Happy Blogday to Me! (Giveaway)

Today is A Spicy Perspective’s First Birthday! One year ago today I started blogging with this post:

I guess it’s fairly prosaic to say I have a love affair with food. We all do, right? Mine started at grandma’s house with classic bolognese. Simmered all day–the smell was so enticing you could hardly play in the house without being lured to the kitchen on tiptoe to stick your finger into the pot. Trust me, the lick was worth the scold!

My next memories of food-love go to the grand cookie extravaganza that my mother pulled off every December. I recall making dozens and dozens of pecan crescents, chocolate swirls, butter cookies, gingerbread men, and something truly delectable called potato chip cookies! Yes, it sound’s strange, but the culmination of simple, sweet shortbread with salty, crunchy potato chips in each bite is divine! Even now, the only thing I can think of that might improve upon potato chip cookies is…potato chip cookies drizzled with chocolate!

As a teenager I had the opportunity to travel abroad and help with mission work every summer. Ages 14-22 I traveled to China, Thailand, India 3 times, Liberia, and Cameroon. As you can imagine my eyes were truly opened to a world of culinary possibilities–among other things. The endless smells of wildly exciting open air markets. Loud chattering over the price of meat hanging from a clothesline. Baskets and baskets full of spices of which I’d never seen or heard. Dried fish leather, street meat on a stick, naan. Ah, naan! There’s just nothing like freshly baked naan, slathered in garlic butter at an open air market! It’s an experience we all should be so lucky to have.

Every summer I would keep a journal of my daily work, my interludes with new friends, and the life lessons a young girl can only learn by taking her eyes off herself and focusing them on the much greater needs of others. I also took notes on the flavorful dishes I experienced. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was my introduction to recipe writing. I would come home at the end of each summer and try to replicate some of the foods I’d eaten; now-and-again with success.

Over the years cooking has become a method of self-expression, a way to communicate love…and possibly a calling? One husband, two children, 2 careers, and a bundle of little revelations later; I have decided to document the lessons I’ve learned and the recipes that followed.

…It’s been a TASTY year of experimentation, laughter, and new friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Here are some of ASP’s most popular dishes this year:

Rosemary and Onion Foccacia Loaves

Oatmeal Cream Pies


Finally, I have a Blogday present for YOU!
Villery & Boch, a 263 year old company, world-renouned for fine ceramics and crystal, has offered a set of their new Scott Whiskey glasses as an ASP giveaway! Ladies, this is the PERFECT Valentine gift for a man who has everything. Trust me, I showed my husband the photos of these glasses and he Ooooed and Ahhhed!

TO ENTER: (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

1. Leave a Comment~ a nice one! *wink*

2. For another chance to win, SUBSCRIBE by Facebook, Twitter, RSS, or Email.

3. Tweet about this post or link it to your Facebook page. (Please leave a comment for each!)

4. For a fourth chance, visit the Villeroy & Boch site. They are giving away another set just like this!

The winner will be selected by random.org and announced in an evening post, January 26th!.

*US residents only~ sorry friends abroad!

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128 Responses to “Happy Blogday to Me! (Giveaway)”

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    Amy — January 21, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    My hubs loves whiskeys and this WOULD be the perfect V-Day gift! Love the new look and Happy “Blog-day”!!!

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    Judy — January 21, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Congrats on your blogaversary and here’s wishing you many more!

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    5 Star Foodie — January 21, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Happy blogoversary!!!!

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    Dmarie — January 21, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    wow, wow, wow, as if I needed reminding why I love this blog. And why, despite the fact that I still can’t seem to subscribe to it via google, I will remember anyway to keep coming back for more!

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    Heidi C. Normand — January 21, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Happy Blog-Birth-Day! I can’t wait till my baby (my blog :) is a year old. Came across you on a fellow bloggers page. Good luck to you and I look forward to reading what you have to share!

    Here’s to year #2

    http://www.foodiesarefun.com

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    Paula Hardy — January 21, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    Congratulation! I am proud of you, my dear niece! xo xo Aunt Paula

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    Connie — January 21, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more!

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    Connie — January 21, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I follow via RSS

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    Patty — January 21, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Congratulations, you’ve done a wonderful job with your blog, you’re an inspiration and I’m very proud of you:-)

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    Judy Flynn — January 21, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    congrats on your blog! a whole year….how wonderful

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    Tiffany — January 22, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    Happy Blogoversary! :D

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    Sonia — January 23, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    Happy B’day Sommer..

    You are my inspiration, love your work

    Hope you have a great year ahead

    cheers…….

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    Betsy — January 23, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Happy Anniversary!! Love your blog!!!

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    Betsy — January 23, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Following on Facebook and Twitter :)

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    Betsy — January 23, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Tweeted about your giveaway and linked to Facebook

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    kate — January 23, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Hi and congrats on finishing your first year. I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award. Please check it out at http://www.calamitykitchen.com

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    Reeni — January 23, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Sommer! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – I hope this year is just as delicious for you. I love your new look!

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    denise @ bread expectations — January 23, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Well, Happy Blogday!!!!

    Your’s is a life I have envied since I’ve known you. Your words, your food, your spirit are all marked by the impossibly full life you’ve lived. Your blog is gorgeous – you are gorgeous. Don’t change :)

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    Claudia — January 23, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Happy blogaversary, Sommer. Not only do I remember most of your delicious meals – I’ve made some of them! I love a wee bit of your history – it all makes sense and I wish you well on your journey and look forward to you again enticing me with your recipes in 2011.

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    fat lazy celiac — January 24, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve loved reading!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — January 24, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Congrats on your 1st Blogiversary! Nice giveaway!

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    sweetlife — January 24, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Congrats!! happy 1st and heres to many many more, my friend!!

    sweetlife

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    Gitte — January 27, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    Happy 1 year Blogaversary and many more to come. It looks like it’s been a year filled with lots of amazing food and fantastic pictures. Keep having fun.

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — January 28, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Happy Blogaversary! Wow and with those photos and dishes, you’ve got many more to come.

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — January 28, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter. That counts, right? :)

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    Mark — February 2, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    It’s your anniversary, gonna party like it’s your anniversary !!

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