Tuesday, July 5, 2011

3 years older



This blog is 3 years old today.

Who'd a thunk it that one day I would graduate from being an antiques dealer to a food blogger. (Hmmmm, not sure what kind of elevated status that is).

I went from documenting my recipes so my friends would stop bothering me, to still yelling at my friends that "I have a food blog, don't ask me to plan your party menu!".

To taking pictures with my cell phone camera to taking pictures with just a better cell phone camera.

Boy, has this blog evolved.

I still use the same polka dot format (I hate change), and I have most of the same readers and friends from when I first started out. Nothing like growing a brand.

I blog first thing in the morning and after dinner in the evening, when I have the most creative energy.

I like Tarts on Tuesdays, Crostini on Friday, Meatless Mondays and a cake or 2 on a Saturday. Sunday is my day off.

Not much is going to change here in the 4th year of Stacey Snacks, so I hope you will stay for the ride.

As with all of my blog anniversaries, I am having a giveaway.

3 faithful readers will receive one of my favorite books Frankies' Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual.



Leave a comment telling us your favorite recipe that you have made from this blog Stacey Snacks, (just in case you thought you were at Smitten Kitchen), and if you have never made a recipe, you can still leave a random comment anyway! Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 9.

Thanks for checking out my daily recipes & nonsense over the past 3 years!

Love, Stacey

72 comments:

Becki@Becki's Whole Life said...

Hi Stacey - congrats and best of luck in your 4th year! I made your orzo pasta salad this weekend and it was a hit! Very flavorful yet light...got lots of compliments! I personally loved the addition of garbanzo beans and fresh mint.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations Stacey and happy blog birthday. You've got one of the best blogs around and thank you for your dedication and wonderful recipes.

Speaking of recipes, I love your lamb shanks and also French lentil salad and have made both for my blog. I would have a hard time choosing, but then there's your watermelon and feta salad.....too many choices, too little time.

Stacey' Snacks rocks. My morning doesn't seem right without checking in to see what you've whipped up the night before. Looking forward to another great year.
Sam

Sally said...

Congrats on year 3! Fav recipe is definitely the roasted butternut squash, red onion and grape pizza with goat cheese! I've made it at least 9 times!

Valerie said...

Happy blog-anniversary !
I am a new reader but like your blog and can't wait the new posts !
Valerie, Belgium.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Well, my dear - this is the only time I'll be able to say you're older than I am, since my blog turns three later in August! Seriously, it's always a joy to wake up to your recipes and you make it hard to choose just one. But since you're the tart queen, I'm going with the leek, prosciutto and gruyere tart.

bigpilot said...

Congrats on the start of your 4th year. I love the blog and have made many of your recipes. My favorite so far has been the pistachio cake. Yum!

Susan said...

Good morning Stacey,
Happy 3rd yr. anniversary! Your's is one of the blogs I always check out on a daily basis.
Our fave recipe from you has to be the pasta with chickpeas. I make it at least once a week because my youngest and I love it and it always reminds me of my Italian Mom who made many recipes like this! Simple, delicious and healthy.
On to year 4!
Susan

Boy Wonder's Mom said...

love your blog! The Shrimp with Roasted Broccoli was a huge hit here. :-) Congratulations!

denise s said...

Happy Anniversary Stacey,

Love your blog! You inspired me to start my own two months ago after leaving the corporate world.

My still favorite recipe (used once a week) is the bacon basket eggs. Although, after making ricotta blueberry cake this past weekend, there may be a tie.

Good luck in year 4.

DeniseS
(Cheap Chic Chirps)

kimt said...

I love your blog. Each recipe is fresh and looks terrific. One of my most memorable is the roasted fish and peas. Loved it.

Amy said...

dear Stacey,

Happy Birthday!! I love love love your perfect pasta primavera! I made it whenever I crave for pasta with tons of veggies.. THANKS! your blog is a true inspiration...
Love
Ramona

Kirsten Lindquist said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm a huge fan and my favorite was the potato crusted fritata dish. Not only do I love your food style but your writing is among the best of the blogs I read (and I have over 50 in my blog roll!) Looking forward to another year!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Happy blog anniversary Stacey!

