Friday, September 17, 2010

Project Food Blog: Ready, Set, Blog

Meet Kim. Kim would like to be the next Project Food Blog Star. You see Kim at left at one of her favorite beaches in all of New England up in Ogunquit, Me. It's her love of New England and all its delicious offerings that's inspiring Kim to take part in this competition.





Project Food Blog is a competition offered up by foodie and blogging website FoodBuzz for which I'm thrilled to be a Featured Publisher.

This is Challenge #1, explain why you have your blog, why you slave away for it, why it inspires you, and why you have what it takes to become the next Food Blog Star.

Lighter and Local is my path to sanity, plain and simple. My days are filled with the craziness that comes with being a local television news producer. My day begins and ends fast furious with the day's news, cooking provides the solace in the middle that allows me to slow down. Cooking should be enjoying, not dreaded at the end of every day.

Yup, that's me in the brown at right on Election Night 2008. It's nights like those that drive me to the kitchen.

You know why? Cooking is creative, it's passion. News is a passion too, but the end result, well, it's just not as tasty as what comes out of my kitchen. I often tell my co-workers that cooking and baking is methodical, it's slow. It make you stop and think about what you're doing, how flavors will come together. That, my friends, is why I started this blog, to share the final results and the journey it takes to get to wonderful and delicious food.

The other reason I began Lighter and Local is to celebrate New England's fabulous raw ingredients. Every season here allows for farm finds, amazing local artisans, and food bloggers that are using them all to come up with exquisite final products. I scour farmers' markets, farms, tiny shops, my own backyard for inspiration as to what happens in my kitchen. I try to celebrate the amazing network of local bloggers in my community every single day. They are what drives me and gives me the next great idea.

I'm also here to remind my readers that local food doesn't have to be connected to catch phrases. It doesn't have to be trendy. Local food can be cheap, fabulous and without pretense. You don't have to solely shop local (though kudos to you if you do). You can mix it in with staples from the normal grocery store and keep the price low. Local food should be happy, taste fabulous, support your local community and economy. That is also what this blog is all about.

So why should I be the next Food Blog Star? I have no pride here. I'm a cook, in my greatly-in-need-of-a-renovation kitchen, just trying to figure out what tastes best. I'm still learning, growing, and admitting my mistakes. I'm simply trying to take the simplest and best of raw, fresh and local ingredients and teach myself and others that something fabulous can come out in the final product. I'm committed to helping grow my community of bloggers and reminding all out there that the community is truly the reason we all got into food blogging. Yes, it was to showcase all our hard work behind the stove; but it was also to find the people are share the joy of the perfect cake to the learning experience of a failed stew. This is a journey, not a destination. Pin It

18 comments:

ashandlewplus2.com said...

Thank you for sharing your life. I look forward to reading more. I will be posting my project food buzz entry tomorrow. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Ashlee
www.ashandlewplus2.com

Anonymous said...

What a great way to experience your local food area with the plenty of options to keep you satisfied. Very impressed, looking forward to your next blog.

Guido :p

Savory Sweet Living said...

I also support buying and eating locally. Great post, good luck with the competition.

Debbie said...

your comment about "catch phrases"
was very astounding...so true...

well thought out post...you have my vote!

tastesbetterwithfriends said...

As someone who has in the past worked 100 hours a week, I totally get the kitchen as your place of sanity:) best of luck!

jacobskitchen said...

Great post! I agree. Local food is where it is at. I have been buying locally since way before it was trendy. I look forward to reading more in the future. I voted for you! =)

Good luck!

You can check out my PFB post at : http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/503

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you're into local, we try our best our here in the midwest as well!

You got our vote!

Margie said...

Well said! You've got my vote. Enjoyed your perspective on why we blog... but I can't take my eyes off that muffin top! YUM.

stephchows said...

voted!

Maya said...

This is a well-written entry, Kim. It tells me a little bit of who you are and what your principles regarding food are, thanks for sharing. Wish you much luck for PFB!

Sarah the Bear said...

Um, that muffin cake looks like the most amazing thing ever! I'm making that tomorrow! Thanks for the vote and I return the favor happily :)

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

Oooh muffin cake. Lovely pictures and great post. You have my vote. Good luck in the competition.

Kimmy Bingham said...

Thanks everyone. It's so great to hear feedback! And to those drooling over the muffin cakes, make them now. They're an awesome mix of sweet with a bit of salt... good luck to all!

Kellie @ Blackboard Kitchen said...

This is awesome! I love your focus on the importance of eating, buying, and living locally. Best of luck to you - you can count on a vote from me!

Lindsay said...

Great post! I just gave you a vote! You can check out my entry here: http://tinyurl.com/2ec2hlq Thanks and Good Luck!

Lindsay said...

Great post! I just gave you a vote! You can check out my entry here: http://tinyurl.com/2ec2hlq Thanks and Good Luck!

Kellie @ Blackboard Kitchen said...

This is awesome! I love your focus on the importance of eating, buying, and living locally. Best of luck to you - you can count on a vote from me!

Kimmy Bingham said...

Thanks everyone. It's so great to hear feedback! And to those drooling over the muffin cakes, make them now. They're an awesome mix of sweet with a bit of salt... good luck to all!