A Few of My Favorite Things.......9 Years & a Giveaway!
Today is the 9th Anniversary of Stacey Snacks.
I have enjoyed writing about and photographing the foods I eat and cook for the past 9 years......I can't believe it's been that long.
I have decided that when I turn 10, I am going to end my reign as Stacey Snacks and reinvent myself (I do this every 10 years)........don't worry, you have me for another year of recipes and ramblings.
This is the first blog post I ever wrote to introduce myself back in 2008. I never published it, but was going thru my archives, so thought, why not?
NOTHING has changed on my favorite foods list (except I might add kimchi to the list today). I'm consistent and dependable.
Please enjoy and hum to the tune from The Sound of Music.........
"Raindrops on Roses (corny) and Whiskers on Kittens (I guess so).
Bright Copper Kettles (I like original patina) and Warm Woolen Mittens (makes me itch).
Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String (that is intriguing, could be a bakery item).
These are a Few of My Favorite Things........"
Let's get to the real stuff (food items only):
I absolutely love an AVOCADO: sprinkled with kosher salt, I love them just by themselves, or in guacamole.
PIZZA: but only from New Jersey, Brooklyn, NYC or Philly.
ARUGULA: by far, my favorite green, especially from the garden, scary spicy.
PASTA: in any shape or form. w/ butter, w/ cheese, a ragu, pesto, you name it, I'll eat it and love it.
EGGS: I eat them everyday for breakfast. I love them hardboiled, egg salad, fried, or soft boiled.
CHEESE: can't live without it. Especially good cheese from the cheese man in town. God help me if I ever become lactose intolerant.
CILANTRO: This is a love hate thing for most people. You either love it or hate it. I love it. It is my favorite herb. Sometimes I snip a piece of a leaf in the supermarket just to smell it. Best in guacamole and with any Southwestern recipes.
FIGS: Fresh of course. I have a fig tree that produces maybe 10 fruits the whole season! I LOVE Kadota, or Mission. Sliced and served on crostini w/ ricotta and a drizzle of balsamic and I am in heaven!
FRIED EGGPLANT: it has to be done just right, has to be sliced paper thin, with a light batter, rolled in a rollatine, or just eaten fresh out of the pan!
To celebrate 9 years, I am giving away 3 Deiss Pro Dual Julienne Peelers to my loyal readers. This is my new favorite tool.....one side peels the vegetable, the other side makes zoodles! (I am also giving away Deiss Pro Apple Peelers and Corer sets).
What are your favorite foods? Just leave a comment!
Thanks for reading me for all this time. :)
With you on avocado, pasta and pizza (and all your yummy cakes and muffins), I have to pass on arugular, cilantro and eggplant due to an unruly roommate by marriage. But I did get him to eat broccoli - one of my favorites - and I don’t mind having a little jar of pickled beets all to myself.
Cripes Suzette lead me to you a few years ago. I have always been grateful to both of you. I hope you come up with a way to keep going for more than a year…I visit you every morning, sometimes quietly.
My favorites are ice cream, apples, peanut butter, avocado, and many more.
#1 favorite food is ice cream
Close runners up are cornbread, cucumbers, fruit crisp, nectarines.
Thank you for sharing
Happy 9th and 4th!!!
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Lisa from Sag Harbor
There are so many great things about your blog, Stacey. Your inspiring and creative cooking, your ability to make everything seem effortless, your unique and witty sense of humor, your annual pilgrimages to France, the wait each week to see what's in Henry's lunchbox (lucky guy). But I'd bet that the best thing has been the connections you've made with new friends near and far...and their's with you. It certainly has been the best part for me!
Just like you, one of my favorite foods is pasta, in any and all forms. :) Thank you so much for sharing your time, wit and recipes with us - no small feat; I have enjoyed your posts immensely and have shared them with friends and family. I look forward to the next year, but with a little sadness as well.
Anna from Cedar Knolls
Dark chocolate, freshly baked cookies, and home made ice cream top my list. Please don't leave us. At least not without a cookbook. Thank you for all the posts and for the giveaway.
