Three years ago I resolved to write.  And eat.  And photograph.  And share.

I put myself out there, not knowing who or what I would find.  Not knowing where it would lead me.

Not knowing that I had stumbled into a world as amazing and supportive and magical as this.

Not knowing that I would find all of you.  That you would hold me up and support me and help me grow.

Everyone always says they have the best readers.  But I know for sure that I’m the one who’s right.  You make me laugh and smile and give me joy

When everything else sucks…

When I have to spend six weeks locked up in my room studying for the biggest most important exam of my medical career.

When I get broken up via text message and go on bad date after bad date after bad date.

When I find out I’ve fractured my pelvis yet again a week before my third marathon.

In the end. It doesn’t suck.  Because I have this. And you.  (And chocolate cupcakes.)

So to everyone who reads this blog.  Everyone who has commented.  Everyone who has lurked, silently.  Thank you for making this amazing.

Thank you.


2011 was kind of a crazy year.

I kicked off the year by flying to Florida to run a half marathon, hang out with Mickey Mouse, and slurp purple kool-aid, all in the name of curing cancer.  It was pretty awesome.

I ate lots of soup.  And more orange vegetables than any sane person ever should.  And an apple a day.  Every day.  Because you really aren’t allowed to be a med student without at least one obsessive compulsive tendency.

I stopped eating meat.  And 99.9% of all fish (spicy salmon rolls and smoked salmon are my two major exceptions).  You stuck with me even though you love your bacon and burgers and steaks.  You didn’t accuse me of having “vegetarian-itis”, unlike my mother yesterday who said it vengefully and accusingly as we were leaving my brother’s apartment.  (No mom, it’s not a disease, it’s actually a way to feel more alive and energized.  And if you ate a vegetable ever, you’d probably realize that.)  Shaking it off.  Vegetables. I love them.  End of story.

I went to San Francisco three times.  To see my best friend.  To vicariously run a marathon.  To eat.  And meet.  And mingle.

I went to Boston twice.  To actually run a marathon.  To eat Afghani food and cookies and creamy parsnip pasta with some of my favorite Boston bloggers.  To fall in love with that city all over again and remember why I need to move back.  Someday.

I was asked to write a weekly post for a pretty awesome chef who’s not only a rockstar in the kitchen but also an activist whose goal is to revitalize Harlem and stop child hunger throughout the world. I, of course, accepted.

I met some of my favorite people in real life.  Turned some virtual friends into real life friends.  Went apple picking and road tripped to Beantown and attended a vegetarian blogger Thanksgiving of epic proportions.

I went on good dates and bad dates and totally mediocre dates.  I online dated, I gave up on men, and then I online dated some more.

And I ate. Lots.

All in all, yeah. It was crazy.  But also delicious.  And, though it had its moments where I was sure the world was ending.  I’d say it was pretty awesome all-around.

Thank you.  Again.  For being a part of it.


What’s in store for 2012, you ask?

There will be more healthy delicious food.  More crazy indulgent desserts.

Less self berating.  Less overeating.

More  More active living.

More pumpkin.  More smiles.  More kisses.  More hand holding.

More skinny jeans.  More confidence.  More kindness (to ourselves and to others).

More inspiration.  More ridiculousness.  More happy.

Those are my resolutions.  Let’s make it happen.


To kick off 2012, I highly recommend you make this chowder.  Sweet from the roasted butternut squash, apples and onions and salty from the bacon (whether meat-free or otherwise!) it’s a figure friendly dish that will leave your tastebuds and your belly satisfied.

