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Ciao Chow Linda Celebrates Five Years With Thanks And A Giveaway

 Has it really been five years since I typed the words “How to create a blog?” in a Google search? Yep, it is, and believe it or not, that’s how I got started back in August 2008. My first post was an easy one – an heirloom tomato salad.

Since then, I’ve posted hundreds of recipes, learned a lot more about blogging, and like many of you I’m sure, have had my share of highs and lows in life.
With the exception of a short hiatus now and then, I’ve kept blogging. Blogging about food, travel and restaurants has meant more to me than just blogging about food, travel and restaurants.
Maybe you already get it. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. But what I’m trying to say is that having a blog has almost been like having a therapist. No, better than a therapist, because I don’t have to shell out $100 bucks an hour, and I get to eat some pretty good food (and some failures too) as a result of all the cooking I’ve done for the blog. Writing this blog has helped keep me moving through some of those tough times, particularly when I hear from readers through comments and emails. But it’s also allowed me to celebrate some of the really happy times and wonderful food I’ve tasted too. And to share it with you.
Through the blog, I’ve met some really wonderful people that I’d never have met otherwise – both here in the U.S. and abroad. Some of you have even become friends in real life. But whether we’re friends in real life or just through the blogosphere, (and before I get too sappy) let me say that I’m really, really grateful to all the Ciao Chow Linda readers out there, whether you were with me from the start or just came on board recently.
Sooo, I’m offering a little giveaway as a way to show my thanks – a $100 certificate to purchase whatever you like through Amazon.com. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, up until the end of the day (midnight NY time) on Thursday, August 29. (if you receive this in email or through Facebook, you’ll have to actually click on the blog and leave a comment to be eligible). The computer will pick a random number. You don’t have to have a blog of your own to leave a comment, but you do need to leave me an email address, so I can contact you if you win. So go ahead, don’t be shy. No jumping through hoops or sharing on Facebook or Twitter to enter (although I wouldn’t mind if you did). Just leave a comment. Even if only to say Happy Blogiversary. Or to complain that your therapist charges $200 an hour. Or to ask a question — like “How to create a blog?”  No wait, that’s one for Google.
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  1. Whoa, I'm in! Cool Giveaway! Five years is simply fabulous. What an oeuvre you have produced. Best wishes for many more wonderful years. Only now did I realize how a common thread with our two sites. Mine too, has brought me through dark times to become an integral part of my being. Congratulations!

  2. What a sweet giveaway! I have been reading (and barely commenting) for many years now and I can always rely on you for a great new recipe or travel anecdote that makes me want to jump on a plane.

  3. Congratulations and Happy Blog Anniversary, Linda! You've shared so many wonderful recipes with us, and brought so many authentic Italian traditions to our attention through these past five years. I am always learning something from you! I always look forward to visiting your blog and I'm so happy we had a chance to meet before I left NY. If you ever visit the Denver area V and I would love to show you our favorite places here. xoxo

  4. Linda, yours is the only blog I read regularly, and I'll venture a guess it's one of the classiest and most intelligent out there. I've learned A LOT from you! Congratulations and keep 'em coming!

  5. I so enjoyed meeting you and sharing our last night's dinner with a great group Linda! Congratulations.

  6. Awww….Happy Blogaversary!! I totally get how blogging helps you through some tough times. It was during some of my worst times that I starting blogging in the first place. Cheers!! and wishing you many happy blogging years ahead.
    peacefulcooking at gmail dot com

  7. 5 years! Wonderful post. I have loved your writing and recipes for… 5 years! Trying to decide which recipe was my favorite and I think I might have been the Farro, Chickpea and Chestnut Soup. My husband actually at the chestnuts!
    Thanks for sharing all you have been through with us. I look forward to many more years of posts.
    Cent Anni"

  8. No need to enter me, but wanted to say how happy I am to have met you thru BLOGGING!!!! I love your site!

    Glad we are real life friends.
    Happy blog anniversary!
    Who did the artwork? It's fabulous!
    xo

  9. Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful blog, Linda! You know I'm a sap for good, Italian food and your recipes never disappoint.

    And, I know exactly what you mean about how blogging makes you feel 🙂 I have also found that bloggers, as a whole, are wonderful and kind people.

  10. Congratulations Linda!

    As it happened, I just picked up a box of peaches from our local highschool's fundraiser for after prom night. Now I know what I will make first!
    Thank you for the great peach recipe, and all the other recipes.
    Marika

  11. Happy Anniversary! I have only been following your blog for a few short months, and just want to say thank you for providing me with such pleasure.

  12. Anonymous said…
    Happy Anniversary! I have only been following your blog for a few short months, and just want to say thank you for providing me with such pleasure.

