Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ciao Chow Linda Celebrates Five Years with Thanks and a Giveaway


Has it really been five years since I typed the words "How to create a blog?" in a Google search? Yep, it is, and believe it or not, that's how I got started back in August 2008. My first post was an easy one - an heirloom tomato salad.
Since then, I've posted hundreds of recipes, learned a lot more about blogging, and like many of you I'm sure, have had my share of highs and lows in life.
With the exception of a short hiatus now and then, I've kept blogging. Blogging about food, travel and restaurants has meant more to me than just blogging about food, travel and restaurants.
Maybe you already get it. Some of you know exactly what I'm talking about. But what I'm trying to say is that having a blog has almost been like having a therapist. No, better than a therapist, because I don't have to shell out $100 bucks an hour, and I get to eat some pretty good food (and some failures too) as a result of all the cooking I've done for the blog. Writing this blog has helped keep me moving through some of those tough times, particularly when I hear from readers through comments and emails. But it's also allowed me to celebrate some of the really happy times and wonderful food I've tasted too. And to share it with you. 
Through the blog, I've met some really wonderful people that I'd never have met otherwise - both here in the U.S. and abroad. Some of you have even become friends in real life. But whether we're friends in real life or just through the blogosphere, (and before I get too sappy) let me say that I'm really, really grateful to all the Ciao Chow Linda readers out there, whether you were with me from the start or just came on board recently.
Sooo, I'm offering a little giveaway as a way to show my thanks - a $100 certificate to purchase whatever you like through Amazon.com. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, up until the end of the day (midnight NY time) on Thursday, August 29. (if you receive this in email or through Facebook, you'll have to actually click on the blog and leave a comment to be eligible). The computer will pick a random number. You don't have to have a blog of your own to leave a comment, but you do need to leave me an email address, so I can contact you if you win. So go ahead, don't be shy. No jumping through hoops or sharing on Facebook or Twitter to enter (although I wouldn't mind if you did). Just leave a comment. Even if only to say Happy Blogiversary. Or to complain that your therapist charges $200 an hour. Or to ask a question -- like "How to create a blog?"  No wait, that's one for Google.

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88 comments:

Kristin said...

Congratulations on five years!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congratulations! That is quite a milestone. Long live your blog.

Cheers,

Rosa

janie said...

Happy Five Years!! It's been great reading your adventures and following your recipes.

Mister Meatball said...
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Mister Meatball said...

Tanti auguri!

Chiara Giglio said...

tantissimi auguri al tuo splendido blog cara Linda !

AdriBarr said...

Whoa, I'm in! Cool Giveaway! Five years is simply fabulous. What an oeuvre you have produced. Best wishes for many more wonderful years. Only now did I realize how a common thread with our two sites. Mine too, has brought me through dark times to become an integral part of my being. Congratulations!

kcgalicia said...

Congratulations! I've learned so much from your recipes and tutorials. Thank you!

Nonna Fiorella said...

Complimenti! Ma chevvelodicoafare...il blog doc.

zhazha said...

What a sweet giveaway! I have been reading (and barely commenting) for many years now and I can always rely on you for a great new recipe or travel anecdote that makes me want to jump on a plane.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations and Happy Blog Anniversary, Linda! You've shared so many wonderful recipes with us, and brought so many authentic Italian traditions to our attention through these past five years. I am always learning something from you! I always look forward to visiting your blog and I'm so happy we had a chance to meet before I left NY. If you ever visit the Denver area V and I would love to show you our favorite places here. xoxo

Michelle - Majella Home Cooking said...

Auguri, Linda! You are both a talent and a gem and I'm so glad to have met you through this blogging world. xoxo

quasitaliano said...

Linda, yours is the only blog I read regularly, and I'll venture a guess it's one of the classiest and most intelligent out there. I've learned A LOT from you! Congratulations and keep 'em coming!

Dianamajig said...