As for the GIVEAWAY.  Is one of your resolutions to get more organized?  Then I have to recommend that you check out Eat Your Books.  It’s a website that I discovered last year and that I use at LEAST once a week for menu planning purposes.  Basically, Eat Your Books has catalogued and indexed THOUSANDS of cookbooks by recipe type, ingredients, ethnicity, special diet, and meal/course.  All you do is tell Eat Your Books what cookbooks are in YOUR library and then, when you’re trying to figure out what to make for dinner, search for ingredients that you have on hand.  Eat Your Books will then present you with the recipes in the cookbooks that YOU own that contain those ingredients.  I know that at this point in my life, I have way too many cookbooks to be able to go through all of them looking for a specific recipe, and Eat Your Books has proven to be a great tool for getting around that.

Recently, Eat Your Books has also started indexing blogs.  And, thanks to requests by Eat Your Books users, Eats Well With Others is going to be indexed!

The nice folks at Eat Your Books have also offered to extend a FREE lifetime membership to one of my readers.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what your favorite cookbook of 2011 was (and make sure that I have a way to contact you!).

For extra entries, you can do any of the following, but make sure to leave a SEPARATE comment telling me that you did so:
Tweet about this contest with a link back to this post. Include @joanneeatswell and @EatYourBooks in teh tweet as well.
Follow @EatYourBooks on Twitter.
Follow @joanneeatswell on Twitter.
Like Eat Your Books on facebook.

Roasted Butternut Chowder with Apples and “Bacon”
Serves 4, adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook


  • 1 butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cut (about 1 1/2 lb)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 4 tempeh bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 cups vegetable broth


  1. Heat the oven to 400.  Spread the squash, onion, apples, bacon and garlic in a deep roasting pan or on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper spray with cooking spray.  Roast, stirring every now and then, until the squash, onion, and apples are tender and browned and the bacon is crisp, about 45 minutes.
  2. Remove the roasting pan from the oven.  Stir in the sage and water and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom.  Transfer teh contents of the pan to a large pot or Dutch oven and set it over medium heat.
  3. Add the stock and cook, simmering partially covered, until the squash, onion, and apples break apart and thicken and flavor the broth, about 25 minutes.  Taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve.

I am submitting this to Souper Sundays, which is hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.


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135 Responses to Roasted Butternut Chowder with Apples and (Vegetarian) Bacon….a Bloggiversary and a GIVEAWAY

  1. bellini says:

    You have accomplished so much in the last 3 hers Joanne. We are certainly as happy you discovered the blogging community as you are. Keep up the great work, and keep on moving and shaking.

  2. Love! A highlight of 2011 was definitely our friendship:-)

  3. what an amazing year it has been right? Loved all your recipes in 2011 and looking forward to many more in 2012! You rock sista! This giveaway is awesome! I follow them on twitter now and already follow you!cheers

  4. elsewise says:

    I’m so glad to have found your blog (just last week – I actually made your spinach ricotta roulade yesterday, to rave reviews).

    The giveaway is AWESOME. I received 3 more cookbooks this Christmas, and I have no idea how to keep track anymore. My pick for top 2011 cookbook is Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day.

  5. Amy says:

    Happy blogiversary! I’m glad to have found your blog. I love squash soups (well, squash anything really). They are so healthful and delicious!

  6. elsewise says:

    Just started following you on Twitter, too.

  7. Kristen says:

    What a super 2011 you had!! I am so happy to be one of your faithful lackeys. Bring on the veggies…especially the squash!

    This year I used the Sonoma Diet Cookbook more than any other…crazy because it’s old and I don’t look like I lost any weight, but it has wonderful food.

  8. Julie says:

    Happy New Year!! Look forward to more of your great recipes in 2012!

  9. Debbie says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites and thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  10. Oh Joanne, you are such a delight to me, an inspiration and huge encouragement to press on NO MATTER WHAT. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re in my world and I wish you more happiness than you know what to do with. 🙂 xo

  11. Soup looks amazing!!! Love your 2011 recap 🙂

  12. You have had an incredible year! It has been a joy getting to know you and I look forward to many years to come.

  13. Happy blogiversary! I love your recipes and your humor!

  14. Happy New Year! I hope this is a wonderful one for you! My favorite cookbook of 2011 would have to be Food 52.

  15. I just followed @eatyourbooks on twitter too.

  16. Happy bloggiversary, lots happened in 2011, I guess there was no time for boredom.

  17. Danielle says:

    I’m definitely loving getting to know you in blog form! Thanks for sharing so much.

