happy anniversary to me: french-style carrot salad

french-style carrot salad

In 2001 I started a blog, except it wasn’t called blogging back then. It was an online diary and I kept a pretty low profile though I had some very wonderful online friends. I wrote about my heartbreak, my friends and my jobs. I was no stranger to putting things out there because before all that, I had kept up a self-published ‘zine for years before that where I drew comics, wrote about my crappy job and my favorite recipes.

Then in 2005 I discovered Chocolate and Zucchini and I decided that I wanted to write about food too! So Everybody Likes Sandwiches was born and I didn’t even have a camera for the first few months. It’s managed grown up into a lovely and beautiful little darling (it’s my baby, how can I think otherwise?). Six years is pretty elderly in the blog world, but I think I’ve carved out a unique little space and I’m so happy that it’s grown and blossomed into something that people can relate to and share.

Really, you have no idea how giddy and surprised I get whenever I get comments or when one of you tells me that one of my recipes has become one of your favorites too. Or how you’ve held my hand when it’s been rough. So thank you, I couldn’t have lasted six long years without your kindness.

shredded carrots

I’m celebrating without fanfare or a fancy, complicated meal. But trust me when I say that I’m not ripping you off with a salad post. This is a very worthy recipe and has become my new favorite and I’m sure it will become one of yours too. Let me introduce this humdinger of a carrot salad that I spotted on Orangette. It might seem plain – just carrots and a garlicy lemon dressing, but don’t underestimate the power of this salad.

The secret is julienning the carrots – turning them into fine matchsticks. I used my Japanese mandoline, but you could certainly show off those knife skills of yours and do it by hand. A julienne peeler will do the work nicely too.Β Or you could even slice the carrots into ribbons using a plain old vegetable peeler. Trust me, it’s worth it.


55 comments to “happy anniversary to me: french-style carrot salad”

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    emvandee   February 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you indeed! This sounds so lovely and fresh. I think I will try it and add some mint I have wilting in my crisper.

    And thanks for all the recipes. Your pizza dough is in my permanent repertoire.

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    andrea   February 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Always enjoyed your recipes. Plus, your photos make me hungry :p

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    Kalynskitchen   February 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations on six years of blogging! I’m surprised at how many of us started that year (April 25, 2005 for me).

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    Peggy   February 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    OH my this looks heavenly!! And Happy Anniversary to you!! (and happy birthday to me!!) It is now too late to include this in my birthday dinner but I am sure it will make it into our dinner meal before the week is out!! Especially since our middlest has surgery on his foot tomorrow, meaning he will be home for the rest of the week, and he LOVES fine food!

    Currently we are trying 1 new recipe a week which has been resulting in using 2 to 3 of your recipes a week.. and I must say I’ve not come across anything we don’t like yet (we avoid chicken cause hubby is allergic… wanna keep him breathing!!)

    Congratulations and know that your time and effort is greatly appreciated!!

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    The Rowdy Chowgirl   February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Happy anniversary! I can’t say I often think of eating raw carrots for some reason, but this salad looks so shiny and bright that I’m tempted to give it a try!

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    Jacqui   February 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Holy 6 years! Congrats and please keep it up! I love coming to your blog!

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    Jabba   February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Your recipes make it on to our table every week. I’ve even got my mom hooked on your blog and she barely knows how to operate the computer!

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    Stephanie   February 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Happy anniversary! Here’s to many, many more years!

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    Sage   February 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Happy anniversary! Thanks for the many recipes. .

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    Pat   February 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Only found you a week or so ago and already you are feeding my husband and myself. Crunchy Broccoli, Carrot & Red Onion Salad….Speculaas Muffins and this French-Style Carrot Salad are really good. The very first of your recipes to grace our dinner
    table….Sweet & Sour Marmalade Chicken. OH!SO!VERY!GOOD!
    I am definitely going to be searching through your recipe files to pick up the six years I have missed. Happy Anniversary and hope for at least six more.
    Thank you from the Pacific Northwest USA.

