Happy Five-Year Anniversary to The Culinary Cellar!

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Five years?  Where did that time go?  So much has happened that I wouldn’t even know where to begin.  I wrote my first blog because of the encouragement of my daughter Kristina, who said, “Mom, you have all those cookbooks, all those recipes, all those cooking contest adventures; do something with them!”  She was right.  I looked around our small unfinished basement that was nothing more than a place to store my “stuff” and realized the stuff had a lot of value and memories and deserved something better.  It started out looking like this:



The Culinary Cellar is still a work in progress, but now it has better shelves, a real library card catalog stuffed with years of recipes, filing cabinets, and dreams of more to come.  (There actually is more to come – big surprises to be announced soon!)

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Culinary Cellar front shelves

This is just one of several shelves, and more shelves are planned.  These books represent years of accumulation and all for the love of the printed page.  I still get a thrill finding new books at thrift stores, garage sales, or book stores.  I especially love the old vintage cookbooks that have been used and loved.

I want to thank all my faithful readers who have stuck with me over the years and still write to me, send me cookbooks and recipes, and tell me about their own cookbook collection.  We are a loyal bunch and not about to go away anytime soon. Cookbook lovers will be around for a long time.  And so will this blog!

Thank you all for letting me be a part of your cooking life!



21 Responses to Happy Five-Year Anniversary to The Culinary Cellar!

  1. January 30, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Congrats on 5 years ! I love reading your blogs and trying the recipes you have shared with us. Glad you do this !

    • January 30, 2015 at 5:24 am #

      Thanks, Barb, for being one of my faithfuls!

  2. January 30, 2015 at 5:31 am #

    You’ve come a looooong way baby and this is just the beginning! Congratulations for sharing YOU with all of us. Big fan-very big fan <3

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:24 am #

      My sweet Lisa. We have been through adventures together and I know there will be many more. Looking forward to both of our long-lasting blogs!

  3. January 30, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Congratulations – so glad you have this blog. I would NEVER have found the old recipes I lost years ago without you!!!

    Thank You!

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      You are so welcome, Penni! I hope there are more recipes I can find for you.

  4. January 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Congratulations on five years and thank you for sharing your collection of recipes and stories with us all

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:20 am #

      Thank you, Andreann. Write that cookbook of yours so I can write about it here!

  5. January 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Congratulations and happy anniversary. I’m looking forward to the next 5 years of stories and recipes.

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:20 am #

      Madonna, I am so happy we “met” on my blog and can’t wait to meet in person. Thanks for being so loyal.

  6. January 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Happy Blog-a-versary! I always enjoy reading your blog, especially your adventures & cooking enthusiasts discoveries, besides your super cookbook & recipe sharing. All fun! Can’t wait for the next 5!

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:19 am #

      Kim, you are such a dear. I look forward to your comments because they mean so much and come from the heart. Thank you!

  7. January 31, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    Congratulations Debbie! Your blog is still the first place I visit every morning! You are truly and inspiration!

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:16 am #

      Thank you, Amy! I am so happy to be the first place you visit each morning!

  8. February 1, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    Happy anniversary! Congrats on a wonderful blog filled with one of my favorite things cookbooks.

    • February 1, 2015 at 8:43 am #

      Thank you, Joan!

  9. February 2, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful Culinary Cellar! What a treat it is to read your charming and interesting blog — thank you for sharing with us! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • February 2, 2015 at 6:16 am #

      Thank you, my wonderful friend!

  10. February 2, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Congratulations on 5 wonderful years! It was because of your blog that I felt like I already knew you when we met in Las Vegas. Looking forward to many more blog posts from you.

    • February 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      Helen, that is about the nicest thing anyone could say. Thank you. And I want you to know that I think of you every time I see the little doughboy you gave me at the airport. He resides on the Bake-Off shelf in the Culinary Cellar!

  11. February 5, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    I forgot to mention how much your Julia Child shelf looks like mine!

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