    My favorite cookbook of 2011 was undoubtedly Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. My BF bought it for me last Christmas and subsequently learned to bake. Of course, he substitutes butter for the vegan substitutes, making many of the recipes decidedly non-vegan.

  18. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, Congratulations! on your Blogs Birthday!! Blogging is such a wonderful experience, I do agree. Blogging fulfills all expectations and much, much more! I am very happy that we became friends in this blogging world and always look forward to your comments and visiting your blog. I wake each morning and look to see what is cooking! I wish you the very, very best for your new year and that all of your dreams and experiences are delicious ones! Blessings to you and your family for the New Year. Your friend, Catherine xo

  19. Catherine says:

    P.S. My, that butternut chowder looks very good! Blessings, Catherine xo

  20. Amy says:

    I sensed you were giving up fish, too. Wow. Will you still love me even though I’ll continue to talk about pig and cow?

    Love Eat Your Books. Don’t include me in your giveaway, because I’m involved with them too.

    Happy New Year, Joanne!

  21. What a great blog today! We are all here because we like you to! I love your stories and your writing! Your recipes are great too!! Happy New Years!

  22. You have had a very busy, but exciting year. Have to say you’ve widened my horizons, that soup looks amazing! Hard to choose a favorite, but this week it’s All About Roasting by Molly Stevens!

  23. Following eat your books on twitter!

  24. Christy says:

    Ah, Joanne – you are my FAVORITE food blogger. I am like your old Aunt who lives vicariously through your adventures – I love to read your posts and you have food p*rn down! My favorite recipe book of 2011 is a very old Amish Country Cookbook. No fancy cooking here!

  25. Christy says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  26. Megan says:

    No need to enter me in the giveaway because I am already using eat Your Books and loving it. That was such a great recap of the past year. Wishing you all the best in 2012! And that chowder sounds like just my thing. I’ve made a similar soup and pureed it, but I love the idea of leaving it chunky.

  27. elsewise says:

    I liked Eat Your Books on Facebook.

  28. Congrats on 3 years! Can’t wait to see what the next 3 years has in store ;). Don’t enter me in the giveaway, though since I’m already a believer (ie…member)…and congrats on being indexed…coolio! Happy 2012. =)

  29. FramedCooks says:

    Congrats, Joanne!! And thank YOU for being such an amazing, inspirational supporter of your fellow food bloggers, myself included. Your funny, sweet comments always make my day. Happy 2012…maybe we can meet in person this year!

  30. Simply Life says:

    I’ll have to check this out- it sounds so helpful! Fav cookbook this year (other than food magazines) has been Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes A Day! [email protected]

  31. Danielle says:

    Sounds like a great 2011 – Here’s to an even better 2012!

  32. Ah, Joanne.. love your resolutions! Here’s to a fabulous 2012!

    I love Eat Your Books, too!! Sadly my vegan cookbooks aren’t as well indexed especially from my fave authors like Tess Challis. 🙁

  33. Sam says:

    I was telling D a few weeks ago that he needed to program some sort of app for me so I could search my cookbooks for keywords/ingredients so figuring out how to use all my CSA veggies would be easier…

    My favorite cookbook of 2011 was probably Supernatural Everyday. My favorite new-to-me cookbook was Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen. What’s not to love in a cookbook that tells you what wine to drink with your meal?

  34. Thank YOU Joanne, for having this amazing (and oh so yummy) blog! A great 2012 to all of us!

    Camila Faria

  35. Foodycat says:

    Sounds like you had quite a year. Those are some great resolutions for 2012!

