Sometimes, the world just doesn't contain enough gratitude--and today I intend to do something about it. That's why I'd like to issue a sincere and heartfelt thank you to some of the great people out there who stood behind Casual Kitchen over the years and helped make it what it is today.

Mary at Owlhaven for her insights, links to CK, and her own provocative posts in response to things I've written here. To me, that's what blogging is all about.

Julia at Grow. Cook. Eat. for keeping me well-stocked up with interesting Friday Links ideas, for her insightful and intelligent comments, and for her excellent book The Farmer's Kitchen.

Monica at A Life of Spice for her inspiring writing, her openness with grappling with the various frustrations of writing--and lots of retweets.

Joanne at Eats Well With Others for never missing a post--and also for stepping in to answer a reader's health question that was beyond my expertise.

Mollie Katzen for her unfailing support of Casual Kitchen on both Facebook and Twitter--and for changing the way I eat with her exceptional classic The Moosewood Cookbook.

Jules at Stonesoup for her collaboration, her links to CK, and her brilliant approach to minimalist cooking. Jules has enormously influenced both my thinking and my approach to recipe development.

Chacha at Ombailamos for consistently brilliant comments and insights, and for slogging through and commenting on even my longest and most challenging posts.

Stuart at Addicted to Canning for all of his excellent comments, for being a big source of Friday links ideas, and for taking "laughable cheapness" to a wholly new level.

Kris at Cheap Healthy Good for literally years of support and link love for CK.

Mike at Dad Cooks Dinner and Dave at Food and Fire for your comments and thoughts--and for teaching me most of what I know about how to grill.

Melissa at Alosha's Kitchen for sharing ideas, articles and a goldmine of recipes. Thanks also for your feedback and great discussions--especially in reaction to some of the most controversial Friday Links articles.

It's not always easy or fun to run a blog, and I know I speak for many of my fellow bloggers out there that blogging can sometimes feel like a discouraging, humbling and lonely thing to do. That's why the occasional comment, linkback, retweet, encouraging word--and yes, even the occasional affiliate purchase--makes all the difference in the world to the bloggers you follow.

I'm grateful for every one of my readers, and for all of the people I've met, corresponded with and interacted with during the past five-plus years of writing Casual Kitchen. Once again: I thank you.

Readers: who would you like to thank?

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Monica Bhide said...

I would like to thank YOU. In addition to posting great posts of your own, you always direct me to inspiring posts that I have enjoyed reading.

Thank you for all that you do.

Melissa said...

Thank you kindly, Dan. I so appreciate you and Casual Kitchen right back!

Dave said...

You are most welcome! Thanks you for your thought-provoking posts. They always make me think a little differently about food.

chacha1 said...

Awwww, thank YOU Dan! <3 You are one of a very few people I've "met" online that I'd like to meet IRL. LOL

I would also thank my sister, who blogs occasionally at NativeBackyard and AggressiveGardener, for teaching me how to take a decent photo.

And Meg at CuteOverload, who (though she doesn't know me) really gave me the "what's the worst that can happen" nudge about starting my own blog.

It's a great big little world here on the Internet, isn't it?

Stuart Carter said...

well.. shucks! Thank you :)

Joanne said...

Aww thanks so much Dan! You make it easy to support and adore you with such great, insightful content. Keep it up! I look forward to your posts all week (even if I don't always comment...I ALWAYS read!)

Owlhaven said...

Daniel, Thank you too!! So glad that John and I had the chance to meet you and your lovely wife last year, in Chile of all places. What fun that was!
Glad to call you a friend.

PS-- As soon as we pay off the house, I'm intending to hit you up for investment advice, so be ready! :) (Or write that book!)

Daniel said...

Thanks for all the kind words everybody. I'm blushing over here.


PS: Mary, absolutely! You know where to find me. :)

Julia said...

Wow, thank you! I've really enjoyed our lively conversations and debates about local foods and food economies. And you always provide interesting fodder to fuel the conversation. And thank you for supporting the work I do :)