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A trip down mammary lane

Submitted by on June 14, 2010 – 8:00 am14 Comments

It’s hard to measure a year. I can’t simply mark days, what with Leap Day every fourth year and NO Leap Day on years ending in “00” wherein the first two numbers are not divisible by 4—ie 1900. Confusing.

I suppose I could track the four seasons, but living in the Mid-Atlantic there are years that feel like an endless loop of deep winter straight to sweltering summer and back again, with little in between.  Disheartening.

Which leaves me with memories. Perhaps the best way to put a yardstick to a calendar is through thoughtful reflection. The firsts of kindergarten, a young baby’s burgeoning vocabulary, my husband’s brilliant fish tacos, and new friends trusting me with their beautiful and sometimes hilarious rejected food photography.

All of this to say that it has been one year since TasteStopping found a place in your hearts. It has been a great year. So great, I want to give something away. In fact, the winner of this giveaway will win the same prize that Greg from Sippitysup won by popular vote for this photo at Camp Blogaway:

Poached eggs on spinach and toast

Poached eggs on spinach and toast

To enter, indulge me with a comment about your favorite TasteStopping moment. Perhaps it was a caption that made you laugh out loud. Perhaps it was a gorgeous photo deemed “dull” or “unsharp” where you could see nothing but culinary beauty. Or surprise me with your TasteStopping knowledge and name a celebrity that I’ve used in a caption (there aren’t many). If you want to include a link to your favorite TasteStopping post, you can. Or, you can simply leave a memory. The contest will run until Thursday, June 17 at 5:00 PM ET, and the winner will be chosen at random from all who leave a comment.

In return, I’ll give you a swanky custom made prize and this highlight from my year:

 Every so often in the beginning, I used to enlist my husband to help me with titles. When I received the following photograph from Laura at The Cooking Photographer, I worked and worked to find the perfect title. Having no luck, I asked my husband to join me at the computer, and we visited the post that contained the photo.  Quickly we realized that the cookie in question was connected to a distant relative of Laura’s known as Uncle Will. My husband nailed the title and we laughed so hard we cried. Because we are nerds.

Uncle Will's Molasses Cookies

Click to see the original TasteStopping title and rejection commentary.

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  • sippitysup says:

    Congrats on a great year. Since I already have the prize (sitting on my desk right now doing its job) I won’t enter the contest, but I will say: Congrats on a great year, you really have made me laugh out loud many, many times. GREG

  • Congratulations on turning 1!! I love your sight because of the camaraderie of fellow bloggers/photogs who don’t understand why our beautiful photos get rejected! Thank you for giving them a second chance!!

    I love this photo: both because it’s beautiful and also because I empathize b/c I’ve gotten the dreaded “composition” ding for photos that I thought were pretty.
    Andrea@High/Low´s last [type] ..HLFD in SF: Bites of San Francisco

  • Congrats on your 1st Blogiversary I’m so happy for you! I’m not sure how long I could have gone without your blog around to help hold my spirits high and help me keep a stiff upper lip, rejection after rejection. I wish you the best!

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Elle, Erika Penzer Kerekes, sippitysup,, Julie Deily and others. Julie Deily said: RT Can you believe @tastestopping is celebrating its first birthday? A trip down mammary lane (With a giveaway!) […]

  • Rebecca says:

    Congratulations on the Blogiversary! You know I love you. I love what tastestopping stands for; it’s the ultimate in stick-it-to-the-man with humour. My favorite moment? Well, it’s ongoing. It’s the fact that you buck up your fellow food bloggers with the only requirement being rejection. If that isn’t the ultimate in geek solidarity I don’t know what is!
    Rebecca´s last [type] ..Tandoori Style Grilled Chicken and a Second to Naanwich. (Tandoori Chicken Sandwich on Naan)

  • Jenn says:

    Congrats on a full year of Tastestopping!! omg I have loved so much about this site….besides the ever witty captions you provide to my rejects, I ramble a lot about my pics when I submit them – haha I’m sure they must be entertaining for you to read! One highlight of my Tastestopping experience was when on one pic of mine Foodgawker actually admitted they made a mistake and that they should have accepted my pic!
    Jenn´s last [type] ..Smoked Salmon Pâté

  • I have to say that EVERY caption you post makes me laugh. There’s no way I could pick just one. Happy blogiversary! You’re doing fantastic work. 🙂
    merry jennifer´s last [type] ..beautiful things: teuscher chocolates

  • Ken says:

    When I discovered TasteStopping via Twitter (less than 2 months ago), I felt like the kids on Glee. There’s a place call home that I can find comfort and encouragement on my work. Thanks for the great work and a place where good food is simply delicious and can be shared among its admirers.
    Ken´s last [type] sweet wild thing

  • Elle says:

    Congrats on a year! It’s flown by, hasn’t it? My favorite– “Everyone’s sick of Tiger…” Haha–and I still am!

    Here’s to many more years!
    Elle´s last [type] ..Mixed Berry Pandowdy

  • JulieD says:

    Congrats on your one year blogiversary!!! My favorite moment when you had that controversial moment with that awful comment. Not because someone was so negative but because you handled it very well and some people went to bat for you with comments back to that person. And you even looked on the bright side…you got tons of traffic in return. 🙂 Keep on doing what you’re doing. 😀
    JulieD´s last [type] ..Graduation Cake

  • Has it really been a year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. And TasteStopping has been so much fun this year! My favorite thought about TS is simply that I know whatever the “other two” say about my photos, they’ll find a place here. Thanks for giving all of them a home.
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme´s last [type] ..Beef and Scallion Stir-Fry

  • sara says:

    I love to see the variety of recipes you publish. They are all beautiful and look delicious

  • Judah says:

    Congrats on the first of many years. My favorite moment, of course, was winning the gourmet s’mores kit!

  • Jessica B says:

    I love looking at tastestopping every day, I don’t know if I have a particular favorite moment, but I do love it when I tell someone about the website and then about a week later I get a text from them saying that they are addicted just like me 🙂

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