  36. Faith says:

    Happy New Year, gorgeous! Wow, what a year! I’m so happy we met (virtually) through blogging and I’m hoping we get the chance to meet for real as well. Can’t wait to see where the new year brings you, my friend! A huge congrats on your 3rd blog anniversary!!

  37. Wow what a fantastic adventure!!! Happy Bloggiversary, Joanne!!! I’m so happy to have met you and this fabulous site of yours! It’s been a delectable pleasure! 🙂 Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

    Tammy <3

  38. Congrats on 3 years, Joanne!! I’m so glad to have found your blog this year. I always look forward to your delicious recipes and amusing stories 🙂 Best of luck with all your 2012 goals!! Can’t wait to hear more about your life adventures!

  39. DineInDiva says:

    Following Eat Your Books on Twitter

  40. DineInDiva says:

    Following Eat Your Books on Facebook

  41. DineInDiva says:

    And I love Molly Stevens All About Roasting

  42. Hannah says:

    I’m so happy that you made that resolution, years ago. I can’t imagine my blog without your lovely comments now! And more than a few days without a new and inspiring post by you? What a sad thing that would be.

    You’re wonderful, Joanne, and we readers love you! 🙂

  43. guladana says:

    That soup looks amazing! I love butternut squash so i will give it a go.

    My favorite cookbook this year was definitely Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Everything I’ve made in it so far has been fantastic. highly recommend it.

  44. guladana says:

    Also I’m following EYB on Facebook too.

  45. Christine says:

    What a fabulous albeit crazy year, wow! Here’s to an equally wonderful one in 2012 but without the crazed part! Congratulations on 3 years!! (I’ll hit that mark on 1/30/12).
    Thanks so much for the info on Eat Your Books, what a great service. No more standing in front of shelves, staring at book spines hoping to remember what’s in them all!
    My favorite cookbook of 2011 (actually there are 2) would be the Canal House series and The Mozza Cookbook by Nancy Silverton, both on my Amazon wish list for when I have some extra money, can’t wait!
    Love your blog!!

  46. brocstar says:

    This post made me smile… happy blogiversarry and Happy New Year! Make it a great one.

    I resolved to buy the big box of spinach with my weekly shopping and not waste any of it.

  47. Sarah says:

    my favorite cookbook of 2011… so tough, but i have to say it’s ellie krieger’s newest: comfort food fix.

  48. Sarah says:

    tweeted (@thepajamachef)

  49. Sarah says:

    i follow you on twitter

  50. Sarah says:

    i follow eat your books on twitter

  51. Sarah says:

    i liked eat your books on facebook too.

  52. I love reading about your year and what’s coming this year. Looking forward to more deliciousness! xo

  53. Jess says:

    I just found your blog about 2 weeks ago (from TasteSpotting, I think) and I’m enjoying it (and you!) so much. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for us all!

  54. Jess says:

    I followed you on Twitter.

  55. Jess says:

    I followed Eat Your Books on Twitter, also.

  56. Leanna says:

    This is an amazing giveaway. I didn’t buy any new cookbooks in 2011 since I have enough already. My go to cookbook of the year was How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I love that book.

  57. Leanna says:

    Also liked Eat Your Books on Facebook.

  58. Happy New Year! I love your goals for 2012. More pumpkin – totally on my list too! As for 2011, hands down favorite cookbook was Super Natural Every Day. Amazing.

  59. Lora says:

    Wow what a year. I can’t believe you have time for med school. What a dynamo you are. Oh and lovely chowder.

  60. Beth says:

    What a sweet post! Thanks to you for making me smile so many times too. You have amazing recipes, and a great writing style … and a really ugly Christmas sweater!
    One favorite cookbook of 2011? That’s hard to choose, but I’m really eager to try Anna Olson’s Back to Baking.

  61. Even though we may not all want to follow exactly in your food footsteps, what draws me and many of us here is your humor and your writing, Joanne 🙂 Best of everything to you in 2012!

