Really? Already?

It’s hard to believe so much time has gone by.

A year ago today this blog was born. So today is my blog’s birthday.  I wrote my first post.  No one was reading.  
 
Now one year later, over 3.5 million visitors have clicked through these doors.  I have no idea where you all came from, but I’m glad you are here.

I appreciate your continued support and encouragement as I chronicle my trials and tribulations of building a vineyard, a winery and a life in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Of course along with that comes lots of posts about food and everyday living.  Thank you for being here through it all.

As a token of my appreciation I would like to offer you something I indulge in every year. 

I know I have spoken before about my love of Valrhona chocolate.  And every year (usually in November) Valrhona releases something called, ” 3 Grands Chocolats Noirs de Domaine Millesimes” or “3 Vintage Estate-Grown Dark Chocolates”.

These chocolates are created from a selection of cocoa beans from one single plantation: beans from Trinidad for their long-lasting fresh taste (Gran Couva), beans from Venezuela with their unique notes of milk and honey (Palmira) and beans from Madagascar with their aroma of yellow fruits (Ampamakia).  All are amazing.

The beans are cultivated and harvested according to ancient traditions with each vintage having its own special characteristics…kind of like fine wine.

The chocolates, 2 bars of each, are packaged in a beautiful wooden presentation box and are available from a wonderful internet chocolate company located in Portland, Oregon…Chocosphere.

Just leave a comment and this annual Limited Edition “Chocolats Noirs de Domaine” Presentation Box could be yours.

My favorite bar this year was the PalmiraIt was exquisite.

Thanks again for visiting every day.  It’s truly appreciated.

You have until midnight tonight to enter.  Winner will be chosen by Random Integer Generator and announced tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day.

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290 Comments

  1. What beautiful packaging the chocolates are in. And I like your comparison of the chocolate to fine wine ! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your men Noble Pig!

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  2. Joan 2

    I fear I’m too late to make a comment and qualify an entry for the chocolate gift, but wanted to say that I enjoyed your “barbell” article today. I much prefer your special dinner gift…

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  3. Lynnette 3

    How else can a blog be captivating except by its writer?

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  4. Paula 4

    Happy Blogiversary, Cathy! Looking forward to another year of great posts at Noble Pig! :-)

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  5. Susan 5

    I look forward to your newest post every day. It is a highlight. I even sent an email to the Martha Stewart show about the possibility of featuring outstanding blogs and bloggers on her television show, providing your website/blog as the perfect example. They emailed back and stated that they were forwarding my recommendation on to Martha, herself, for consideration. whoo-hoo…you never know.

    Thank you for all your efforts in recording your thoughts, the wonderful recipes and outstanding photography!

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  6. happy happy blog birthday to you! to you for always inspiring our kitchen with your wonderful creations and magnificent writing! kisses!

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  7. larry 7

    i luv chocolate

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  8. Mary 8

    Happy anniversary! I’d love to try the chocolate.

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  9. Happy blog birthday, Kathy! You are totally inspiring!

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  10. Tanya 10

    Woohoo! Congratulations on a successful year of blogging! I’m so glad I found your blog, even if it was just a few months ago. Here’s to another year of blogging!

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  11. nina 11

    3.5 million…..OMG this is amazing!!Wow, you are definitely a celeb in the Blogger’s world!!!!

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  12. deeba 12

    3.5 million…you are quite the Pied Piper of Blogland Cathy!! CONGRATS on turning a year old. Love stopping by your place for my daily dose…ALL THE BEST!! Looking forward to ooooodles & oooodles of wonderful posts!!xoxoxo

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  13. marlene 13

    Congratulations!!!! I have loved every day I get to spend with you…for you are the true treasure. For me, a day without visiting you is like a day without my sunshine. You inspire me in so many ways, believe in me when I can not believe in myself, and hope for me a better tomorrow. I am eternally grateful.

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  14. Shawn 14

    I’m new to your blog but am enjoying it immensely. Thank you for starting it!

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  15. Marie Barnett 15

    Happy 100th post! I love your web site.
    I come here every day and am always entertained.
    Happy Valentine’s Day and congrats again! :)

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  16. A chocolate giveaway. A girl after my own heart. Bless you, lol.

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  17. Happy blog birthday!! Valrhona is one of my favourites too….yummy!

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  18. ntsc 18

    I’ve enjoyed reading here since I discovered you. My guess would be that I followed you home from Ruhlman.

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  19. wkf 19

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOBLE!!!!

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  20. Happy Anniversary!!! I am looking forward to more of your posts this year!!

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  21. Tacky 21

    I look forward to reading your blog every morning.

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  22. Katrina 22

    I LOVE chocolate! Happy 1 Year! My 1 Year blogging celebration is in a few days on the 17th, I will have a giveaway, too! So chocolate as well, among other things! Love your blog!

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  23. Laura 23

    Wow! Happy Birthday Noble Pig!

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  24. Spooky 24

    Happy Blog-a-versary~! ^_^

    I’m planning a dinner for my family tomorrow to celebrate Valentine’s Day and I’m going to make your Potato Sour Cream Biscuits in heart shapes to go with a soup starter. Can’t wait!

    Thanks for the inspiration and allowing us all a peek into your life. <3

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  25. Bob 25

    Happy blogiversary! Those chocolates look phenomenal, I like the idea of chocolates like wine. ;)

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  26. Teri 26

    Happy blogiversary! I’m so glad I found your site for the food and wine tidbits as well as your stories. Thanks for blogging!
    Teri

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  27. Laura 27

    Happy Bloggervesary!
    What a beautiful box of chocolates. I would love to win something like that. It is something I have never heard of before and I’d like to thank you for a great lot of recipies that have entered my world thanks to you.

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  28. Philly 28

    Congrats !!

