Speaking of recipes, it bears noting that most of the recipes on my site are not only of my own creation but made from the last few things I had available in my kitchen because I couldn’t afford to go shopping for more. I’m probably the most resourceful food blogger you’ll ever meet, making rice and beans sexy in 18 different ways and turning little packets of soy sauce into a base for a killer steak marinade. Sure, I glean inspiration from other cooks & bloggers, but a lot of times all I have to work with is a couple of main ingredients and a well-stocked spice pantry. It’s not always possible for me to make things like roasted duck with some sort of incredible chutney or some crazy Iberico ham recipe, but I still manage to create what many folks have called “restaurant-quality” meals out of the most ordinary ingredients. And in doing so, I’ve been able to help folks look at food differently and learn a few cooking skills they might not have thought they had.
What PGEW has done ...
Which brings me to the next point that I feel defines me as a food blogger: I help people learn. As food bloggers we all do this in some way, bringing recipes, information, and skills to our readers, whether it’s on sustainable farming, food photography, or how to make your own buttermilk. On PGEW, I teach people…
- That eating on a budget does not have to mean living on a perpetual diet of Cup o’ Noodles or Chef Boyardee; you can have salads, steaks, and desserts, too.
- That it’s okay to let go of shopping shame and buy store brand if that’s all you can afford.
- That it’s completely possible to spend a small amount of money on good groceries that’ll last for a couple of weeks.
- That anyone – regardless of skill level – can cook a delicious meal (I can’t tell you how many folks have written in saying they’ve learned how to cook through my recipes – how cool is that?).
And that eating well means eating food that is tasty, nutritious, and aesthetically pleasing so that one can nurture one’s body and soul. The fact that I teach folks how to do this affordably helps to nurture one’s ailing bank account as well.
Regardless of who wins this thing (though Lord knows I could really use those $10,000 to get out of this rut!), I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to share more of who I am as a person, cook, and food blogger through Project Food Blog. I would sincerely appreciate your vote so that I may advance to the next round and if I’m lucky enough to do so, I look forward to wowing you with my next awesome entry.
Thanks for reading!