Saturday, April 28, 2007

100 posts! (Read 'til the end...)

UPDATE: Congratulations to Courtney, who correctly answered the music trivia question. Those lyrics are taken from the song "Sally MacLennane" by the Irish rock/folk band, The Pogues. They're one of my favorites... Courtney, just e-mail me at in the next few days, so that I can get your mailing address and send you the cookbook!

This is my 100th post here at Eden in the Kitchen, and I want to thank all of you for making this blog so much fun for me. I really treasure the support and friendship that I have with all of you, which have been so valuable to my journey as a vegan thus far. In fact, I became vegan on the same day that I started this blog--July 29, 2006--so some of you have been with me since the beginning of my journey. And that's pretty cool.

I have certainly come a long way since my first food post--my cooking skills, my knowledge of myriad cuisines and spices and flavors that I never explored, and even my photography skills have expanded so much since I started this journey. If you like, look back with me to my top five favorite posts of my first 100!

1. Pumpkin Brunch
2. Hummus Party
3. My First Vegan Thanksgiving
4. My Deviant tART
5. Random Huge Food Post (because I'm usually happiest when I'm cooking up something new...)

::Sigh:: Oh, the memories...

Now, I have a special GIVEAWAY for you! But first, an explanation.

You have heard me talk about this book plenty of times before. The Grit is a classic Athens vegetarian restaurant, widely celebrated by Athens natives and by followers of the indie music scene (of which Athens is a Mecca of sorts). This cookbook, despite being vegetarian rather than vegan, is one of my favorites because of my many lovely experiences at the restaurant. Besides, many (though not all) of the recipes are easily veganized, and some of my very favorites are vegan in the first place. Like the black bean chili. Or the nutritional yeast gravy. Or the sweet and sour tofu stir-fry.

Three years ago I received a copy of this cookbook for my birthday, when I turned 20. Just this past November, a new edition of the book came out in celebration of the restaurant's 20th anniversary--and the new edition contains 20 new recipes. So this year for my birthday, I received a copy of the new edition. So I would like to give my old, well-broken-in (though still in fine condition) copy to one of you--and I will give you copies of the new recipes, so that you are not missing out on anything!

In celebration of The Grit's long-standing history in the Athens music culture, this is a music trivia question. The first person to leave me a comment correctly identifying the artist and song title of the following lyrics wins! And if no one gets it right, then I will draw a random winner on Monday night out of everyone who ventured a guess. Honor system--no Google searching, please! Here goes:

I heard them say that Jimmy's making money far away
And some people left for heaven without warning

That's it! Good luck! I'll be back with a new food post soon, but for now, I just wanted to thank you for celebrating 100 posts with me, as this is a vey special milestone in my vegan journey. Peace out!


Anonymous said...

i dont know much about american music, bad for me!

but i want to tell you happy blogversary! and good luck to the ones how participate.

Anonymous said...

Is it the Pogues? I just became a vegan, so I do not have a blog yet. But my name is Carrie and I live in Arizona.

Courtney said...

Could It be Sally Mclennane by the Pogues?

Congrats on your 100th post!!


Melody Polakow said...

Congrats on 100 posts!

I have no idea who sings that, but I'm sure the winner will be happy with the giveaway!

laura jesser said...

Johanna, thanks! I'm sorry... if it makes you feel any better, it's not an American band. :)

Carrie, I'm so sorry--you got the artist, but I needed the song title too. I'm so glad you played, though, and even more glad that you just became a vegan! :) Whenever you do start a blog, let me know--I'd love to check it out!

Courtney! Yay, you got it--nice work! If you want to e-mail me at and provide your mailing address, I'll send you the cookbook. It will probably be the middle of this next week before I have the chance to send it. Congratulations!

Melody, thanks! :)

springsandwells said...

Congrats on your first 100 posts! I love your blog so much - I can't wait for the next 100 posts!

aTxVegn said...

Congratulations, Laura, and I'm right behind you! I've loved all of your posts and look forward to many more.

maybepigscanfly said...

Congrats Laura,

100 posts- I am impressed. And now I'm feeling kind of guilty because I started my blog around the same time and can't have anymore than 25 posts. I just don't know how you and others find the time to post so often. School is always bogging me down. I'm going to use you as my inspiration to try and post more! Conrats again- and I do look forward to the rest of your posts!

...oh and congrats on being vegan for almost a year!

Kati said...

Wow Laura, you and I have almost the exact same number of posts...I think I'm up to 98 or so. It's so cool that you started your blog at the same time you went vegan - what a great reminder of your journey thusfar.

And thanks so much for your kind comments about my photography! I'm just an amateur, but I enjoy sharing what I've seen with others...and I'm glad someone enjoys looking at it! =)

bazu said...

Congratulations on your first 100, Laura! I love your blog, and now I realize that we started our blogs within a few days of each other! How cool. Here's to many more blog posts.

Oooh, I love the Pogues! I'd love to visit Athens and soak up the music scene one day. It sounds like my kinda place.

laura jesser said...

Amey and Diann, thanks! I love your blogs too, of course! :)

Teresa, there's no guilt in having to "neglect" your blog sometimes! It happens. I do enjoy seeing your posts, though! :)

Kati, awesome--so your 100th post is coming up! :) I want to get into photography more, and your photography blog is inspiring me to do so.

Bazu, that's funny that we started our blogs at about the same time--and it took us so long to link up! Bob introduced me to The Pogues, and I think they're really good. Gosh, if you ever think you want to soak up the Athens music scene, let me know!