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  29. Barbie with a T 29

    Well, how very appropriate. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Congratulations on your one year anniversary and also on obtaining 3.5 million visitors! That is really an accomplishment. I know at least half of us are going to visit your winery once you get it going…so you can bet you will be doing a great business as a result! Happy Valentine’s Day! I know you will be enjoying those chocolates. They look heavenly, rich and dark, and handsome. (Do I have the Boar’s description correct?) lol

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  30. Congrats on your birthday! :) I really love reading your blog, and that chocolate looks amazing. Valhrona is really good chocolate, this looks like an interesting collection!

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  31. yves 31

    Hearty congratulations Cathy!!! With or without chocolate, your site is a gift, truly. Just a delight and an unequalled resource, the pix, heartfelt commentary, fantastic – FANTASTIC!!! recipes – and your marvelous land project! Thanks for being there :)

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  32. Thank you for the chance! Congratulations on your anniversary. I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  33. Markie 33

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog.

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  34. Lisa 34

    Happy anniversary! I enjoy your blog so much.

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  35. Happy Birthday, Noble Pig!! Very exciting. :-) That Palmira bar looks exquisite. I can’t even being to imagine how fine it tastes-oh my …

    Shirley

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  36. Well, Cathy, Happy Anniversary! I enjoy reading about your daily life. It sounds weird, but it comforts me to read about someone else crazy life. :) I can not wait until I can open a bottle of Noble Pig wine.

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  37. Leslie 37

    Well Happy Birthday Missy!!!! WOW 3.5 million visitors..YOU ROCK!!!!I will enjoy the next 10 years of reading!

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  38. MsMVNJ 38

    Happy Anniversary! I have truly enjoyed your blog and am looking forward to finding your wine in my local shop. I love good chocolate, too!

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  39. Happy Blog Birthday! I really enjoy your blog, and I love dark chocolate! :) Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  40. melissa 40

    Happy Birthday to Noble Pig! Congrats to you Cathy! This is my favorite blog and I don’t think I’ve missed a day sine I found it.
    I really would like to try good chocolate….

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  41. Pris 41

    Happy Birthday! I love reading about your family, your fence and your neighbors, your wine selections, your questions about shoes on or off, and about the unusual people you encounter. Please keep writing and we’ll keep reading. Good Luck with Year #2.

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  42. Kim 42

    I love your blog and your recipes are great.
    Thanks
    Kim

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  43. Carolyn 43

    I don’t remember the blog that sent me to your blog, but I’m very glad I clicked the link. I read your blog first thing every morning when I get into work. You’re very entertaining and I like that even a novice cook/baker can make your recipes. A bunch of your recipes are on my list of recipes to try. Keep up the good work.

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  44. michelle 44

    Happy Anniversary! I read your blog daily.

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  45. Happy Birthday, Noble Pig;)

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  46. Krissa 46

    Love your blog…and love chocolate….what a great day!

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  47. Molly 47

    Happy blog anniversary!

    I love chocolate.

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  48. Marcy 48

    Oh Cathy, those chocolates sound like pure Heaven! Here is my entry and I’m so glad I’ve found this blog! You keep me laughing and thinking and surely you keep me drooling with some of those recipes! Even though I’m not a wine connoiseur , you are entertaining!

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  49. Dea Burmingham 49

    Thanks for the Blog! I love trying the food! Looking forward to more!

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  50. annied 50

    I went back and read your first blog. Your hoodlum has grown so much! Made the dump cake last night and its already half gone. (There are only 2 of us.)

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  51. Debra 51

    YUMMY!!! I love chocolate!!! Thanks for all the fun this past year!

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  52. It’s a sign! I subscribed to your blog just yesterday afternoon and this morning, glory of all glories, a CHOCOLATE giveaway! Mmmmmm!

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  53. I’m so glad Krissa pointed your blog out to me. I love reading about the vineyard, your hooligans and of course, all the recipes you share! Congrats on one year of blogging!

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  54. Happy Blogoversary! I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely and would love to enjoy that chocolate!!

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  55. Suzanne 55

    Yummy chocolate! Congrats on a year of wonderful blogs.

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  56. Suzanne 56

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love your blog and am so love the pictures that you share. (My hometown is a little more than 90 miles north of you so your pics take me back!)

    ~Suzanne @
    http://www.sugarloafcottage.blogspot.com

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  57. Starla 57

    happy bloggiversary!!!
    the chocolates look amazing! i went to the chocolate show in nyc last year and it really gave me an appreciation of the many varieties of chocolate and dark chocolate especially. i didn’t think i could love chocolate more until that show! :)

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  58. Sandra 58

    You’ve introduced me to SO many new vices and “3 Vintage Estate-Grown Dark Chocolates” is just the latest! Thank you.

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  59. Jenn 59

    Happy Blog Birthday! I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures with the vineyard, since it’s something that I’ll never experience myself!

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  60. Oh well happy bloggie birthday!!! Mine is tomorrow. Can’t believe it has been a year already!

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  61. Teresa B. 61

    Enjoy your stories, enjoy your recipes and would reallllly enjoy what looks like a fantastic box of dark chocolate!
    congratulations on your 1st year anniversary!

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  62. HoneyB 62

    Congrats on a year and wow the traffic!! I totally understand why though..your blog is fun to come read!

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  63. Angela 63

    Oh wow.. this will not be good for the diet!

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  64. Becky 64

    One year ago! Wow, I’m with you. Has it been that long? Time flies. I’ll be coming up on my one year anniversary soon. Happy Blogiverssary!
    And I love that picture in your first post!

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  65. mary 65

    congratulations!! I really enjoy reading your blog!

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  66. Mmmmm…chocolate. Happy blogoversary!

