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Butternut squash soup, May 2010

I’m not a very nostalgic person. I’d rather live in the present instead of remember that, for example, I used to sport two-tiered bangs and braces.

However, sometimes it’s fun to look back at the past to see how far you’ve come.

Butternut squash soup, July 2008

In the spirit of arosko’s upcoming two-year birthday, we thought we’d recreate the first meal we ever blogged about, but this time with two years of photography and culinary experience under our belt.

 Insalata caprese, May 2010 

Insalata caprese, July 2008

The old post was always a bit of a sore spot for me, kind of like looking at photos of my early 90s self. But looking back on it now, it’s an invaluable measure of our progress.

It’s hard to realize how much you’ve grown without tangible evidence. Since the last post, we’ve acquired not one but two new cameras and photographed dozens of meals (our guests have graciously stared at their food as we snap away).

 Crab cakes with tarragon and lemon peas, May 2010 

Crab cakes with tarragon and lemon peas, July 2008

We’ve also gained a fair amount of culinary knowledge from our voracious appetite for experimenting. Two years ago I’d never heard of a zester, had the gall to serve dried basil on insalata caprese, and substituted fake crab in a dish where it was the featured ingredient.

 Rhubarb compote, May 2010 

Rhubarb compote, July 2008 

My natural tendency is to be embarrassed, but this time, I’m more encouraged than anything. It’s kind of fun to look back and realize how much you’ve learned.

…which I’m sure this post can accomplish for arosko in 2012 :)

~Sonja

4 comments

kvoight said... @ May 27, 2010 at 9:16 AM

hahah love it! the new dishes make it look restaurant style too :)

great job and your friends enjoy your growth too!

Kirk said... @ May 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The new pics are fantastic and it was a delicious meal that the old pictures certainly didn't do justice! (that bit of mint makes a world of difference, of course :)

Erin said... @ May 27, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Wow, such a huge change!! Yeah, 2 years ago making mac and cheese for me was an accomplishment :) And, don't be knocking your early 90s self ;)

Sonja said... @ May 27, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!! We couldn't do it without you!

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