Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday to!

Two years ago, if you'd told me I would be taking sponsored trips to Seattle, have my recipes featured in the paper on a semi-regular basis, and be unofficially dubbed Sacramento's frugal food "guru", I would have told you that you were on crack. Life being what it is, however, all of these things and more are happening to me, all because of my little baby, my pet project, my almost accidental career: Poor Girl Eats Well. And I couldn't be happier or more grateful for every single moment!

Just like PGEW's first year, the second has been a wild ride filled with crazy life ups & downs, awesome new opportunities and, of course, plenty of good food. Here are some highlights and some of my favorite recipes from PGEW's second year...
  • 9/8/09: Poor Girl's first TV spot! Yours truly is featured on CBS13's "Save With Dave" feature, showing folks how to save up to $32 for 4 people while enjoying a tasty summer meal
  • 9/24/09: Spoke as one of the featured panelists for the Sacramento Press blogging workshop
  • 10/16/09: My first in-studio radio interview on Capitol Public Radio's Insights program
  • 10/17/09: Presenter for Child Action, Inc.'s Caring for Children in Stressful Times conference, presenting two workshops on making healthier, more affordable food choices for kids and caregivers
  • 10/20/09: Poor Girl gets her first award nomination! Foodbuzz Nominee for "Blogger You'd Most Like to See Have Their Own Food Network Show"
  • 10/30/09: PGEW becomes one of's first featured community bloggers!
  • 11/21/09: PGEW featured in The Catholic Herald's "Giving Back" holiday section
  • 11/24/09: Poor Girl gets in her first submission to Foodbuzz's 24 X 24 and learns that tapas parties are fun, but a whole lot of work!
  • 4/6/10: Yours truly teams up with News10 to show folks how to make the most of their farmer's market dollar
  • 6/28/10: One of PGEW's recipes is featured in Whole Foods Market's blog, Whole Story
  • 7/2010: PGEW scores sponsorship to the International Food Blogger Conference courtesy of Red Lobster! 
  • 8/3/10: My latest ceviche recipe makes the front page of The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine section 
  • 11/22/09, 3/25/10, 5/23/10, 6/21/10: PGEW gets some Foodbuzz Top 9 love!
And here are some of my personal faves from PGEW's 2nd year of recipes.  Some you may be quite familiar with, while a few others might be new to some folks.  Either way, they're tasty, easy and affordable!  Let's take a short stroll down PGEW memory lane...

Grilled Eggplant & Veggie Sandwiches
Spiced Eggnog Cheesecake Shots

Hearty Mushroom & Potato Soup
Quick & Easy Seitan Fajitas

The "Spanglish" Sandwich
Poor Girl's Beef Stew
Shrimp & Asparagus Quinoa Risotto
Shrimp & Pasta w/Yellow Pepper Sauce
Creamy Navy Bean Soup w/Chicken
Apple-Stuffed Crepes w/Caramel Sauce
Ahi Tuna w/Avocado Chimichurri
Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad
Mushroom Fajita Omelette
Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Shots
Pineapple Quinoa w/Sweet Curry Vinaigrette
Ultimate Fresh Strawberry Crepe

Grilled Steak Tacos!
Crispy MahiMahi w/Mango Cucumber Relish

Wow, what a year!  It's been an awesome ride and I can't wait to see what the 3rd year will have in store!  To my baby blog: Happy Blog Birthday!!!  Thank you so much for bringing out the inner chef in me, for giving me a creative outlet and reminding me how much I love writing, and for motivating me to always strive for the best.    

And to you, my dear readers, THANK YOU!  Thank you all SO much for reading Poor Girl Eats Well and for all of your amazing support and encouragement.  2010's been tough so far, but having such a wonderful project to work on and such awesome readers & fans really makes everything easier.  You are truly the best!




  1. Happy 2nd birthday, PGEW! Thank YOU, Kimberly, for creating this blog and pouring your heart, soul, and various ingredients into making it as fantastic as it is and will continue to be! And for inspiring other foods like moi to just go ahead and start food blogging and recipe crafting!
    Cheers to another fantastic, surprising and tasty year ahead!

  2. Happy birthday, PGEW! I've just discovered your blog but it's wonderful and inspirational. Keep up the great work!

  3. Happy Birthday, PGEW! I hope 2010 starts to treat you better, Kimberly, but I hope PGEW stays as creative and tasty as ever.

  4. Congratulations to you!!! I've been lurking on your blog for almost the whole time you've had it, and it looks just incredible. Congrats to you. You really deserve all the success!

  5. Happy Birthday PGEW! And many happy returns!

  6. Happy Birthday! I started reading your blog a few months back, and I love how creative and honest your ideas are.
    Best of luck and happy adventures for the next year! :)

  7. Congrats! All your hard work paying off :)

  8. What a fun blog. Congrats on the milestone :) I really love the $25 shopping cart. I feel so inspired. Keep up the awesome work

  9. Congratulations! I love your posts, they inspire me to be more creative, frugal and health-conscious with my food purchases. I especially love your $25 shopping cart posts. My next grocery shopping trip will be to the local 99 cent store. Wishing you continued success.

  10. congratulations on 2 yrs! best wishes on another great year! :)



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