Happy Anniversary! I've tackled a few of your recipes and everybody's favorite is the upside down apple pie. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!
Diane

anniesingerart@gmail.com said...

I so enjoyed meeting you and sharing our last night's dinner with a great group Linda! Congratulations.

Sue said...

Congratulations on a wonderful blog site! Beautiful photos and great recipes! Always inspiring!

Ely said...

Auguri, auguri e ancora auguri tesoro! Mille e mille altre soddisfazioni!! :D Un abbraccione!

dd said...

I so enjoy your pictures, recipes, and writings of Italy. Happy 5th anniversary of your blog!

daniela64 said...

Congratuòazioni Linda , tanti auguri di buon blog compleanno. Un abbraccio Daniela

Danielle Imstuffed said...

Awww....Happy Blogaversary!! I totally get how blogging helps you through some tough times. It was during some of my worst times that I starting blogging in the first place. Cheers!! and wishing you many happy blogging years ahead.
peacefulcooking at gmail dot com

Lucia said...

5 years! Wonderful post. I have loved your writing and recipes for... 5 years! Trying to decide which recipe was my favorite and I think I might have been the Farro, Chickpea and Chestnut Soup. My husband actually at the chestnuts!
Thanks for sharing all you have been through with us. I look forward to many more years of posts.
Cent Anni"

Stacey Snacks said...

No need to enter me, but wanted to say how happy I am to have met you thru BLOGGING!!!! I love your site!

Glad we are real life friends.
Happy blog anniversary!
Who did the artwork? It's fabulous!
xo

Carol said...

Glad I found this blog! Happy Blog-iversary!

Peggy said...

I appreciate the time and care you put into each of your informative blog articles. Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Congrats on 5 delicious years! I really enjoy your recipes and your travels.

Helen said...

CCL warms my heart and touches my palate each time I visit. Thanks for all the food, people and travel love you share. H

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful blog, Linda! You know I'm a sap for good, Italian food and your recipes never disappoint.

And, I know exactly what you mean about how blogging makes you feel :) I have also found that bloggers, as a whole, are wonderful and kind people.

syl14 said...

Congratulations on 5 years! It's always a pleasure to read your blog! Keep up the wonderful work! :)

kellyr78 said...

Happy Blogiversary!
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Linda!

As it happened, I just picked up a box of peaches from our local highschool's fundraiser for after prom night. Now I know what I will make first!
Thank you for the great peach recipe, and all the other recipes.
Marika

Barbara Bradford said...

5 years is an amazing accomplishment, you should be very proud, for all the wonderful recipes you have brought to us all. Thank you..

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I have only been following your blog for a few short months, and just want to say thank you for providing me with such pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Happy Anniversary! I have only been following your blog for a few short months, and just want to say thank you for providing me with such pleasure.

dfrost01@gmail.com said...

Grazie per le ricette meravigliose

Carol Szafalowicz said...

First let me say how much I've enjoyed your recipes.
Happy 5 years and may you bring us many many more.
Warm thoughts, Carol from Chicago
sctfamily@yahoo.com

kimberly torpey said...

Happy blogiversity! Quite an accomplishment! Enjoying.

jotsfromasmallapt said...

I have printed more than "several" of your recipes...and purchased three Italian cookbooks. I'm saving to purchase "Cucina Povera" and try my hand at SFRATTI...one of your lovely postings. I am inspired. Already charting a return visit to Siena...
Thank you so much for sharing your passion for food and...friends. Raye
www.jotsfromasmallapt@wordpress.com

Patty Mooney said...

Congratulations, here's to five more wonderful blogging years (at least)...

Anonymous said...

We should plan on meeting in San Francisco with Jeannette De Conde someday. Definitely after Jeannette retires! Congrats on 5 glorious years!

Agnes Kang, Piedmont California

Nal said...

Yay, 5 years of amazing recipes and travel! Congrats!

Dena said...