  62. Christine says:

    “Liked” your blog and Eat Your Books on Facebook. Took a bit but finally got it. Sorry, not going down the Twitter path…lol!

  63. tigerfish says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely dishes as always and I always enjoy your writings esp. with your sense of humor. 😀

    Happy New Year!

  64. OohLookBel says:

    You have really achieved so much in a short time, and there’s so much more great stuff to come. Thanks for sharing your life and fantastic recipes with us, Joanne!

  65. Nicole, RD says:

    Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary! I am so glad we got to meet and become *real life* friends 🙂 You’re a doll and I can’t wait to come to NYC and have you cook for me (I’m invited, right?) 😉

    I think Slow Cooker Revolution was my chosen cookbook in 2011. Though I have only made one dish from the cookbook, every page is dog-eared and I have big plans for 2012 and that cookbook 🙂

    P.S. I made your chickpea potpies tonight. A-maze.

  66. Nicole, RD says:

    I now follow Eat Your Books on Twitter!

  67. Nicole, RD says:

    I already follow you on Twitter 🙂

  68. Nicole, RD says:

    I like Eat Your Books on Facebook 🙂

  69. I have to say thank you because even though you don’t eat meat you still comment on all my posts, vegetarian or not! an I really appreciate that. You content is always good and your writting always makes my day. Have an amazing year.

  70. Astra Libris says:

    Joann, I love this post… You have a way of capturing all our fervent dreams in witty, poignant prose…

    Eat Your Books is awesome!! I just purchased a year’s subscription and I’m infatuated… A lifetime subscription would. be. amazing.

    My favorite cookbook of 2011? Probably Crescent Dragonwagon’s Passionate Vegetarian… It’s still one of my all-time favorite cookbooks after several years…

  71. Astra Libris says:

    I’m a typing disaster. My fingers left out the “e” on the end of your name… Sigh. Tons of apologies, Joanne…

  72. Marcia says:

    Wow, I love butternut squash. I haven’t gotten ANY yet from the CSA, but the new season starts up in a week!! Can’t wait!

  73. Its been so fab reading your blog Jo!! Happy blogiversary – cant wait for more delicious non meaty recipes 🙂 and cake 😉

  74. Johanna GGG says:

    happy blogiversary – love coming here to be entertained by your writing and delighted by your photos and great recipes – will look forward to many more. Congratulations on all your achievements with this blog and in your life – am sure we will hear about more positive change in 2012

  75. Johanna GGG says:

    oops – forgot to add my fave cookbook to go in the eat my books draw – umm I think it is Vikki Leng’s A Vegetarian Feast but honestly I love so many cookbooks that it is hard to tell – but I did have a renewed love of this book last year so I think it is a good one to choose

  76. Kari says:

    My favorite cookbook of 2011 was On a Stick by Matt Armendariz

  77. Elizabeth says:

    Oooh, I have a butternut-apple stew on ma blog. Happy blogaversary! It’s quite a lovely one 🙂

  78. This is an amazing post Joanne! Wow – 3 years! What an accomplishment! Happy Bloggiversary 🙂

  79. I like your New Year’s resolutions. I now have a very strong itch to go back to Boston. My favorite cookbook for 2011 is Dorie Greenspan’s Around My Table. It’s exciting and accessible to the home cook.

  80. Happy blogiversary! I’m a relatively new reader but it’s already obvious to me how much love and energy you put into this!

  81. teresa says:

    wonderfully wonderfully written! and might i add that i adore you back! it’s been a sheer joy getting to know you through your blog. love the resolutions, more skinny jeans! definitely more skinny jeans. and more dishes like this, delicious!

  82. Anonymous says:

    no new favorite cookbook for 2011 – do like the old standby by KA flour – baking w/ whole grains.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

  83. Anonymous says:

    since i don’t do twitter or facebook can i get an extra chance to win by already subscribing to your blog via reader? please….

