Celebrating 3 Years with CAKE


Today I’m celebrating a 3 year blog birthday! RecipeGirl.com has been up and running for a good 4 1/2 years, but the blog itself debuted Jan. 1, 2008.  Here’s my very first attempt at a post- pretty pathetic, but I did manage to nab 4 comments.  It’s been three wonderful years of experimenting with food, sharing it with readers, and getting to know a fabulous community of food bloggers and writers.  Many lifelong friends have been made in the process.

I decided to celebrate by making a cake- one that had been recommended to me by Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil. She’s a good person to know… she has a delicious blog and she is one of the most talented web designers out there. And she’s a twitterer too. Lindsay recommended a chocolate layer cake with raspberry filling. Sounded good to me.


The husband wondered why we were putting candles on the cake, and looked at me a little strange when I tried to explain about the blog birthday. That’s when I realized that this is something that only a food blogger would understand and appreciate… the hard work that goes into writing a blog week after week for three long years… the darn thing deserves a little celebration once a year, right?

This cake happens to turn out moist and delicious and rich. It’s very chocolatey with a thick layer of chocolate ganache frosting and a surprise layer of raspberry filling tucked inside. This cake is one that is pretty irresistible to chocolate lovers. I know this because I’m not a chocolate lover myself… yet I found myself stealing bites of my husband’s slice after I demolished my own.

The recipe for this cake can be found here: Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling.  It’s definitely a nice choice for a celebration.
Happy 3 years to this ‘ol blog here. I hope you will continue to visit and enjoy :)

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To show my appreciation for you, Dear Readers, I’d like to give away a little something. How about a $100 Gift Card to Sur La Table?  Buy some kitchen supplies you’ve been eyeing lately or sign up to take a cooking class- it’s up to you!

To enter to win the $100 Sur La Table Gift Card, please leave JUST ONE COMMENT below telling me:
*What is something that you enjoy about the RecipeGirl site, and is there any feature you’d like to see improved or added to the site?
The winner will be chosen via Random.org on Thursday night, Jan. 6th and will be announced on this post Jan. 7th.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED :)

The winner of the Sur La Table gift card
- selected randomly via Random.org is commenter #157 Jeannie K, who shared… “Happy 3rd birthday! I just discovered recipe blogs about 2 months ago and love them. Recipe Girl is one of my favorites…I love your photos! Thanks for all the recipes!” You’re welcome, Jeannie! I’ve emailed you and you have 48 hours to get back to me with an email address where I can mail your gift card!

Very, very soon… you’ll see some pretty swanky improvements around here. That’s my blog’s 3 year gift to myself- a little re-design from Lindsay.  The best part about the new design is… I’m thinking about my readers and what would make the RecipeGirl site more appealing and easy to navigate.   Thanks so much for reading RecipeGirl and I hope you’ll stick around in 2011 too :)   Happy Cooking!

Disclosure:  This post is not being sponsored by Sur La Table.  The gift card is a gift from me to one lucky winner to show my appreciation for reading RecipeGirl.com !

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399 Responses to “Celebrating 3 Years with CAKE”

  1. 1

    Married/Single Paren — January 3, 2011 @ 2:18 AM

    Happy Blogoversary!
    I’m a recipe junkie and love your selection. Plus it’s food that even my finickiest eater will eat.

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    Ginny — January 3, 2011 @ 2:41 AM

    I like that you have a variety of recipes and don’t just stick to one genre of food.

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    Lora — January 3, 2011 @ 3:36 AM

    Every time I am dessert homesick and looking for a fantastic twist on all American desserts, Recipe girl is one of the blogs I visit. It’s always a creative taste of home.

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    Kelly Jankowski — January 3, 2011 @ 3:48 AM

    Whenever I need a recipe for any occasion, I can come here to find one or find some inspiration. Thanks for such a great variety!

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    Blog New Black — January 3, 2011 @ 4:27 AM

    Congrats on the anniversary! I love RG the way it is BUT I’m excited to see the redesign. I’m dying to try Sur La Table!

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    Jessica — January 3, 2011 @ 4:34 AM

    I really love the “entertaining” tab… it’s been very helpful/useful. Congrats on 3 years!

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    Nanny — January 3, 2011 @ 5:16 AM

    Congrats on 3 years!!! I love the ease of finding any recipe I desire and that they are all delicious.

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    Krissa — January 3, 2011 @ 5:18 AM

    i just love the recipes… LOVE them!!!! keep them coming!!!

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    Lois — January 3, 2011 @ 5:20 AM

    I love the variety of recipes that you post! Keep up the good work!

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    Molly — January 3, 2011 @ 5:23 AM

    Congrats! I think my favorite thing about your blog is all of the pictures you post of what you make. They always look good, and motivate me to try the recipes sooner than later!

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    brainella — January 3, 2011 @ 5:26 AM

    Three years and lots of food. Not only the variety of recipes, but the great pictures. I need the visuals to know I’m not completely off-track with what I’m making. :)

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    Leslie Green — January 3, 2011 @ 5:35 AM

    Awesome giveaway! I love all of your site. You photos make it a visual joy!

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    Wendy W. — January 3, 2011 @ 5:43 AM

    Happy Blogiversary!! I love how your pictures make me hungry :)

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    Evan Thomas — January 3, 2011 @ 5:49 AM

    Happy blogiversary!
    A favorite thing of mine about RecipeGirl.com is the always perfect food photography which do the recipes justice.

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    Darla — January 3, 2011 @ 5:52 AM

    Keep up the good work, your recipes are GREAT!

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    Laura — January 3, 2011 @ 5:53 AM

    I enjoy your blog because you always have such practical advice and handy tips to accompany each recipe. I’d love to see links back to the original blog posting about each recipe on the actual recipe pages.

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    Chris M. — January 3, 2011 @ 5:57 AM

    Recipes and the index I enjoy

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    Jessica Bolt — January 3, 2011 @ 5:59 AM

    Your recipes are fantastic and easy to follow. I love having success with a new baking project on the first try…soooo Thanks!

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    Mariah — January 3, 2011 @ 6:12 AM

    Photos in the recipe index! I’m a very visual person, and often choose recipes based on what the product looks like! Happy blogiversary =)

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    Nikki — January 3, 2011 @ 6:19 AM

    Congrats on 3 years! Love your recipes. Would love to see more Mexican food???

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    Jessica Jones — January 3, 2011 @ 6:19 AM

    I love your category titles – they’re creative and always induce a chuckles or two.

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    Phoo-d — January 3, 2011 @ 6:23 AM

    Happy 3rd Birthday! I love your recipe selection, there is always something good to try!

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    Melody — January 3, 2011 @ 6:40 AM

    Out of all the food blogs I read I often bookmark your recipes. Your food always look delicious and doable, with a great variety of recipes.

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    Wendy — January 3, 2011 @ 6:45 AM

    I like the fact that your recipes are always ‘doable’. They are not too complicated and they always turn out. Your site is for real people who love to cook.

    Keep it up!

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    Cristine — January 3, 2011 @ 6:46 AM

    Happy blogiversary! I love the all the different types of recipes on your site. You can find everything here! The cake looks AMAZING!!!

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    Janelle — January 3, 2011 @ 6:50 AM

    Happy blogoversary! RecipeGirl is definitely one of my favorite food blogs out there. I enjoy the variety of your recipes and the fact that they’re typically easy and without funky ingredients.

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    Jody — January 3, 2011 @ 6:56 AM

    I just found your site within the last month, so I haven’t done much surfing of your site since I found it during the holidays. What I like so far is the ease of finding recipes and the pictures. I check this blog almost everyday, Happy blogging for the next year.

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    Kate — January 3, 2011 @ 7:00 AM

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary!

    What I love the most is the variety of recipes. There is something to please everyone! Your dessert recipe selections are to die for! I am going to try the Candy Bar-Cookie Bars this week.

    Thanks for all of your hard work and keep us all salivating for the next yummy recipe!

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    sara — January 3, 2011 @ 7:06 AM

    Happy blog birthday! :-D I love the recipes on the site – especially the kaluha chocolate chip cookies, brown butter snickerdoodles, and pb and chocolate swirl cookies. Love how they have a little twist on the usual! :)

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — January 3, 2011 @ 7:07 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! the cake looks fantastic! I’d love for the recipes to be on the same page.. when I bookmark them, I always have to click through and it would be more convenient to have them here!

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    Jenna Renee' — January 3, 2011 @ 7:14 AM

    I love how when you make a recipe you post the pictures of the finish products but also that you sometimes post picture by picture of what you do throughout the process! I think that can be a big help :) Love the site!

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    Lauren — January 3, 2011 @ 7:16 AM

    Wow…that cake looks sinfully delicious :) I love all of your beautiful photos on the website!

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    Natalie Noblitt — January 3, 2011 @ 7:16 AM

    Lots of inspiration here. Keep the healthy recipes coming for 2011! I’m trying to be good but hate to sacrifice flavor.

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    whatmegansmaking — January 3, 2011 @ 7:19 AM

    wow, that icing…I could eat it by the spoonful. And actually, my favorite thing about your site is your upbeat attitude. You just seem like a really nice person! :)

    Like some previous commenters said, I’d probably prefer the recipes on the same page as your post, but it’s not a big deal. :)

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — January 3, 2011 @ 7:20 AM

    A three-year blogiversary definitely deserves a beautiful chocolate cake (and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be celebrating mine in 11 days :-) ). My favorite aspect of RecipeGirl.com are the recipes themselves!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Food — January 3, 2011 @ 7:20 AM

    I actually really love your blogging “voice”. It’s so fun to read your blog. :)

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    Danielle — January 3, 2011 @ 7:24 AM

    I love that you include photos with every recipe. I’m a visual person and that really helps me decide whether or not I’d like the end result (and it also lets me know if mine looks anything like it’s supposed to!).