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  67. Judy 67

    Mmmmm CHOCOLATE, one of my favorite things. Happy first blogosphere Birthday!

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  68. Melynda 68

    Noble Pig is one of my regular reads. Happy first!

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  69. Happy Blog-o-versary Cathy! I remember you leaving a comment on my blog and I wondered who you were! Turns out you were a friend I didn’t know I had! The very best kind!

    The chocolate looks fantastic!

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  70. karen 70

    happy blogiversary! I haven’t had breakfast yet. All i can think about is chocolate now….there goes a healthy breakfast!

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  71. Heather 71

    Happy blog birthday! I “stumbled” on to your blog not long after you started using a Mozilla gadget called Stumble. I have been an avid reader ever since. I love your quirkiness, your funny stories, and I especially love the delicious recipes. Keep up the great work, here’s to another year!

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  72. Leah 72

    Oooh!! I’ve never tried Valhrona chocolates. I can’t ever find them in my stores.

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  73. Katie 73

    Wow, that chocolate looks good! Incidentally, I found your website by using Google’s “stumble upon” application. One click of a button brings you to a new, random, interesting website. I’ve been a daily reader ever since.

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  74. michelle 74

    happy blog-a-versery!

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  75. Woo Hoo! Good for you! Congrats on this great site. I have enjoyed following you and reading about your life, loves, and gripes! Keep up the great work. XO Robin

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  76. kristen 76

    I love your blog and I love that you post everyday. When I sit at my desk in my depressing cube, it’s so fun to check in with you every morning!

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  77. bethieofva 77

    I enjoy your blog so much. I have been following now for about four months when I first spotted you on Food Gawker. I have made quite a few of your recipes. Thanks for being so entertaining!!

    Beth-Yorktown, VA

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  78. Linnea 78

    Gorgeous! Love your blog & your recipes. Happy Blogiversary!

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  79. Oooh, I hope I win that chocolate !!!

    Happy blog anniversary and Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Cathy !

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  80. Cheryl 80

    Happy, Happy Blog-Birthday, Noble Pig —
    Feel like I should have brought a present for all the joy you have brought me this past year…

    Instead, I shall be grateful for the possibility of a delectable chocolate “goodie bag!”

    Many, Many Happy Returns!

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  81. Luanne 81

    I read your blog everyday. I aspire to be a cook (but I’m not). I don’t even really like wine, but I do like to read what you write!

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  82. Congratulations, Cathy. I look forward to my visit to your blog every day.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family.

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  83. Steph 83

    Congrats on the first year! I love reading and love the recipes as well!!

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  84. Kelley 84

    I love your website, from the recipes to wine suggestions. Great photos, too. I found you through Serious Eats.

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  85. Susan 85

    Thank you, I love reading your blog. The chocolate looks fabulous.

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  86. Jennifer 86

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Good Luck to all who enter!

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  87. Happy Blog Birthday!! Shouldn’t we be giving you something?? :)

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  88. Lisa D 88

    I love your recipes! They’re tons of fun to make, and they’re mostly not things I’ve made before.

    Congratulations on your year of blogging!

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  89. These chocolates look amazing! I absolutely love dark chocolate and I cannot wait to devour some for Valentine’s day! Mmm.

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  90. I am subbed to you and read every day, though I don’t comment often. Your vineyard project sounds romantic even though it’s so much work and your recipes are wonderful. I can’t eat the chocolate myself because I am diabetic, but I have several friends in mind who would enjoy it immensely!

    Ava South

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  91. Maureen 91

    Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary.

    Lovely chocolates – bet they’d be wonderful with a glass of red. :)

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  92. Leigh 92

    I’ve been a daily reader for 6 months or so. I love your blog!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! (I’ve never seen such FANCY chocolate!)

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  93. mitchsmom 93

    Congrats on the 1 yr mark! The chocolate looks heavenly :)

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  94. Aimee 94

    YUM! Beautiful chocolates! Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

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  95. Teran 95

    Congratulations!

    I throughly enjoy your blog. It is the first one I read every day.

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  96. Cheryl 96

    Kathy,
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I have so enjoyed reading each day. Yours is one of the first sites I go to every morning. Love your recipes and really enjoy sharing your journey into wine making. Can’t wait for each new addition. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  97. Lisa Lee 97

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for a wonderful read every morning w/ my coffee~!

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  98. Rachel 98

    I really enjoy your blog and recipes. The chocolate sounds amazing. Happy Blog Birthday.

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  99. AppleTree 99

    I love your site. I am a relatively new follower and love the recipes and wine suggestions.

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  100. Danielle 100

    They almost look to pretty to eat! Almost, I said. Happy Anniversary! And keep blogging please-I enjoy reading your posts every chance I get!

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  101. Lynn 101

    I hope I win some chocolates and I’m glad I found you this year. I’m an archive diver anyway so maybe I’ll snoop around your youngling posts! 3.5 million and counting….

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  102. Lisa 102

    Happy 100 to you!!
    The chocolates look so amazing!

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  103. Jon 103

    Happy Blog Birthday!

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  104. jancd 104

    I can’t remember how I found you, but you are my first blog read every morning. These chocolate bars look delicious. Congrats on your wonderful blog.

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  105. Congratulations Cathy! Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Keep up the great work!

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  106. Sarah 106

    Happy “Birthday”!! I have only been reading your blog for a little while, but it is one of the first websites I check every morning now! Congrats on one year!!

    By the way, the mocha chocolate chip cookies were amazing. :)

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  107. Tim 107

    I’ve never tried Valhorna before. They look really good.

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  108. JennyMac 108

    Mmmmmm, yummy. I love Valrhona! Happy Blogversary! BTW…I love those ‘teef-marks’ hehehehee

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  109. Congratulations on a year of blogging! And Happy Valentine’s day for tomorrow! Valrhona chocolates are the best!

