A lot of my life revolves around food. I’m married to a chef, I work in the industry, I write a food blog and, of course, I read a lot of food magazines and blogs. Years ago, when I was just discovering the rather overwhelming world of blogs, I followed only the big names ones like Pioneer Woman and Smitten Kitchen.
But in 2011 when I joined WordPress, I found so many more blogs, and bloggers, who I grew to adore — I love seeing into their corner of the world, reading about their lives and vicariously enjoying their kitchen adventures. More often than not, these visual journeys into their kitchens have led me to discover new recipes. And many of these recipes are ones I swear to myself I’m going to make some day.
And yet, on days when I feel like making something new, I always forget all about those recipes — out of sight, out of mind. And so I end up grabbing the latest issue of Bon Appetit or Food & Wine for inspiration instead.
This year, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and finally make some of those “some day” dishes. Each month I’m planning to make a recipe from a blog that I follow and to showcase it here on Attempts in Domesticity.
The first recipe I chose was a simple but astoundingly good one — bacon onion marmalade, brought to you by Skinny Girls & Mayonnaise. It calls for only a handful of ingredients which come together to make magic in just under 20 minutes. And even though Sean of SG&M calls it the “ultimate summer condiment” it tasted pretty damn good in January. Hey, we aren’t all enjoying the endless summer that he’s been boasting about from his home in California.
The Bitten Word is a blog I love for many reasons, though two stand out the most. First the name — it’s so perfect that every time I read it, I get jealous that it isn’t the name of my blog. (I’m trying to get over that but it’s hard!) And next, because they clearly love food magazines just as much as I do.
I love comparing their opinions on recipes after I’ve made them and I also read their reviews if I’m hesitant about trying something. In fact, their hilarious and clever review of Food & Wine’s General Tso’s chicken was what encouraged me to make it in the first place.
So when I saw that the writers do a cover-to-cover challenge for Bon Appetit’s Restaurant Issue, I signed up immediately. Here’s the low down: submit the form and get an email with your assignment a few days later.
So let’s start with the best news of the week: I was nominated for two lovely blog awards. The first, which sent me running to my husband with excitement, was given to me by the always fabulous Squirrel Circus. I can’t quite remember how we found each other’s blogs, but I can say with certainty, how much I enjoy reading hers. It’s always nice to feel like people are excited to read something you’ve written, and when I see her comments, I feel that way. Also, she is hilarious. If you haven’t found her blog yet, go now!
The second nomination, given to me by the lovely Sara Ann of Act like a Lady, Eat like a Man, took me totally by surprise and made me utter a happy little shriek. If you haven’t read any of her posts, be assured you are missing out. Anyone who believes in serious eating — which is yes, more than a dainty salad — can find comfort in knowing she feels the same.