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    Noelle — January 3, 2011 @ 7:24 AM

    I can;t wait to see the redesign! Happy Blogiversary! I totally get the candle thing! Let me see. I would like to see more steps to each recipe. I think your photos are magnificent, but a few more would be awesome!

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    Neé Neé — January 3, 2011 @ 7:26 AM

    I really enjoy the recipes – I know that’s basic, but you’re one of my Top 5 ‘go-to’ sites when I need some inspiration!

    Happy Blog Birthday to you!

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    cindy champion — January 3, 2011 @ 7:26 AM

    I love the great selection of recipes!

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    Apryl — January 3, 2011 @ 7:27 AM

    Love love love the variety of recipes you provide and the ease of use of your website :)

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    Brooke Kittle — January 3, 2011 @ 7:27 AM

    I love your beautiful pictures and easy printable recipes. I also love watching your recipe video tutorials on goodbite.com

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    Jenny — January 3, 2011 @ 7:35 AM

    I love that you feature many recipes that I would actually consider making.

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    erinhudd — January 3, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    I love the variety of recipes you have! Happy Blogaversary!!

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    Valerie Gardner — January 3, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    Happy Blog-Birthday!! I enjoy your site and the variety of recipes! Keep up the good work!

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    Laurie Sorenson — January 3, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    I love your enthusiasm for delicious food and your picture of the chocolate cake looks delectable!!<3

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    Fran McClain — January 3, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    Happy Blog Day!!!! I check your site when searching for recipes–love the pictures. Easy to use. If this chocolate cake is as good as your “White Wedding Cupcakes”, it’s a keeper!!!

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    ashley — January 3, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

    HAPPY 3RD BLOG BORTHDAY!!!

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    Melissa Cruz-Alvarez — January 3, 2011 @ 7:40 AM

    Love everything about your site. Great pictures. I need help with making my pictures look that good.

    Just opened up a sur la table near me — love it and would love to win the gift card. Fingers crossed.

    Thanks!

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    Ilona — January 3, 2011 @ 7:40 AM

    Love all your pictures!

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    Tina K — January 3, 2011 @ 7:42 AM

    I just love all the different recipes and reviews you post. I’m never without a good idea, thanks to your site.

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    Jill Rice — January 3, 2011 @ 7:42 AM

    This recipe is awesome! I’m addicted to your blog and every recipe I’ve ever made got rave reviews, the white wedding cake recipe was used for my nieces b~day and a kid that is not a cake eater now loves my cake, I’ve had people offer to pay me money to make artichoke bread for their parties and the best: your butterfinger blondies got an “i love you” out of my boyfriend, they are magic! I’m going to make this chocolate raspberry cake tonight and celebrate with u!

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    Tara — January 3, 2011 @ 7:43 AM

    I love the gorgeous photos of your food. Everything always looks so yummy I can’t help but try to cook/bake as soon as I see the recipes. Of course my dishes never look quite as pretty!

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    nilla — January 3, 2011 @ 7:43 AM

    love your blog, love your pictures… great work

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    Jessica Lynn — January 3, 2011 @ 7:45 AM

    I like that your recipes are easy to make and don’t use any weird ingredients! They’re common enough that I either have them at home or can easily get them at the store.

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    Mimi — January 3, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

    Happy #rd anniversary! I love that you have so many recipes and how easy they are to find. And – I love Culinary Covers! Thanks for 3 great years

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    Jen Gacek — January 3, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! I love your site. I always come to it when I’m looking for new recipes. And they are sooooo yummy!

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    Mimi — January 3, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

    Happy 3rd anniversary! I love that you have so many recipes and how easy they are to find. And – I love Culinary Covers! Thanks for 3 great years

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    Julie R — January 3, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

    No improvements needed! I love your recipes!

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    julieako — January 3, 2011 @ 7:49 AM

    Excited to see what you will come up with next, would like more recipes for 1 or 2 people.

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    danielle — January 3, 2011 @ 7:50 AM

    Iwouldnt change a thing – I love all your recipes.

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    Tara — January 3, 2011 @ 7:51 AM

    Happy Birthday to you! I love your beautiful pictures in the posts. There’s nothing really I’d improve on :)

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    Patti — January 3, 2011 @ 7:51 AM

    I found your website not to long ago. I have finally been able to try different recipes and find some favorites the kids and I love. I like how your recipes are easy to follow, even for the novice like me. Love pictures sometimes mine look the same. Congrats!!!

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    June g. — January 3, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

    The beautiful photos that accompany your yummy recipes!

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    Kristen — January 3, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! Today is my little blog’s one year anniversary, and I’m planning something fun, too. (The hubby doesn’t get it, but glad to see you do!).

    I love the way your recipes are categorized, makes it so easy to find something new to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Barbara Bakes — January 3, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

    I love that you mix up healthy recipes with fabulous rich chocolate cake recipes. Congrats on 3 great years!

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    Amy Williams — January 3, 2011 @ 7:55 AM

    Happy 3rd Birthday! That cake looks amazing. I love your beautiful pics and variety of recipes that you post.

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    Victoria Double U — January 3, 2011 @ 7:56 AM

    I love the variety of recipes & variations on a theme (ex. I can find 4 or 5 recipes when I have too many lemons or fruit).

    I wish that the blog would have more potluck recipes!

    Happy Blogversary!

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    Amy S. — January 3, 2011 @ 7:56 AM

    I love how easy it is to print your recipes. And how tasty they are! Happy blog birthday!

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    Candy — January 3, 2011 @ 7:57 AM

    I LOVE your blog .. That cake looks so yummy !!

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    Michele Kirk — January 3, 2011 @ 7:58 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! Wow that cake looks delish!!! Congrats to you!!

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    Erica — January 3, 2011 @ 8:01 AM

    Everything is authentic – recipes, pictures, conversation. More and more I gravitate to your blog for inspiration. Using your recipes, it is as if a friend were in the kitchen beside me, sharing the delight and satisfaction of creating amazing dishes for my family’s table. Keep up the good work!

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    Lauren at KeepItSwee — January 3, 2011 @ 8:01 AM

    That cake looks absolutely perfect! I enjoy reading your blog for the creative and delicious recipes you post!

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    Beth — January 3, 2011 @ 8:01 AM

    What I like most about your site is YOU! Seriously, you seem like someone I would hang out with…you come across as genuine and fun to be around in your writing!

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    maria — January 3, 2011 @ 8:02 AM

    Congrats on three years! The cake is the perfect way to celebrate!

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    Jane — January 3, 2011 @ 8:07 AM

    Happy Blogiversary! I love your selection of recipes! Thanks!

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    Kelly — January 3, 2011 @ 8:08 AM

    Congrats! I enjoy the blog and look forward to more new recipes.

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    Stephanie — January 3, 2011 @ 8:11 AM

    Happy Birthday! I enjoy the variety of recipes and the ease of making most things. The details are wonderful and of course the photos…breathtaking!

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 3, 2011 @ 8:13 AM

    Congratulations, Lori! That cake is absolutely gorgeous.

    What I love about your blog is that it is consistently filled with mouth-watering, doable recipes. The blog owner is pretty darn nice, too.

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    Emily — January 3, 2011 @ 8:15 AM

    I love your “Evil” carbs section because I think they are necessary to proper nutrition, plus yummy and delicious =) The only thing you are missing is scratch and sniff, I would love to be able to smell that cake =)

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    Michelle — January 3, 2011 @ 8:16 AM

    Truthfully, I love your blog and have made some fabulous recipes, thanks to you. Keep it up!

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    Lana — January 3, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

    Happy Blog Birthday, Laurie! I totally understand you wanting to celebrate three years of hard work. Food blogging takes a LOT of effort – planning, purchasing, cooking, photographing, writing…it’s no easy task and you do it in such a friendly and gracious way! Congratulations and keep the fabulous recipes coming.

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    Meg — January 3, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

    I Love your site! It’s often a challenge to break out of a cooking rut but everytime I need a little inspiration, I find something delish to make here. Happy 3RD Birthday Recipe Girl!

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    LilSis — January 3, 2011 @ 8:20 AM

    Congrats on the three year Blogiversary!

    I love your variety of recipes; from the desserts to the dinner parties. I always enjoy your posts showing your table settings and menus for dinner club.

    Keep up the great work and I’ll look forward to seeing the new designs.

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    Mary — January 3, 2011 @ 8:21 AM

    Congratulations! I’ve planned many meals around your recipes and learned quite a bit while doing so. It’s been three great years!

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    Bunkycooks — January 3, 2011 @ 8:25 AM

    Congrats on three years! I enjoy browsing through all the recipes and appreciate that they are grouped together and easy to find.

    I hope to meet you IRL in the New Year!

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    Julie Ryan — January 3, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

    Congrats on 3 years!!! You’re on my google reader so my favorite thing about your site is when you update it :) Your posts are always delicious and I read every single one.

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    Tiffany — January 3, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! I love the pictures. I’m a visual person, so I’m always more likely to try something new when I see how delicious it looks!

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    d.liff — January 3, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

    I love the recipes! I wish that you still had a full RSS feed for google reader though :(

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    Steph — January 3, 2011 @ 8:36 AM

    Happy Anniversary!! RecipeGirl.com is my goto site for inspiration when I need a recipe that I know will be a winner. I love the way you have the website organized now, so I can hardly wait to see your improvements. Keep up the good work, I look forward to every post!