  13. We should plan on meeting in San Francisco with Jeannette De Conde someday. Definitely after Jeannette retires! Congrats on 5 glorious years!

    Agnes Kang, Piedmont California

  14. Congratulations on a terrific five years. Your recipes have graced many family dinners. You have allowed me to look like a hero. We are enjoying an after dinner limoncello right now that I made from your son's recipe. I might be due for another batch soon. It's fantastic! Thank you Linda!

  15. We should plan on meeting in San Francisco with Jeannette De Conde someday. Definitely after Jeannette retires! Congrats on 5 glorious years!

    Agnes Kang, Piedmont California

  16. Contras on your 5th blog anniversary! Thanks for sharing some great recipes.

    It's a pleasure to be one of your readers.

  17. Congratulations! Happy 5 year Blogiversary! Your Blog has been a real blessing to me. I love your posts. I have visited Italy on many an occasion but you have showed me villages that I never even knew existed. Some of them are on my bucket list. Thank you for your constant information and recipes which I really enjoy. You have the knack of being able to show us a little of the folklore of each place you visit. I have always wanted to pack up and move to Italy but it is not practical for us financially or career wise. I must say I live vicariously through your posts. Ciao Carmen

  18. Love your blog… Found you looking for the "peaches" with the cream and made them for Easter. Every recipe is fabulous. My grandfather was from Prezza in Abbruzzi and I share this with my 88 year old mother, Louise…. Who is still an incredible cook. Keep it up… We love it and it is do nostalgic for us.

  19. Hey I don't see my comment!Maybe I didn't hit publish? Anyway, you know how I feel about you Linda, I'm so glad we met through blogging. I love your travels you share with us, your photos, your zest for life,
    ( like climbing up mountains with sheep!)You can cook up a storm, you're a gifted writer and oh yeah, and artist too! Love your sketch up top LP! Happy 5th Ciao Chow Linda, her's to many more!

  20. Congratulations on your milestone 5 years. I love receiving your emails and have tried many of your recipes – I enjoy reading of your adventures and travels in Italy, it always brings fond memories of my last trip there! Thank you for sharing with us, I wish you many more years of blogging

  21. Have enjoyed your blog for about 2 years! I've tried many of your recipes and they are always delicious. Blood orange/beet/avacado salad is my all-time favorite!! -Julie F.

  22. I'm happy to be on board even if from now and then and I've always enjoyed reading you (especially when you post about my Italy). Sooooo…. happy anniversary!

  23. Congratulations!
    Your blog is fairly new to me, but my initial read of yours was of Arosticini……and I was hooked. I saw many a grill like that in Xian, China in the Muslim markets. And I was fascinated with the arosticini making box. I fabricated my own grill (the alpha model) and have used it twice. Which leads me to your blog on grilled shrimp and pesto pasta: you note one has to, as usual, carefully clean and oil grill to keep those expensive shrimp from sticking. Just skewer them and grill on an arostocini grill. Further, I read some tips from a grillmaster and noted he was using a grill that looked just like an arosticini grill for steaks and chops – he just put a discarded grate from a regular grill on when needed. Best of both worlds!

  24. I found your blog three years ago and it has been a delight! I love the food, the travel and just the enjoyment you take in life. Thanks for 5 years! Debbie

  25. Still lovin' that no stir polenta recipe. Made it the other day with a ragu of 4 different mushrooms. Yummeeeeeeeee. Keep 'um coming. Happy trails.
    Judy C

  26. Congratulations, Linda. You and I started our blogs at the same time and it is hard to believe five years have gone by since I nervously pushed the button that said "publish". What a journey it has been. I have learned so much and become a much better cook. Who knew? What a great giveaway! I have my fingers crossed. I' looking forward to years more of your wonderful posts and photographs.

  27. Brava Linda! Sei un fenomeno riconosciuto ormai. Avanti con auguri di continuo successo al tuo blog.
    Baci
    Bianca & Valerio

  28. Congratulations on the milestone, Linda! I'm so glad to have "met" you here. You're a delightful woman. And one of these years, I hope to go to one of writing workshops in Italy. So, so tempting.

  29. Congratulations Linda on five years blogging. It has seen you through thick and thin. Its been a lot of work, but clearly a labor of love.

  30. Linda,
    This is funny I came upon your blg and was searching for the shrimp spread recipe and I see you're having a giveaway. Wonderful!
    Christine

  31. Congratulations, Linda! Been following your blog, recommended by my cousin Michelle @ Majella Home Cooking. I've really enjoyed browsing through your colorful photos and posts. Much luck in your future endeavors with Ciao Chow! ~Leana (leanad@rocketmail.com)

  32. Congratulations on the anniversary of your web site. And a tip of the bubbly with a wish for many more…

    Signed:
    BartC (Adri’s kitchen knave!)

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