I took a big break from my weekly blogging over the summer. It was an opportunity to recharge my writing batteries and also plan a new direction for my blog. My writing felt stale and kind of lackluster, so it was time to rethink future posts.
I’m hoping to shift my focus from being primarily a recipe blog to that with a wider look at other kinds of food-writing. I began this blog four years ago this month as a homage to women in my family who taught me to cook. Inspired primarily by my mother and her mother, I learn how to plan healthy meals on a budget, prepare decent food and serve as a hostess later in my own home.
It’s time to reflect again on that connection to Mama and my grandmother, who I called “Moo Moo”. I want to share more of their recipes, kitchen stories and my memories of us all being in the kitchen together. My aunt and great-grandmother were also influences on me – and I have tons of recipes still to peruse. And maybe I will write more about my garden and how it figures into my kitchen adventures.
Books have always been a source on inspiration for me when it comes to cooking and writing about food, so I reread lots of my favorites over the summer, from Laurie Colwin (fiction and non-fiction) to Barbara Kingsolver (“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” had a huge impact on my love for preserving food through canning) to Nora Ephron’s classic “Heartburn” (great recipes and haunting similarities to my first marriage and subsequent divorce).
What kind of food blogs interest you? Do you search online for recipes, follow a few favorite bloggers on a regular basis ( I never miss “Dianne Jacob…Will Write for Food” or Molly Wizenberg of “Orangette”) – are you a blogger or not?
Looking back five years ago, I recall stumbling into posting recipes and beginning to shoot food for the ongoing recipe contest on food52. I met so many wonderful people through that site, many of whom I keep in touch with, and a handful who I call friends. I think that is what I like most about blogging, meeting and staying in touch with other like-minded folks.
As always, I’m grateful for your ongoing and interest and/or comments. best, Liz