2012: A Year in Review

As we’re all celebrating the New Year, I wanted to take a second and reflect on 2012. It’s been an eventful year for all of us. We survived Presidential elections in both the US and Russia, watched some breathtaking Olympic performances and the successful Mars rover landing, and even averted a Mayan apocalypse. And through it all this little site here kept chugging away. Back in October of 2011 I made myself a promise that I would post a new recipe at least once a week, and I’m proud to say that I’ve kept up my end of the bargain. I’ve made some dishes that I’m really happy with, and some others that I can’t wait to pull down from the website when I get a chance!

We’ve made quite a few friends over the year, and built some relationships we hope to keep for years to come. I’ve happily watched some of my favorite new recipe sites like Strictly Paleo…ish, Virginia is for Hunter-Gatherers, and Alex Boake’s Food Blog find audiences and grow stylistically. It’s also been great to watch some of the big names in the Paleo movement help refine the community, with the Perfect Health Diet book providing the best approach to ancestral eating that I’ve seen, and Nom Nom Paleo’s incredible iPad app raising the bar in terms of presentation and culinary masterwork.

On a personal note, 2012 has been quite a year for our family. Our son started pre-pre-school and is starting to make his way through that whole “reading” thing, and I finished a Masters in Healthcare Administration and was selected for a new job as a Health Care Administrator starting next year. And we survived another year on the East Coast! (We consider Hawaii to be home.)

a peek at 2013

So, thanks for visiting in 2012, and I hope I’ve provided a little inspiration for your kitchen. There’s plenty more to come.

– Russ

17 thoughts on “2012: A Year in Review

  1. Oh My god Russ…don’t know what to say.
    This acknowledgement is my keeper for 2012.
    So happy to read this!
    You know people will need to work VERY hard to push you away from my being my favorite…you bring the best to the table, and you got me in to this blogging thing!
    Nothing but grateful!

    Take care and wish you an awesome 2013!



  2. I can hardly wait to see (and cook) what you’ve got in store for us in 2013. Your blog has definitely been an inspiration for me, in terms of your hard work and consistency. The support you’ve given my little blog has been immensely appreciated, and I can’t wait to continue to collaborate with you. : )
    Wishing you a super healthy and productive New Year!


  3. Hi Russ, my husband and I are “easing into Paleo,” as you put it, and I’m so happy he found your blog as a resource, it’s been extremely helpful for us. Not only are your recipes accessible, beautiful, and delicious but I also appreciate your suggestions for mindful substitutions (Woodchuck over beer, Eggplant pizzas over GF). Thanks for all the hard work you put into your site.


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