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  110. jamie 110

    i have so enjoyed reading your blog every day. i have a list that i log onto every day when work gets me down and i need a little respite. i am looking forward to your adventures as you continue on your vineyard journey as well. yours is a happy blog and thank you for sharing.

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  111. Rosa 111

    Congrats Cathy! Happy birthday to your blog!

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  112. Jonathan 112

    Mnn.looks good!

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  113. Congratulations on the first year anniversary of your blog!!

    I discovered your blog a few months ago one night while surfing the net and I have become a loyal follower and have even been inspired enough to start my own blog back in December.

    Keep up the good cooking!! :o)

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  114. erin 114

    If there is anything I love more than wine, it’s chocolate-a good dark chocolate to be specific…
    Happy blogiversary! You’ve become part of my daily routine!

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  115. Happy Bloggy day to you!! The place is better with you in it, I promise you! (and I’m not sucking up for the chocolates… 105 people before me, I know what my chances are).
    Here’s to another great year to come!

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  116. Kyddryn 116

    Those look beautiful…

    Happy blogoversary, sugar!

    Shade and Sweetwater,
    K

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  117. BonnieM 117

    Long time reader; first-time commenting. That’s what chocolate will do to ya! Congrats on your 1-year anniversary.

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  118. Margaret 118

    Happy one-year! That chocolate looks divine!

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  119. Bonnie Edmonds 119

    love your recipes, they are so easy and delicious. Yum chocolate!

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  120. Trisha 120

    Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for a year of interesting reading and I certainly hope you continue for many more years!

    That chocolate looks wonderful!

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  121. Melissa 121

    Happy Anniversary!! That chocolate looks wonderful too.

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  122. Joni-MI 122

    Congrats on a whole year! Your chocolates look gorgeous and as usual, your pictures are beautiful! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you…thanks for blogging!

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  123. Kathy 123

    Happy blog Birthday!! Love your blog and all of the delicious recipes.

    [email protected]

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  124. elra 124

    Happy 1st anniversary dear! Valrhona is my favorite chocolate.
    Cheers,
    elra

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  125. raysongrrl 125

    first i want to say that i love your blog because i can’t cook, and don’t enjoy cooking altho i wish i did. your blog makes me think i can do it because you use PICTURES!!!! when recipes say “use this ingrediant” i don’t know what it is. does it come in a jar? is it something that grows on its own? with your pictures i can say, “oh, i have that” or at least know what i am looking for. in regards to chocolate, i just tasted vosges “mo’s bacon bar,” because one can’t walk by something like that without purchasing it. it is fan-frickin-tastic! i would love to be able to taste the ones you wrote of today. keep up the entertaining stuff! ps-i love halloween so much, my one and only tattoo is of a tasteful bat outline!

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  126. Terry Stites 126

    Hi, am new to your site, and enjoy it very much. Good luck with your wine venture. tea4too

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  127. Jody 127

    Yummy! Hope I’m not to late :)

    Love you blog! Not a huge responder in terms of comments but read you every morning and have told many many people of your site and have tried your recipies!

    Thank you for making my day! Keep up the good work!

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  128. unmuse 128

    I’ve been following your life for awhile and your food posts have so inspired me in the kitchen. You break everything down so even complicated recipes are easy and accessible. Happy Blogiversary!

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  129. kayola 129

    HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY…..Friday the 13th…wow…that’s cool! You have a ton of comments…you seriously are my BLOG IDOL! Congratulations! I hope the generator picks me…cuz chocolate ALWAYS makes days better…we are driving to California today to go to my sister’s in Burbank..wish she was closer to you…would love to meet the BLOG QUEEN!!!! Again Congrats!!!!

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  130. Happy Birthday, Noble Pig!!

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  131. darla 131

    Found your blog via Stumpleupon – love it and just subscribed. 3.5 million visitors for one year is an amazing number. Congratulations!

    And yeah, I’m shamelessly entering a comment for a chance at the chocolate. Valrhona makes me weak in the knees. :-)

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  132. Happy Anniversary. I really enjoy your site.

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  133. Pamela Laurijssens 133

    Congratulations with this wonderful blog. I read your blog for a few weeks now, and I really enjoy the way you write and I love your recipes! I will try to make some of your recipes with what I can find here in the stores. I live in the Netherlands and a lot of things are different here.
    I hope you keep blogging. And I hope life will be good for you.

    Pamela

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  134. imom 134

    Happy Blog Birthday!!

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  135. Kimberly 135

    What can I say, but Happy Anniversary!!!! We miss you tons! Love to the Wild Boar and hooligans and of course you too.

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  136. My husband, who was looking over my shoulder as I read this, said, “Oo’er, you ARE going to leave a comment aren’t you? ”

    Yes dear.

    Happy 1 year! I am so glad I discovered you!

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  137. Michelle 137

    Happy Birthday to your blog! I’ve (and certainly others) have enjoyed every moment of all your fantastic recipes and stories. May you have many more birthdays to celebrate!

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  138. Rachel 138

    happy birthday to your blog! that chocolate looks and sound fabulous – i am seriously smelling and tasting chocolate as i look at its pictures :)

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  139. Tabitha 139

    I love chocolate!

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  140. Carol 140

    Happy 1 year blog anniversary. Cathy! I love reading your trials and tribulations and of course all your delicious recipes! You make a complicated recipe Do-able by all.
    Keep up the great work….and do something fun to celebrate! :)

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  141. Amber 141

    I have been reading but not commenting lately due to time. But…chocolate? Yeah, I’m in.
    By the quality of your posts and photos, I never would have imagined this was your first year. You have a gift. Happy day, treat yourself special for all of us.