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    Michelle Vandergrift — January 3, 2011 @ 8:37 AM

    My favorite thing about your blog are the recipes! It’s refreshing to have yummy recipes without having to track down exotic ingredients. Can’t really think of a change, so I’m excited to see what you do with the re-design.

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    Leslie Smith — January 3, 2011 @ 8:38 AM

    Happy Happy Birthday! I’ve been following you for probably close to 3 years. Your information is so helpful. Here’s to many more years of The Recipe Girl .

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    Kirstin K — January 3, 2011 @ 8:42 AM

    Love your website… especially all the pictures… they make the food look so delicious, like you can just tell that they all taste good.

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    Nancy — January 3, 2011 @ 8:43 AM

    Happy Birthday to the Recipe Girl Blog!! I love your recipes and the layout, so it should be really exciting to see your new changes!

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    Jenny — January 3, 2011 @ 8:46 AM

    Happy Blog Birthday!

    I love all the Recipes! I have made so many of them! My favorite was the Magic in the middle cookies! YUM!

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    Mrs. Mix It — January 3, 2011 @ 8:46 AM

    Happy Birthday Recipe Girl!! I love how you combine Recipes with Fabulous Giveaways just like this one.

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    heather — January 3, 2011 @ 8:46 AM

    I love your spin on recipes & your salads!

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    Stacey — January 3, 2011 @ 8:47 AM

    I’ve enjoyed recipe girl for a couple of years now. I’ve made so many of your recipes. I like how they are categorized. I also like they you post a wide range of recipes. I do miss the star ratings at the end of each recipe and I miss that the pictures no longer print with the recipe.

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    vanillasugarblog — January 3, 2011 @ 8:47 AM

    wow look how far you’ve come girl. congrats and happy blogoversary (sp?). the only thing that i love and adore about recipe girl is how much its grown over the last three years–quite a lot.

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    Jessica — January 3, 2011 @ 8:49 AM

    Happy Anniversary to the RecipeGirl Blog! I absolutely LOVE your blog. The recipes I make always end in success, the pictures are fabulous, and the variety is endless. Keep up the great work!

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    Kate @ Diethood.com — January 3, 2011 @ 8:54 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! Cheers!

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    Elaine Acierno — January 3, 2011 @ 8:56 AM

    *What is something that you enjoy about the RecipeGirl site, and is there any feature you’d like to see improved or added to the site?

    Happy Anniversary RecipeGirl Blog. I love your Crockpot recipes. My husband and I both work – often late, it is nice to come home to a ready meal, and not have fatty -overpriced take-out food. I look for new Crockpot recipes often as I do not want to become bored with my Crockpot recipes.

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    Amy W. — January 3, 2011 @ 8:58 AM

    Huge Congratulations! I completely enjoy the fact that you can tell you LOVE too cook. It comes out in your stories, recipes and pictures. I’m looking forward to your improvements…if that’s even possible to “improve” on something fabulous!

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    Heather D. — January 3, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

    I do love your recipes, but it is your photos that really do it for me!

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    Stacey — January 3, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

    Love your blog! your wide array of recipe selection keeps me coming back to your sight time and again!!

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    Jill — January 3, 2011 @ 9:05 AM

    Happy blog-birthday!
    I love everything here – thank-you.

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    Chris — January 3, 2011 @ 9:07 AM

    Love the photogorphy almost as much as the recipes. Keep up the great work and congrats on three years!

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    Janis — January 3, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

    Happy Anniversary!!! :) So exciting. The cake looks delicious. I love that your site is here and you also post them on FB. I sometimes get busy and don’t check the food blogs like I used to, but FB…ugh addicted. :) I love seeing what new things you come up with and being able to share them with my FB friends. Thanks for a great site and congrats on the success you have had!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 3, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

    Congrats on 3 years Lori! What a beautiful cake.

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    Carrie — January 3, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

    Oh, Lori, I’m so thrilled for you. What an accomplishment! You should be so proud of yourself for all of your hard work and yes, darn it, you should have a cake with candles to celebrate that. Every time I visit your site I leave with inspiration and new tips. Thank you….. Looking forward to seeing your “new” site.

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    Meghan — January 3, 2011 @ 9:21 AM

    I love that your recipes are practical and easy, but still fun. Thank you!!!

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    Shauna — January 3, 2011 @ 9:25 AM

    I love your site! You have every occasion covered – even WW recipes! Happy Blog Anniversary!

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    Lori — January 3, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

    Happy 3rd Birthday, RecipeGirl.com & Lori! It seems like yesterday you took on this venture and I am still amazed every day with all your new ideas & recipes! RG is my #1 food site to go to, and many times when my hubby says, “We need to fix something different for dinner tonight” I just pull up your site and let him look at the pictures & choose! EVERYTHING is so delicious & I have total trust that whatever I make, with following your easy step by step recipe, it will turn out a hit! (guess your teacher background is still paying off!) Excited to see your continued success, Lori!

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    Karolynn Christianse — January 3, 2011 @ 9:30 AM

    I love how you always put recipes on that you have tried first. Nothing but the best of recipes on your blog!

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    Pam R — January 3, 2011 @ 9:32 AM

    I absolutely love how your recipes are organized! It makes it much easier to find a recipe for whatever the occasion! :)

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    Julia — January 3, 2011 @ 9:34 AM

    I like the recipes you post and the great pics that accompany them. The chocolate cake looks super-yummy. Good luck on your new site!

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    Carey — January 3, 2011 @ 9:36 AM

    Happy blogaversary! I love your variety of recipes and step by step instructions. I’d love to see more “giftable” recipes, things I can make and package up as little treats for friends or people I get together with for craft night or whatnot. Thanks for the inspiration and great photography!

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    Scorpio Woman — January 3, 2011 @ 9:40 AM

    What I like about your blog is that you post wonderful recipes with great photos. :)

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    Nicole — January 3, 2011 @ 9:44 AM

    3 years! What a great milestone. Congrats, Lori! Your recipes are crowd-pleasers and when I know I might encounter some picky eaters, I know I can come here and search from your big list :)

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    Stacie — January 3, 2011 @ 9:47 AM

    I love all the pictures that go along with the recipes that Recipe Girl posts! They all look so scrumptious!

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    Tricia — January 3, 2011 @ 9:47 AM

    Love the entire site…and the new additions of healthy and easy.

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    Shaniqua — January 3, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

    I just tweeted to you that I absolutely love your blog and you responded. I would like to see the all the pictures pop up when you click on the recipe category you choose. So you wouldn’t have to chick on every word down the list. Congratulations on 3 years!!!!

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    Erin — January 3, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

    I love your blog and all your great recipes (especially all the desserts). Congratulations on three years!

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    Cantstopbaking — January 3, 2011 @ 10:01 AM

    Just keep doing what you are doing- I love your recipes. Keep ‘em coming!

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    Leslie Herrema — January 3, 2011 @ 10:02 AM

    I love browsing through your recipe index. You have some fabulous desserts posted here!

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    Krystal — January 3, 2011 @ 10:07 AM

    Yay on the birthday! I love your site because even though I consider myself a novice coook I can still make most of your recipes. And the pictures always make everything look sooo good :)

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    Kate — January 3, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    sara — January 3, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

    I love all of your unique recipes and most of them I make myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Lyrical Soul — January 3, 2011 @ 10:26 AM

    Happy Birthday! I enjoy your blog – it was one of the first I subbed to on my RSS feed, and the first thing I “liked” on Facebook. I love the pictures, your sense of humor, and the easy way the recipes you choose come together. I don’t comment much – for which I apologize, but I’ve used plenty of your recipes. You are awesome! keep up the good work!

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    Erika J — January 3, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    Happy Three Years!

    I have only recently stumbled upon your site, but I love the variety of recipes you have and the beautiful photos to accompany them!

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    Julie — January 3, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    I love the great pictures! They really entice me to try your recipes, which by the way, are also awesome. :)

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    jillian — January 3, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

    I love your recipes and photos! Congrats!

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    Emily — January 3, 2011 @ 10:31 AM

    I always appreciate the sheer enthusiasm you bring to your posts and the recipes you share. I really enjoy reading about someone’s experience with a recipe/dish, and they trying it on my own. You are a high class blogger!!

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    Hallie — January 3, 2011 @ 10:33 AM

    I love your recipes and your archives. As for improvements…I don’t know…maybe some new “healthy” recipes for those of us on the weight loss train in 2011. Although…that cake looks kinds of amazing, not going to lie…

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    Hello Kimmy — January 3, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

    I love all the recipes on your site. It is fun seeing a new one pop up in my rss reader.

    As for improvements… just more instructional photos/tips. You know, showing recipe steps in photos as you progress.

    The site is great though. Lots of information and an easy to navigate layout.

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    Dawn — January 3, 2011 @ 10:38 AM

    What I love about your blog are the Theme Party Menus…keep up the great work :)

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    NeCole — January 3, 2011 @ 10:40 AM

    I love how you simplify even the most decadent recipes so that those of us with less cooking expertise aren’t intimidated by them.

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    Helen — January 3, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

    Happy Birthday!! Love the recipes I have gotten from here! The chocolate cake looks scrumptious !!!

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    Andrea Meyers — January 3, 2011 @ 10:53 AM

    Congrats Lori! You are right, food blogging is a lot of work, but you’ve done very well.

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    Melissa — January 3, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

    Favorite thing is obviously the recipes! Maybe more low cal/low sugar recipes for the future!

