I have had several people ask me over the last few months why I started a food blog and what I hope to accomplish with it so I decided to write this post about why I began this journey.
I started this food blog because I love food, and I love to eat.
Okay, just kidding. But seriously, I really do love food and I really do love to eat. Ask anyone who knows me!
I grew up in a house with a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining – plus she was really good at it! I don’t really remember too many meals that I didn’t like growing up, she really knows how to cook a good meal! Not only did my mom make homemade meals, but the majority of the time, when applicable, the meals were also made from scratch. I have a story to share later, but because of my moms cooking I didn’t even know until a much older age that some of these things most people NEVER make from scratch – as in you can buy these things pre-made from a grocery store.
Growing up, the three of us kids, were always required to help my mom in the kitchen, but I don’t remember ever thinking to myself that I loved cooking or that I wanted to spend more time learning how to cook. It was more of something that was just required of a person once you hit adult hood. More often than not, we helped with baking rather than cooking (at least until we got old enough to be able to stand at the stove). We always made cookies and desserts and knew how to follow recipe instructions, with my moms guidance along the way of course.
It really wasn’t until about high school that I started helping cook meals and began learning how to put a meal together. One of my first dishes I learned to make totally by myself was mashed potatoes. And boy did I love making and eating mashed potatoes. Over time my mom taught me how to change the dish up each time I made it by adding garlic or sour cream and cheese, etc. To this day, mashed potatoes are still one of my favorite dishes to make and eat – who counts carbs anyways??
I mentioned earlier a funny story about pre-made food, well here it is: I didn’t know that mashed potatoes could be purchased in a box at the grocery store. I had never seen anyone in my family make mashed potatoes any other way than peeling, chopping, boiling, mashing and making. Sometime during high school I went to a friends house and we decided to make dinner – well being super proud of my potatoes I told my friend I could make mashed potatoes for us and she went and pulled out this box from her pantry. And I looked at her and asked her what it was, and she told me “they’re mashed potatoes…?” Yes I was a little shocked, I had no idea! I’ve also learned over the years that most people don’t make their pie crusts from scratch (WHAT?!) and buy them pre-made at the store. This blew my mind – but also made me realize how fortunate I was to grow up with a mom who had the time and desire to make us good food!
It wasn’t until I was in college that I really began learning how to cook for myself. I never realized what I was capable of until I began cooking and realized that it was something that not only I really liked, but also something I was good at. I’ve loved working in my kitchen ever since and I’ve never looked back!
During my junior year of college I was introduced to The Pioneer Woman which basically rocked my culinary world. She’s been my biggest food inspiration ever since and a lot of the recipes I cook are either from my mom or from Pioneer Woman. I like her story about her ranch life and how she’s a great cook without having gone to culinary school. She’s so down to earth and her recipes are great… especially when they involve lots and lots of butter! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t idolize her or think she’s the best thing since sliced bread, but I really do appreciate her approach to cooking and I’ve learned so much from her.
But back to the main point of this blog.. I created this blog to push myself and to grow as a writer and a cook. I haven’t done a lot of writing since college and I wanted to make sure I kept it up. I’m also always so shy about things like writing for all to see and cooking for all to taste, so this way I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to do something I really enjoy. And so far I’ve really enjoyed being able to cook and write about it. It’s also fun getting to use my camera and learn how to take food photos. The hardest part of this journey is trying to not compare myself with every other blogger out there, and to afford all the cooking! Because buying groceries is definitely not always cheap – especially when I like to experiment a lot. I also realize that not all of the recipes I share are going to be loved by all – and some may even be critiqued – but I love that I am pushing myself out into the culinary world. I’ve already learned so much from just these few months and am excited to see how my kitchen skills can grow over time. So I hope you keep following along on this journey with me.
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