6 Year Blogiversary and ~ a Giveaway for You!

Woo hoo!

Today is this blogs 6th anniversary!

Way back on October 29, 2009 was my first post.   It doesn't seem that long ago, but looking at the whole picture, it has been 730 posts and a fantastic wild ride! 

I've learned a lot over the years ~ how to make everything from Apricot Glazed Pork Chops to Zucchini Fettuccine, there's Homemade Gravlax, Mom's Quick Streusel Coffee Cake, and Chiles Rellenos thrown into  the mix; with Bill at my side as my awesome grill chef and taster tester!

A couple of my most popular recipes being Bubba's Summer Sausage Recipe and my Italian-Style Baked Chicken Breasts.  Thankfully, Bill, Jr. has overlooked me calling him "Bubba" here over the years ~ must be all the good food he gets here!  ☺

But, that's just part of the picture:  What I have really learned over these 6 years is that, it's really about all you great bloggers out there in the community who have kept me motivated and persevering.  I've been awed by your great recipes and photographs!

I truly appreciate the time you take out of your busy day to read my posts, and leave me a comment.  You're the best!!!

In honor of the occasion,  I have a great giveaway of a cookbook (imagine that!) for you...

Since this is the Midwest, with us living in a NW Chicago 'burb, I have a cookbook for you, written by Chef Susan Goss and Drew Goss, the owners of West Town Tavern, a former restaurant in Chicago.  It was a great restaurant serving comfort food here for 11 years, when they up and closed shop, relocating to New Orleans.  At least they escaped the cold, snowy winters here!

West Town Tavern cookbook is divided into seasonal chapters, plus an extensive pantry.  Recipes range from Iron Skillet-Seared Rib Eye Steak to Warm Bread and Butter Pudding with Raisins, Roasted Pecans and Crème Fraîche (please invite me over for that one, if you make it!)

Here's a sampling of the awesome cookbook:

To enter the cookbook giveaway:

1.  MANDATORYIf you could invite any 4 people, living or dead, over for dinner around your table, who would they be.  You don't have to invite relatives or loved ones because they'd probably be there any way.   (For the record, I'd invite Bill Clinton, Peter Robinson, Rod Stewart and Martha Stewart.)

2.  The giveaway will remain open until midnight CST Friday, November 6, 2015.

3.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

4.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck to you all and thanks again for being here!


  1. With great respect, I'll pass on the giveaway but will say, CONGRATS on 6 years of wonderful postings and yummy foods.

  2. Congratulations on 6 years. That's awesome. I would invite. 4 of my great grandparents

  3. I can only invite four? That's tough. Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Jan Karon and Stephen King would be my choices. We loved West Town Tavern and ate there many times. It was the perfect place to meet up with our friends from Wilmette.


  4. Ooops! Forgot to say Happy Blogiversary! Sometimes I wish I'd kept a record of how I've met my favorite bloggers but didn't.


  5. Congratulations to you!
    We started almost at the same time:)
    My mom..my mom..my mom..and my mom..
    PS not entering..live in Canada:)

  6. Congratulations Pam , whoever win the cookbook will enjoy it , my sister gave me a copy . Many more happy blogging years to you :)

  7. Well, this is a great giveaway! Have you really been blogging that long? Who to invite? Hmmm. I would invite our President, Susan Branch and her Joe, and I'd really love to have conversation with Christ.

  8. Dear Pam,
    Happy Blogiversary!! Congrats on 6 years of fabulous and delicious food that you have shared..Those of us that have blogs know what work it takes to put into making a great post for your readers. But I agree time sure does fly...I will be 5 years in January...Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this lovely cookbook...I have to think about who I would choose to be at my table for dinner.....being a writer and avid reader I would have to say Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Pope Francis, and my great grandmother Sofia, (a lot of her recipes I use on my blog)..that is the 4..but I have so many more, maybe we can have 4, for appetizers, 4 for main course, and 4 for dessert....anyway..congrats again, many more years of blogging dear friend..
    Dottie :)

  9. Pam, I just passed my 6th year blogging anniversary as well... Congratulations! It does take a bit of focus to regularly post on a blog site. My choices as table mates would be Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain. If family was included, I'd substitute my dad who died in WWII when I was 2 1/2 years old in Winston Churchill's place. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  10. Pam congrats by your Anniversary, many years blogging , hugs!!