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    Kimberley   February 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Bon anniversaire to you and your blog! What a great story. I once kept an online journal too. Ah, the internet. I’m glad you’re here!

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    Chihiro   February 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Happy anniversary πŸ™‚
    I’ve only found your writing recently but I’m looking forward to more!

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    Kelly   February 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I’m not sure that I have ever commented on here before, but I’ve been reading for a good while now (definitely a year or so!) and love the way you have of making recipes simple and so, so delicious. I keep coming back to your broccoli crunch slaw and your lime and feta slaw, they’re two of my favorite salads. (I particularly enjoy adding a little sriracha to the lime and feta slaw.) Happy blog anniversary!

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    Joanne   February 23, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Ripping us off? I would never even suspect it! THis sounds delicious.

    Thanks so much for inspiring me SO MUCH these past few years. I always love coming here.

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    Tracy   February 23, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Simplicity rules. Happy anniversary! You have a carved out a unique space here. It’s very inviting. Btw…I was had my own self published zine back in the day. It was all about typography. So I guess blogging is a natural evolution for us old school zine folk.

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    christina   February 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been reading your blog since ’07, I love it. Checking out what’s cookin’ on this blog has become part of my routine each week.

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    Brenda   February 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Happy Anniversary, Jeanette! I love your blog and feel a real kinship with you with our tastes in food. Blogging so regularly is hard, but you make it seem so effortless.
    Keep up the great work.


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    Lisa   February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been a long-time reader who adores your recipes.

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   February 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Happy Anniversary! Six years is a lifetime in internet years!

    Lovely recipe..carrots just work so well this time of year..

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    heather   February 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I have had Molly’s carrot salad bookmarked for, well, probably since she first posted it. Now that I see such an emphatic recommendation, the recipe must come out of storage. I wonder how many people will help you celebrate your sixth(!!) blog anniversary by making this salad? At least one!

    Cheers and keep it coming,


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    Tricia   February 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I figured a big anniversary like this deserved for me to quit ‘lurking’ and wish you a big Congrats! Love your blog.

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    Wit,wok & wisdom   February 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Happy Anniversary dear!Its really nice to know that you are around for such a long time.Well,I’m a very novice blogger and I have my 1st Anniversary tomorrow!:)I’ve been following you for quite some time now and really enjoy reading your posts!

    Here’s wishing your Blog many good times ahead (and many more lovely posts for us;))


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    Irene   February 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Happy anniversary! I come here quite often but I don’t think I’ve left any message yet. As today is a special occasion, I wanted to thank you for sharing all your great recipes with us.
    PS: My blog did 4 years yesterday, I’m so happy I decided to start it!

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    Susan   February 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Happy Anniversary and thank you, thank you, thank you for the delicious recipes in my inbox! I have carrots in the crisper and plan to make this lovely salad tonight.

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    Julie   February 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for all of the inspiring recipes that you post. This carrot salad is right up my alley. Beautiful, simple and delicious. Thanks too for reaching out to other bloggers with some helpful advice (like when their url is messed up, or their email link goes to a blank page!) and words of encouragement. It means a lot!

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    kickpleat   February 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Emvandee, so glad to hear it! And yes, add the mint, I’m sure it would be lovely.

    Thank you, Andrea, I’m so pleased to hear it πŸ™‚

    Kalyn, I really do think that 2005 was the real push of the blog! Thank you and congrats to you too!

    Well, happy birthday Peggy! So glad you’re cooking away at my recipes. I love that.

    Rowdy, that shocks me a little πŸ˜‰ I love raw carrots and they go so nicely in this salad. Crunch to the max!

    Thanks so much Jacqui.

    Jabba, I love hearing that. Whooo! And thanks for spreading the word too.

    Thank you, Stephanie & Sage!

    Pat, I love that you’re really digging into this site, thrills me!! And we’re neighbours too!

    Merci, Kimberley! I know, the internet is really amazing. I love it.

