Warning: this will be a longish post, but there's a rookie comment-raffle and a chance to win a prize at the end, so I hope you keep reading!
I was surprised to realize that Rookie Cookery has been in existence since April 18, 2005! That's over three years, and (at this point) about 188 posts. Amazing how even intermittent posting adds up over the years.
No doubt regular readers have noticed fewer and fewer posts about food here, and since this is supposedly a food blog, that brings me to reconsider the whole Blogga-looza.
(Note: I just made up that word).
I'm writing less about food for several reasons:
1. I am primarily a family cook, and my family food choices and preferences currently include: A vegan, a beef eating carnivore who doesn't like cooked vegetables, a person who only eats fish or chicken with veggies, and Me. I'll eat almost anything!
While the above realities have instigated many wonderful and creative new food cooking opportunities, it has also brought some very real challenges. I have tried to please everybody in the family, only to realize that is impossible. So I have given up and am relying instead on The Same Old Standbys of healthy but not blog-worthy staples like vegetarian chili, soups, sauteed fish or roast chicken, the occasional steak or hamburgers, tons of hummus, grains or pasta and tons of veggies. It's just basic food. Often I can barely get the family fed, let alone create Something to Blog About.
2. I am also adjusting, albeit intermittently, to often cooking for Two again, which has its own unique pleasures for my husband and I. In short, family transitions mean cooking in transition. Again, nothing to blog about.
3. My job is "on call", thus often unpredictable hours, and I often work at night or until it is too late to cook. I really hate that even though I love my job. It's messed with my meal planning big time.
4. As much as I truly LOVE the foodie community, the fact is, there are about a bazillion other food writers and bloggers who do a MUCH better job than I do at writing about food, posting recipes, taking food porn pictures, and keeping abreast of food trends and personalities. That's not false modesty. They really are better at it than I am, consistently, and I often wonder what ever possessed me to jump into food blogging in the first place. Oh yeah-- it was an impulse!
So the Rookie is Reconsidering, and I ask your feedback on this post, (or in an email to andreaweb AT mac dot com,) to help me get my bearings.
Please comment on this post, on some or all of the following:
Do you consider yourself a regular reader of this blog?
How do you access the blog? (A link? An RSS or newsfeeder? A personal bookmark? Search engine?) What would you like to see more of in the blog? What percentage, if any, of NON-food related posts would you be willing to see here? Any other comments?
HERE'S THE COMMENT RAFFLE PART: At midnight on October 1st, I will randomly select one of the comment or email writers to receive a free copy of The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman-- (or a different book from my shelf if you already have that one). It's a great book, but I have two, so leave a comment and it could be yours!