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

  84. Amazing resolutions, especially the more pumpkin. There is NEVER enough pumpkin in my life either. This was a wonderful post and great way to say goodbye to 2011 and 2012.

    As for my favorite cookbook? It would have to be the new Cooks Illustrated Cookbook. I’ve learned so much from it, and so far have loved every recipe I’ve made from it.

    Happy 2012! Looking forward to reading (and making) your amazing veggie-filled recipes 🙂

  85. kellypea says:

    That is quite the year you’ve had, and I’m not surprised — rolling stones gather no moss! Thanks for the lead on yet another food related website as I gird my loins to get back to work. Can’t wait to check it out. Fave cookbook new to me this year? Probably Andrew Carmellini’s American Flavor. It reads like a well loved book. Happy New Year!

  86. Natalie says:

    favorite cookbook of this year was mission street food cookbook!

  87. Natalie says:

    im following you on twitter!

  88. Natalie says:

    im following eat your books on twitter

  89. I love a good chowder like this! All the ingredients I love!

    Taste of Home Comfort Foods was my favorite cookbook!

  90. grace says:

    kudos to you on all your accomplishments in 2011, joanne!
    for some reason, i hate to admit it, but my favorite cookbook in 2011 was martha stewart’s cupcakes! 🙂

  91. shweb says:

    I really enjoyed reading the 2011 recap. Congratulations on sticking with your resolve to eat Vegetarian and to resist those nay-sayers!

    My favorite cookbook continues to be the 3 Silver Palate books — no matter how many other cookbooks I buy/read/borrow – I always go back to these.

    My daughter helped enter the recipes for Eat Your Books, and I’d love to win a subscription!

  92. Oh my goodness I don’t know which of these that I want to cook first. This is such an amazing list.The rolls look like they would just melt in your mouth!

  93. Donna says:

    Your blog always makes me smile. And think. And drool. May you live and blog for eons to come. And now I must go and google “vegetarian bacon.” Wishing you a most wonderful 2012!

  94. Christine says:

    i don’t have a favorite published in 2011, but i do absolutely love “how to cook everything: vegetarian.” it’s my go-to cookbook.

  95. Christine says:

    i’m also following you on twitter

  96. Christine says:

    and following eat your books on twitter

  97. Christine says:

    and like eat your books on facebook.

  98. Shannon says:

    ok, i love the More love the concept for eat your books! my favorite… can it be one that’s still on my wish list? ha. I’ll go with one i have and am very excited about cooking from- the blue chair jam cookbook!

  99. Shannon says:

    follow eat your books on twitter

  100. Pierce says:

    Joanne – When I read “vegetarian-itis” I smiled. Because – OMG – have I ever been there! I eat meat now, but I have gone vegetarian for 6 years and then another time for about 5 years. Once it’s know at work you are a veggie, lookout. I had to put up with, “Know what you need? A good juicy steak.” Or “So you don’t eat meat at all? Do you eat chicken?” and the inordinate amount of interest in my diet that was combined with ridicule. Nice.

    I LOVE your resolutions!!

    Would love to throw my hat in for a chance at the Eat Your Books site. My favorite book this past year was a Cook’s Illustrated. All good things come from Cook’s Illustrated!

  101. Pierce says:

    I follow you on Twitter! And Facebook 🙂

  102. Congrats on your 3 years of blogging.

    I just discovered your blog a few months ago so I have a lot of catching up to do and some recipe admiring to do.

    I’ve never heard of Eat Your Books and I’m going to sign up today.

    My favorite cookbook of 2011 is probably The Kind Diet cookbook by Alicia Silverstone. I’ve made so much recipe from that book and I can’t wait to make more.

  103. TinaW says:

    It’s a tie between Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table and Bittman’s Food Matters.

  104. Shewanna says:

    Congratulations and Happy New Year! While it was not a new book, 2011 was the first year that I really worked through my Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything!

