Yes, it was one year ago today that Meg in Paris jumped out in front of all of us and posted the first item to this collaborative cooking extravaganza. She'll have her own post about our anniversary, but I thought I'd put my two cents in first.
Since Feb 15, 2004, we've put up 435 entries, and logged almost 1300 comments that weren't ads for porn, poker, or refinancing your house. As of Feb 14th at about 3:30pm Central, we've had over 100,000 visitors to the site. That's twice the population of the town I grew up in.
Over the last year, we've endured a switch in hosting providers, faced a possible loss of our domain name, added a baby to Meg in Paris's family, redesigned the look of the site, and even tried Marmite.
I want to thank everyone who has helped us get this far especially our friends and family, particularly in my case Paul Goyette who got me into blogging in the first place, Meg Hainer, and Corrie Cook for their contributions to the site, Todd Price for his continuing contributions (I'm pretty sure we'll lose him eventually to the for-pay food writing circuit), and of course Meg in Paris who will always be the best of friends, and without whom this site would consist mainly of me making jokes about Beano and asparagus.
Of course, I have to most of all thank my very patient wife Rebecca for putting up with smoky kitchens, late night typing, sinks full of dishes, strange foods in the pantry, and the occasional stink of a dish gone horribly wrong. She doesn't complain much when I mess up, and she's always appreciative when a dish somehow turns out right (though she does question the butter content). You can't ask for anything more.
Finally, thanks to everyone out there who reads our recipes and ramblings and the ever-supportive food blog community. I hope that over the last year we've given you an idea or two for a good dish to feed you friends and family, or just a link to an interesting story you wouldn't have found otherwise.
I'm retiring at 67, so this is one year down, 28 to go.