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Happy Birthday…Well…To Me.


August 25, 2012

The Interwebs are a funny place. They make our world so large, and yet also so small. So informed and yet also so naive. We fool ourselves into imagining we can explore life from the comfort of our couches, and forget the importance of teaching the next generation how to write, how to shake someone’s hand and look them in the eye, how to set a nice table.

Clearly, there can be no birthday without cake. Photo Credit: Annie Laurie Malarkey | Capital Grille

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is officially the annual birthday musings, where I look fondly (and at times not so fondly) on years past, and look eagerly (always eagerly) ahead. This past year was a good one…full of wiggly foster puppies, recharging trips to the Coast, indulgent lobster bakes for the masses, and quiet days at home.

We lost our sweet Onca, but found our sweet Louise, and I finally conquered my fear of Hollondaise with my dear friend Chelsey’s guidance.  All in all I feel proud of the last year, and excited about what’s ahead.

My wish for my birthday this year is to continue to be able to do what I love…to cook, to eat, to dance in the kitchen until I’ve lost my breath, and to do it all with those that I cherish.

And so with that, I want to say Thank You. Thank you for each comment, each time you passed a recipe onto a friend, each new reader that joined. Thank you for being here, for being part of it all, for helping share my stories. Thank you for encouraging me when I thought there wasn’t anyone else out there, and for helping be a part of hopefully turning this little blog, and one Attainable Gourmet, into something real. I couldn’t do it without you.



Many, many years ago…but determined to never lose that optimism and spirit.


  1. Steph says:

    Happy Birthday Erina!
    Always loved that pic of you and your big Daddy.
    Thanks for the inspiration all year long!

  2. Abbie J. says:

    Wishing you a glorious day on your birthday, Erina! May the coming year bring beautiful experiences, prosperity, delicious food, and of course love! Thinking of you today… =)

  3. Madeline says:

    Happy Birthday Erina – great post! So inspiring! MWAH

  4. Happy Birthday Erina! So glad the interwebs have made our paths cross and intertwine in this city. Looking forward to what comes next 🙂

  5. ila says:

    You are so lovely. Happy Birthday!!!

  6. cat elwell says:

    Now I know why I baked a pear/almond cake today. Two pieces are for YOU!

  7. annetraver says:

    May all your birthday wishes come true!

  8. Christine says:

    Yay! A very happy birthday 🙂 All the best for the year to come. And Thank You too

  9. Ann Mah says:

    Happy birthday! I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog this summer. Here’s to many more wonderful years of cooking, eating, and writing.

  10. Allison says:

    Happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day! : )

  11. Karista says:

    Erina, Wishing you the most delicious birthday year!!! What a wonderful gift for me to have discovered you and your fabulous blog. Happy Birthday friend!!

  12. Hannah says:

    Happy birthday, Erina! Thank YOU for for all you share in your lovely blog. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead filled with lots of happy cooking and eating.

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