We luv your Easy Raspberry Buttermilk Cake. I've used it with Blackberries and Blueberries. It's ever so easy and such a delicious cake.

We picked the Blueberries for your BEST Damn Blueberry Ricotta Cake Ever. I forgot to print the recipe on friday, but am ready to make it tonight. Just know from your review and looking at the pictures it's going to be fantastic.

Michele said...

Congrats on three years! I love your blog site because the recipes are always fresh and different. One of my favorite recipes that I've made at least four times is 'the new chicken parmesan.' I made this for my parents back in May and they loved it. This from my mom that believes anything with goat cheese is 'just weird.' :) Thank you!

SarahB said...

Your roasted broccoli changed my life. Period.

mil said...

Three years???!!!! How can that be?
You have done a beautiful job that has given so much pleasure and information to so many people.
Congratulations and love,
Mil

Michele said...

Congratulations! You have a great blog that I LOVE reading! In fact at work a coworker came over to me and said I found a new blog..Stacey Snacks and I said I read that blog too!!! LOL I still think we need to meet up one day! We've probably seen each other a zillion times in Summit or Millburn! lol

I just recently made your caesar sald again but this time with grilled romaine. It was a huge hit...again!

Colleen V. said...

Happy Anniversary. This is the first blog I have ever subscribed to, and I love it. Lots of favorites;however this weekend I brought Frankie's Meatballs and sauce on our camping trip with friends. Everyone loves them. I use venison, because we always have it on hand. They are THE lightest, tastiest meatballs ever. I am also bringing them to Cape Hatteras in August for our family beach vacation. It makes for an easy first night supper after traveling all day. Love the blog, the pics, everything. Thanks
Colleen

Proud Italian Cook said...

Happy Blogiversary dear Stacey! I love you and your blog! It's always a pleasure to wake up to your creations every morning. How can I pick? Your tarts are always a hit, all your crostini ideas, veggies, pasta,etc. I've made your ricotta stuffed tomatoes a million times and you know about our datenut bread obsession and now that you're a "baker" I adore "your new favorite thing" always. Thank you, thank you, don't change a thing, not even your dots!

LaDue & Crew said...

Wow Stacey, no way! I feel like you been a part of my family for years. I could swear its been even longer... I'm so happy we've gotten to be friends! I've truly made so many of your dishes, and I adore figs now because of you. But the recipe that stands out is Herb roasted pork loin with mustard vegetables. I made it in addition to my Thanksgiving turkey (I had 45 people) a couple years ago and it was inhaled, while the turkey just picked on! Yes Stace, keep the polka dots. It feels cozy. It feels like home ;)

r said...

my favorite recipe is your haroset from seder. other faves- anything with FIGS, roasted beets&sweet potatoes, rosemary olive oil cake. yum. thanks for all the great recipes these past few years!

Lori Lynn said...

Congrats Stace!
You have been inspiring me for 3 years and for that I thank you. Very much.
I always get a kick out of your sense of humor too. Wishing you continued success with Stacey Snacks! It rocks.
Your friend,
LL

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Congratulations! I can't think of anything specific I've made from your blog, but I have noticed quite often that our cooking styles are very similar. You're inspiring!

Susan........ said...

I baked, and will be making again, your Blueberry Ricotta Cake. It was a huge hit this weekend. Thanks. I'm a new subscriber and I love your recipes, so I hope you and I will be here to celebrate your 4th Anniversary.

StaceyEsq said...

I'm proud to be a dedicated subscriber from pretty much the very beginning. I've made too many recipes to choose a favorite -- in fact, when I make anything new, my husband always asks, "is this recipe from the other Stacey?" It usually is and I don't know how many people I've referred over the years! Happy Anniversary and here's hoping there's many returns of the day!

Anonymous said...

Every recipe I've made has been delicious! I really enjoy your apple cake.
Rebecca
DrLiebes@bex.net

Anonymous said...

