Blog Anniversary and Giveaway

by Erica Dinho on February 9, 2010

In February of 2009 I started this blog and here I am, one year and 285 posts later. I can’t beleive it!

I wanted to take this opportunity on my blog’s one year anniversary to thank you all for being faithful readers of my little stories and recipes. My blogging journey wouldn’t have been the same without your comments and feedback. I have made some great friends in this food blogging community to which we belong. It has been a wonderful year.

Also I received a lot of beautiful messages from my readers via e-mail which were full of gratitude and appreciation. I received emails from many Colombians, who like me, moved to another country. From Americans married to Colombians. From people in other countries who have adopted Colombian children, who are trying to teach those children Colombian traditions. I recieved emails from people born in the United States of Colombian parents who are trying to learn to cook Colombian food. And from people who visited my country and fell in love with our food. Thank you so much for those beautiful messages, I really appreciated every one of them.

I want to thank my family in Colombia for all of the recipes and for all the wonderful memories. I am glad they all love this blog and feel apart of it.

I want to thank my husband for all the hard work he does behind the scene. He handles all that technical stuff that you can’t see as a reader, but that is crucial for the site to run properly. Thank you to my parents-in-law who are always a great support and thank you for my Mac :-) I love it!

As a small token of my appreciation, I am having a giveaway for my readers. It is really easy to enter this giveway. There are just a few simple rules:

1) You must live in the United States, for shipping reasons.

2) You need to be an email or feed subscriber or follow me on Facebook , Twitter or Google Friend Connect.

3) Leave a comment to this post telling me how you are following me.

And that’s it. I will be announcing the winner two days after this posting. Good luck!

If you like this page, you can say thanks by sharing it :-)

1 Corinne February 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I love your posts (I’m a fan on Facebook). My best friend is Colombian and I LOVE Colombian food. Your posts are so inspirational! Congrats on your first anniversary! Mucha suerte!

2 Divina February 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Happy Anniversary to your blog Erica. It has been a pleasure knowing you through your food. You have shared so many wonderful recipes to us and gave us ideas on what to cook. God bless you and your family and of course, your blog. :)

3 Tangled Noodle February 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Happy 1st Anniversary! You have done such a marvelous job with your blog and presenting recipes from a cuisine that I know so little about but would love to learn more. Following you on twitter helps me keep up with your newest posts. 8-)

Wishing you many more years of happy blogging and great food!

4 anncoo February 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Hi Karine, Happy First Anniversary! Is also my First Anniversary too! wink*

5 Mireya February 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Happy Blog Anniversary!

I follow you on google reader! Thanks for the giveaway :)

6 Erica February 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Thank you guys!

7 Jagruti February 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Hey Erica

Happy 1st anniversary to your blog…many more to come and njoyy blogging..;)) thanks ton for visiting me..hope 2 cu again


8 Vinolia February 9, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Happy Anniversary to “My Colombian recipes”!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

9 Melly. February 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Erica, yo soy e-mail subscriber. Vivo en Utah. Soy Colombiana, casada con Americano y disfruto mucho de tu web site. La bandeja esta preciosa, espero me la gane! Felicitaciones por tu primer año!

10 Jeremy February 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM


I was thrilled when I came across your site – I check in on the webpage directly regularly, and follow on facebook as well, and look forward to each new post that comes along! I am (slowly) making my way through the recipes, and hope to at least try most of them once, but I’m way behind!

Thanks again for all the efforts from you and your husband!



11 Anna February 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Happy anniversary to your blog Erica, I’m not surprised you have all this emails and feedback, you are doing a great job. Your recipes are all very yummy. I’m following you tweets. :-D

12 Barbara Bakes February 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Happy Blogoversary! What a beautiful giveaway! I am a feed subscriber to your blog.

13 Erica February 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!

14 Pamela February 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Hola Erica
Atta girl! One day you came up on a search I did online and from that day on I’ve been following you on Facebook and on your website. Your style and recipes reflect a lot of who I am as well, a strange mix of Colombian roots, American customs, and now that I live in Québec City, French gourmet!
Me quito el sombrero! por tu constancia y dedicación, yo amo la cocina y me encantaría hacer un blog como el tuyo pero no he sido capaz.

Happy anniversary, many blessings and many more years of wonderful memories around good food!

15 Pamela February 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

FYI …I know that you said I must have a US address…. I do… even though I live in Québec City.

16 Amalia February 9, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Felicidades, en tu primer aniversario, la bamdeja es preciosa, yo te coloque en mis favoritos, asi me mantengo actualizada y no me pierdo ninguna de tus recetas, gracias por todos los esfuerzos que haces en colocar tantas recetas y tan deliciosas
un saludo

17 Kim February 9, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Happy Anniversary to your blog Erica! You have such a great site with so many wonderful and unique recipes.
I think I follow you through google reader, but I usually rely on my sidebar to see all your new posts.