    Chihiro, so glad you’ve found this little space πŸ™‚

    Kelly, thanks for coming out of the woodwork to say hi. There’s never anything wrong with sriracha!

    Joanne, glad you feel that way. I love salads, but I hope others don’t get sick of them! I’m sure I’ll post a cake or a treat soon enough.

    That’s totally my motto, Tracy. Love the zine connection! I think zines and blogs are so nicely connected and I’m always amazed that there are so many new zines around. Nice to see!

    Christina, thanks so much!

    I love to hear that Brenda – I love that you’re jiving with my food tastes. Thank you, thank you!!

    Thank you Lisa for stopping by.

    It certainly seems that way, RMW!

    Heather, well, then you must give it a try. It’s soooo good. I’ve been dreaming about it all week – no kidding. It’s that good.

    Tricia, thanks for commenting! It’s easy to lurk I love when you can put out your feelers and get a response. It’s what I love so much about blogging.

    WW&W, thank you! Happy anniversary too! Once you’ve got a year under your belt, it’s smooth sailing πŸ™‚

    Thank you Irene for stepping out from the shadows and saying hello. And congrats on 4 years!! It’s a big achievement!

    Susan, I hope you love the salad as much as I do!

    Aw, your comment means so much! Thank you!

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    hag   February 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary! It has been a real pleasure to read your blog over the years! I can’t believe I have been reading it since early 2006. Seems so long ago!
    I love the simplicity of this salad…and it sure looks pretty too! Who doesn’t like bright orange! It was my favorite colour when I was a kid.

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    whitney   February 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Happy 6 years! I can’t wait to try this salad…looks like it’d be great for packing in my lunch!

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    Ellen @ CheapCooking   February 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Happy anniversary! I’ve been blogging about as long, since 2003. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? That salad looks great. I’ve made a similar one, just grating the carrots so not as pretty, but adding some fresh chopped cilantro. Yum! My new favorite salad is just about any good fresh vegetable, sliced prettily, topped with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Did this last night with oranges, olives and onions too.

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    homegrown countrygirl   February 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best… and this one looks really simple (and really good). Thank you, and happy anniversary.

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites   February 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Happy blogoversary to one of my favorite corners of the blogosphere -ELS! I think I’ve been reading for five years, so, yeah, a fan.

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    Nancy   February 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Happy anniversary! I’ve been following your blog for a few years and just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the work you put into it. Your writing, photos and recipes keep me coming back for more, and several of your recipes including the pasta e fagioli and World’s Easiest Cake are in my regular rotation now. And as a fellow YVR girl, I love it when you have local references and ingredients. Congrats and can’t wait to see what the next 6 years will bring!

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    isabel   February 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Not only does this sound delicious, your photos make it look fabulous too! Thanks for what everybody likes sandwiches adds to my life!

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    kickpleat   February 24, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Yay, hag, so glad you’ve been reading along all these years.

    Whitney, this is the perfect lunch packing salad – it will stay crisp!

    Ellen, hooray for all that blogging! Thanks for sharing and I love your idea with oranges.

    Thanks, homegrown! I agree about simple being best.

    Aw, shucks, thanks so much Aimee!

    Nancy, so glad you’ve garnered a few favorites here! Thank you!

    Isabel, thank you so much.

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    Brittany Trei   February 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Wow six years :O! Well happy anniversary to you, hope to see you around many years to come! I believe I made your chicken teriyaki recipe for a week straight a while back. πŸ˜›

    Seeing that fresh bright salad makes me want to get my knife skills up to par.

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    eileen   February 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ooh, I was just wondering what veg I could have with lunch, and I have purple carrots in the fridge…I may be eating this in the next ten minutes.

    Happy blogiversary!

