My blog is five years old today! Blogging has been exciting and educational in so many ways. When I started blogging, my goal was to learn how to use social media, so that when my Gigi is a teen I wouldn’t be staring at her like a deer in the headlights, trying to figure out the difference between Twitter and Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr
Today, five years later, I’ve learned so much. Today I can spatchcock a chicken, although I still can’t grill. I have mastered the art of homemade ice cream, just not the custard-based kind. I still have to look at recipes, but I can combine several recipes into a creation of my own. I can bake bread, flip pizza dough with expertise, craft my own pretzels and even bake popovers. Chicken stock now comes from my freezer, not a box (but there’s nothing wrong with that, either). I know when to take short-cuts and when a recipe is worth the effort.
But most of all, I can cook. I can bake, boil, brew, melt, broil, brown, fry, simmer, slow cook, poach, seer, stew, toast and reheat.
Through the years I’ve also learned that blogging is so much more than learning to cook, write, photograph or style food. It’s really about the community. I’m lucky to count so many great San Diego bloggers – and even some national and international folks – as my friends. Friends who enjoy food and bring so much to the table with technical knowledge and support in so many ways. Thank you.
The Whisk & Cleaver community includes so many great readers, too – mostly my mom, sure, but also some amazing bloggers and home cooks (and even a few critics) who enjoy food as much as I do. Thanks to you all, too!
And so to really thank everyone who has supported me through the years, through comments and lunches, through writing groups and blogging conferences, through thick and thin, thank you.
I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card this week. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents. The Amazon giftcard will be sent via email. Good luck, everyone!