Happy New Year!

Wow! What a fabulous year 2009 has been! It started with a tad bit of turbulence as I was laid off, which ended up being a blessing in disguise, as it brought me so many new opportunities! (like this wheel of cheese – I was pretty excited about it to say the least!)

Cowgirl Creamery Session at The 2009 Foodbuzz Festival

The first fabulous part of my year was Culinary School…  not only was I professionally trained but I also made a fantastic group of friends that I would have otherwise not met. This group of ladies is so special to me and I love all of them!

Mini Mexican Quiches with Chorizo, Cheddar and Jalepenos

I learned how to cook the perfect steak – because before culinary school I seriously had never really cooked a steak. I was weird and sheltered but hey I can cook a steak now!

NY Strip Steak with Pink Peppercorn Sauce
Profiteroles stuffed with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Next I became a personal chef for some fabulous people that I absolutely love!

All the while I have been working on new recipes and practicing my food styling and photography skills

Vanilla Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust
Fruit Tartlettes

And most importantly meeting the most amazing group of friends through this blog! It’s funny to think that one could make such good friends online. When I tell people that I am off to a conference or to coffee to meet friends that I have never actually met in person before… well they think I am nuts! But the truth is that I have met some of the most fabulous people from the food blog world and I can’t wait to continue those friendships and make new ones on the coming year! I have a feeling 2010 is going to be an amazing year for all of us.

Leah (SpicySaltySweet), Brooke (FoodWoolf), and Me (duh – What’s Gaby Cooking)

I have a super exciting project that I am just on the brink of finalizing… but I am going to wait till its all ready to share it with you! It is something that we can all work on together and build communities within our own towns and make a huge difference while doing so.

I sincerely hope each of you have a FANTASTIC New Years Eve and that everyone is safe. See you next year where you can expect a boat load of new recipes I have been working on that are healthy, delicious and easy on your wallet!

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  1. Maria

    Great recap! Glad it was a good year for you! One of my highlights was meeting you at Blogher food. You are the best! Love you girl! Happy new year and we better get together soon!

  2. Erika

    It’s been one of the best parts of my year too, meeting all these great new food blogging friends. Including and especially you, Gaby! Looking forward to lots more food chat and road trips and fun in 2010. Happy new year!

    • Gaby

      Erika! Yes Road trips are a must! So happy that we met that one fateful day in San Francisco! Can’t wait for more adventures in 2010!

  3. Monika

    Another example of things happening for a reason!! I am SOOOO looking forward to next year!

  4. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie

    What a great recap, and what a crazy year it has been for you. I have a feeling there are going to be a lot more amazing things happening for you in 2010! You pictures are looking absolutely beautiful by the way. And of course, I am so happy that I got a chance to meet you! Looking forward to sharing many more fun times in 2010!

  5. Esi

    You’re amazing! In the short time I have known you, we’ve had so much fun. Can’t wait for much more awesomeness in 2010!!!

  6. Peter

    Gaby, when you have lemons – make lemonade and you embody this adage. Happy New Year and all the best to you, your family and your food!

  7. Anya

    I can’t wait to see the new recipes, especially the healthy ones! All of this food looks amazing and so do the pictures..Happy New Year!!

  8. Bruce

    An amazing year of wonderful stuff from your site, and just your first year!!!!!! The next one will be even better I am sure. I will continue to read it every day. Thanks for all the good food and pictures.

  9. Gail

    So great to have met you at culinary school, Gaby! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2010!

  10. Jen

    How exciting! And what gorgeous pictures. I hope my next year is similar. I left my job to attend culinary school and am very interested in working as a personal chef eventually.

    Good luck to you in all of your future endeavors!

  11. food librarian

    Gaby, Wishing you a wonderful New Year! I really enjoyed watching you go through school and I’m so glad you turned the lay off into something fantastic! Nice meeting you at BlogHer too! – best, mary the food librarian

  12. Tara

    You are amazing! I just love the site and am so proud you! Can’t wait to see some new recipes 🙂