Congratulations on a terrific five years. Your recipes have graced many family dinners. You have allowed me to look like a hero. We are enjoying an after dinner limoncello right now that I made from your son's recipe. I might be due for another batch soon. It's fantastic! Thank you Linda!

Agnes Kang said...

We should plan on meeting in San Francisco with Jeannette De Conde someday. Definitely after Jeannette retires! Congrats on 5 glorious years!

Agnes Kang, Piedmont California

cupcake said...

Congratulations! Thank you for all of the hard work that goes into curating this blog.

Elise in San Francisco said...

Contras on your 5th blog anniversary! Thanks for sharing some great recipes.

It's a pleasure to be one of your readers.

Heart of Memoir said...

Very clever post and congratulations on your consistent effort. I love the watercolor sketch too!
Kathryn

carmen said...

Congratulations! Happy 5 year Blogiversary! Your Blog has been a real blessing to me. I love your posts. I have visited Italy on many an occasion but you have showed me villages that I never even knew existed. Some of them are on my bucket list. Thank you for your constant information and recipes which I really enjoy. You have the knack of being able to show us a little of the folklore of each place you visit. I have always wanted to pack up and move to Italy but it is not practical for us financially or career wise. I must say I live vicariously through your posts. Ciao Carmen

Maria said...

Love your blog... Found you looking for the "peaches" with the cream and made them for Easter. Every recipe is fabulous. My grandfather was from Prezza in Abbruzzi and I share this with my 88 year old mother, Louise.... Who is still an incredible cook. Keep it up... We love it and it is do nostalgic for us.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Hey I don't see my comment!Maybe I didn't hit publish? Anyway, you know how I feel about you Linda, I'm so glad we met through blogging. I love your travels you share with us, your photos, your zest for life,
( like climbing up mountains with sheep!)You can cook up a storm, you're a gifted writer and oh yeah, and artist too! Love your sketch up top LP! Happy 5th Ciao Chow Linda, her's to many more!

Michelle Mazzocchio said...

Congratulations on your milestone 5 years. I love receiving your emails and have tried many of your recipes - I enjoy reading of your adventures and travels in Italy, it always brings fond memories of my last trip there! Thank you for sharing with us, I wish you many more years of blogging

Elaine said...

congrats!!! that's huge!!!

Betty said...

Happy 5 years

June O said...

Congrats--love your recipes and the accounts of your Italian adventures!

Robert Taylor said...

My wife gets up at five am we have espresso and go over your tasty blog then we shop luv u congrats bobby and Cindy..........

Debbie D said...

Congrats on five wonderful years and am looking forward to the next five.

Midge Guerrera said...

Auguri! I still salivate when I think of the basil biscotti I made following your recipe.

Anonymous said...

Have enjoyed your blog for about 2 years! I've tried many of your recipes and they are always delicious. Blood orange/beet/avacado salad is my all-time favorite!! -Julie F.

Gracie said...

I'm happy to be on board even if from now and then and I've always enjoyed reading you (especially when you post about my Italy). Sooooo.... happy anniversary!

Janet M said...

Congratulations. I love this blog

rgfwoo said...

Congratulations!
Your blog is fairly new to me, but my initial read of yours was of Arosticini......and I was hooked. I saw many a grill like that in Xian, China in the Muslim markets. And I was fascinated with the arosticini making box. I fabricated my own grill (the alpha model) and have used it twice. Which leads me to your blog on grilled shrimp and pesto pasta: you note one has to, as usual, carefully clean and oil grill to keep those expensive shrimp from sticking. Just skewer them and grill on an arostocini grill. Further, I read some tips from a grillmaster and noted he was using a grill that looked just like an arosticini grill for steaks and chops - he just put a discarded grate from a regular grill on when needed. Best of both worlds!

John said...
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John said...

WOW, 5 years!! Nice!! Congratulations!!

Andrea said...

