Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Not a Typical Food Blogger
My little blog is almost just barely 6 months old now and I realize more and more that I am not your typical food blogger. I hope that makes me stand out in a crowd.
Why do I say I'm not typical? Well many food bloggers cook earlier in the day so they can get great food shots. Oh, if I could, I would, but I just don't have that kind of time or resources.
I get home from my first job at 1:30p.m., have to pick up the 8 year old at 2:25p.m. Two days a week, I also pick up another boy at a different school at 2:45p.m. Those days are interesting to get where I need to be on time without breaking any traffic laws! I'm sure I'm not any busier than the average mother, and I'm certainly not trying to say I am. I just can't juggle as much as some mothers.
Another thing is, what I cook and photograph for this blog, with the exception of the rare sweet and goodie, is what we have for supper that night. I don't cook for the blog first. I cook for the family first. I love that there are bloggers out there who can cook for their blogs. Some of my best meals and inspirations come from them. For now, though, it's just not something I can do.
You know all those cool kitchen appliances and gadgets? Yeah, chances are I don't have them. No Kitchen Aid (someday), no food processor, no silpats. Heck I don't even have a lemon juicer, my pots and pans are 20 years old. I've used the same sad hand-me-down pizza pan and cookie sheet for the last 20 years as well. My nicest small kitchen appliance? A refurbished 15 year old Kitchen Aid blender that I broke half the gear teeth off of trying to blend up some chicken meatballs for the 8 year old when he was the 2 year old. You have to hold the blender jar on tightly so the gear teeth will meet the underside of the blade and make it turn properly.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not crying poor me. The fact of the matter is there is a reason my kitchen items are that old and sort of sad. I believe in the old New England saying "Use it up. Wear it out. Make do or do without." I don't really need a lemon juicer or a new blender. I'd love to have a big stand mixer or food processor, but my blender and mini food chopper do most of the jobs I want them to do. My pots and pans are still in good shape (although the copper bottoms could use a good cleaning). I did buy new non-stick pans in January because the two I had were so horribly scratched they weren't non-stick anymore.
So from one non-typical food blogger, I say make do and Keep on Cooking!