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First Blog Anniversary and a Giveaway

Hello friends! Hope the Holiday left your love tank full and you are enjoying a great start to the New Year. Things have been pretty busy around here, hence you have not heard from em much lately. But, that changes today. And with a BANG!!

Today is the first anniversary of my this little virtual abode and I want to share the joy and happiness with you – my virtual family. I do not know if you ever got a chance to read about how I embarked on this worthwhile journey. But if you have not, you can read all about it here in the About section. This first year has been nothing short of amazing and humbling. The posts on this blog of mine have been read in 149 different countries of the world – which is completely bonkers! I get so many emails and messages appreciating the recipes and the stories of our life that I love to share with you all.

First post ever!

Along with the giveaway, I want to give you a quick snapshot of this first year of The Kitchen Docs. The first ever post that I shared on the blog was Sooji (Rava) ka Hulva. So appropriate – in our culture every beginning is marked with making this hulva or something sweet to offer to the Gods and then be shared with the family. An ode to a new and happy beginning of the kitchen docs.

Sooji Hulva An Indian dessert made with ghee and cream of wheat
Sooji (rava) ka Hulva

Most popular post

The most popular recipe on the blog is Ravioli in Creamy Garlic and Spinach sauce. No wonder! This recipe comes together rather quickly and both kids and grown ups enjoy it alike. The added nutrition of spinach is a plus.

Ravioli in Creamy Garlic Spinach Sauce

Post with most comments

I love it when you all leave comments on the posts, what you liked or did not like; what might work better. If you tried a recipe, how did it go and if your kids and family loved it. This is the bottom line of it all and makes my effort all worth it. You have commented on the Individual Berry Shortcakes the most and I love it. Warm, slightly crisp shortcakes filled with summer berries and topped with whipped cream. yes please. I love that these shortcakes are individual serving size and can be personalized to liking.

Individual serving size mixed berry shortcakes.
Individual Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream

Most pinned post

Homemade Granola recipe is the most pinned recipe from the blog. In other words, it is the most popular Kitchendocs recipe on Pinterest. Are you in to pinterest? If so, check us out here, follow and shower some love. No pressure!

Homemade Granola

Other stuff

I sometimes write about stuff other than recipes too. One such post that you all loved is the Tools of the trade post. In this post I covered the things that I use and love the most in my kitchen. I am so happy that you found it useful!

TKD Tools of the trade FI
Tools of the Trade


Though I have not written much about some of the travel we undertake as a family or just by me, but this post on our trip to Epcot got lot of your love and attention and I love it. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more travel related posts.

#TKD Our Trip To Epcot
Our family trip to Epcot

And on the flip side

This recipe of Chili Paneer basically bit the dust. I so not know why, may be because it just did not come to your attention or did not get the same motherly focus from me. But anywho, go show some love to this recipe, will ya? It is a solid one, I promise.

Overall, a pretty solid year! I got to go on the Kansas Farm Food tour, became a Meatless Monday ambassador, several of the kitchen docs’ recipes were featured in special collections, magazines etc. and I got to know you all – my most wonderful readers!

So,to show my most sincere appreciation and love, I have a small giveaway for you. Two of The Kitchen Doc’s lucky readers can win a $50 Amazon gift card. Use the widget below to enter (please read terms and conditions of the giveaway) and good luck. If you want to increase your chances, go checkout my Instagram link on this picture link below and enter there too.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open until Sunday, January 27th at 11:59 p.m. CST. The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Love – Vaishali.


  1. Mara

    January 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Lots of food more & more . Keep it coming

  2. Vishesh

    January 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Congratulations on the blog anniversary!! I always love to see your vegetarian recipes, and would love to see even more next year! I have a soft spot for dishes with lots of colors (taste the rainbow) and fresh flavors.

  3. bn100

    January 18, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Happy anniversary. More tools of the trade

  4. Calvin

    January 18, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Lovely blog, I like the recipes you have.. grats on 1 year

  5. Pero

    January 19, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for the chance!

  6. Marko

    January 19, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Happy Anniversary

  7. Zvonimir

    January 19, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Nice , happy anniversary and thank you for the contest !

  8. Carol Norton

    January 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I would like to see more great recipe!

  9. Rosie

    January 19, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversary!!!!! Love your blog!!! I love crock pot recipes and meatless main dishes!!! Always looking for them!

  10. Carol

    January 21, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I love your recipes!

  11. Natalie

    January 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I would love to see more easy to make, quick recipes!

  12. Sara Zielinski

    January 22, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I would like to see reviews of popular kitchen products with a basic recipe to use each one.

    1. Vaishali

      January 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      That’s such a great idea Sara. Thanks!

  13. Sharon Kast

    January 23, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Happy Happy Anniversary and may there be many more to come! I love all your post and look forward to see what you are cooking up in the near future!


    January 24, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I enjoy the recipes .

  15. Sara

    January 24, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Happy anniversary! I would love more recipes

  16. Betsy Barnes

    January 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    How about more 30 minutes or less dinner recipes?

    1. Vaishali

      January 24, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the idea Betsy. Sounds great. I will plan for posting some quick and easy recipes.

  17. Jeffrey

    January 26, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I’m new to your blog and after perusing your recipe section I found many items that sparked my interest. The breakfast section was my favorite and I plan on making the blueberry oatmeal breakfast muffins real soon!

  18. Tamara R.

    January 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I would like to see party food recipes. Things I can make for a large group.

  19. Anissa

    January 27, 2019 at 11:12 am

    First of all, congrats on your first anniversary! I would love to see more quick (but still tasty!) weekday dinners for those busy nights! Thanks 🙂

  20. Cassandra D

    January 27, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    30 minutes or less recipes.

  21. Jenny Ham

    January 27, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Congrats on the year.. I would like to see more desserts

  22. Eileen Boyce

    January 27, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Love to see more low calorie sugar free recipes. Thanks

  23. Jaye Smith

    January 27, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Love the recipes!

  24. donna porter

    January 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Happy anniversary! I love your delicious and easy to make recipes.

  25. Lindsay A.

    January 27, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    I am new here, & absolutely love the look of your blog! The recipes are right up my alley & I’m browsing them & saving some to try. Can’t wait for summer so that I can try the fresh sweet corn curry! I also need to try the ravioli in creamy garlic spinach sauce very soon. I don’t have any suggestions yet – so far I think you have a great balance of recipes between savory, sweet, with meat & meatless!

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