


  74. On September 20, 2008 at 7:31am, Bellini Valli said...

    We all had a great time at the bash Susan. Hanging around the buffet table allowed me to meet many of our mutual blogging friends. I am stuffed to the gills!!!Congrats go out to all the winners of these great prizes:D

  75. On September 20, 2008 at 4:23pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    I just knew you were gonna be an awesome host! This is such an appealing variety of party food, Susan. I love them all! :)

  76. On September 21, 2008 at 8:34am, bren@flanboyanteats.com said...

    great blog party! how freakin’ fun! i wish i would have read it in time to participate. congrats to all the winners! and congrats to you for your being around the blogossphere!

  77. On September 21, 2008 at 5:44pm, Patricia Scarpin said...

    Susan, my dear, it took me a while to comment because at work I could not watch the video.
    I love it!

    It was wonderful to be a part of your bash.

  78. On September 22, 2008 at 7:52am, Tartelette said...

    Happy Blog Anniversary!! What a spread! It’s been such a thrill seeing you evolve and find yoru groove…and what a swinging one to boot! Love you Susan!!

  79. On September 24, 2008 at 7:00am, Cakelaw said...

    Happy blogoversary Susan! And what a swinging bash it was. I have the same technical issues with simple posts, so I can sympathise about how long this must have taken. What a wonderful testament to you and your blog that so many guests came along.

  80. On September 25, 2008 at 11:37pm, Nanc Twop said...

    Happy Blog-day to you… Happy Blog-day to youuuuuu…..”

    Take heart, you’re not the only one who’s had uncooperative video problems with blogger this week… but you really pulled through with an amazing ‘Bash’, brava!

    Thanks for the great time,
    and all the best for your Blog Year #2!


  81. On December 04, 2009 at 10:11pm, Jill Thomas said...

    Congratulations. Beautiful blog. I am just starting out with my own food blog which is one week old. I live on a small island in the Pacific near Victoria British Columbia called Salt Spring. I own a restaurant called Rock Salt. Any tips from the pro?

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