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  142. Jane 142

    You really surprised me that you’ve only been at this blogging business for a year–it’s so well-written and so well-designed, I assumed you’d been at this for years!
    I love your content, be it opinion, peeve, or recipe. Keep doing such quality work!!

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  143. Kiki 143

    Wow, I can’t believe it has only been a year! Congratulations & Happy blogday!

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  144. Kara 144

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been reading your blog about a mo. and feel like a stalker, because I’ve gone back and read all your archives! I didn’t know that much about wine and have already learned so much. I’ve saved probably 99% of your recipes and made several of them. I so enjoy the way you talk about your passions, your cooking and your life. And the photographs are marvelous, whether they’re of the food, your kids or the scenery at your new property! I also have 2 boys (now 16 and 20) and mine have always been very cute, but yours are truly adorable. I no longer work due to MS, but I used to be an RN in obstetrics, so I also really enjoy the posts about your husband and his job. I now check your blog every day and there are few blogs like that for me, so keep up your great writing. Hugs, Kara

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  145. Kristen 145

    Hi there! I found your blog a few months ago and it is now by far my favorite food blog on the web! Everything you make looks so enticing! The chocolates look divine and Happy Birthday to your blog! Thanks for making so many great dishes!

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  146. Kassy 146

    Oh YUM! This looks so good! Congrats on your first year…I truly look forward to reading your blog!

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  147. Mary 147

    Love your blog and recipes. You inspire me and make me laugh! Keep up the great work! Happy One Year Anniversary!

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  148. Anna 148

    I had no idea your blog was so new! This is my favorite place to get new recipes. I tried your PB&J cupcakes this weekend and they were delish!

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  149. Jordan 149

    Happy Birthday! ;)

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  150. april 150

    Wow, Cathy! It’s only been a year? You’re blog has covered a lot of ground in that time. I enjoy popping over here to catch up on the winery project and I try to close my eyes when you bake. Keep up the great work.

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  151. Dee 151

    mmmmmmm….chocolate!!!! Pick me!! :)

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  152. Lori 152

    Oooohhh, chocolate! In a pretty wooden box, even. If I don’t win, I think there is a 100% chance I will be placing an order. :-)

    Love your blog… Happy Birthday!

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  153. Anna 153

    Mmmm… they would go well with the chocolate dipped heart-shaped rice krispie treats I brought into work today!

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  154. Jackie Cohen 154

    There is no bad chocolate when one is desperate BUT there are all grades of really good chocolate. I have never tried this brand but know I would love it.

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  155. Carlie 155

    Happy blog birthday! Its inspiring to know that only after one year you already have many avid readers! I am hesitant to start posting more because I feel nobody really wants to read what I write!

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  156. Leslie 156

    yay! i love chocolate! (who doesn’t?) i also really like how you are all about local companies.

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  157. Erica 157

    Oh, yummmm! I just found your site and am enjoying it quite a bit.

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  158. Cathy Veldhuis 158

    Keep up the awesome work, you are one of my favorite sites

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  159. Elizabeth 159

    Well, thanks – now my mouth is watering.

    It’s been one heckuva year. Your spirit and smile (heck – I can tell you’re smiling most of the time) have made my altogether sucky last year more bearable.

    I absolutely appreciate you.

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  160. Shala 160

    Yummy!! My anniversary is tomorrow and my wonderful hubby has to work. I need to win some chocolate!

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  161. I have never had a chance to try Valrhona, but I hear about its magic all the time. What a gorgeous box and the bars look truly divine!

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  162. Kathy 162

    I made your Cherry Pineapple Cinnamon Crunch cake for our Valentine’s day party at work. I also showed your blog to several people here at work so they can get your recipes as well.

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  163. Marjie 163

    I’d have thought you’d been writing for years, since you always have so many comments! I enjoy your entries, and am grateful that you visit me, too! Happy blogoversary!

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  164. Diane in Cincinnati 164

    The chocolates look divine! I have enjoyed your site since I found it about a month ago – I find the vineyard start-up to be fascinating!
    Happy blog birthday!

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  165. Allie 165

    Mmmmm…I would love to taste those! LUVVVVVVVV your blog!

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  166. kathleen 166

    I found your site via Tastespotting, and really enjoy your recipes. Thanks!

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  167. leana 167

    chocolate, I love chocolate

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  168. Liz C. 168

    Cathy, this cracked me up because I always thought you started long before me. I’ve been reading you for a year & after trying many of your recipes, I’ve only gained 25 pounds. Just kidding. It’s only 10. What should make you feel great is how many readers read you. In the last year my total number of visitors has been 14,408. Hmmmmm… it sounds like one of us is a much better writer & cook than the other. That would be you. Hope you keep doing this for years & years. I’ll keep reading you as long as I’m alive. ;-)

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  169. Roxane G 169

    Happy Birthday! What a beautiful chocolate presentation with the wooden box. I found your site via food gawker a month or so ago and I’ve loved reading back through the archives and trying out your recipes!

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  170. Cathy
    you like coffee and chocolate are my daily addiction I read you everyday and try your recipes. I live in your small CA town and that is where I found your blog Thank you so much for my daily read Happy ANNIVERSARY!! Judi

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  171. Aubrey 171

    I found your website thru foodandwineblog.com a couple of months ago and absolutely love it. Your recipes are always a hit – thanks!

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  172. Heidi 172

    So glad I stumbled onto your blog about 6 months ago….LOVE the way you write…have tried lots of the recipes…keep up the great work !!!!!

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  173. Suzette 173

    I love the box by itself! I just love special containers. I can never throw them away!

    Congrats on the anniversary!

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  174. April in CT 174

    That is some beautiful chocolate. Happy one year blog-o-versary!

