Feasting on food in the kitchen, the library, and life.
And so, the world has not ended, yet with 2012 swiftly coming to a close, I thought it would be fitting to take a look at how far we’ve come here on Feast with Me.
I still can’t believe I’ve managed to run two blogs simultaneously, and have such a positive response on both of them. Though I love baking, I really felt a need to look at food from a different perspective, and discern why it is no longer so central to our social and cultural lives.
The beginning was a little rough; with only a hit or two a day and no comments, I was quickly concerned that the goal I set out to achieve was too much for me. Especially with another blog, a full set of classes, a part-time job, and running the baking club.
Not to mention I had never cooked anything in my life that was not filled with sugar, and so the idea of posting about my adventures in the kitchen was just ever so slightly terrifying to me.
But the blogosphere has been the best culinary teacher I could have asked for, and I’ve quickly learned that all it takes to be a good cook is dedication, an eye for ingredients, and passion for what you are doing.
And it turns out, people are just as interested in this culinary renaissance as I am. Though recipes are always the biggest hit on a food blog, my posts on book reviews and food in literature have had positive reviews and even brought me new followers!
Though there is still quite a way to go, I couldn’t be happier with how Feast with Me has turned out this year. In just a few short months, I have followers (who are not just my parents) and my posts are kindling the types of conversations I believe we truly need to have about food.
I want to restore the feast to its rightful place in our culture. I am not asking for the sheer over consumption of food that has plagued America of recent decades, but the idea of communities, of loved ones coming together and spending time not concerned with work, with the economy, with the future, with life, but just sitting around the table, savoring good food and good company.
Taking just a little time to enjoy the simple things in life, to enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta, a freshly baked loaf of bread, a heavenly helping of Shepherd’s Pie or freshly fried potato pancakes, with the ones we love, could have such a profound impact in our lives.
We can become more social creatures, no longer eating fast food quickly before rushing to the next item on our ever growing lists of things to do. We can learn about balance, and about celebration of life. It is so short, and so precious, why not feast whenever you have the chance?
I hope that 2013 brings with it even more inspiration for posts on food and culture, more recipes and growing in the kitchen, and more relationships built with the fellow bloggers and readers who are my support through all my blogging and writing endeavors.
I thank each and every one of you for a wonderful year; you all have no idea how much it means to me to see your comments, your “likes”, your views. You give me the courage to stand by my work, to do what I love, and constantly inspire me and I love you all for it.
And so I leave you with these words, for a Happy New Year.
Make every meal a feast, and love life.
See you all on the other side,