People. For one, I’ve met several people I would have never known before blogging, several of which live in the same city as me. A cookie lover, a baking expert, a wise and healthy home cook, a food critic, a vegan lush, and even someone who lives just around the block from me, plus so many more. The people I’ve met have to be the best part of blogging. This is something that I honestly didn’t set out for but is by far the best surprise of blogging.
Photography. A new love for photography and food photography spurred because of this blog. I’ve taken pictures in restaurants, of meals, of decadent desserts, and I continue to be challenged and inspired to take better photos. To me, food photography displays the natural beauty of the creativity God displays through the produce and ingredients that are available to us, from bright red heirloom tomatoes to dark chocolate.
Food and Community. I will admit, through blogging, I’ve had some delicious meals that I would not have had otherwise, some unforgettable flavors surrounding a table of unforgettable company. I have tried foods I never thought I would have tried, like foie gras or oysters, and I’ve fallen in love with foods I didn’t even know about before like Cioppino. The people surrounding each meal have taught me so much. I am looking forward to more richness surrounding our dinner table in the future.
Stacks of Cookbooks from a Restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado
Knowledge. I started food blogging with desire to learn and only a few tools in my toolbox. Though I have learned a lot I’m sure its only a glimmer of what’s ahead. Though I am now familiar with yuzu fruit, I still often mispronounce gnocchi.
sign at Tony Caputo’s Market
Recipe Reserve. A huge bonus to food blogging is having all of your favorite recipes stockpiled for quick access. I’ve been known to refer back to my own blog even by cell phone access to prepare a meal while away from home.
A few of my favorite posts:
A Road Trip to Undiscovered Southern Utah
Carol’s White Bean Chicken Chili and a Story of Babysitting
My Grandma’s Boots
A Trip to San Francisco with My Mom
Sicilian Fisherman Stew for a Rainy Day
Lemon Loaf from a London Bakery
Baking My First Wedding Cake
My Grandmother’s Chess Pie
Best Blueberry Muffins
Dog Friendly Dining in Salt Lake
A Beautiful Experience at Silver Fork Lodge
Cross Cultural Dining at Chanon Thai
Homemade Dog Biscuits and Henry’s First Birthday
A Guide to One of My Favorite Cities: Portland
A few posts from my humble blogging beginnings: (for a good laugh I hope)
Oatmeal Brulee– very sad photo but I promise the recipe is good!
My trip to Athens Greece– a crazy conglomerate of not so great photos.
Snow Balls– another pretty disgusting looking food photo. Don’t judge me…food photography is hard!