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reflecting on year one

I can't quite believe it's been a whole year since I made my first post and created Family Feedbag. So much has happened in my kitchen and in my garden over the past year, and it's been a real treat to share all of that with you here. Whether it was pastries and pies, soups and stews, cookies and cakes, fried things, fresh things, canned goodies or sauces, I have enjoyed photographing and sharing each and every recipe with you.

This blog has created opportunities for me to connect with other home cooks and I love that. What we do usually happens in the isolation of our own kitchens with sometimes unenthusiastic eaters at the table. So being able to connect with other home cooks and share ideas, particularly with my ultra creative readers who follow Family Feedbag on Facebook and Twitter, has been a real boost to my own passion and creativity in the kitchen.

This blog has lead to new opportunities for me offline as well. A year ago I never would have dreamed I'd be teaching cooking classes at an exquisite downtown cooking school! I mean, I don't have any actual training! But here I am, a week away from teaching my very first homestyle cooking class at The London Chef with the support and encouragement of so many of you.

A year ago I also had no idea how much fun taking pictures of food was going to be. Like food, beautiful photos of food get an emotional reaction from people. I'm pretty sure I have taken more photos of food in the last year than I have of my children (there are even some of my children eating food!). It's been a fun self-taught journey and I'm excited about continuing to experiment and explore with food images.

Thanks to each and every one of you for reading along over the last year and especially for trying out my recipes in your own kitchens. Your families are nourished in more ways than one with each homemade meal you put on the table. I hope you'll continue to read and cook along. I'm excited to see what the second year of Family Feedbag will bring!

Happy cooking!