Happy three years!

I’ve been plodding along for the past 3 years and it’s been such an adventure. This blog started out with a generic title What’s for Dinner? on Blogger and has evolved into Kimchi Mom. It’s funny, before I started this blog, I had not read one food blog or any blog for that matter, but I decided to start documenting my mom’s recipes. So I opened an account and started “talking to myself” on Blogger. I took photos with my trusty Canon PowerShot and took awesome dimly-lit close-ups.

Little did I know that I had opened a door to a whole new world and there was no turning back. Eventually I was bombarded with things such as ISO, SEO, captcha, plugins, copyright, pageviews, bounce rates, tweets, f-stop, #hashtag, CSS, RSS, XML, and the list goes on. It was overwhelming, intimidating, never ending and exciting. I’ve gotten to know and embraced some of these terms, but I’ve also let others slide. I just got a fancy new camera last December and and my photos are getting a wee bit better. So yes, I’ve been plodding along and am grateful for my modest following who have stuck by Kimchi Mom. So what have I learned? Most importantly, my blog has taught me to be more open – both on and offline. This has been the biggest challenge as a blogger since I consider myself a very private person.  By being more open I have been able to connect with so many of you.

One of the first recipes I wrote about was Giada’s eggplant timbale. I still make this dish every now and then, and more often during the fall and winter. I have fun assembling this dish with all the layers of eggplant slices. I thought it’d be a hoot if I made this again and retake some photos. Let’s see a “then and now”, shall we?

Posted: October 17, 2009. Taken with a Canon PowerShot. Do you like forced perspective created by the server in the foreground?

Posted: October 17, 2012. Taken with a Nikon 5100 with 50mm. Not perfect, but how do you like them tomatoes?!

And a big simple “thank you” to you. Thanks for making this so fun! Until next time…cheers!



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  • Ann Mah

    Happy birthday! A pan of pasta wrapped in eggplant seems like the perfect way to celebrate.

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Ann!

  • jane of @twothirtyate

    congrats! the picture comparison makes me laugh. i got a fancy pants camera “for the blog” as well and still take most post photos with my iphone… one of these days tho… :) anyways, happy blogiversary!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Jane!

  • http://twitter.com/LovelyPantry Lyn

    Congratulations! Growth is good and in so many areas, eh? Well done and please, keep it up!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Lyn! Always growing and learning!

  • http://twitter.com/WineEveryday Eileen Gross

    Happy Blog-birthday! & Cheers for many many more!
    Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Eileen!

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    Congratulations! I love the then-and-now photo contrast. The ‘now’ may be a much better photo, but both versions still look delicious! : )

    • kimchi_mom

      Aw thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/familyfoodie Isabel Foodie

    I love that you shared this! Wow what a difference in your photography. I need lessons!

    • kimchi_mom

      It’s not so much the camera, but it’s all about learning how to capture a mood or story with lighting. Buying the Lowel EGO lights made a HUGE difference for me. Still learning how to style a shot with props!

  • The Squishy Monster

    Great Timbale! I haven’t de virginized my spring form pan yet but you’re an inspiration…happy blogiversary!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks! Now go and sully your springform! This timbale is a great way to break it in! 😉

  • Leona Davis

    Wow! That’s just a new one. :)