Well....here I am Stacey....your "Maine friend" Wanda congratulating on your anniversary! TOTALLY AWESOME! There are so many great recipes here & wish I could say that I have tried them all.....right now I would have to say Martha's Strawberry Cake (since it is in season up here in Maine right now!), Classic Potato Salad (YUM!) & Stale Bread Pizza! Love them all! You ROCK Stacey! Wanda D.

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, Spiedini alla Romana, from Dec 2008.
Romance and Arterial Sclerosis! Keep the ideas coming Stacy. Congrats on Tre Anni! Jim from Montville.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I'm definitely in for the ride! I love your blog Stacey and find it nearly impossible to pick a favorite post... I thought the stale bread pizza was so good - you know I'm a pizza fanatic. I have picked up so many great ideas and tips from you - thank you!!!

A Melbourne Girl said...

Congrats Stacey. Three is a very nice number.
One of my fav recipes was your custard apple pie. It's been devoured each time I've made it.
I also made your summer strawberry cake, but used cherries because that's what I had. It was still delicious!
I'm looking forward to making the ricotta berry cake now
Happy bloggy birthday Stacey
Lesley

The Food Hunter said...

Congratulations! This is one of my favorites. I am constantly scouring your back posts for recipe ideas...keep blogging!!

CA said...

Stacey,
I loved the pan bagnat that you blogged about several months ago. I still have a little tepanade left so I think I will make it again.
Thanks again for the great recipe blog and beautiful photos.
I want to take my daughter to NYC to the pizza places you have written about. I know we'll love it.

Marine Loves Papi... said...

Happy Birthday!

My favorite recipe from your blog by far is Louisa's ricotta cake.

Oh man was it something delicious!

Look forward to your 4th year :)

Tracy said...

Congrats!! After I OD'ed on food blogs a few years back, yours is the only one I continue to follow. I'm definitely looking forward to your fourth year!
It's hard to choose just one favorite, but I have to say I loved your crab cakes. I made them for Mother's Day brunch with eggs benedict on top. I also love the chicken drumsticks with the two mustards and wine. And a million others I can't mention!

Lisa said...

Congratulations! I discovered your blog when I was trying to find a recipe for leftover pork and found your stirfry recipe. I have been hooked ever since. Keep up the good work and inspiration.

Mandy said...

Congrats Stacey! Your blog is great, I read it every day. My favorite recipe I've tried is the Olive Oil Cake with orange zest. So, so good!

Oui, Chef said...

Congratulations, Stacey! Yours is one of my favorite blogs...period. All your food is fresh, fun and approachable...just like you. Here's to many more years of SS. - S

Amy V. said...

Congrats! I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago and I now make it a point to check in every day. I have so many favorites - I love your Tourte aux Blettes, I love your Chocolate Chip & Pecan Pound Cake, I love your mustard chicken legs, I love your cherry chutney....see, impossible to choose. These have all become part of my repertoire! Keep up all the great work - we really do appreciate it!

Joanne said...

Happy three years, Stacey! I'm so glad I found your blog...it makes my stomach growl every day! And i love that we blog at the same time! Morning and night!

Jon said...

Oh man ... so many, but the chorizo and potatoes was delicious!

Ginny Lee said...

happy blogday! coincidently it is also my birthday (I am older than 3 hee hee)...i brought the blueberry ricotta cake to my friends for the 4th--everyone loved it, we made a raspberry coulis to go with so it was more patriotic! So glad I found you on the interwebs :)

Allison said...

Congrats! I haven't made any of your recipes yet, but I have a bunch lined up in the queue. I like that you have a lot of vegetarian recipes in your mix. Keep up the good work :)

Lisa in Indianapolis said...

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Stacey! I'm so glad to have discovered you in the summer of '09.

When I think of all the incredible recipes you've shared, your family and travel stories, funny commentaries - well, you've been a delight to know. I've learned so much from you! My cookbook collection has grown with the recommendations you've shared! Thank you for it all.

And, I've told my friends and family about you and frequently get: "is this from Stacey?!"