18 Anne February 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Happy Anniversary! My husband just requested arequipe, time to look up your recipe again. Thanks again for the great recipes.

I follow you via Google RSS reader and on Facebook.

19 Ace February 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I follow you on Facebook. I am Jamaican married to a Colombian and I love trying to make different Colombian dishes especially when mis suegros are visiting. I first found your blog looking for a recipe to make buñuelos, and it is a great site. Congratulations on your first year!

20 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 9, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Happy Anniversary!

21 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie February 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Happy Blogiversary, Erica! Of course I’m following you through google :)

22 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Happy Blog Anniversary, Erica! That is really neat! I am following you on facebook now so please enter me in for the giveaway! :)

23 Enrique February 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Happy Blogoversary, Erica! I’ve been following you on Facebook for a few weeks now and LOVE your posts. I love the recipes and I love sharing the posts with others on Facebook. It’s such a great way to stay culturally connected while so far away. Thanks so much!

Enrique in San Francisco

24 Lyndsey February 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I just recently found you and can’t wait to folow you into your second year. I follow you on google friend connect…but I’ll look for you on twitter! Congrats!

25 Oysterculture February 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Congrats on your blog anniversary. Cannot believe its been a year. You have certainly had a positive impact on so many people showing the incredible diversity of Columbian food and then some! I for one am very grateful! I follow you on Twitter and RSS.

26 Simply Life February 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

congrats on one wonderful year! I can’t wait to see what the next one is like!

27 Natalie February 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I am a Paisa living in the U.S. and follow you on Facebook.

You have no idea how happy I was to find your blog, it brings me so many memories of growing up in Colombia. Thank you! <3

28 Kitchen Butterfly February 9, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Happy anniversary….and even though I don’t live in the US….I understand how much it means!

29 Janis Bland February 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Happy anniversary! I just LOVE your site, and it’s a huge help for me.

I follow on Facebook and through RSS feed. Fingers crossed! :)

30 traci February 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Happy Blog Anniversary! I follow you on google reader. By the way, Elias is eating the ajiaco RIGHT NOW! We had enough for days. The recipe was perfect. I am also going to follow you on Facebook now that I know you have it.

yay! great idea to do a giveaway.

31 grace February 9, 2010 at 7:36 PM

wow, erica, congrats on reaching such a milestone! keep up the very excellent work. :)

32 Danielle February 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Happy Blogaversary!!! I know I follow you on google reader….I’m can’t remember if I follow you on twitter or not, but I can always fix that ;) Same with facebook.

33 Adriana February 9, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Hello Erica…Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your recipes a lot. I’m colombian living in the States for 10 years now.

I follow you on Facebook and via email.

I hope I win that beautiful tray :-)

34 Sandra g February 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Hola Erica congratulations! Everyday I look forward to seeing what new recipe you have posted on your blog, even before I check my facebook page! thank you for teaching us about your beautiful country, even to those of us that are not Colombian or have visited your country yet, I’ve learned so much about your delicious food!
Muchas Gracias, Love Sandra!

35 KennyT February 9, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Happy blogoversary!

36 doggybloggy February 9, 2010 at 8:31 PM

happy blogiversary – I follow through google reader

37 Devon February 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM


38 Chris February 9, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Happy Blogiversary!!!!! I follow you via Google Reader.

39 Erin from Long Island February 9, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Happy Blogiversary! I am not the least bit Columbian but I fell in love with your recipes and posts! I subscriber by email and follow on twitter and facebook!

40 Baking is my Zen February 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Oh, how time flies by when you’re having fun! Your blog is great. Even though I am Puerto Rican, I don’t cook the cuisine very often. So, looking at your blog encourages me to stay in touch with my roots.
Congrats to your blog’s first birthday and a thank you to your hubby for making this happen behind the scenes.
I follow you via e-mail.

41 Joy February 9, 2010 at 9:46 PM

What a lovely post! Thankyou for your blog. Happy Anniversary!
PS Are you sure you can’t frisbee that gift over to Australia? (wink)

42 rebecca subbiah February 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM

happy birthday my columbian recipes I adore your blog and the food sweet Erica, follow you here and on twitter lol Rebecca

43 peanutts February 10, 2010 at 3:41 AM

Happy 1st anniversary and congrats too, thats quite an achievement , any tips am trying to improve my blog , so tips are welcome:)

44 Gloria February 10, 2010 at 8:01 AM

I whish you a happy Blog anniversary. Dear Erica stopping by at my blog I have some awards for you, huggs!