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  175. Kathi 175

    Kathy, I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your daily blogs. I work nights (L&D NURSE) and every night about midnight I know that you’ve posted your Blog for the next day. I read them and they always give me a smile or a giggle. I pass along all the recipes to my daughter and make some of them myself. I admire the way you are raising your boys and always enjoy seeing pictures of their smiling faces. I’m eager to get my first bottle of Noble Pig Wine, so good luck and God’s Speed with the winery. Thanks again for all the smiles and keep up the good work!

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  176. Melissa 176

    I love this blog and those chocolates look divine!

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  177. Amber 177

    Happy blog anniversary! I so enjoy your website, the recipes and take on the world. And I love that you live not that far from me up here just north of Seattle.

    Even if I don’t win I will definitely have to get me some of this chocolate. Dark is the best!

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  178. Lo! 178

    A year, huh?
    Wow, Cathy, you’ve come a long way baby. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with chocolate :)

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  179. Mary 179

    New to your blog, love it!

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  180. Kristin 180

    Congrats on a year of blogging! Hope your next year contains just as many tasty recipes and good rants :D

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  181. ingrid 181

    Happy Blog Birthday!!

    Also, thanks for the link.
    ~ingrid

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  182. Trey 182

    Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day!!

    Now tell us more about that fence!

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  183. Happy blog birthday! What a wonderful year it’s been. I’m looking forward to Year Two of beautiful posts and photos.

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  184. We visit because we love you!

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  185. Holly 185

    OMG! I would LOVE to win this! Thanks for the opportunity…and for the great blog! Happy birthday, Noble Pig!

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  186. Melissa 186

    Hooray for one year Cathy! I’m not surprised in the least that you earned the readership that you have. Your photos, writing and personality all simply shine.

    Cheers!

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  187. Linda 187

    Congrats on a successful year of blogging! I’m so glad I found you … truly one of my favorite reads of the day. And I’ve tried several of your recipes and I’ve never been disappointed. Oh and chocolate … OMG!

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  188. Katie 188

    Congrats one your one year! It goes by so fast!

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  189. Happy One year!! When we grow up we want to be just like you!! You are an inspiration and we appreciate all your support and guidance!!

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  190. Brenda S. 'Okie in Colorado' 190

    Congrats Cathy! I found you through the Sacramento Bee when they mentioned your blog in the Food and Wine section of Taste. I live in Colorado but lived in Sacramento for 20 years. I missed reading the Bee, so I check them out every Wednesday. And you…I have read you everyday since I found you! You rock! Keep up the good work. Chocolate would brighten my day.

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  191. Tallie 191

    I love chocolate AND random integers!!! Happy blog birthday! I love your kvetching!!

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  192. Melanie 192

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog is in the list of three blogs I check first thing every morning – you rock!

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  193. Alisa 193

    Seriously? I love you again. You are so speaking my language! I love chocolate. I can’t recall how I found your blog, but am ever so glad I did. You are one of my daily reads and my husband loves your food.
    Congratulations on your “blogiversary”

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  194. jean 194

    WOW. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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  195. Vanessa 195

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOBLE PIG! If I wasn’t at work right now I’d have a celebratory glass of wine or something :)

    I think the box that the chocolate comes in, is almost as much fun as the chocolate itself. Maybe it wants to live in Brooklyn!

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  196. dawn 196

    Ohhhh you got the good stuff momma!
    3.5 million you say? wow! well, you’re one hot momma who can write with grace, ease and just the right amount of humour, so it’s easy to see why you’re a hit. Happy Blogbirthday!

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  197. dawn 197

    OMG I love your site. Do swear you haven’t been doing this for years? There are only a handful of sites that even come close to yours. Thanks for entertaining us daily. It’s so nice to have a contest where the blogger doesn’t make you link to them or jum through hoops to win something. This is so nice!

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  198. Stephanie 198

    I love your site! I just found it a couple monthes ago but visit daily. Happy Blog day! Steph

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  199. Alicia 199

    I would have left a comment today even if you weren’t briding me with chocolate. Congrats and Happy 1 year birthday. I’ve enjoyed your writing and your recipes. Keep up the good work.
    Thanks,
    Alicia

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  200. Sarah 200

    Thanks for always posting in your honest and fun way. I’m not surprised people like me keep coming back, because your life and “blogvoice” is so interesting, and quite often, very yummy! Happy 1st Blogyear, and may there be many more to come!

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  201. Mrs. L 201

    You’ve only been blogging for a year? Dang, my day wouldn’t be complete without checking out your blog. You are an AWESOME food blogger, you are a great writer and I’m sure, soon to be a great wine-maker! Happy Blogiversary!

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  202. Jenny Parsons 202

    I’m new to your blog and I love it!

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  203. Bethany Ellis 203

    These look incredible! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a nice chocolate package… and on Valentine’s Day, nontheless!

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  204. Kim 204

    Happy Blogiversary! Those chocolates look simply divine.

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  205. Lisa 205

    love food, love wine, LOVE CHOCOLATE!

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  206. Seema 206

    Congratulations on your anniversary! The chocolates look delish. I’m from Trinidad, so I know which would be my favorite!

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  207. Raina 207

    Congratulations on your One Year-Noble Pig. Funny how I came across your website and have been a fan…Could not sleep one night and was using Stumble which was just taking me to random internet sites of things that interest me and up popped yours. I have read several blogs and must admit I only subscribe to two. Yours interested me because of your humor, your wonderful recipes and your ability to capture with a tale, not a talent many have but you definitely do. I have yet to read a blog even if I don’t comment on that I have not found interesting it is like my own piece of chocolate a day when I check my email for your daily post.

    Thank you for letting us continue to be part of your life adventures and wonderful recipes. The kids and I will be making one of them this weekend!

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  208. Happy Blogoversary! You’ve accomplished so much in such a sort period of time.

