Friday, September 17, 2010

Ready, Set, BLOG!

We have a long standing family joke- don't ask my mother to make the same meal twice. When my sister and I were young, she used to make to most delicious meals. However, my mother, like me, rarely used recipes, and rarely measured her ingredients. As a result, try as she might, she was often unable to replicate meals that she had made. The best example was when my sister requested duplicate of a delicious Italian pasta salad for her birthday one year. The resulting dinner had many more qualities of lo mein. I started A Boston Food Diary as a way to keep track of my own recipes, so I wouldn't suffer the same fate of course, and to explore my inherent passion of food.

New England Seafood Salad
While keeping track of what I'm making has been incredibly helpful as there have been some meals I have wanted to make over and over, I think that it is my passion and my unique twists on classic dishes that really define me as a food blogger. One of my greatest joys is thinking about ingredients and devising new ways to use them. I rarely use recipes so I get to let my imagination run wild to include whatever finds I can pick up at local markets, or what I can use in my very own fridge or pantry. A half pound of turkey meat asks to be made into a mock sausage patty for a decadent burger night. A simple can of beans transforms itself into a hearty, warming bowl of soup in a moments notice. Almost forgotten spinach finds itself blended with garlic, Parmesan and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for a unique pesto. Every ingredient can be matched with others to find entirely new twists on old favorites.

Blueberry Thyme Pancakes
To me, food isn't just about sustaining ones self, it is about finding comfort in art. It is about finding utter joy with each forkful. It is about creating memories through each pinch of salt, and each teaspoon of parsley. Through A Boston Food Diary I try to bring you, my readers, through every bite with me, from my thoughts and desires in deciding my next meal, through my selections and choices, and finally through every forkful that crosses my lips. I even like to throw in a few educational pieces here and there in case you like to know exactly what it is that makes blue cheese blue, or the difference between pesto and pistou.

So why should I be the Next Food Blog Star? Food blogging isn't something I choose to do, it is just a part of me. Food inhabits every piece of my being and it is only a natural act for me to discuss it with all of you. Beyond that...I promise to bring you only the tastiest recipes and keep trying new ingredients to share with you!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your life. I am really enjoying reading all of these post. Check mine out when you get a chance and let me know what you think.

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

Great post! It's always so hard for me to try to make my grandmother's dishes because she never wrote stuff down either! Best of luck in PFB! Voted! :)

Unknown said...

Improvisation in the kitchen is such a great talent to have. Can't wait to see what you pull out of your hat in PFB. Just voted for you!

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