My favorites are the "fantastiQUE" Blueberry Ricotta Cake, which was inhaled yesterday by my family at our 4th of July picnic. My ravenous teen-age nephews split the last piece for their 2nd and it was gone in a flash. Of course, your date bread is wonderful, as are the yummy salads and anything with figs.

Can't resist the summer recipes with basil, tomatoes and fresh veggies. But, my favorite was your '10 recipe titled: "What's for Dinner,'Spicey Honey'? Chicken Thighs"! ha.

Cheers to you for a wonderful 4th year, Stacey!

Lisa

sally said...

I am a new follower for about six months, but the first time I saw your blog I subscribed and I love reading your posts every day. I loved mustard chicken legs and serve it often, each time with a different side of yours. Thanks so much for your impact on my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS TO YOU. I HAVE BEEN A FOLLOWER FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. EVERYTIME WE HAVE A WORK LUNCHEON, I BRAG ABOUT MY FAVORITE STACEY BLOG AND I MAKE A GREAT DISH. I LOVE THE CURRIED CHICK PEAS, BEETS NAPOLEAN AND THE SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND CANDIED PECANS! THEY ARE REFRESHING AND BEAUTIFUL AS WELL AS TASTE GREAT FOR THE GIRLS IN THE OFFICE!
KEEP ON BLOGGING! JOLIE JOLIE@BETHESDATRAVEL.COM

Debbie W. said...

Love your Passover recipes every year.
Mazel Tov on the success of your blog.

tropical storm cindy said...

I started reading your blog this past winter so I'm a new fan. I host small group food and wine trips to Sicily, and I have to say that so many of your recipes reflect why I love authentic Sicilian food...seasonal, fairly simple, and well balanced flavors. I loved your roasted cauliflower pesto and have made it several times. Now the BEST Damn Blueberry Ricotta Cake is a new favorite. Will try it next with a mixture of blueberries and raspberries. Keep up the good work and congratulations!

NeverDull said...

I think I've gained 10 lbs just reading your blog. I salivate every morning wondering what is in store... Tuesday's Tart, Friday's crostini, and weekend cakes Oh My! I love the simplicity and elegance. After reading the recipes I often find myself doing the V-8 head smack and saying, "why didn't I think of that?!!!" Plus, the writing is fab. I think you should be called Sassy Stacey. It gives me a chuckle to read your posts. Thanks! Oh yes. You did ask about favorite recipes... I'll chose one delicious staple: the broccoli bites. I make them all the time as broccoli is our favorite veggie. Then I bake them on a pampered chef stone at high heat. Very healthy, very sneaky way to get veggies into my little girl, and never one left over. Thanks, Stacey for a wonderful blog.

dawn said...

I love your blog... I am a newer subscriber but so far your posts really do inspire me to try new things. I can't just pick just one post that I love the most... But I am a huge fan of the tarts on tuesdays and the meatless monday recipes. I find your recipes very clever and it helps me find new cookbook selections...Thank you
Dawn

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Stacey - an many tasty more! You are the Queen of Crostini - keep it coming!

Ann from IL said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I knew as soon as I found your blog that I'd be a faithful reader. I've been in England for the past 2 weeks and just this morning I'm catching up on your posts. I went through Stacey withdrawal! Whether emailing your or reading your comments through your posts, I always love hearing from you. Thank you, Stacey.

I have made many of your recipes, but I must say that the cherry chutney was one of the highlights. Since cherries are in season again soon, I can't wait for a repeat taste. Side note: your best tip ever was the grill pan. That thing is perfect!

Hugs to you~Xoxoxo

Kathy~Sweet Bird Designs said...

Congratulations on 3 yrs! I enjoy reading your posts and recipes:) My favorite that I use all of the time is one you posted last summer for roasted tomato crostini. I use those roasted tomatos in pasta for a quick dinner, as an appetizer, etc. Love them!

Eleanor I. Cook said...

Hi Stacey,
I love getting your blog in my email every day! I use your recipes often. The most recent one I've enjoyed is Orzo salad, which has been useful in dealing with the produce out of my garden. It's so versatile!