    Here, here to another wonderful year!

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  209. Taylor 209

    Happy blogiversary!!

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  210. Cathy 210

    I’m new to your blog, but think it’s great!

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  211. Rachael J. 211

    So glad you started writing…I have enjoyed your site since the beginning…well, almost.

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  212. Biz 212

    Happy Blog Birthday Cathy! I am sad I didn’t find your blog sooner than I did!

    Um, and I think that chocolate is definetly insulin worthy!!

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  213. Wow. MILLIONS of readers. Congrats! =)

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  214. Brandielle 214

    Please…

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  215. Kathy from NJ 215

    Chocolate cures everything!

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  216. Congratulations, Cathy! I truly enjoy reading your hilarious anecdotes and ogling your delicious food. :-)

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  217. Natalie 217

    WOW, that chocolate looks incredible!

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  218. Happy birthday! That is a load of visitors for one year – and just looking at today’s comment section is enough to bring joy to any blogger! Congrats.

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  219. Kerry 219

    mmmm…

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  220. Heidi 220

    I love your blog. Happy Birthday! I can’t wait to read more about your vineyard adventures!

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  221. Brian 221

    Does the box have any of the chocolate left? :-P

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  222. Cynthia 222

    Hey Girl:

    I just found your blog a month ago. I love it and check it daily. I’m not sure how you do all you do but keep it up. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Cynthia

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  223. phillygirl64 223

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    that chocolate just might be the thing I need to forget how much I hate this holiday – bah humbug

    ;)

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  224. pg64 224

    holiday meaning V-Day ;)

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  225. Cheri 225

    Happy Blogbirthday! I’ve enjoyed each entry and look forward to new ones. Keeping up with a blog isn’t easy and I applaud you for it!

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  226. Vicki 226

    Happy 1st Blogiversary!

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  227. happy blog-o-versary! your recipes are always so tempting and the photography is lovely.

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  228. Melissa 228

    My Motto is:
    “Give me the chocolate and no one gets hurt!”

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  229. Hephzibah 229

    Happy Birthday! I get up in the mornings and head straight to my computer to check out your blog. I love your wine blogs. I really enjoyed your month of decorations in October. I’m an avid decorator/collector of decorations and was hoping you would give us a month of Christmas decorations in December. Thanks for being my morning read.

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  230. Zach 230

    It looks pretty tast E

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  231. hey, chocolate is one of the few things i allow myself to indulge in these days!!!

    congrats to you, my dear

    you are awesome

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  232. Rachel 232

    Happy Birthday for your blog!

    I’ve been reading for a few months and I have to say that yours is one of the few blogs I try to check every day. You have a wonderful flair for writing.

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  233. Joy 233

    Yum! What a decadent gift.

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  234. that girl down south 234

    mmm chocolate!
    I love your site!
    Happy birthday Noble Pig.

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  235. Susan 235

    Congrats on 1 year! those chocolates look delicious!! :)

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  236. tracey 236

    yummy!Happy 1 year old b-day, blog!

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  237. Rebel 237

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I am so glad I found your blog, I really enjoy visitin’ with you.
    Those chocolates sure do look good.
    I’m a chocolate freak!

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  238. Gloria 238

    Happy Blog Birthday! I’m celebrating my 100th post today. Chocolate is always a reason to celebrate.
    There’s an award for you on my blog. :)

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  239. Oh yum!! What a great giveaway. I love your blog, read it everyday. I moved to CO from Northern CA (Chico) about 8 yrs ago, so I love to see pics and read stories of “home!”

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  240. Debbie 240

    Happy Anniversary to your blog. I saw that so far you have 239 comments. Wow! If my blog got that I think I would pass out!!!! The chocolate looks delicious. My greatest weakness!!!

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  241. I dislike food blogs, mostly because the recipes I get from them require some tweaking before they suit me. I’ve never had to tweak a single recipe from you. You’ve helped me branch out with food and wine, and for that I will always adore you. I can’t wait to buy my first bottle of Nible Pig Wine!

    Yeah, I wouldn’t say no to the chocolate either. Happy Birthday, Noble Pig!

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  242. Sarah S 242

    I cant believe your site is only a year old, I feel like I have been reading forever. Congrats!

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  243. Alan in CA 243

    When I first stumbled on your site, I was sent to the Asian Ribs recipe and I fell in love instantly. Since then, I have stumbled on your site 5 or 6 times, but have read every post when it comes to my Inbox. I love your commentaries and photos at every step. Keep up the excellent work! I love trying the new recipes you post up here.

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  244. Erin 244

    Congatulations on your Blogo-versary!! I admire your dedication to keeping it updated as I can never find the time to keep one running myself!

    PS. I love chocolate, Valrhona espcially. I’ve actually had a excellent Valrhona Chocolate Chai tea. Its available from the Tea Emporium in Toronto, Ontario. Fantastic!

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  245. Emily 245

    Happy Blogaversary!

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  246. Sara 246

    Happy one year!

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  247. I am #247 comment?
    Congratulations on one year.
    I love visiting your blog!
    Stace

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  248. sarabeth 248

    congrats on your blogiversary! keep up the delightful cookin!

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  249. Sarah Noble 249

    Well hello and I love your blog! I stumbled upon it last year and have checked back quite regularly ever since. I would love the chocolate! **Fingers crossed**

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  250. Emily 250

    Oh Y.U.M. Looking forward to another year of fun recipes :)

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  251. Cheryl R 251

    I can resist most things but not chocolate. These look wonderful.

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  252. Benjamin 252

    Oooh yum.

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  253. Congratulations on turning 1! I’m looking forward to more years to come! Your enthusiasm for life is infectious and the world definitely needs more of you! ;)

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  254. Laurie 254

    Happy Anniversary, Cathy!!! Your blog rocks and I love checking in with you every day!

