Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In the Meantime...


I'm very happy to be getting back to cooking and blogging, but a few things are getting in the way of getting any real cooking done this week...

Trip to NC in  few days
No food in the house
Real Housewives marathon
Favorite knife has gone missing
Sink is full of dishes
Enjoyable hour and a half phone conversation

So, as I try and get my act together, I thought I would share some delicious posts from across the blogosphere...

What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine

Brown-Eyed Baker

Chef in You

Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino: Italian Culinary Adventures

Elly Says Opa!

Handle the Heat

Simply Life

The Cafe Sucre Farine

Hope you enjoy these finds and, in the meantime, I'm going to make my grocery list.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Return of Girl Gone Gourmet


I'm back.

After almost a year I have decided to resurrect Girl Gone Gourmet and get back in touch with my passion for all things food and cooking. 

This whole blogging thing is not new to me. I used to be an avid amateur cook and budding food writer. I was one of those people who always had a camera near the stove and my laptop permanently stationed on the kitchen table. People invited for dinner at my house were often subjected to my culinary experiments and learned to accept that a photo shoot always preceded dinner being served.

I was featured on Saveur.com, Food Porn Daily and my photos often appeared on the Foodbuzz Top 9.

But then a series of life events got in the way and I walked away. I lost my drive, my passion and, instead of feeling inspired, I felt drained when I thought about cooking. In dramatic fashion I removed the blog and, when asked by friends what happened, shrugged and blamed it on being too busy. Busy with work, busy with life and the blog just took too much time.

Wasn't exactly true.

For me, cooking has always been an expression of love. When I cook a meal for someone it's personal. At the time, with so many changes, cooking for just myself just felt lonely and sad. It was painful so I stopped.

So time passed and things changed a lot. I accepted a new challenge at work that required moving to a new city. I was happy with the chance to have a fresh start, but cooking and writing was never far from my mind. I still read recipes, downloaded kindle books about chefs and never missed an episode of Top Chef All Stars.

But I still avoided the kitchen.

Granted, the apartment I moved to is only 700 square feet, so you can imagine how big the kitchen is. I suppose if I had chosen a different dwelling with significantly larger cooking space I might have been re-inspired sooner. Instead, I chose the apartment with the shoe-box sized kitchen and determined that I would be like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City... 

I would use my oven for storage.

Now, almost six months later things are feeling different. Maybe I'm tired of eating like a college student-- frozen pizzas, boxed meals and take out. Maybe I'm realizing again the comfort in slow-cooking a homemade tomato sauce and the satisfaction of creating something delicious after a long day at work. Maybe I'm ready to start sharing my love of cooking again with others in my life whether it be through this blog or at my own table.


I feel like I should take this slow. Don't want to rush into things. It's been a while and I'm feeling a little rusty.

This will be a new chapter with all new challenges. 
A new city, a new kitchen, a new blog and a reignited passion for all things food.



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