To say what is my favorite would be hard to do!

Keep up the good work!
Eleanor Cook

carol in SF Bay said...

Stacey...thanks for your wonderful blog....My new kitchen didn't get me to cook more, but you did! Spicey Chicken Chipolte with sweet potoatoes is yummy (and healthy)...Ina's Cape Cod salad also fab!

Barbara babbling said...

Made the best damn blueberry ricotta cake ever for the 4th and it was a hit! The lemon zest was the kicker! Happy anniversary and keep it coming!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Happy Birthday"!!! You have one of my "FAVORITE" blogs! I look SO FORWARD to seeing you on my email with something NEW! I can NOT pick a favorite. I have STACKS&STACKS of your recipes printed out and use them all "AND" am certainly waiting for you to "PUBLISH"!!! My Mom had Betty Crocker and I have "Stacey Snacks"! Betty was NEVER this much fun!!! Thank you for all you inspire us with.......
BIG Hugs,
Donna

Davidwhitney167@comcast.net said...

Happy Blog Birthday Stacey!
Broccoli bites for kids, various tarts, and caprese on skewers(?) are some of our favorites. We continue to be amazed at your energy and enthusiasm. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Stacey! You're a household name here. My favs are the beluga lentils-love the basil mint pesto- and the broccoli cheddar quiche. But everything I've tried is good.
Your photos make the blog. Thanks for your creativity and dedication!
Dennee in LA.

Anonymous said...

Thia is a "P.S." comment Stacey! I also wanted to add to my previous input: Anything involving anchovies, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil could be added to my list of favorites! Love ya! Wanda D.

Carolyn K said...

I would have to say your Rosemary Ricotta Cake. Not only is it delicious, but also you inspired me to cook and eat many more ricotta cheesecakes and herb scented deserts. Thanks for the great recipes, ideas, and consistency.

Liz Gelb-O'Connor said...

The formerly super secret potato salad recipe that evokes the temptation to hide in the closet with the bowl and a spoon. Love, Z

ldhitch said...

Happy Birthday! I've made so many of your dishes but I think my favorite is the pork tenderloin stuffed with prosciutto, figs and sage....So delish!

Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey, congratulations on 3 great years and best wishes for many more! It's a pleasure to read your blog. One of my most favorite recipes is your BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pecans...I receive many compliments whenever I bring them to a gathering. I always share the address to your blog for more amazing recipes. Anna from Cedar Knolls

Eileen said...

Congratulations, Stacey. Looking forward to another 3 years!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Stacey, my family loves your recipes, overheard my 11 yr. old daughter telling her friends about Stacey Snacks, as they were making Strawberry Cake. My favorite, roasted fish over peas, so fast, easy and yummy. Thanks for what you do!
Lisa in Sag Harbor

cbakaj said...

Hi Stacey! I haven't been reading your blog for all 3 years but since I have, I'm hooked. One of my favorite recipes is your Polenta Terrine with Roasted Vegetables. It is scrumptious and almost makes me want to be a vegetarian (almost). Thank you so much for your wonderful blog and keep the great recipes coming!

Patti said...

I am a newer reader of your blog and thoroughly enjoy you and your recipes. Congratulations on your anniversary!

Dawn said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was just told about your blog because of your Blueberry Ricotta cake. Lots YUMMY!!

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog and love coming every day to see what you are cooking and talking about. You make the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I have made a few of your recipes and will continue...you have no idea what a wonderful influence you are on my cooking in the days since I've found you. Thank you for sharing your love of food with all of us!!
Stacey in Idaho

Susan said...

Loved your panzanella with the parm on the croutons! I love frankies too. My son took me there when i visited him recently.

Dana said...

Happy third Stace! I can't believe I am older than you in blog years! You have made a wonderful place for yourself in internet land and I, along with many other people, love coming here.

Anonymous said...

I dearly love the polenta terrine with roasted veggies. You can make it any time of year, but the spring asparagus just puts it over the top! I also bump up the cheese a little. Thanks for your blog. I read every day and cook many.