  105. Dana says:

    Congratulations and Happy New Year to you Joanne! I look forward to seeing you in June in Seattle!

  106. peachkins says:

    Those dinner Rolls are beautiful!

  107. Reeni says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! Time flies. You had a super busy and monumental year. I hope this one holds many more opportunities for you! Love ya.

  108. Mary says:

    Joanne, it has been a great 3 years and I know I speak for many folks when I say I’m looking forward to at least 3 more.

    As to the book – Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

    Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  109. Reeni says:

    I’m back! I forget to say the chowder looks divine! Love the combo of apples and butternut. My fave cookbook is Plenty – I love Ottolenghi.

  110. Candace says:

    Aw, Happy Blogiversary to you! I’m so happy that I’ve found you this past year. You inspire me. I so look forward to 2012 and all of the good things you are going to share with us. If you ever move back to Beantown, I want to drive down and meet you for dinner. Now about the chowder that you’ve featured….it looks amazing. The lone sage leaf on top is such a nice touch. Love it. 🙂

  111. Chris says:

    Damn, you just reminded me. My blog 3rd anniversary just passed too on 1/1 and I totally forgot. I’m such a bad blog writer.

    BACON! Even if it’s “bacon” I’ll still take it.

    Here’s to more ridiculousness in 2012!

  112. The Greek Cookbook is my favorite of all time – not just last year! Happy Blogiversary!

  113. Happy New Year! Sounds like you did a lot of great stuff in 2011! I hope 2012 is as wonderful. I actually just moved to Boston to start grad school… and I love it! So exciting.

    I have heard of Eat Your Books and it sounds amazing, I really hope I win! I have so many cookbooks and would love a way to organize and search them better. My favorite cookbook from 2011 is Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean by Silvena Rowe. Beautiful, inspiring book.

    sarahepardee at gmail dot com

  114. I’m now following Eat Your Books on Twitter.

    sarahepardee at gmail dot com

  115. I’m also now following Joanne Eats Well on Twitter.

    sarahepardee at gmail dot com

  116. I’m a fan of Eat Your Books on Fb (as pão e queijo blog).

    sarahepardee at gmail dot com

  117. Mila says:

    OMG! I love your blog! I love this post! You have so much jeart…it’s blogs like yours that encouraged me to write 3 years ago when I started my blog 🙂 Happy New Years to you.

  118. It has been out for a few years, but I noticed I made a lot of recipes from it this year – “Screen Doors and Sweet Tea” by Martha Foose. I’m very excited about Eat Your Books! I just checked it out. And the sage leaf on the chowder is beautiful.

  119. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, Beautiful dinner rolls. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  120. Deborah says:

    I sure hope this giveaway isn’t over, because I’m dying to check out this site!! And yay for 3 years of blogging. I have loved every single one of your posts, and look forward to them every time I open my reader. (which isn’t often enough – hence comments on 3 or 4 posts at the same time…) I look forward to what 2012 brings!

  121. R says:

    Hi, my favourite recipe book was the hummingbird bakery one!

  122. R says:

    I followed Eat your books on twitter

  123. R says:

    I followed you on twitter

  124. Jeanette says:

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! Always love reading your posts and look forward to hearing all that you are up to in 2012. Jacques Pepin’s Essential Pepin cookbook is my favorite this year, full of simple home cooking.

  125. Congrats on your blogoversary Joanne. I know I have loved getting to know you and reading your blog. Congrats too on the Eat Your Books indexing–that is very cool.

    This chowder looks delicious. One of these days I am going to have to try the tempeh bacon–I have been too afraid to. 😉 Thanks for sending the chowder to Souper Sundays.

  126. Love this post and love that you want more ridiculouness in 2012. 🙂 Ahh I would love a lifetime membership to eat your books but I’m probably too late for the giveaway. :/ In case I’m not, my favourite book of 2012 was eat drink & be vegan.

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