September 30, 2013
Ten years ago, after a conversation with Maxence over shabu-shabu at a wonderful -- but now extinct -- Japanese restaurant in Montmartre, I decided to create Chocolate & Zucchini. I needed a space to write about the many things that make me happy at the greenmarket, in the kitchen and at the table, and I wanted a chance to reach out to like-minded cooks.
The first recipe I ever published was one for chouquettes, or sugar puffs, and I'm really glad it was, because ten years later I am still just as excited about them as I am about this blog.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: Chocolate & Zucchini has changed my life. It has allowed me to build a career around the things I love the most: cooking, writing, learning, eating, sharing, exploring. It has widened my world view while simultaneously making me feel connected, it has taught me that nothing beats pursuing your dreams, and it has allowed me to meet -- virtually and in real life -- more fascinating and passionate people in ten years than I expected to in a lifetime.
Naturally, none of this would have happened without you, your presence, your support, your messages, your stories. So I want to thank you for everything that you've given me over the past ten years, and tell you how grateful and honored I am that you come here, and read what I have to say, and cook what I suggest you do, and come back to tell me about it. Here's to ten more!
As a 10th anniversary gift to the blog, I am preparing a complete redesign of the site: it is well under way, and should be ready in the next couple of months.
And as a 10th anniversary gift to you, I will be holding ten giveaways throughout the month of October, each offering you a chance to win one of the many fabulous things I've discovered and fell in love with these past ten years.
Please come back on Wednesday for the first one!
Paris Book Signing on Sep. 28 + Recipe List for Special Diets
A Mobile-Friendly C&Z
The Bun and the Oven