  11. Happy 6 Year Blogiversary, an amazing thing to celebrate. Did not realize you were by Chicago, awesome food. Wish I was in the US to enter, though question lol.

  12. Oh my gosh, I just realize that I just passed my 7th blogging anniversary! I think a lot of us started about the same time. I'd invite Georgia O'Keefe, Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec. It would be a very interesting night! The cookbook looks wonderful and congratulations on 6 years!

  13. Happy Blogiversary and congratulations on 6 years!! It really does take a lot of time to keep a blog going for 6 year, it a great accomplishment! I would invite Jesus, Mother Theresa, Oprah, and Dr. Oz. I know a weird combination of people, but I know it would be interesting conversation.

  14. Big Congratulations Pam....on 6 years of blogging. This is awesome and I have enjoyed being a reader of your famous recipes! The great thing is, you explain your recipes so well and I (not being a fabulous cook) have been able to make some pretty tasty meals, following your recipes....
    Lets see.......if I could invite 4 people over to our home for dinner it would be: My maternal grandmother (who died when I was 3) my mother (who passed away 10 years ago) and my 2 daughters!! This would be an awesome get together!!!

  15. Happy Blogiversary, Pam! ♥ ♥ What a wonderful giveaway to mark your 6 years of of blogging.

  16. Congrats Pam! I sure do love coming to visit your blog and see what you are cookin'!

    I would invite: my mom, my two kids, and my hubby. NOTHING is better then a family dinner!!!

  17. Happy, happy anniversary to you and your wonderful blog! Thank you for your continued inspiration!!! xo

  18. Hi Pam,
    Happy blog anniversary! Congratulations!
    I've always enjoyed your posts! Cheers! Here's to another year of wonderful blogging!

  19. I seem to recall that it was your husband who gave me that nickname :)
    I'm glad to hear that so many people have tried the sausage but you've definitely got some tastier things in your blog!

  20. Hi son! Ha! You're right about Bubba! That's a fact with your sausage being at the top of the list. Are you giving me kudos because there's oyster dressing on the horizon??? :-)

  21. Very fun!

    Mrs. Obama, Jenna Bush, Rod Stewart (after he comes to your
    house) Ken would like Jennifer Anniston

    M : )

  22. Congratulations Pam on a successful six year run.

  23. Happy Anniversary!!!! My invitation list: Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, my maternal grandmother and my Uncle Chuck.

  24. Congratulations on your blog-iversary! 6 years - what a wonderful reason to celebrate. Dinner with an old friend C.A., Brad Pitt, Abraham Lincoln and Maureen O'hara :)

  25. you're really making us work for this one! i'd pick 1)my dad, who died when i was 2 and i never got to know, 2)anthony bourdain and 3) conan o'brien because they're both hilarious and share my sense of humor, and 4)the inventor of modern plumbing, because i really appreciate what he did. :p

  26. Congratulations on 6 years, I hope your here for a lot longer yet. Takecare Diane

  27. Wow, 6 years and 730 posts!!! This is amazing...congratulations Pam.
    Dinner? I would have my family for one more meal together, my dad (he past away all of a sudden 25 years ago), mom, sister and brother.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and again...congratulations :)

  28. Happy Blogiversary! Wow, 6 years? You're good! Don't enter me in the giveaway, but for my dinner I'd want all my blogging friends. Which would be way more than 4 -- so I'd have to prepare loads and loads of food!

  29. Congrats Pam! I always enjoy stopping in to visit your kitchen. This summer I learned a new method to prepare Zucchini & we sure do enjoy it with the cooked Shrimp. Thanks! :)

  30. Thanks to all of you for participating! I see there's a good mix of people included in your fantasy dinners! I can imagine it all now: good china and flatware, pretty tablecloth and napkins, with fresh flowers and Great-Grandma's silver candlesticks for the centerpiece and dinner party music playing lightly in the background. More important would be the dynamite guests having lively conversation while dining on plenty of delicious food. Thanks again!


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