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    AppleTree — January 3, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

    Right now, I really appreciate that chocolate cake…Beautiful.

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    Andie — January 3, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

    Love the blog! Do wish that the full RSS feed was available in google reader, though!

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    Manette — January 3, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

    Your photography is great-I would like to sink my teeth into that chocolate-raspberry cake now:) Congrats on your anniversary! My list is wishful for Sur la Table

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    Dawn C. — January 3, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

    I like the variety of your recipes and the fantastic photos to go along with them. I also like the lay-out of your blog; it’s very inviting. But I’m sure the site will be just as fantastic. :) Happy birthday and thanks for all the great recipes!!!

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    Mandy Kirk — January 3, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

    Wow that cake looked divine! I too would have to say that I will the full feed was available in google reader, but love it otherwise!

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    MamaFeelgood — January 3, 2011 @ 11:28 AM

    I don’t think there is any one thing I like. I have made some great meals thanks to you though. Keep it uP!

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    Lana — January 3, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    Happy birthday to your blog, Lori! I have been reading it for a long time, even before we moved to SoCal. Your photos are beautiful, your recipes work, and I always enjoy your entertainment tips and party menus.
    Here is to many more blog posts! Happy New Year!

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    Jodi — January 3, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

    Happy Birthday to your blog! There’s a lot to love, but at the top of the list, for me, is your voice/tone. I feel like one of my girlfriends is talking to me about her kitchen adventures. Love that!

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    Grant — January 3, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

    I like your taste in food! And thought your cover recipe series was a great idea. I’d rather not have the recipes a separate link from the blog entry though. Congrats on making 3 years! That’s a great accomplishment.

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    Lisa — January 3, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

    The thing I love most about this blog are the recipes! They are actually recipes that I would (and do) make.

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    Haley — January 3, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

    First off, Happy 3rd Birthday!

    What I like best about the RecipeGirl site is how organized the recipes are & how simple it is to find one. If I am looking for a dessert, I click dessert, but then it narrows my search even more! I love this!

    Life is much simpler with the Cooking for Two search or the Quick & Easy…

    Keep it up!

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    Rana — January 3, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

    I love the variety of recipes you post and your photos are fabulous!! :)

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    Mellisa W — January 3, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

    I apprecite your cheerfulness. Thanks and congratulations.

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    Lisa — January 3, 2011 @ 12:03 PM

    I actually love your presence on Twitter. I have your blog in my Reader but sometimes what I see on Twitter gets me over here more quickly!

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    kayceebeebee — January 3, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

    I follow you on my google reader and love the photos and recipe varieties. Congrats on 3 years.

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    Susan J — January 3, 2011 @ 12:21 PM

    Congrats on 3 years!
    I love all your photos. I really can’t think of anything I’d like to add or improve. I’m sure as the blog owner there’s lots you’d like to re-do or add, but I love the blog regardless.

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    Jeannie K — January 3, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

    Happy 3rd birthday! I just discovered recipe blogs about 2 months ago and love them. Recipe Girl is one of my favorites…I love your photos! Thanks for all the recipes!

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    Angela — January 3, 2011 @ 12:31 PM

    I love RG! I love the extensive variety of recipes on the site and that you site the sources you refer to or adapt from. I would like to see more comments about the recipes from readers that have tried them. I am not sure whether this feature is supported by the site. I find readers’ comments helpful for things I have never tried before. You are definitely one of my favorite recipe sites, hands down! Happy Cooking! Angela

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    Rachel — January 3, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

    I like the friendly tone of your writing. And I love that photo of cake! Mmmm, chocolate! ;)

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    food librarian — January 3, 2011 @ 12:35 PM

    Hey Lori, Congratulations! You have an awesome blog and website. I don’t know how you do it all and raise a family! You are just incredible. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Let me know if you come up to LA – mary

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    Courtney C — January 3, 2011 @ 12:38 PM

    I love the step by step pictures you do. I’m a visual learner and it really helps me out!

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    Tina — January 3, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

    Happy blog a versarry! I am always looking for new recipes to feed the family. I love your website. You have a great sense of humor and GREAT pics.. keep it up! Love SUr La Table .. its kind of an obsession :-)

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    Kathy E. — January 3, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

    Besides the amazing photography, I really like your Healthy Dinner ideas/recipes that you share. Having the nutritional data with each really helps those that are (or should be) watching their weight. Thanks for all you do!

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    Christy — January 3, 2011 @ 1:10 PM

    Congrats on 3 years, that’s great. I love your recipes.

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    Kimmy Kimster — January 3, 2011 @ 1:14 PM

    Oh Recipe Girl! I found your site a few days ago when Holly Clegg posted a link on her website/blog. I have not yet closed the page! Such awesome recipes! Beautiful food! And it looks delicious. I think tomorrow I will try to make the eggnog scones — for no special reason at all!

    Thank you so much for your blog, your ideas and your recipes! YUMMMMMM!

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    Kelly Orange — January 3, 2011 @ 1:15 PM

    Oh, Mr. Recipe Girl…. there’s always a reason to celebrate, but this is one that you’ve put so much energy, creativity and heart into! Thank you ;)

    I’m a fan of the gluten free recipes as I have family members & a quite a few friends who are gf, so it’s nice to know I can come here and find a great recipe! Good Job Lori! I can’t think of anything I dislike, but I can’t wait to see a redesign :)

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    Danyelle — January 3, 2011 @ 1:17 PM

    That cake looks wonderful and happy birthday to your blog.

    I like the range of recipes you offer most.

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    Laura T. — January 3, 2011 @ 1:35 PM

    Congrats, I’ve been reading you for about a year now. If I had to choose something to change about the website, I would consider making the recipes more printer-friendly.
    Thanks!

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    Carrie — January 3, 2011 @ 1:44 PM

    I’ve been cleaning out my blogs the last couple of days and this is one I will definitely be keeping. The photos are always great and the recipes are clear. Keep up the good work!

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    marla — January 3, 2011 @ 1:52 PM

    Now this is a very happy birthday post indeed! That cake looks amazing & the photos are wonderful. It is no wonder you took bites of your hubs slice too! I look forward to each & every one of your posts & I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us the next 3 plus years :) XO
    Great giveaway! I say keep doing everything you are doing.

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    Sharlene — January 3, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

    Congratulations! I’m actually in love with the ancho chili brownies you posted awhile back and have made them multiple times, sometimes just for myself and not to share!

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    Rachel — January 3, 2011 @ 2:26 PM

    Congrats on your 3rd anniversary! I like the site b/c the recipes/pictures are beautiful, but simple enough that I can follow along at home.

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    jillmc — January 3, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

    Congrats on 3 wonderfully successful blogging years! Love your blog-the pictures are always so yummy! Hopefully we will see some healthy, tasty recipes to help us all keep our resolution to be live a more healthy life this year! Thanks for sharing, and all of your hard work!

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    Patricia — January 3, 2011 @ 2:35 PM

    I love the variety of recipes, but especially enjoyed the watermelon salsa recipe. Wonderful twist on an old favorite. Thanks for the blog!

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    debbie — January 3, 2011 @ 2:46 PM

    I love the variety of recipes shared

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    justJENN — January 3, 2011 @ 2:48 PM

    It’s always fun to see what other food bloggers are making and eating everyday!

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    Holli — January 3, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    Truthfully? I love your photography! It is so good that it makes even things I wouldn’t normally like look fantastic :)

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    JulieD — January 3, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    I love your blog and love how cute it is. I can’t wait to see what Lindsay does, she is so sweet. I can’t wait to meet the both of you at BHF. Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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    michelle — January 3, 2011 @ 2:51 PM

    I love trying all the new to me recipes! thanks for the chance to win!

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    Amy@whatjewwannaeat — January 3, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    Congrats! I have been a long time ready. Your recipes are always creative, and I LOVE your photographs- so beautiful!

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    sarah — January 3, 2011 @ 2:57 PM

    I love that I can trust your recipes to be good and your pictures are wonderful!

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    Julie — January 3, 2011 @ 3:03 PM

    One thing I love about the Recipe Girl site is the variety of recipes. I would love to see more recipes that kids can help with

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    Strawberry Cake — January 3, 2011 @ 3:03 PM

    Great photography! Super Recipes! Congrats on 3 years of blogging heres to many more!

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    Lara — January 3, 2011 @ 3:05 PM

    Love the variety of recipe, posts & ideas!!

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    Megan (Running Foodi — January 3, 2011 @ 3:19 PM

    I appreciate your lovely photography and the quality of your recipes!

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    Vicki — January 3, 2011 @ 3:24 PM

    Happy Blogoversary! I love the variety of your recipes, I can always find something to inspire me.

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    Esra — January 3, 2011 @ 3:26 PM

    My two best friends and I started a cooking blog this year so I can appreciate having a birthday celebration for your blog. I enjoy reading the various tidbits and creative recipes you post. Keep on posting and we will keep on cooking!

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    Heather Bell — January 3, 2011 @ 4:03 PM

    The awesome amount of variety that you have!

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    Patty — January 3, 2011 @ 4:06 PM

    I appreciate the energy and enthusiasm behind your posts and tweets. It is infectious in an inspiringly good way! I have always wanted to see more action shots of the cooking happening in your kitchen! Goodies love looking at other foodies’ kitchens!

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    Gwyn — January 3, 2011 @ 4:18 PM

    I love your Healthy recipes, Weight watchers, they are the best. But then myself making all of your recipes, so I guess I love the variety!!

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    Haniela — January 3, 2011 @ 4:34 PM

    I enjoy trying new Healthy Recipes, I also love the variety, side dishes ..that is my favorite, grilling and then desserts. Basically I love it all
    Happy Anniversary!