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  255. Nancy 255

    I don’t remember how I got to your blog, but I’ve been a fan since the first time I read it. Your humor and style make for some great reading and I love your recipes! Here’s to another year..(clink!!)

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  256. Haley W. 256

    ooh! Chocolate! Those look amazing. I just discovered Vosges this year, and it’s quite the addiction.

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  257. julie 257

    Happy blogaversary…I thought you’d been at it much longer, cause you seem like such a pro :)

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  258. Alison 258

    Here’s to (I hope) many more years of blogging to come!

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  259. Meremere 259

    Congrats on the year and thanks for all of the laughs/delicious food!

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  260. Tami Lyn 260

    Happy Blogoversary! and Happy Valentine’s day Cathy!

    Of course you have had over 3 million visitors cuz you rock!

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  261. marianne 261

    happy birthday. thank you for the chance to win that wonderful looking chocolate
    :-)

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  262. Wendy 262

    Hi Cathy – First visit to your blog, from a fellow blogger and BL parent. Didn’t know what I was missing! Congratulations. It all looks yummy.

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  263. Brindi 263

    The chocolate is so pretty, it would be hard to eat it….although, I’m sure I could.

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  264. Susan The Forensic Photographer 264

    I came upon your blog by accident a few months ago while Googling a friend’s untimely death. Weird connection – I know but from one loss came such a find! I too love butter, and mayonaise and especially chocolate but I have to admit the subjects of your photography are so much more appealing than mine.
    Happy blog birthday Cathy -please keep blogging!

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  265. Lily 265

    Thank you for blogging, and happy blogaversary. The chocolate looks so inviting <3.

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  266. Pam 266

    Happy blog birthday. This is one of my very favorite blogs. The chocolate looks so pretty – my chocolate loving husband would be very happy if I won this.

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  267. Whitney 267

    Happy Blog Birthday! Thanks for sharing little bits of your life with us.

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  268. KathyB. 268

    I forgot to mention, I loved the post about your hooligan’s 100 days of kindergarten and the many ways you celebrated it! Do you continue to celebrate 100 days of ? Congratulations on i year of successful and entertaining blogging!

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  269. Tracy 269

    Shouldn’t a Valentines baby win?

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  270. Cami 270

    Well I am really glad that you blog. Your hqas become my go to blog. You are eloquent and entertaining, which is a wonderful combination. Also, don’t let me get started on your delicious recipes…love! I look forward to seeing more from you!

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  271. Joy 271

    your blog is a pleasure to read. and i love chocolate.

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  272. oh my gawd, can I put a hundred comments on this post? random integer focus right here! chocolate chocolate chocolate.

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  273. Happy Blog Birthday!!

    Those chocolates look and sound delicious–I’ve never heard of them!

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  274. Josie 274

    Lurker checking in to say Congrats and Happy Anniversary! My sister (Laura over at The Spiced Life) raved about your blog for the longest time, and she got me hooked. I love reading about your vineyard adventures (and your thoughts about visiting a gyno came in handy for my annual this year :))

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  275. Brooke in WI 275

    Happy Blog Birthday! Can’t really remember how I found you, but everyday I’m around my computer, I check to see what’s going on. Thanks for having something fresh to read everyday.

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  276. WOW you made me curious. I started blogging a year ago Feb 10th. I think my record large number of comments was for the post about Piglet giving away a large sum of money, maybe 30 people. You have had a huge impact really quickly! I for one love your blog. Wanta know something funny? naw I’ll e mail you this.

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  277. Janice 277

    Happy Birthday to your blog! I just found your site a couple of weeks ago, and I really appreciate your photos and candor… =)

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  278. krysta 278

    please don’t enter me but i do want to wish you a very happy blog birthday! i can’t believe i’ve been reading you for year.

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  279. Lindsay 279

    Love the pig!

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  280. Julie 280

    Chocolate looks yummy! Congratulations on one year on your blog. Looking forward to many more!

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  281. Egghead 281

    Happy blog anniversary! That chocolate looks absolutely sinful.

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  282. Happy Blogiversary Cathy! Cheers for many more :)

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  283. Ruth 283

    being on the other side of the pond i ont know if i’ve made the midnight deadline… but i have plans to browse the chocolate site anyway :)

    happy birthday!

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  284. Happy One Year Anniversary :-D

    I’m glad we’re here too. You have been awesome to read and get to know. I’m glad I “stumbledupon” your peanut butter recipe.

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  285. heather 285

    wow. i can’t believe you’ve been doing this for only one year! how did you get so popular so fast? :) congratualtions!

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  286. Andrea 286

    Happy first Anniversary, Cathy… I live in Portland, OR and thanks to you & your blog I’ve been able to find a few of local treasures I didn’t know about like Chocosphere… and my new favorite scent (after one of your posts) … D&G Light Blue parfume…
    You’re doing an awesome job =)

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  287. Psychgrad 287

    Happy belated blogging anniversary! Great job over the past year. You’re a pro.

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  288. Dee 288

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for the fascinating window into your life :)

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  289. Oooohhh Valhrona (sigh…) I love their chocolate so much!!!!
    Great article :)

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  290. I was a “Varlhona virgin” before I won this heavenly prize, but no longer. This chocolate is incredible. I had to commit to sharing some of these bars with my husband and dear friends or, otherwise, I would have gone crazy and had to stash all the evidence. Hiding the evidence when it’s a beautiful wooden box is much more difficult than crunching up a little wrapper and discarding it. LOL I just posted on my good fortune on my blog.

    Thanks again so much, Cathy! I’ve sent a lot of blog giveaways, but none have rivaled this one! I still can’t believe I won. :-)

    Shirley
    link to glutenfreeeasily.com

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