One Year Blogiversary

Hellooooo, world!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already.

It’s kind of strange to think about, considering that this blog is the first consistent written account of my life that I’ve ever kept. Ever.

This time last September I was going into my last stretch finishing up a BA, getting tutorials on how to use WordPress from Miriam, fumbling around with my camera and lighting in my teeny-tiny kitchenette (actually, I’m still doing that), and posting my first recipe: pumpkin cinnamon spice cookies (behold the terrible photos)!

Now it’s 110+ recipes, 365 days, and 86,000+ page views later. Whew!

Part of me definitely thought that I could never really stick with any one thing for very long, but…

I’ve gained an invaluable amount of experience through it all — blogging has developed my creativity, knowledge, experience, discipline, and determination.

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Of course, the remarkable encouragement I’ve had from friends, family, and fellow bloggers has kept me determined, too.

The amount of effort and planning I put into each recipe means a lot to me — it’s always my hope that how much I care about food, particularly sweet foods, shines through in my posts. And even though I love everything I make, it’s only natural to have a few favourites…

So here are my top five recipes from the last year — after the jump!

1) Chai Cookies

This is my run-away hit — over half of my traffic is just from people visiting this recipe! It’s an awesome little shortbread-like cookie, bursting with chai spices. I’ve had people e-mail me and say that they’ve doubled (even tripled!) the amount of spice and that makes the cookie even better.

2) Walnut Rum Bundt with Sour Cherry Glaze

Use raw walnuts (not toasted) for a good cake with a delicate, nutty sweetness — throw in a nice golden rum with notes of spices and caramel, and you’ve a cake that’s unbelievable. The sour cherry glaze is icing on the cake (literally!), but the walnut rum bundt is good on its own.

3) Chestnut Cheesecake Bars

I’m in love with chestnut, but this is the recipe that will make everyone else fall in love with chestnut, too. It’s sweet, tangy, creamy, earthy and perfect. Oh, man — I could use some right now!

4) Hearty Vegan Chili

November, it strikes — the mad chili cravings! Maybe it’s the relentless coastal rains, maybe it’s the earning for a little spice on a cold day, but this chili warms from the toes up. Secret ingredients? Coffee and cocoa and cinnamon. Eat it with applewood smoked cheddar and beer bread!

5 – Tie) Strawberry Lassi Muffins

Another surprise hit that was featured on Must Have Cute. This muffin recipe was inspired by the Indian yogurt drink by the same name — it has rose water, honey, cardamom, and creamy ricotta cheese in it. The roasted strawberries chunks could easily be exchanged for roasted mango chunks and it would be just as delicious.

5 – Tie) Honey Beer Spice Cake

Okay, okay — so a top five recipes list should only have five recipes in it, but I couldn’t decide between this honey beer spice cake or strawberry lassi muffins.

For this cake, definitely use a dark honey ale. It’s a moist treat loaded with warm, sweet spices and topped with rich, tangy cream cheese icing. An extra layer of complexity gets added when you sprinkle salted nuts on top!

Thanks again to those of you who’ve been with me this last year of Angry Cherry — for all of it or any part of it — your comments and feedback have meant so much.

I’m looking forward to another delicious year! Yum!

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16 thoughts on “One Year Blogiversary

  1. Janna Lynn says:

    Happy Blog-day! 😀 I didn’t realize it’s been a year, but it’s amazing you’re still doing it (not that I thought you’d give up or something), but it’s always wonderful watching a dear friend taking steps towards their dream. You sounded so much happier talking about pastry school yesterday than you ever did at UBC, even though you were still adjusting. 🙂 * hug *

  2. Joanne says:

    Well, I am so proud of you. I appreciate all the work that goes into your blog, and the prelude to any recipes. For me there so many entertaining and delightful things to read. Congratulations on your first year going public. I love it!

  3. kaliesthoughts says:

    Do my comments count just as much even though I just found you? 😉 I promise I will be a loyal reader 😀

    Congrats on your Blogiversary. Its a huge accomplishment to write this long! 🙂

    Can you substitute other nuts in the walnut bundt cake if you don’t like walnuts? Cause, it looks very very delicious. Although, I still, got to come up with a good sugar substitute that I can actually have. As for the strawberry Lassi Muffins or the Honey Beer spice cake its a tie for me too! The chili look awesome! Its my favorite winter meal 🙂

    • Christine says:

      Of course your comments count! I love all comments equally. 🙂

      You can substitute a nut other than walnuts, but of course the flavour won’t be the same — but then again, if you don’t like walnuts, that’s a good thing! 😉

  4. Happy blog-day! I’m delighted I stumbled across your blog, and so grateful for all your supportive comments on my little upstart. Your recipes are unique, stylish, and down-right fabulous; keep ’em comin’! 🙂

    • Christine says:

      Thanks, Laura! I hope I can keep up with this blog now that I’ve started pastry school — at least, if anything, I can keep up with following awesome blogs like yours. 🙂

  5. A Tablespoon of Liz says:

    Congrats on your blogaversary! All those recipes look amazing. I don’t remember ever seeing the chai cookies, I’m definitly going to have to make those, I love chai.

  6. omg happy blogiversary! i’m so glad you hav continued with your blog–i really like it 🙂
    and all of those look delish but right now i wud totally dig into the vegan chili!!!

  7. pbbrittany says:

    Congratulations! I just found your blog and all of your recipes look amazing! 🙂

  8. daisy says:

    Happy One Year Blogging! I enjoy your blog so much. Very inspirational, Christine!

  9. Happy blogiversary! I can’t believe how far you’ve come and how sophisticated and conceptual your creations have become! You’re definitely evolving as a baker.

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