February 15, 2005
Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary to us...

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.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at February 15, 2005 12:00 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

Happy Birthday Too Many Chefs! We celebrated with quite a feast on Saturday night (can't wait for Meg's writeup) and many thoughts were sent your way, Barrett!

Posted by clotilde on February 15, 2005 at 6:57 AM

Happy Anniversary and thank you for a wonderful site. Here's to you Too Many Chefs, Cheers!

Posted by Deb on February 15, 2005 at 7:50 AM

Congrats on a great site and a great year.
And let me be the first to sing this kiddies' version of Happy Birthday which is rather apt:

Happy Birthday to you,
Squashed tomatoes and stew.
Bread and butter in the gutter,
Happy Birthday to you!

Posted by Jules on February 15, 2005 at 8:55 AM

Congratulations on your one year mark! Here's to many more!

Posted by Kate on February 15, 2005 at 10:40 AM

Congratulations! Thanks to all of you for this past year --- it's been delightful to pop in here and see what's cooking.

The traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper, so, er, um, feel free to print out this message. Okay then. Many happy returns!

Posted by Elsa on February 15, 2005 at 4:06 PM

Mazel Tov!

Posted by debbie on February 15, 2005 at 7:30 PM

Julian, you are right - it's more apt than the version I remember of the song:

Happy Birthday to you
You belong in a zoo
You look like a monkey
And you smell like one too...!

It's been a fun year and I am truly grateful to Barrett for 1) coming up with the idea and 2) setting it up. You can tell how enthusiastic I was about the idea by the fact that I went and posted (before him) as soon as he told me it was up and running!

Posted by Meg in Paris on February 16, 2005 at 2:23 AM

Mmmm. Monkey...

Posted by barrett on February 16, 2005 at 10:10 AM
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