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    Susie — January 3, 2011 @ 4:57 PM

    I love your site and the only improvement I could see is a picture with every recipe. Oh, and brighter colors!

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    julie — January 3, 2011 @ 5:21 PM

    i love how your recipes are so easy to follow!

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    Ayanna Moore — January 3, 2011 @ 5:28 PM

    It took me a second to post because all I could think about was the double chocolate cake you just posted…seriously, it took me awhile to get my mind off of it, guarantee I’ll put it back on;-). Love the site and I can’t get enough recipes so I enjoy it. I lobe that you have so many pics to go along with the recipe itself, not many recipe sites don’t do that so that’s a plus. Keep up the good work and keep ‘em coming!:-)

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    Heidi — January 3, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

    I love the yummy recipes and the beautiful photos. I love pix of food.

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    Lindsay K — January 3, 2011 @ 5:41 PM

    I have loved finding great food blogs but mostly diving into all of yours!! I am obsessed with your Tequila Shrimp Recipe and all of your baked goods!! I really enjoy seeing pictures with recipes. That would be my best tip!

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    Kathy — January 3, 2011 @ 5:43 PM

    I just love all of your photos and yummy recipes!

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    Jodie — January 3, 2011 @ 5:46 PM

    I love that there are so many recipes! The only thing I would change is that I’ve noticed that a few recipes don’t have pictures and I love to see pictures! Thanks!

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    Tammy — January 3, 2011 @ 6:04 PM

    I love that you use fresh food for your recipes – no condensed soup, no box mixes – everything I’ve read seems to start out fresh!

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    Laura Myers — January 3, 2011 @ 6:06 PM

    I like the variety,I enjoy the baked goodies but also enjoy the lower cal recipes too!!

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    Michelle Abraham — January 3, 2011 @ 6:12 PM

    I love your pictures and recipes, I always turn to you for a new idea!

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    jennifer L — January 3, 2011 @ 6:20 PM

    recently found your blog and made your pumpkin gingerbread muffins for Christmas morning. They were a huge hit!! Thank you and keep up the blogging.

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    Amy Ross — January 3, 2011 @ 6:21 PM

    I enjoy the variety of recipes. The one thing I’d change is just that you’d post more often!!!

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    Patricia — January 3, 2011 @ 6:44 PM

    I like the variety of recipes, but the desserts are my favorite.

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    Jennifer — January 3, 2011 @ 6:49 PM

    your cake looks amazing. Happy Blogiversary! I’m new to your site, but looking forward to exploring the recipes!

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    Erin — January 3, 2011 @ 7:05 PM

    All your recipes are something I would want to make! I’d love if your post in readers showed more than just a few sentences!

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    Maggie — January 3, 2011 @ 7:07 PM

    I’ve never come across a recipe that I don’t LOVE! Gotta make this cake ASAP.

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    Jennifer — January 3, 2011 @ 7:24 PM

    It is recipes like this chocolate cake that keep me coming back! Happy blogiversary.

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    Steph — January 3, 2011 @ 7:36 PM

    You have a great selection of recipes and ones like this cake keep me salivating for more! Happy blog birthday’

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    Renee — January 3, 2011 @ 7:45 PM

    Everything I’ve made from your site has been delicious and there are too many to count that I want to make.

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    Pattyann — January 3, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

    I love that you have so many recipes on here!! And most of all I love that I can always find something to make when I browse your pages.

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    stephanie k — January 3, 2011 @ 7:56 PM

    That when I am in a slump on what to make for dinner I can always come here and find something!!

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    Creative2xmom — January 3, 2011 @ 8:28 PM

    I love the recipes. Cooking is a passion and I’m always looking for inspiration.

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    carolee — January 3, 2011 @ 8:37 PM

    I love your organization– the recipe lists are detailed! I dig your low carb section– Thanks!!

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    jenni — January 3, 2011 @ 8:51 PM

    I love the fact that your recipes are very user friendly, and things that I will actually make. Always delicious!

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    Brittany C. — January 3, 2011 @ 9:07 PM

    I used 3 of your fudge recipes this Christmas. SO SO GOOD!!!

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    susitravl — January 3, 2011 @ 9:10 PM

    I find the best recipes here! Most weeks, I try between 3 and 5 new entrees and a couple of side dishes/desserts. I am the cook of the family – but I (seriously) cannot make anything without a recipe. So – thank you!

    One thing I really like is that your site is automatically formatted to print the recipe & picture only.

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    Lisa — January 3, 2011 @ 9:27 PM

    First off, happy 3 years!

    Secondly, the cake looks like it’s to die for. I’m totally making this! Thank you! :)

    Thirdly, I love all of the recipes and photos you post. I’ve made many and the pictures help because I like to try and recreate your perfections. :)

    P.S.- Great giveaway- I LOVE Sur La Table!

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    Jeanne Burton — January 3, 2011 @ 9:47 PM

    The thing I like about your website is the really easy way I can find recipes via your website’s recipe index – and I can sort via recipe topics if I don’t know exactly what I’m in the mood for…

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    Yael — January 3, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

    Your recipes are great and the format of your blog is easy to read and easy on the eyes!

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    Shelley Gross — January 3, 2011 @ 10:10 PM

    Posting more often would be nice ;) Love the blog~

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    Theresa — January 3, 2011 @ 11:15 PM

    Happy Anniversary, and wishes for many more!
    Today, I love the picture of that chocolate cake – it looks extremely fudgy, and that’s the best kind of chocolate cake there is.

    What I would do to improve the site would be to make the print option more text and photo, and remove the links in the margins. Instead of printing, I save the recipes and pics in the RecipeGirl file on my desktop, and it would save me a lot of editing if the only thing that showed up in the print preview was the recipe and pic.

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    Suzie — January 3, 2011 @ 11:29 PM

    Congratulations on turning 3!!! =) I love how easy it is to find things on this site! It is so organized and easy to navigate! It would be great to have a favorites button so we can keep track of our favorite recipes or ones we want to try!

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    Fuji Mama — January 4, 2011 @ 12:10 AM

    I love that you always make me smile! Whether it’s because of a recipe that looks so good that the thought of trying it makes me smile, or your personality shining through in your writing, a trip to RecipeGirl.com is always good for workin’ out the ‘ole mouth muscles! Here’s to 3 more amazing years!

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    Jacqui — January 4, 2011 @ 12:27 AM

    One thing I ove is all of the appetizer recipes you have up! I recently had a cocktail party and made those awesome asparagus wraps. Only thing Id like to see more of is brighter color for the page. =]

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    Kate — January 4, 2011 @ 12:45 AM

    Don’t change a thing – I love your blog because it always holds a recipe I want as a keeper like the recent eggnog scones. I wish you many more happy blogging days ahead.

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    Ana M. — January 4, 2011 @ 1:33 AM

    I’ve been subscribing to your newsletter for a month now and have found each of your recipes yummy and perfect for my taste. I’d continue to read your blog till you stop blogging anymore. I guess you should have some more desserts recipes put on here, as I’ve got a TOO MUCH sweet-tooth :D Best of luck, and keep delicious recipes coming up!

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    tammy — January 4, 2011 @ 2:39 AM

    Happy Bloggaversary! I have heard about tasting parties recently. My mother got me these cute little glasses from Pier 1. I guess you are to put either some sort of appectizers or desserts in them. Not sure, but it sounded neat, so if you have any ideas that would be great.
    Thanks

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    Linda Smith — January 4, 2011 @ 2:56 AM

    Your recipe file is very easy to use and recipes are from “scratch” using good ingredients AND your pictures are Great. I would like to see a “save to favorites” tab so I could create my own recipe box of favorites from this site. Thank You and keep em coming!! Happy Anniversary.

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    Mary — January 4, 2011 @ 3:26 AM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE recipes! Love your site!

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    Angela — January 4, 2011 @ 3:36 AM

    I love how easy it is to navigate around your blog. Locate recipes and your pictures are great!

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    grace — January 4, 2011 @ 3:47 AM

    food porn and awesome recipes, that’s what keeps me coming back!

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    Judy R — January 4, 2011 @ 3:52 AM

    I love your blog! It has given me so many new recipes to try for my family and friends.

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    Laurel — January 4, 2011 @ 3:59 AM

    I like the variety you offer, from diet to die to eat… As far as suggestions, I do have an affinity for recipe index’ with pictures :)

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    Laurel — January 4, 2011 @ 4:19 AM

    My favorite foods are the Weight Watchers friendly ones by far!

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    LauraB @ foodsnobstl — January 4, 2011 @ 4:22 AM

    I love that you don’t just post cookies and cakes. I can use recipes from here in real life, not just for special occasions!

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    jenna — January 4, 2011 @ 4:29 AM

    Great recipes and easy site!

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    Julie Davis — January 4, 2011 @ 4:34 AM

    I just recently found you again after some years away. I used to look at the website a few years ago. I love your recipes and I have tried many of them.

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    Rose — January 4, 2011 @ 4:57 AM

    I collect recipes and have collected and tried many from your website.

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    Liz — January 4, 2011 @ 4:59 AM

    You’re probably unaware that you frequently plan our dinner. I never worry about the success of the dish because it always turns out perfectly. Don’t change a thing!

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    Lindsay — January 4, 2011 @ 5:13 AM

    I love your recipes, I have made so many of your recipes I can’t even tell you how many! Congrats on 3 years!!!

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    Kristina — January 4, 2011 @ 5:14 AM

    I like that fact you take several pictures of the food and put them on here. Great recipes and the site is great.

