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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

2010: A Year In Review

I was going to avoid the whole “year in review” type of post, but as I started to think about it and read back through old posts, I couldn’t resist picking out some month by month highlights  to share with you.  At the end of my 2009 Year in Review I stated, “Never in a million years could I have predicted all the things that 2009 would bring.  So I’m not going to even bother guessing what is in store for 2010.”

As crazy and unpredictable as 2009 was, I think 2010 will go down as the year that changed everything…


I kicked off the year in my second term of Culinary School, where I conquered New World Cuisine and found my love for Baking and Pastry Arts.



I finished out my freshman year of culinary labs with Stocks, Soups, and Sauces and Intro to Dining.  I wrote about running and pooping, and subsequently grossed out the whole blog world.  And I drove to Jacksonville, Florida to help my BFF Mary Ann run the 13.1 with Donna half marathon – her first ever!


I kicked off my Sophomore year of Culinary school with International Cuisine and Advanced Dining Room.  I experimented with going gluten-free, and after a month-long nagging lung infection, I was finally diagnosed with pleurisy, bringing my running and training to a temporary halt.  At the end of the month, I got to meet Master Chef Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook – amazing!



Adventures in culinary school continued with Advanced Patisserie and Classical French Cuisine.  I also got to meet one of my fitness idols – vegan athlete Brendan Brazier!


Despite having to give up training due to my bad lung infection, in April I ran Charlotte’s Racefest Half-Marathon, posting my best half-marathon time to date!

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And I finished out the month in Ohio heading back to Denison with my college BFF’s!

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May was a huge month for me.  I kicked if off by starting my very last class of culinary school – Garde Manger – and by running the hardest and soggiest marathon of my life.

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We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and before I knew it – I was graduating from culinary school!   Graduation was celebrated with a week-long vacation on Topsail Island, NC with all my favorite people and dogs.

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June kicked off my summer-long internship working as the Head Chef at Poplar Ridge Organic Farm!  I harvested my own vegetables, prepared healthy vegetarian meals, and even acted as sous chef for some famous Charlotte chefs.

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We wrapped up the month in Hilton Head with a much-needed weekend at the beach!

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My work on the farm continued into July, when I cooked for my first private dinner party and did staff presentations on healthy food.  Back at home, I got the opportunity to film a cooking show in my kitchen which was definitely a first for me. 

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Having gone back and forth and weighed many different options, we finally started considering moving out of Charlotte, and set our sights on Washington, DC.  During July, we made two separate trips to the East Coast to look for neighborhoods and places to live.  At the end of the the month, I ran the Run For Your Life 4 Miler and vowed to never do another race in the heat of the summer.

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In August we made it official, and signed a lease on our new house in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia!  And before I knew it, my time at the farm had come to an end and I was saying goodbye to all my summer friends.  I celebrated with a trip to Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit – my first blog conference!

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And as soon as I got home it was all about packing because…


September brought MOVING DAY!  I spent the first few weeks digging out of boxes and getting us settled in our new home.  Just as soon as I got my kitchen organized, it was time to start the Project Food Blog competition!

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October didn’t really go as planned.  It started out with trips to the farmers market, exploring our new neighborhood, and lots of training runs for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon.  But half-way through the month I was hit by a car while crossing the street, which left me with a really banged up knee, and some pretty fragile emotions.  Even so, I headed to Ohio to be a bridesmaid for my new sister in law just two days after the accident. 

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I found myself sidelined for both the Columbus Half-Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon, but I went and cheered my heart out despite the fact that I couldn’t run myself.

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After the nightmare that was October, things definitely picked up in November.  I kicked off the month with a 5-day trip to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival!  It was an amazing week with lots of old and new friends from far and wide.


I continued to cook my way through the Project Food Blog competition, and even made my very first video!  I got a double dose of family fun at the end of the month, first when my family came to visit us in DC…

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And then with a long weekend in Atlanta to celebrate Thanksgiving with Casey’s family!

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December was relatively low-key and I spent most of the first half of the month preparing to transition The Front Burner to Daily Garnish!  We spent eight days in Ohio celebrating Christmas and birthdays, and getting spoiled by having so much time with our families.  I also finally got to tell the world that I will be an aunt next year!

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Whew – the end!  It was definitely a year with a lot of growth and a lot of changes.  As fun as it was, I’m hoping for a little less drama in 2011.  :) 

Wishing you all a very safe and happy New Year’s Eve!  Thank you for being such a big part of my year – my life would be so different without you guys.

