It dawned on me that this week marks the 5th anniversary of ¡Hola! Jalapeño. That’s 5 years worth of stories, over 400 recipes, thousands of photos, lots and lots of jalapeño peppers, and sooooo many lists (I make a lot of lists).
I started this blog right after we returned from my dear friend Beth’s wedding (which reminds me—Happy Anniversary Guys!!) We had just moved to our quiet rural North Dakota village from big noisy San Francisco and I honestly had no idea what to do with myself. I was plenty busy taking care of little one-year-old Louisa and navigating my new role as Stay-at-Home Mom but I missed cooking professionally and desperately needed a creative outlet.
So I sat down and wrote this pretty terrible blog post. That first year I wrote some stuff about motherhood and living in a small town and a couple of recipes, and then a few more recipes and then to my complete amazement people started reading it!
Over the five years I have made some really great things (Sweet Potato Nachos) and some maybe not so great things (ahem…Orzo and Ham, sorry about that one). I’ve also had another baby, bought a house, sent a child off to school and a lot of other scary, exciting things. And you guys have stuck with me through all of it.
What I’m trying to say in the most beat-around-the-bush-way possible is….THANK YOU!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting and cooking and commenting about what you’ve made. I cannot express my gratitude that you take the time out of your incredibly crazy busy life to share this little corner of the internet with me. I know there are a bazillion other food blogs out there but you choose to read this one and for that I am eternally grateful.
I’ve got some really exciting stuff happening in the next couple of months that I cannot wait to share with you but to celebrate here and now….I’ve made pie!
It is a pie I’ve been wanting to make for years—decades even. It is from the Mustard’s Grill cookbook which has some real classics but the dessert chapter is especially killer. It is written by my dear friend Brigid Callinan and this girl knows a thing or two about sweet stuff.
Brigid didn’t know my grandfather but this recipe was written just for him. He always ate a slice of apple pie with an even thicker slice of cheddar cheese. The original recipe is simply made of apples but I adjusted it a little to include some of those tart cherries I brought back from our trip to Michigan. The cheddar cheese crust combined with the sour cherries and apples makes for one stellar pie—just the right mix of sweet and salt. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate not only the blog but the start of fall.
Hope you all have a great weekend—go out there and pick some apples!!