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    Sarah S — January 4, 2011 @ 5:40 AM

    The diversity of the recipes.

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    Debbie — January 4, 2011 @ 5:41 AM

    Congratulations on your 3 year Anniversary! This is a great site – easy to navigate, lots of recipe categories, and beautiful pictures. I’ve really enjoyed it!

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    terri — January 4, 2011 @ 5:47 AM

    i love your blog! i havent been doing much baking lately, but seeing this chocolate raspberry cake, might just be what i NEED! happy new year and thanks for hosting this great give a way! xo

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    Cheryl — January 4, 2011 @ 5:49 AM

    Happy Blogiversary!!

    While I do love the wide variety of recipes that you have I really love the whole “feel” of your Blog. Your energy and enthusiasm
    really come through in your writing and that makes your Blog stand apart.

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    Barbara — January 4, 2011 @ 5:51 AM

    Happy Blogoversary! Very exciting and I wish you a Happy New Year as well.
    What a super giveaway to start the year with! Your cake looks so moist and delicious too.

    I think the greatest compliment you can give a fellow blogger is to tell them how many recipes they copy AND make from their blog.

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    Cheryl W. — January 4, 2011 @ 6:12 AM

    I absolutely love and drool over all your fantastic food photographs. They are always so appealing that I just have to try the recipes. I would love to see more tutorial picture post. Just because I love seeing a recipe step by step.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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    Janet — January 4, 2011 @ 6:30 AM

    I know I can always find a fab appetizer recipe over here. I love the endless supply and great photos!

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    Amanda Thompson — January 4, 2011 @ 6:35 AM

    I think what I love most about your blog are your drool-worthy photos of everything you make. Also, your site is really user-friendly and your Entertaining Section is a lot of fun. Congrats on three years and {please} keep up the good work!! :)

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    Carolyn Lontin — January 4, 2011 @ 6:38 AM

    I love your posts – the photos & directions are super easy to follow! Thanks for all of the ymmy recipes!

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    Liz — January 4, 2011 @ 6:38 AM

    Wow – happy 3 years! That’s great. I love the variety of recipes on your site – one day I can see dinner, the next dessert. :)

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    Jan — January 4, 2011 @ 6:39 AM

    I can always find something here that inspires me to cook.

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    Debbi R — January 4, 2011 @ 6:48 AM

    I love cooking and recipes. I read cookbooks like a novel, so Recipe Girl is like a novella every day. Thanks for the time and effort involved.

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    Pattie — January 4, 2011 @ 6:48 AM

    I love all the great pictures! !

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    Beth — January 4, 2011 @ 6:52 AM

    I love the way your pictures make me just want to take a big bite out of the computer screen!

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    carole — January 4, 2011 @ 6:53 AM

    I like your recipes because they are so easy to follow…..Keep up the good work!!
    Carole
    gram122@comcast.net

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    Michelle @ Taste As — January 4, 2011 @ 6:56 AM

    I loved participating in the Ten in 10 Challenge last year. Even though I had to stop in the middle, the challenge forced me to think differently, which is always a plus.

    Congratulations, Lori!

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    Anka — January 4, 2011 @ 6:58 AM

    Love your site, and the recipes, the only thing I’m having trouble with are the measurements – I’m European, so cups and spoons confuse me somewhat.

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    karen j — January 4, 2011 @ 7:06 AM

    I love the creativity of your recipes and the story about the recipe….if that doesnt get me to make it…then the picture for sure.

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    Missy — January 4, 2011 @ 7:14 AM

    I love the different recipes. Also – I have printed off a lot of the recipes and hope to be able to use them. Make things to take to work and everything is always a HIT!

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    elizabeth — January 4, 2011 @ 7:14 AM

    I think your blog is one of the best in all areas. Great recipes, great photos and stories, and easy to print your recipes. Keep up the good work! I and I’m sure tons of others really appreciate your hard work!

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    Ronda — January 4, 2011 @ 7:14 AM

    What is NOT to love about your site?! I love all of your recipes and wouldn’t change a thing!
    XOXO

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    Jennifer Jensen — January 4, 2011 @ 7:16 AM

    I love the gluten free recipes and recipes for two. Thanks for the hard work!

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    Sonya — January 4, 2011 @ 7:26 AM

    I like tweeting with you but I guess that doesn’t have anything to do with your blog design. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. :) maybe put pictures along with each recipe on the recipe index pages. :)

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    Christy D — January 4, 2011 @ 7:28 AM

    My favorite have to be the desserts, but I also love the stories!!! I don’t think you need to change a thing!!

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    Shelly — January 4, 2011 @ 7:45 AM

    I love your recipes!

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    Kim Riley — January 4, 2011 @ 7:47 AM

    Happy, Happy Anniversary! I am relatively new to this site (within the past year)but I love the variety of the recipes that you share, and the down to earth way you write. You make the recipes seem not at all intimidating, and this has become my “go-to” source for wonderful new things to try!

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    Regan — January 4, 2011 @ 7:58 AM

    I love how easy it is to find just the recipe I’m looking for.

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    Alex — January 4, 2011 @ 7:59 AM

    I truly love your recipes! That cake up there has me salivating. Happy Anniversary and i look forward to trying some new recipes from you in 2011

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    Scott Hoynoski — January 4, 2011 @ 8:01 AM

    Happy 3rd Anniversary! I found you on twitter, follow you and read your blog. It’s easy to read and very enjoyable; great words and fantastic photos!

    Scott
    http://chezhoy.blogspot.com

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    Lisa Rosenthal — January 4, 2011 @ 8:09 AM

    Love the entertaining tab!

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    Kelly — January 4, 2011 @ 8:12 AM

    love the photos on the website, they make the entire post so much more fun!

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    Kristine — January 4, 2011 @ 8:14 AM

    Love this site. I check your blog daily. I don’t want to miss a thing.

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    tcmaryf — January 4, 2011 @ 8:20 AM

    Happy blog b-day and many more. I love your eclectic mix of recipes, really calls out to my foodie soul. You post the most beautiful pictures. Thnx for all of it.

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    Amy — January 4, 2011 @ 8:26 AM

    I love all of your beautiful photo’s!

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    Miranda — January 4, 2011 @ 8:29 AM

    I’m relatively new to the site but what I love most is the variety of all the recipes and categories you offer and the new spin you often put on classic recipes. In the future, how about more ways to eat seasonally and locally?

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    KATHLEEN ERBE — January 4, 2011 @ 8:30 AM

    O MY CUPCAKES!!! Look at that birthday blog cake, first time I have seen one.
    I just found your site six months or so ago, and I love all of your recipes, but your entertainment is definitely a plus. The array of the different countries you can pick and wala your dinner is complete, on “recipegirl’s” delightful, and entertaining website. And I so love, “Love and olive oil.” This is so cool. Blessings for another thirty years. We might have smellevision by then…lol.
    redraven

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    AngelHeadedHipster — January 4, 2011 @ 8:38 AM

    I love the site and would enjoy more posts (because I’m greedy and inconsiderate of your time, haha) – ditto for culinary covers, which I really enjoy as well. Happy Blog B-day!

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    Inbar — January 4, 2011 @ 8:48 AM

    Definitely the best part is all the pictures of the recipes, as well as the fact that you give links to other food blogs, so I’m always discovering something new!

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    Charmaine — January 4, 2011 @ 8:59 AM

    I’ve just discovered your blog. I love the fun, airy look of the website and the photography has improved over time (I’m very envious of that!). I wish the content were centered though, instead of having the links/ads taking up so much space on the right side… something about feeling a bit lop-sided.

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    Maren — January 4, 2011 @ 9:01 AM

    Happy Anniversary! I love the versatility of the site! The photos are amazing and make me want to make everything posted. I hope to see more healthy snacks for the New Year!

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    Pat R — January 4, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I love the pictures and the variety of recipes.
    Please keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing the new you!

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    Tara — January 4, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

    Congrats on three years! I ESP love all the desserts because I am a baker at heart :) but all of your recipes are so helpful no matter what I am looking for. Thank you so much for your hard work!

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    Kimberly — January 4, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

    Congratulations!
    I love your pictures! Everything looks so good it makes me want to try it right away. I also like how you post other blogs. I love seeing what all is out there. Wonderful! Thanks!

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    Katrina — January 4, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

    Yay for 3 years! Mine is coming up in Feb.
    The cake looks heavenly and perfect for the celebration.
    Not kidding, or sucking up ;) –your blog is one of my favorites and I seriously can’t think of a thing you’d need to change/improve. You have great content, a great variety of recipes and fantastic pictures.

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    Judy Smithson — January 4, 2011 @ 9:31 AM

    I love your stories, your blog, and being a dessert junkie, this birthday cake may just be my new favorite.

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    Margaret — January 4, 2011 @ 9:46 AM

    Congrats!

    Your photography just blows me away! Everything you make always looks delicious and perfect. Yours is one of the first food blogs I came across when I started to get into them a year or so ago, and every recipe I’ve made from your site has turned out SO well! Keep it up!

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    Valerie — January 4, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

    Is it bad that I can’t find anything to improve on your site? LOL! I love your blog & it’s super easy to navigate and totally engaging. My favorite part is your ‘Recipes’ tab!

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    Tomi — January 4, 2011 @ 10:02 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your 3 yr anniversary! Woohoo! Whatever you do don’t get rid of the video segments when you update, they’re one of my fave features.

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    Lauren — January 4, 2011 @ 10:06 AM

    Congratulations on 3 years (and 4 1/2!)! What I love about your site is you. Your love for it and the way you write. The recipes are always really lovely too!