What was your favorite memory of 2010?

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)     at 10:51 am

You’ve had such an eventful year! Amazing! And so many great posts- especially the running+pooping one! :P
My favourite memory of 2010 was running a mile for the first time! What a feeling! :D


Stacy @ Every Little Thing     at 10:53 am

Looks like you had a great year (minus a few traffic incidents). I didn’t realize you were head chef at an organic farm…that’s amazing! Good for you!

Happy New Year!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 10:55 am

That is quite the year – I was thinking about doing a year in review post too, just so I can reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 10:56 am

It’s been great following your adventures and getting to know you more through your blog this year. Best wishes in 2011!


Blog is the New Black     at 10:59 am

Great yaer for you, Emily! (Minus the accident! ;))


Dorry     at 11:06 am

Great recap – You’ve had a big year! I got engaged and married this year so those are my favorite memories. And I started blogging in June!

Happy New Year!


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 11:15 am

Based on this I started reading your blog in May! I didn’t know you met THE Yan Can Cook… I used to watch him as a kid all the time! Happy new year, Emily!


Leanne (For Health's Sake)     at 11:31 am

Great post! It’s fun having a blog so you can look back at all that has happened every year :)

Happy New Year!


Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well     at 11:32 am

My favorite memory of 2010 was probably two weeks worth of fun: the lead up to our wedding at the end of March, our wedding day, and then a week of wonderfulness in Jamaica!

I’ve also gotten to do some pretty cool work travel this year. I visited Louisiana, Texas, and West Virginia for the first time. Next week I’ll go to Miami and Key West for the first time and in two weeks I’ll get to visit the State of Washington and Seattle of the first time ever!

We should have another blogger meet up (this time in Old Town!!!) in Jan or Feb! :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Definitely agree on the blogger meetup!


Ginna     at 11:34 am

Wow u have had a busy year!

We had a busy year a well! Moved cross country, had some great vacations, but also a lot of heartache and sadness as my FIL passed away in December. Definitely ready to move on to 2011.

My favorite memory was the big Disney cruise and trip to Disney World we took with my whole husband’s side of the family (16 of us)! It was my FIL’s masterpiece so it is a very cherished memory!


Janna     at 11:39 am

I’m glad you did a year in review! Sounds like quite the year!

I found your blog only about a month or two ago, and I really wish I had found it sooner. I enjoy reading your posts so much and you seem like such a fun, likable person!

My favorite memories of 2010 were spending this one day with my boyfriend in the summer where we had a pizza and watched the NY philharmonic in Prospect Park. It was such a gorgeous day. My other favorite memory was getting accepted to Grad School!


Emily Malone Reply:

That sounds like such a great day!


alana (at) the food     at 11:47 am

very good synopsis!


Ashley     at 12:06 pm

Seriously. WHAT a year!!!! So glad that I got to be a little part of it. :) You’ve done some amazing things. Be proud!!! xoxo


Rachel     at 12:12 pm

I started following your blog this year – and I actually ran into you this morning (I had the yappy little maltese!). I hope you are enjoying living in Alexandria, and I have lots of good restaurants suggestions if you ever need some in the area!


Emily Malone Reply:

Are you kidding me?? I wish you had said hi!! Which dog did I have? I just took each one of them out for a 2 mile loop. SUCH a nice day for running!


Emily Malone Reply:

Okay wait – were you the person that said “sorry!” at the corner? Oh man, I totally had the non-psycho dog then too. (The yellow one doesn’t do well with other dogs) We should do a dog walk together sometime (with the nice one!).


Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side     at 12:21 pm

I love that you can recap your whole year through the blog- so awesome! My favorite memory… is probably visiting Playa del Carmen (a little beach community south of Cancun) with my love in May. It was straight out of a Corona commercial- I felt like I was in a fantasy land :)


Emily Malone Reply:

I LOVE Playa Del Carmen! We have been twice, stayed at the Blue Bay and Secrets Capri. SUCH a fun time!


Rachel     at 12:33 pm

yes! My dog has a loud bark but no bite. What loop do you run? I run close to 6miles on the bike path going north towards the airport – great run!


Emily Malone Reply:

I usually run just the loops around my house to the Tornado Factory and back, but I love the trails. I’m working back up to longer mileage!


afarmerinthedell.wordpress.com     at 12:36 pm

What a great year. Lots of fun changes. Cheers to 2011


Natalia - a side of simple     at 12:50 pm

Happy New Year, Emily! I loved reading through some of your posts from this past year that you linked back to. I especially liked the gluten-free posts because I’m intolerant to gluten. I really appreciate you as a chef going gluten free and experimenting with it!


