It’s been forever and a day since I’ve been able to post anything here and I miss it (and all of you) so much! It seems like 2012 has been, among other bad things, the year of evil technical issues. Ever since my darling blog was redesigned last year, I’ve been plagued with a litany of technical problems, which I’ll describe in a bit. I seem to be able to do some basic things on here again, so I am excited to be able to share some new recipes with you shortly. But needless to say, it’s been an excruciatingly trying year in many respects, so I’m eagerly awaiting a (hopefully) brighter new year filled with recipes that will actually post, email accounts that work, and all sorts of other positive things.
But before I share some recipes, here are a few updates to get everyone caught up on what’s going on PGEW Land…
~ Tech Issues: I need some serious help. As I mentioned earlier, PGEW went through a major redesign last year, and as gorgeous and polished as it is, it’s been nothing but a headache for me. See, I came from a Blogger background, where everything was WYSIWG and easy. The design and extra features I’d added to the first few incarnations of the site were all done by me through many hours of learning Blogger hacks and making them work for my site. Last year, my (now former) best friend from college, who owned a web design and marketing firm, offered to have his folks redesign it to make the site look professional, polished and really showcase my ever-improving photography. Unfortunately, he had to close his company, and all the tech support I was supposed to have went pretty much out the window. The last time I learned any coding was back in like 1995, when HTML 4 was awesome and frames were sometimes considered “cool”, so going from super simple Blogger to a self-hosted site on WordPress without any training whatsoever was not an easy thing.
He helped me out for a few months with the stuff he knew how to do, but basically I’ve been stuck with a format I’m not 100% satisfied with in terms of functionality (I ADORE my design, though) and I have no idea how to change it. To make matters worse, my email address for the blog went from super simple Gmail to a nice @poorgirleatswell.com address – that doesn’t work. I can’t log in, the forwarding I’m supposed to be getting to another address gives me perpetual errors, and I’m barely getting any correspondence unless it’s from readers who used to use my old email address. I’ve tried to get this fixed on my own but trying to reach a human being at Google is pretty much impossible (and the forums are pretty useless), and I made this former friend aware of the situation. “Sure, I’ll take a look at that in a bit” was the standard response until he pretty much fell off the face of the Earth and left me hanging with a website I don’t know how to manage on the back end, no information on the server I use for when it goes down, and no way to get my book designed. Emailing, calling, and sending physical letters do not seem to do much in terms of getting this person to reply or help finish what he started, so I’m pretty much in the dark and floundering in a sea of tech issues I have no clue how to fix.
I’m not quite over the personal betrayal of how all of this went down (after 17 years of being friends, to be dissed like that is hard to handle), but I have professional concerns to contend with. I just can’t keep the blog that I’ve worked so hard to get to this point continue like this without some serious help from someone who knows what he or she is doing. So if you know of someone, or if you are good at contacting Google for tech support and/or some WordPress help on the coding side, please email me at poorgirleatswell [at] gmail [dot] com. Please do not use the contact form on the site or use kimberly @ poorgirleatswell.com, as these are currently not working. I’m not expecting anyone to fix stuff for me (esp. since I can’t really afford to pay someone for that right now), but if you could point me in the right direction to solve some of these problems, I’d greatly appreciate it.
~ New PGEW Book Release Date: Between the tech issues and other glitches I’ve run into in trying to get my book printed and published, as well as the two months I had to take off from writing because of how severe my illness got during the summer as well as caring for my mom post-cancer treatment/surgery, the release date for the first PGEW cookbook has been (obviously) pushed back a few months. I’m looking ahead to early March of 2013 for pre-orders. I don’t have an exact date yet, as all of the design & technical aspects of the book have fallen into my hands after this jerk disappeared on me, but for those who have asked, YES! The book is happening! Here’s a sneak peak at the chapter list thus far:
Becoming “Poor Girl”
Change your mindset
Like losing weight…
Let go of shopping shame
On Impulse buying
The Beauty (and money saved) by eating seasonally
The Organic Issue
Stock your kitchen
Find your Bare Bones staples
Find your spice staples
Pots, pans, gadgets
Buy whole ingredients/ Do it yourself!
Buy what you need, but read carefully!
Need what you buy, but allow yourself a splurge or two
Realistic couponing for singles or people with small apartments
Tips for a successful $25 Shopping Cart
The importance of Mise en Place
Save those scraps!
Love those leftovers!
Meats & Poultry
Seafood & Fish
Soups & Stews
Veggies & Sides
Pasta, Rice & Other Grains
Desserts (OMG, I’m STILL trying to whittle this down to a manageable size!)
Hot damn & hallelujah, it’s shaping up so nicely! As you can see, there are some familiar titles and categories, as well as a lot of new ones. But as excited as I am to share all the new recipes with you, it’s the Tips section I’m most eager to share with everyone. It’s one thing to have fabulous recipes to make, but doing things the PGEW way is more of a lifestyle change than just a quick fix with a sexy recipe. I really hope you’ll enjoy all my new tips so you can get the most bang for your food buck while checking out the new dishes! And as promised, 25 of the top rated recipes from the site will make a glorious, delicious comeback in the book.
~ Last, but certainly not least, I’m employed again! *cue applause* Just like many folks over the past 4-5 years, I’ve struggled to stay employed because of the bad economy and perpetual layoffs resulting from it. Things were looking pretty bad there these last couple of months, and it’s the closest I’ve come to getting evicted. Somehow, the universe smiled upon me three weeks ago with a great opportunity to finally get back into the restaurant business. I’m happy to report that I’m working at the fabulous Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar, Sacramento’s former best kept secret that is receiving so much amazing press, it’s quite possibly the most exciting restaurant in the Capital City. I’ve landed one of the coveted spots at Enotria as hostess, and have the great pleasure to work with the amazingly talented Chef Pajo Bruich, and pastry chef extraordinaire, Edward Martinez. It’s been a whirlwind of activity being December and all, but I’m learning a lot and enjoying being surrounded by so much culinary excellence. I have a Photo Friday post all planned out once the holidays are over, so I’m very much looking forward to practicing more food photography, and sharing some of the most gorgeous food Sacramento has to offer.
That’s it for now, folks! As always, thank you for being the best readers on the planet, and especially for your patience during this most difficult year. I’ll be sharing an awesome cookie recipe with you next, but for now, have a beautiful and very Merry Christmas with your loved ones!