Congratulations!

fromthebookshelf.nyc@gmail.com

black eyed susans kitchen said...

It is always a treat, and sometimes a learning experience to come and visit your blog Linda. I have very much enjoyed getting to know you and your culinary talents by coming here..keep writing!
Susan

Cynna said...

Congratulations! I'm happy I found your wonderful blog!

Jeanne said...

I love your adventures, especially
the sheep herding...happy 5 years.

Jeanne

Lisa Newell said...

Congratulations on your milestone anniversary. It's always a joy to receive your emails...I'm always drooling over the photographs. I need to get to Italy!

lisanew412@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I found your blog three years ago and it has been a delight! I love the food, the travel and just the enjoyment you take in life. Thanks for 5 years! Debbie

Carolyn MacLeod said...

Congratulations, Linda! I look forward to your weekly postings which are always so beautifully written. Thanks for bringing sunshine to my inbox. - Carolyn

Susan C said...

Hooray for you! Congratulations!!!

Judy C said...

Still lovin' that no stir polenta recipe. Made it the other day with a ragu of 4 different mushrooms. Yummeeeeeeeee. Keep 'um coming. Happy trails.
Judy C

Joan Nova said...

Congratulations -- I'm 5 years old too and still having fun. Glad you are too.

Frank Fariello said...

Five years? Wow, that's quite an accomplishment! It takes an incredible amount of discipline to keep a blog going for that long. Complimenti!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Congratulations, Linda. You and I started our blogs at the same time and it is hard to believe five years have gone by since I nervously pushed the button that said "publish". What a journey it has been. I have learned so much and become a much better cook. Who knew? What a great giveaway! I have my fingers crossed. I' looking forward to years more of your wonderful posts and photographs.

Anonymous said...

Brava Linda! Sei un fenomeno riconosciuto ormai. Avanti con auguri di continuo successo al tuo blog.
Baci
Bianca & Valerio

Rosemary Wolbert said...

Congratulations on the milestone, Linda! I'm so glad to have "met" you here. You're a delightful woman. And one of these years, I hope to go to one of writing workshops in Italy. So, so tempting.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Congratulations! Five years is such an accompaniment. I'm looking forward to the next five. :)

bellini said...

Congratulations on 5 wonderful years Linda. We have been around awhile and still have a passion for writing, cooking and the blogging community.

Ron said...

Congratulations Linda on five years blogging. It has seen you through thick and thin. Its been a lot of work, but clearly a labor of love.

Scat said...

Linda,
This is funny I came upon your blg and was searching for the shrimp spread recipe and I see you're having a giveaway. Wonderful!
Christine

Leana DiBenedetto said...

Congratulations, Linda! Been following your blog, recommended by my cousin Michelle @ Majella Home Cooking. I've really enjoyed browsing through your colorful photos and posts. Much luck in your future endeavors with Ciao Chow! ~Leana (leanad@rocketmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the anniversary of your web site. And a tip of the bubbly with a wish for many more...

Signed:
BartC (Adri’s kitchen knave!)

Beth Carnevale said...

Congratulations Linda on your 5-year anniversary. As you know I am inspired by all you do. Ciao my friend Chirps.xo Birdie

Heather Zysk said...

That's quite a feat! With all you do and have been through to keep up with your blog too! Happy blogiversary! Much love to you!

The Food Hunter said...

Congratulations! You and I started blogging around the same time...its been fun and delicious following you!

Anonymous said...

cara Linda complimenti ed auguri per i prossimi cinque anni!
Rita
ritap_@hotmail.com

CA said...

Hi Linda,
I love your authentic recipes and wonderful pictures of Italy.
Happy anniversary!

Lucia said...

Hello. What a wonderful experience!!!!! I think you have probably visit my hometown, Villetta Barrea, in Abruzzo National Park. Lovely region, uh?

Lori Lynn said...

Better late than never:
Congratulations Linda. I share your sentiments exactly.
LL