Amber K     at 1:31 pm

Well blogging sure helps the memory, huh? I’m going to have to start keeping a journal in order to remember that much about the previous year!


S @ extremebalance.net/blog     at 2:24 pm

My best memory of 2010 will be that it was the year I finally got over my epic burnout from 2007, compounded by throwing years of too much work on top. :) I like being happy! I like feeling human! Hooray for no burnout!

In 2010 I also discovered healthy living blogs, and have had great fun joining the community and reading along with others. Happy New Year to you!


Emily Malone Reply:

This was definitely my year of finally getting over the burnout too – I feel so much more alive now!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)     at 3:10 pm

lovely post, emily! thanks for sharing your life, day in and day out with your readers :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Averie! Hope you have a great new year. :)


Cynthia     at 3:28 pm

I am so glad you decided to write this post. I found your blog from project food blog in September and this was a great summary for a newish reader. Happy New Year!


Emily Malone Reply:

Oh good – that was the hope (to help new readers catch up). Welcome!


Katy (The Singing Runner)     at 4:55 pm

What an eventful year! I started reading in October just before the accident, but I have been amazed by your positive attitude through it all! 2011 is going to be amazing! :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Katy!


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life     at 5:20 pm

Crazy! I just went and looked at your Topsail post & the street view picture you posted was my Uncle’s street. :) Did you happen to visit any surf shops while you were there?


Emily Malone Reply:

Oh wow – how cool! I actually LIVED in Topsail for four months after I graduated college. Which surf shop? The only one I really ever went to was Bert’s in Surf City.


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life Reply:

That’s awesome that you lived there. I always wanted to when I was younger because my uncle has lived there my entire life and I always thought it was so cool :)

He owns OnShore Surf Shop, it’s right past the bridge when you come on to the island.


Kaitlin     at 8:14 pm

Emily, looks like you’ve had an amazing year! I had no idea you went to Denison– I went to Earlham! We played Denison a lot in sports. Gotta love small liberal arts schools! Happy New Year!


Emily Malone Reply:

How fun! I had way too much fun there. :)


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks     at 8:18 pm

You met Martin Yan! I used to watch his cooking show on PBS when I was little! :)

Happy New Year!


Hillary     at 8:58 pm

What a full year, indeed!

& might I add you look stunning in all your photos :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Ahhh Hillary. You always make me blush. :) So glad I got to meet YOU this past year! Hopefully we meet again in 2011.


Hillary Reply:

I hope so, too!!


SAL     at 9:26 pm

Happy New Year!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking)     at 11:23 pm

Wow, what a busy year! I love the way you decorated your new house :)


shorty     at 12:41 am

I always love the year in review! I have now been reading your blog for about 9 months and have loved every post! Thanks for sharing all your journeys with us. I hope you have a WONDERFUL 2011!!! Happy New Year!


Emily Malone Reply:

Thank you! :)


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)     at 7:40 am

What an absolutely wonderful year! Isn’t it awesome looking back and seeing all that was accomplished, as well as all of the fun (sometimes forgotten) memories? I love it. :D


Rebecca     at 11:28 am

I just found your blog a few days ago and will most definitely be following it in the future. I’m also from the DC area (born and raised a few miles away in Maryland) and it was refreshing to find a running/healthy eating blog from someone in the area. Happy New Year!!!


Emily Malone Reply:

Hi Rebecca – welcome to the blog! :)


Amy (adore today)     at 12:12 pm

Emily, you had an amazing year! I have loved following you through life. Here’s to an amazing 2011!


beetred     at 8:15 pm

you’ve had such a year! i tuned in half way through 2010 and enjoyed reading all of your adventures. happy new year!


Gabrielle     at 4:57 pm

Wow, what an eventful year you had!! Mine was nowhere near as eventful, but somewhere along the way I did discover your blog. Now I feel like I know you, and it’s amazing to me that you share so much of yourself in this incredibly public forum, with no knowledge of the strangers who are here looking at your photos and reading about your life. Thank you for sharing it all with us!

And I am so jealous you met Martin Yan – I love him. ;)


Bonnie     at 8:06 pm

Wow! Just catching up on reading blogs and you certainly have had an eventful year! What a fun recap. :) Happy New Year and thanks for inspiring with good recipes and thoughts on healthy living!


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