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.
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.
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.