200th Blog Post Celebration!

So here we are: blog post number 200! I honestly can’t quite believe that I’ve been on this epic food journey for the past four years, and have written 200 posts. This is going to be a retrospective post today, as I feel that with important milestones, it is really important to take a step back and reflect on all that’s been created.

Since my 100th blog post, so much has changed! Justin and I got married in June of 2012, we bought our first home in Parkallen, renovated it, and are now living happily and comfortably in our lovely abode. With the new kitchen came a new blog name. Also since that 100th’s blog post, I’ve decided to change careers, went back to school to learn how to take on that career, and starting working in an a dynamic and down-to-earth organization. Life continues to change for us over here at Parkallen Home Kitchen. I’m starting a new job in January, and I’m sure that life will continue to throw us curve balls along the way!

When it comes to the kitchen, however, my philosophies remain the same: I still endeavour to use as many local ingredients as possible in my recipes. I have slipped up a few times on that front, but I am realizing that when life is busy, it’s sometimes tough to make it out to the market. Over the past two years, I’ve learned to truly appreciate my heritage and explored some traditional French Canadian recipes, including Tourtiere, Cretons, Tarte au Sucre and Soupe au Pois (Pea Soup). As part of Ukranian heritage, I explored making homemade perogies with my Baba, (that post now has an incredible 16,870 views!). Justin and I learned how to juice the apples from our yard for the first time, and we undertook our first adventures in vegetable seeding and box-gardening this past summer. They both turned out extremely well!


I’ve also created some stand-out posts over the past two years:

The Blueberry Coconut Popsicles I made last summer were a huge hit! As were the Grainy Chicken Fingers with Lemon Dilly Dipping Sauce (Oh boy – I have to make those again soon!).


Justin’s new favourite ice cream recipe is coconut, thanks to the amazing recipe I concocted, and his favourite recipe, by far, that I’ve ever made him is Taco Pie. We’ve added some new staples to our recipe box, that have been made several times since the first post, including Pad Thai, Homemade Granola, Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats, Revised Devils on Horseback, Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower and Pistachio Ice Cream.


I’ve truly loved creating the past 100 posts for my rock star readers. Thanks for following along with my culinary adventures in my 1950s Parkallen Home Kitchen. Stay tuned for the next 100!


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