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    Cheryl Ross — January 4, 2011 @ 10:06 AM

    I feel like I’m looking at a magazine when reading your blog. Your writing, and pictures are always great.

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    Krystal — January 4, 2011 @ 10:11 AM

    I LOVE your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what you come up with this year! :)

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    Mary Ann Di Flaviano — January 4, 2011 @ 10:17 AM

    I especially like that the recipes are included for everything. Some blogs do not include all of the recipes. I also enjoy the photos. They make the food look so yummy & make me want to make them. I can’t wait to try them all.

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    Mary Ann — January 4, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

    I am a recipe fanatic! Love all the recipes! Happy Anniversary! =)

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    Lindsay — January 4, 2011 @ 10:33 AM

    I love the quality of your pictures and the fact that you post everyday. That makes the blog so much more exciting!

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    Brooke S — January 4, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

    Really like the entertaining ideas. Plus all the fab recipes.

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    Adriana Dotson — January 4, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

    What I love about your blog…everything! Every recipe that I have tried from here turns out great. This is the first place I look when I am searching for a dessert, an appetizer, or something new!
    Thanks for all your hard work!!

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    Patti — January 4, 2011 @ 11:16 AM

    I’m new to food blogs and your’s is one of my favorites!

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    Jennifer Watkins — January 4, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

    I wish readers had the ability to rate recipes. Can’t wait to try that raspberry cake recipe. Looks YUMMY!

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    lisa burton — January 4, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

    I love coming on here and reading your blog. I really love when you include pictures with the recipes, it helps by getting my mouth watering before I make it. :-)

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    Margaret — January 4, 2011 @ 11:25 AM

    I like your honesty about recipes. If you make and don’t like you don’t sugarcoat it. thanks for that.

    Oh, and then there’s the photos. and the recipes.

    And THAT chocolate cake!!!

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    Feast on the Cheap — January 4, 2011 @ 11:34 AM

    Happy anniversary! I love your special entertaining section where you can pare down suggestions by theme type etc. Such a cute, useful idea.

    Fingers crossed on that Sur la Table GC!

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    Vicki — January 4, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

    The entertainment section is particularly helpful.

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    cindy ziliak — January 4, 2011 @ 12:13 PM

    I love the recipes! You have such a great variety of categories to choose from. Congrats on the blogversary!

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    Hope — January 4, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

    Happy Anniversary of your blog! I really love your blog. I would love to see more breakfast and lunch recipes. Those meals are the ones that I have the most trouble trying to figure out what to eat. :)

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    Ann — January 4, 2011 @ 12:15 PM

    I love all the different recipe’s. I always love coming here for new ideas. :)

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    April in CT — January 4, 2011 @ 12:49 PM

    I love that it’s easy to print or copy and save the recipes! So many blogs make it difficult to do that.

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    CocoJ — January 4, 2011 @ 12:53 PM

    Down to earth feeling, a good thing. Interesting recipes which sound tasty, which make them fun to read whether I wind up trying them or not.

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    Megan — January 4, 2011 @ 12:56 PM

    I love your pictures! It’s easy to get sucked into a recipe when there are beautiful pictures that accompany them–like yours! :)

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    Holly H. — January 4, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

    I wouldn’t change a thing! It’s a fantastic blog. How about adding a Request section …this way I might be able to have a piece of that fabulous cake. :)

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    heavy hedonist — January 4, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

    One thing (of many) I adore about this site is the sheer quality of the recipes… you really do find the best of the best, and I know because many have become standards in my own kitchen; and further proof of how well they work is that I can adjust and add to them– they are key recipes now.
    What would I like to see on the site? More savory baked goods that use vegetables.

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    Marsha A. — January 4, 2011 @ 1:07 PM

    Happy 3 years. Keep up the great work. I just love the recipe selection that you have.
    Thanks for many a great meal.

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    Stephanie — January 4, 2011 @ 1:07 PM

    You give great desriptions and tips! Congrats on three years!

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    Faeth — January 4, 2011 @ 1:27 PM

    I’m new to your blog but I have really enjoyed the variety of recipes and how easy they have been in my “everyday” life. Thanks!!

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    Terressa T. — January 4, 2011 @ 1:32 PM

    I am rather new to your site actually, but I love the pictures-I like to know what something should look like, so I know if I goofed or not ;) Thanks!!

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    Lisa — January 4, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

    Congrats on your blogoversary! That cake looks DELICIOUS!! I enjoy the recipes on your blog the most, and giveaways, of course :) Thanks for a great blog!

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    laura — January 4, 2011 @ 1:58 PM

    I love everything from your pictures to your search engine to find my next dinner or dessert expedition! Congrats on 3 years!!!

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    Becca H. — January 4, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

    I love how you can make nearly EVERYTHING (including HEALTHY foods) look appetizing and beautiful!

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    Nanny — January 4, 2011 @ 2:57 PM

    I have my red velvet cake in the oven….thanks for the recipe…I even bought a new bundt pan (a pretty one)
    I can’t wait to have a big slice…thought I would make red to honor the hogs and the big game tonight…..GO HOGS!!!!!

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    Rachel — January 4, 2011 @ 3:13 PM

    I love your pictures and recipes! In terms of feedback, I prefer your posts with photos and words rather than videos.

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    TZel — January 4, 2011 @ 3:33 PM

    More vegan dessert recipes :)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — January 4, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

    Happy blog anniversary! I love so many things about your blog especially that it has both healthy and sinful recipes. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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    kimberly — January 4, 2011 @ 6:31 PM

    I love the step by step pics you have with the recipes! I wish that your recipe index links included 1 picture of the final product.

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    Ciaochowlinda — January 4, 2011 @ 7:24 PM

    That cake looks decadent and I especially love the wavy frosting on top. What I really enjoy are the great photos you always have.

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    Cindy — January 4, 2011 @ 8:07 PM

    I love how approachable your recipes are, love the photos and love how it’s like hearing a friend give you a recipe!

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    HeatherMel — January 4, 2011 @ 9:24 PM

    You make the kinds of food I want to eat!

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    Meg — January 4, 2011 @ 9:50 PM

    I’m a regular reader and I enjoy the variety of things you make and your step by step instructions. Your site is organized and easy to navigate. Happy Anniversary!

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    Lisa — January 4, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

    Wow, now that’s a chocolate cake, and the raspberry filling looks and sounds just decadent!

    Now, what I enjoy about your site? Every single one of- your recipes and the mouth watering photos that accompany them :)

    Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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    Nicole L. — January 4, 2011 @ 11:08 PM

    I love the theme dinners you have!! I am a novice cook and am always looking for healthier ways to make food for my family, an this site delivers on so many fun and exciting recipes that I am motivated to try something new!! Thanks for the fun encouragement :-) .

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    Sues — January 5, 2011 @ 4:44 AM

    More than any other site, I KNOW when I visit RecipeGirl, I’m going to start getting really hungry and quite possibly drooling. Your food is not only beautiful, it’s always delicious looking :)

    Happy 3 years!! :)

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    Cristina B — January 5, 2011 @ 5:00 AM

    I love looking at the pictures you take of your food =)

    Congrats on 3 years!

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    Kathy — January 5, 2011 @ 5:17 AM

    I love the awesome photos that you post along with the tasty recipes! Makes me want to try them even more!

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    Charlene — January 5, 2011 @ 7:32 AM

    I love the pictures and the detail you put into each of your post. I would have to say that all of the recipes I have tried have turned out great and this is the place I check out first when making my weekly meal plan.

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    Dana — January 5, 2011 @ 7:35 AM

    I LOVE the recipes along with the pictures! That way I know if I am doing it right!

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    Cheryl — January 5, 2011 @ 7:44 AM

    Congrats on 3 years!
    What I love most about this blog is the fact that you run the gamut on recipes. From vegan to full fat you cover everything.

    Even though you don’t really like crock pots I would like to see more slow cooker recipes. :)

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    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth — January 5, 2011 @ 8:08 AM

    Congrats on three wonderful years!!! I appreciate your blog and all that you do — I know I can always come here for some delicious inspiration!

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    Shelley — January 5, 2011 @ 8:10 AM

    I love everything about your site. I’m really digging the weight watchers and other healthy sections and how neatly everything is categorized. I also love the photos and tutorials. Keep up the good work!!

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    Zahra Duffy — January 5, 2011 @ 8:36 AM

    I love that you make me salivate while sitting here, oh so hungry and at my desk at work. It’s not a pretty sight but on a dreary Wednesday morning, it’s exactly what I need!

    Thanks for 3 years of great recipes! :)

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    Mary W — January 5, 2011 @ 8:53 AM

    I gotta say, a lot of cooking blogs post only recipes that make them look swanky, but not food I’d actually make. Thanks so much for making recipes that improve my food life and still inspire me to make more!

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    Jess — January 5, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

    Happy Blog Birthday! Aside from the fact that every recipe I’ve made of yours is delicious, I love how user friendly the site is, from finding recipes, to printing them so cleanly.

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    Alexandra Cooper — January 5, 2011 @ 9:26 AM

    Yay Congrats! I love how easy it is to print any of your recipes, and your logo makes me happy too! Great job! :)

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    Allison S — January 5, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

    Happy Birthday!! My family always loves to see me reading your blog, it means a delicious treat is on its way!! I enjoy how easy the blog is to navigate thru and it is so easy to print out the recipes.

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    Natalie — January 5, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

    I love how easy it is to navigate your site!!