45 Wendy February 10, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Happy Blogiversary! I follow you in Google reader, and I really want to thank you for teaching me about a cuisine I otherwise probably never would have known anything of. Your recipes – and your photos! – are delicious! Hope you have many, many more blogiversaries to come! Congratulations :)

46 Steve Nelson February 10, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I adopted my daughter one year ago from Colombia. While there I fell in love with the people and culture. Your blog makes me feel connected with Colombia and will help me raise my daughter to be proud of her homeland. Thanks!

47 Jorge February 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Erica, Happy Anniversary!!!!
You have no idea how you have many people’s lives you have touched with the creation of mycolombianrecipes Blog….Millon de GRacias !!!!

Some of us, old folks, follow you through basic e-mail…Facebook, Twitter and Goggle friends is not really for us ….-:)


48 Erica February 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Thank you all for those wonderful comments ;-)

49 Kay Little February 10, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I follow you on:

google connect (Cooking with K)
Facebook (Cooking with K)
And I am now following you on twitter

Congratulations on your anniversary! I lived in Columbia, SA for 5 years when I was a young girl….and I am enjoying your blog so MUCH!

50 Kay Little February 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I am following you on:

Google Connet (Cooking with K)
Facebook (Kay Little or Cooking with K)

I am now following you on Twitter (CookingwithK)

Coongratulations on you blog anniversary!! I am especially excited to follow your blog because I lived in Columbia for 5 years when I was young. Blessings, K

51 Elizabeth February 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary!!! After a search for Colombian recipes, I am so happy that I found your blog. I am an email subscriber. I was born in NYC and my mami was Colombian. My husband’s family is also Colombian and I want my daughter to grow up with the tastes and smells that are part of our culture. Thank you so much for the work you do. You are an inspiration.

52 Karen February 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

What a beautiful casserole! I follow you on Google :) Congrats on your one year blogoversary :)

53 Ben February 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Hey Erica, congratulations on your first blogaversary. Time flies when we are having fun, doesn’t it? All I know from your country is from Garcia Marquez’s books, but that’s enough to fall in love with your country. In the Latin America trips I am planning for the future, Colombia will be one of our stops, maybe I can visit Cartagena o Barranquilla and dance some bachata, hehe. I follow you on twitter, facebook and rss feed :)

54 Barbara February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Happy Anniversary to you and your blog, Erica!
I follow you, but am not officially a follower, unfortunately. I have Facebook and Twitter but don’t use them for foodie stuff!
So I guess I’m not eligible. But that’s OK because I still love to read your Columbian Recipes and always will!

55 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog February 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Congrats Erica!! and Happy Anniversary to your blog that always makes me hungry, really!!

For more years to come!!

All the best,


56 Gayle J February 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Happy Anniversary! I follow by email

57 Miranda Allen February 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I follow on Facebook (Miranda L Allen)

58 Carol February 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Carol P Dziuba Facebook follower Thanks for the chance to win.

59 Kathy February 10, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Congrats on 1 year!

(I follow via email)

60 Terry C February 10, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Happy Anniversary! I just found your blog. I love new recipes and you have some delicious ones I want to try.

I subscribe via Google reader.

61 Nycole February 10, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I follow by e-mail. Thanks!

62 kim fenner February 10, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Happy anniversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

63 Tracey chambers February 10, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Happy Anniversary!.. Im following you on twitter

64 Velva February 10, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Happy Anniversary Erica! I have really enjoyed your blog over the past year. I hope to enjoy it for many more years to come.

Count me in for the giveaway…:-) I follow you via Google and I just became your fan on facebook.

65 Michelle February 10, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Happy ONE Year Anniversary! I’d sing but I don’t think you’d like it!

I have that pie plate and it bakes a good pie!

66 Joanne February 11, 2010 at 7:14 AM

happy bloggiversary! you are certainly one of the most prolific bloggers out there. That is an INSANE amount of recipes. COngrats. Seriously.

67 Mistli February 11, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Congratulations Erica!! You are amazing. I look forward to reading your posts everyday. Your recipes are so good & I love the little stories that go along with them :) Please keep it up!! Happy Anniversary!!

68 Claudia February 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Hi Erica,

I found your site 6 months ago. i have cooked many of your recipes both Colombian and non-Colombian and they were wonderfully satisfying. I am a Colombiana (adopted) raised in New England by my wonderful parents who always told me to be proud of being COlombian and tried their best to teach their non-Irish adopted children to love their motherland. Your recipes have helped me so much to feel even more connected to my roots. I LOVE YOUR SITE! I check your site everyday and will continue to until you stop! lol. thanks again for sharing your recipes and wonderful stories of familia , comida, and Colombia. =o))

69 Denise February 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Happy Anniversary! I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months, but I’ve bookmarked several recipes that I can’t wait to make!

70 MaryMoh February 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Congrats on your Blog Anniversary! Lovely blog……keep blogging :D

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