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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Belated First Blogaversary To Me: Merguez Soup For You

How could I have forgotten to mark this momentous occasion? Better yet how could you have just let it pass by? Never mind a gift, not even a card or a wish came my way and after all I've offered you..

I can't believe that a year has passed since I started this blog in February 2007 . Since then I have posted over 400 times. I write once a day, if not more and I have rarely skipped a day, not for lack of something to write but rather for lack of time.

When I first began posting, I didn't have a decent camera so my first few posts didn't have photographs. One of the first dishes I wrote about was what we now call Merguez Soup. We all love this dish and it is incredibly simple to make. Tonight we added chopped kale to the recipe and other greens would also work well. It is definitely a meal in a bowl, easy to make in advance and a simple dinner, perfect with salad.

Tonight Izzy helped prepare the soup. He stirred the onions and merguez while they browned, stirred in the tomatoes, added the water and watched it simmer. He also helped tear up the kale which he insisted he didn't like. He told me he would pick it out but then just slurped up three bowls of it, kale and all. The merguez makes the soup special and it comes from 3-Corner-Field Farm a stand at Union Square that I can't rave enough about.

A year later, I marvel at the good fortune I have. I never want for things to write about or eat! Right now I live close enough to all the best foodstuffs the world has to offer. I have the Union Square Greenmarket within 30 minutes from my house and a great farmer who delivers pesticide-free produce to my doorstep (to share with the other members of our CSA) in the warmer months. There are great neighborhood shops in Jersey City and Hoboken and I can take the Path into the city for shopping at some of my other favorite venues.

The icing on the cake? Izzy goes to school half days which gives us more time for cooking, baking and shopping together. Here's looking forward to more years of Izzy Eats, as his palate grows and my pleasure in sharing all that we eat and cook, grows along with him.


Anonymous said...

Oh yeah! Happy Blogaversary! I missed mine too this year. Bah! Life! Doesn't she know not to get in the way of the things that truly matters. So happy happy! I can't wait to see what you cook up in the next year.

Sarah said...

Happy 1st Year! Seeing what kind of posts you cook up (ha ha) is one of the highlights of my day.

Izzy's Mama said...

Ann and Sarah: Thanks for the good wishes. Hope I do hope to cook up some exciting stuff this year!

Bean's Mum said...

And many more, so we can enjoy eating vicariously through you! (I.e. Merenguez soup on a chinese take-out night!)