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    Shanna — January 5, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

    I love the easy navigation when I’m looking for something specific. Also that pretty much everything I’ve made off your site has turned out really wonderful

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    kelly o — January 5, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

    I love the pictures. Your site is a staple of my baking blogroll!

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    Tiffany — January 5, 2011 @ 12:08 PM

    That cake sounds delicious!

    I really like the recipe index. It’s very thorough and detailed, which makes it easy to find things.

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    Sally — January 5, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

    I love your site, particularly your personal comments on what you like about the taste of what you’ve made. I can’t even think of a way to improve it!

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    Shannon Sperry — January 5, 2011 @ 1:30 PM

    Enjoy your blog so much and have made so many new and yummy things with the recipes you have posted. That being said, I would love to see some kind of organized archive of just the recipes. That way, if I try one and lose the print out or want to recommend it, I could just find the recipe without having to go through all the posts!
    Keep the yummy goodness coming!

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    Amy Litz — January 5, 2011 @ 1:37 PM

    I am such a picky eater and this is such a great website for me to find new recipes to try out. 1 crazy ingredient at a time

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    Britnie — January 5, 2011 @ 1:40 PM

    I have a massive sweet tooth, love your recipes. I love food photography, love to see what I’m going to try.

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    Btrflywmn — January 5, 2011 @ 1:42 PM

    I have tried alot of your recipes and love them all. You have saved me many times, I love to try new things.

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    Heather C — January 5, 2011 @ 3:13 PM

    I love it all, you have such a SUNNY disposition and cute sense of humor. Your recipes are AWESOME too!

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    Laurel — January 5, 2011 @ 4:04 PM

    I love the pictures. They make me hungry. My only request is that you blog everyday!

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    Penelope — January 5, 2011 @ 4:22 PM

    I love your blog! You just seem like a regular person, great posts, really fun and interesting. Happy Anniversary!

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    Kristen M. — January 5, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

    I enjoy your site for the family-friendly recipes that you post. I also enjoy your active presence on twitter. Though we’ve never met I feel as though we have some things in common (a love of recipes, the desire to be adventurous/try new foods & techniques, children the same age, local/San Diego area). I love your dessert recipes but do hope to see less sweets as sometimes that’s what keeps me from browsing. (Not that I don’t love sweets!)

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    Kevin Shine — January 5, 2011 @ 4:32 PM

    The Dessert & Recipes for Two sections are my favorites, and the photography is very nice. Keep it up, and congratulations.

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    Jenny — January 5, 2011 @ 4:40 PM

    I just love the easy use of your site and how you have so many recipes I actually try out!

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    Alessa — January 5, 2011 @ 4:59 PM

    I love the pictures! Always drool worthy. Happy Blog birthday.

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    alex — January 5, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

    i love the recipes!

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    Lorene — January 5, 2011 @ 5:41 PM

    I love your variety of recipes. Photos are great, too. :)

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    Gertrude — January 5, 2011 @ 5:53 PM

    I love forward to all your sweet dessert posting and drool over all your beautiful pictures.

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    AmyLynn — January 5, 2011 @ 6:09 PM

    Love the desserts, but then I always do. :X

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    Janice Svercek — January 5, 2011 @ 7:08 PM

    I love the pictures on your website and of course the delicious recipes that go with them.

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    Jane Rytel — January 5, 2011 @ 7:16 PM

    Love your fun category tabs and the delicious photos!!

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    Kristen — January 5, 2011 @ 7:58 PM

    What a delicious looking cake!! I must admit I look at a lot of food blogs and I LOVE your recipe index. It might sound silly, but your time and attention to detail is reflected in how easy and PERFECT it is!It’s honestly the best one yet. Bravo! If I HAVE to be nit picky (you made me ;] ) I noticed not all your posts have photos, which I think is important to the effectiveness of your posts. I mean, we eat with our eyes first right? … in that case I feel guilty for drooling over this cake for so long!

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    Jennifer — January 5, 2011 @ 8:22 PM

    My favorite thing is all the beautiful photos!

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    Jennie — January 5, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

    Well, I sure enjoyed photos of that amazing chocolate cake. I would’ve enjoyed it more if it was real and sitting right here in front of me when a fork at the ready. :)

    I love that the recipes you post are simple enough for me to make at home, but still feel gourmet. And always delicious!

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    Stacey — January 5, 2011 @ 8:31 PM

    I like how there are a variety of recipes, and the photos are great!

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    Kristin — January 5, 2011 @ 8:44 PM

    I really love all of your recipes. They are delicious and easy to make!

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    Leslee C — January 5, 2011 @ 9:05 PM

    I love that cake! Your recipes are always so fresh and innovative. I think that your site is very well thought out and that you have a great attitude about cooking and life mixing.
    Congratulations on three great years!

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    mel dahir — January 5, 2011 @ 10:53 PM

    love all the great recipes and photos! and i’m not gonna lie–that chocolate cake with raspberry filling looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!!

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    BakerMom3 — January 5, 2011 @ 11:54 PM

    I was enticed by your chocolate cake via FoodGawker and decided to check out your blog. Your food photography is scrumptious which makes me want to bake again! I would to see pictures of each recipe on you index page. Thanks for your hard work and congratulations on your 3 years anniv.

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    Beth — January 6, 2011 @ 3:18 AM

    You make EVERYTHING look good. Awesome variety, great pictures and commentary. I always enjoy looking at your blog!

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    Alexandria — January 6, 2011 @ 5:15 AM

    I’d really just be happy to see more healthy foods, and healthy eating tips. :)

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    Christina — January 6, 2011 @ 6:34 AM

    I love trying recipes that are on the site. My fav has been the butternut squash risotto.

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    Jana Smith — January 6, 2011 @ 6:45 AM

    I like the fact that you shared your son’s winning cake recipe with us!

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    Kristi — January 6, 2011 @ 7:17 AM

    I like your writing “voice”, you seem like someone who is down-to-earth and would be great to know in person. I like the weight watchers recipes, even though I don’t do WW I appreciate easy, healthy & yummy meals!

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    Amanda — January 6, 2011 @ 9:19 AM

    I just recently found your blog through the Idea Room. I’m always trying to get new recipes to get me out of a slump.

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    Amanda J. — January 6, 2011 @ 9:49 AM

    I love the huge amount of healthful recipes you feature. The pictures are always to die for!

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    Jill — January 6, 2011 @ 11:45 AM

    I just found your site yesterday. But I like the healthy food section. A lot of recipes I’d like to try.

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    Sara — January 6, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

    I love that you are local here in San Diego. I would love to see more Southern CA specialties with local produce. We are so lucky to live in beautiful San Diego… lets showcase the city!

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    Kathryn — January 6, 2011 @ 2:44 PM

    Happy birthday! It’s our birthday at Recipe4Living, too! That cake is absolutely gorgeous! We’d love if you could enter it into theRecipe4Living 5th Birthday Contest! You could win a huge gift basket full of Scharffen Berger gourmet chocolate!

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    SamK — January 6, 2011 @ 3:08 PM

    I love your entertaining section. Planned a whole summer dinner party around one of your menus & it turned out great. Thanks!!

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    Suzie Salmon — January 6, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

    I love that even though you are a serious foodie, you are not afraid to post on a good crockpot recipe. Would love to see your comments as several pages so that I don’t have to scroll so far down to find the end and make a comment myself.
    Cheers!
    Suzie
    @UrbanCnrtyStyle

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 6, 2011 @ 4:48 PM

    Congratulations on your milestone! Definitely worth celebrating, and this cake is the perfect way to do just that.

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    Kathryn — January 6, 2011 @ 5:19 PM

    I like the variety of recipes you have. Keep it up!

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    kimz — January 6, 2011 @ 5:32 PM

    Is it too late? Oh man, I’m still catching up on blogs from the new year! Honestly, I love that I can come to your site and find a recipe for any occasion or any reason!

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    Jennifer — January 6, 2011 @ 5:38 PM

    Congrats on 3 years. That’s great and this cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate.

    As for what I’ve enjoyed about RecipeGirl, it’s all your recipes. They’re wonderful. I come back often because you always have such good ideas, like this cake.

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    Britany — January 6, 2011 @ 6:20 PM

    I like your pictures. :)

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    Arianah Watts — January 6, 2011 @ 6:26 PM

    Love that you have a wide range of recipes…always easy to find something yummy…I never get bored while browsing ! I love it :)

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    Amanda L. — January 6, 2011 @ 6:44 PM

    Love your writing style and your recipes! They are fantastic!

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    Kerstin — January 6, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

    Happy Blogiversary!! My favorite part is your recipes, of course :) I’d like to see an “about you” section!

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    Karen — January 6, 2011 @ 7:09 PM

    The variety of recipes

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    Andrea — January 6, 2011 @ 7:40 PM

    I love your design and color scheme.

    I’m always up for healthy recipes with a lot of vegetables!

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    DIane {createdbydian — January 7, 2011 @ 10:41 PM

    I love seeing what you’ll come up with next :)

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    Sandy — January 8, 2011 @ 2:01 PM

    love the photos and all of the sweets recipes! Keep up the good work!

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    ingrid — January 23, 2011 @ 8:19 PM

    Three years?! You go girl! Keep cranking out all those yummy recipes. Especially the eggnog, snickerdoodle, and trifle ones. :)

    Btw, I can’t remember if I told you but I made your red velvet trifle for Christmas and it was heaven. Everyone loved it and it was absolutely gorgeous I wish I had remembered to take some photos before it was dug into.

    Happy blogging!
    ~ingrid

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    Tanja — February 2, 2011 @ 6:58 AM

    I’m in love with this cake. Nom.