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    Bijoux   February 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Yeah! Happy Blog Anniversary J!! Your blog was one of the very first I began to follow back in 2006. I had no idea what blogging was prior to that. Thanks for introducing me to homemade granola, jam dressing and other savvy cooking ideas (i.e. use what you have at home). This carrot salad looks yum! I don’t have a Japanese mandolin and really need to get my hands on one as I don’t have the patience to chop matchsticks by hand. I suppose a veg peeler to create ribbons would work for now, but visually I like the precise shape of the matchsticks πŸ™‚

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    Kankana   February 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚ you started your blog in 2001 and you still maintaing it which is such and inspiration. I started my blog Jan this year and I am enjoying it a lot. I am so happy to find your blog, there is so much to learn from you πŸ™‚ Will visit regularly.

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    Julie   February 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Yum – perfect wintry day salad! And CONGRATS!! So glad you decided to take up blogging!!

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    Nic   February 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Happy Belated Anniversary! :]

    I made this salad to have with my supper tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for posting it!

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    Daily Spud   February 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    A (slightly belated) Happy Anniversary to you! I would think of 6 years in blogging as being not elderly so much as stately πŸ™‚ I make a similar-ish salad with strips of carrot plus mint and lime and it rocks (as, I have no doubt, does this one) – proof that simple is almost always best.

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    kickpleat   February 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Brittany, nothing wrong with chicken teriyaki for leftovers! I definitely have to go back and make that recipe again – such a favorite!

    Eileen, this would be extra pretty with different coloured carrots! Enjoy.

    So glad you found this blog, Bijoux! I love my mandoline, but I also just bought my mandoline peeler and I love it too (and it’s so much easier and less scary to use).

    Kankana – this blog was started in 2005 but I’ve kept a web presence since 2001 with various other journals. Thanks for visiting!

    Thanks so much Julie!

    Nic, so glad you enjoyed the salad – it’s such a good one!

    Ha, I love how you put it, Daily Spud. Thank you for making me feel more stately!

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    Bijoux   February 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Ah, a mandolin peeler. I have to Google that and see what it looks like. Maybe I can get one of those instead if they cost less. Thanks!

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    kickpleat   February 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Bijoux, I link to the peeler in the post! Take a peek – it’s a pretty useful tool. It’s a bit thinner, but still great.

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    Renee   March 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog has been such an inspriration for me! I’ve only been writing for one month, and I hope someday to reach the 6 year milestone too! Love your photos, and this carrot salad looks divine.

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    kickpleat   March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks so much, Renee! I love hearing from new bloggers – enjoy it!

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    Luisa   March 9, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Eeeps, sorry I’m late to the party, but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! I’m so glad you’re here. πŸ™‚

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    gia   March 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    That’s neat you started with a zine! I read a few back in the day and enjoyed many of them. what was yours called?

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    kickpleat   March 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Aw, thanks so much Luisa!

    Gia, I did! It was called “Queen of the Universe” and it was a personal zine but had music reviews and a recipe along with my comics and drawings. It was even reviewed in Bust magazine! Whoo πŸ™‚

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    Sean   March 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Wow! What a fresh take on such a classic Parisan dish! I too, have a deep love of the Parisian culture and food. In fact, i just tried my hand at Onion Charlotte! I am all about creating unusual and unexpected recipes. You should check it out when you get a moment πŸ™‚

    thanks for sharing!!!

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    Christie   March 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hi, I have made a few recipes from this blog, and have loved them all, but I have seriously made this every other day since you posted it. It is so lovely, thank you for posting.

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    kickpleat   March 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Sean, I’ll check it out!

    Christie, so glad you love this salad as much as I do. I’m going through carrots like mad!

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    Ashley   March 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Happy belated blog anniversary!! If it wasn’t for you, I don’t know if I would’ve left LJ to start a “real” blog, so thanks for starting your blog. πŸ™‚ I love carrots and often keep them in the fridge so will have to try this out.

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    Lois   January 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I just discovered you through Farm Fresh to You on Facebook. I’m going to go make the beet/carrot salad and potato salad with cumin right now. I loved the movie Julie and Julia, and I love sandwiches. With your blog I can enjoy both. I can put anything between bread slices. Take care, and stay around a long time.

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