I love freshly made pancakes with butter and maple syrup, roasted nuts of any kind, fresh ripe mangoes, grilled steak and chimichurri sauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti with butter and parmesan cheese and pecan or peach pie.
Broccoli, barely cooked with olive oil and lemon juice.
Artichokes with rice, onion, dill, parsley, lemon, olive oil, chicken broth.
Homemade Vanilla ice cream,served with either a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
Peaches, alone or in anything sweet or savory-- the Stacey Snacks blog entry featuring peach pizza just popped in my head!
Any kind of fruit galette.
2. Cold Mustard Pickles- can be very difficult to find ones like my gram used to make.
3. Any vegetable that holds up well on the grill. Speaking of a grill. A hot dog almost burnt on a New England type hotdog roll (not round) with dill relish
(not sweet) and yellow mustard.
4. Super junky but Salt and Vinegar Chips
My favorite food was the grilled meatloaf sandwich with a spicy ketchup sauce on good crusty bread from Sky Diner here in Dallas. Alas, they closed awhile back and have left me searching for a worthy replacement.
You enticed me to try figs for the first time with all your luscious sounding recipes, beautiful pictures and simple encouragement. Fig dishes are now my bookclub gals most requested dishes. Well, except for my Perrini Ranch Sourdough Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.
I too, love your travelogues of France and your NYC tales.
Reinvent if you must, but I'm perfectly content to spend another nine years with you as Stacey Snacks!
I've followed your blog for nearly all of SS's run of 10 years and I wouldn't have my AM coffee without reading SS or Content in a Cottage. That's it...those 2. If I have to name a 'favorite' food it's zucchini. I love chocolate, crepes, filet mignon, salmon and on and on...but zucchini always satisfies me. Favorite preparation? Fritters. Grated with parm and garlic, a small amount of cornmeal and flour, a beaten egg and fried! A little lemon zest and horsey sauce and I'm HAPPY. Happy is the new something or another. Love Missy
I love fresh fish - salmon is my favorite. Avocado is high on my list but not on toast. I love fresh herbs of any kind, on any food, even my morning eggs. A tomato fresh off the vine in my garden is one of the best treats - better than candy!
Although I love sweets, in recently doing the Whole30 diet I've grown to appreciate nature's candy more - fruit of the season. Keep up the good work!
Looking forward to your reinvention - thank you for keeping it real and pragmatic !
Too many foods to mention that I love, I'd take up too much space, but artichokes are near and dear to my heart. XO
A few of my favourite foods have come from your recipes and include versions of your quinoa salad with brussells sprouts and most recently your pea pesto -- I can't get enough of it!
I'd be thrilled to win one of the julienne peeler
I will enjoy your blog this year and can't wait to see your reinvention.
Congrats on your success!...Cannot imagine not seeing your posts every morning....thank goodness we have one more year!!!....Love all your cake recipes much and learned so much...My favorite foods are pasta....pizza and leafy greens . OH cannot forget the bread!!!....oxoo.
Also love your adventures.
My favorite foods are slow roasted tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and herbs, my husbands homemade bread, cheese especially soft rind cheeses from France, olives, salads of all kinds esp composed salads and last but NOT least...leek and potato soup which I eat almost everyday.
Have a fabulous day!
Have a great 5th of July or a fifth of any beverage of your choice,
A few of my favorite foods:
I live on an Island just off the Coast of Queensland Australia. Avocado's grow very well here.
So enjoy your blog.
Have been to NYC but not New Jersey.
Nothing fancy, of course.
I've been enjoying your writing and recipes for all 9 years. Whew, thanks for the heads up on your transformation...I'll need a year just to digest that. Best wishes for continued success in whatever you do!
I will always be a fan.
I have so many favorite foods it's hard to list them. I love sea urchin, fiddlehead ferns, morel mushrooms, almost any cheese, shellfish and Scottish or King Salmon.
Wishing you an incredibly enjoyable last year of your blog. I hope you reconsider. Wishing you all the happiness, love and best of luck, always! oxox
Love your blog and will also stay tuned to whatever you plan to reinvent.