Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Month In The Kitchen

Well, we're approximately one month into my little food blogging experiment. I can't speak for my, like, five readers or whatever, but I am having a great time. This is a great exercise for me in discipline and preparation--something I have to think about in advance and plan for. Also, if I don't have something really great to say, I don't have the option of not saying anything. Some might say that's ill-advised. My mother would say that I love the sound of my own voice. Both of those things are probably true.

How's it going for you? Have you made any of the recipes I've put up over the last month? Have they been blowouts or failures or just meh? I am really excited about some of the feedback I've gotten, and if you're out there making some of my food, I would love to hear how it's working out for you.

I've reviewed one restaurant and I have plans to do at least one more. We live in the D.C. area, so I will probably review mostly local restaurants, with a few exceptions, but we don't go out that much. We are planning a long weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, next month, so I might eke some reviews out from that--there's one Mexican restaurant in town that I remember from being there two years ago, and holy smokes, the best margaritas I have ever tasted. If there's a local restaurant you'd like to see me review sometime, I'm totally willing, but please keep in mind that I'm a writer and my husband's a teacher and we have a little person who will probably want to go to some shwanky private liberal arts college in fifteen years; so not only am I a girl on a budget but the budget doesn't typically include babysitters. Don't go and send me off to some high-end $300 dinner at a place where I'll get glared at when my kid throws pasta on the floor.

What else would you like to see recipes for? I try to keep things sort of balanced--not terribly complicated dishes that can be prepared in a reasonable amount of time, some meatless main dishes because, you know, that's good for us, snacks, sides, bread...even a cookie or two. I know not everybody likes to cook the same thing. What would you like to see more or less of?

Thanks, also, to Merseydoats and Kimberly for the props. They both linked me on their blogs this month, and I've seen a little increase in traffic thanks to it. I heart you both for being my two most consistent readers.

So, that's my first month roundup. I hope you'll hook me up with some feedback.


Kimberly said...

Well, as it happens I am on this kick to make my own ... Just fill in the blank. Right now it's yogurt, granola bars, and salsa, but that one will have to wait until I get better tomatoes, hopefully from my own garden, which does not currently exist. I am watching my sodium just now, and figure if I can make my own stuff, I'll avoid some of the sodium that comes in packaged food. One of the things I want to try is hummus. Is that even how you spell hummus? Anyway, so I'd like a recipe for that and some tips on what to eat it on. Please keep in mind my limited abilities and my tendency to be easily intimidated in the kitchen. You have to know that when you ask for suggestions, I will oblige. I tried your beef stew already and it was a hit.

merseydotes said...

I love this. I have to confess, I haven't made a single thing from your blog, but I have many of the recipes filed away mentally to try. I'm the person who gets Cooks Illustrated and reads it mostly cover to cover but rarely makes anything out of it.

Re: Restaurants. We don't go out much either, so Love the idea of cheap eats. Unfortunately, we're sort of on other sides of the Beltway these days and I'm not sure if I have any non-Alexandria and surrounding environs tips.

Glad to give you a little blip in readers. It's kind of hard to imagine since I have so few myself!