All blogging is personal.
When I wrote my first blog post in June 2006, I had no idea how much that sentence would set the course for my writing over the next seven years. A blog doesn't have to be confessional, but it is always about the blogger. After all, that's why you're here, isn't it? To get my take on recipes, pantry ingredients, and healthy cooking.
If you've been reading The Perfect Pantry for a few months, or a few years, or from the very beginning, here are a few things you've learned about me.
I always choose chocolate over vanilla. I grill in my pajamas in the middle of winter. I'm a bake-o-phobe. I love red eyeglasses, turkey meatballs, traveling in Japan, and 1960s romantic comedies. Cauliflower is not my favorite, but I'm working on it.
Over the years, I've learned a few things about you, too. You are smart and creative. You like to cook, but not fuss. You are well-read, and love to explore the world in your kitchens; your pantries reflect that natural curiosity. You substitute freely, often improving on my recipes. Some of you are vegetarian, some vegan, and many of you are men (surprised?). You are young, and older, in equal numbers.
So, let's have some fun. For my (blog) birthday wish, I'd like to get to know you better. Please answer these seven questions in the comments below:
Sriracha or Tabasco?
iPad or Kindle?
Chickpeas or lentils?
Salt or sugar?
Apron or no apron?
Ketchup or mustard?
New York City or San Francisco?
Me: Sriracha, iPad, lentils, salt, no apron, ketchup, New York.
That last one was a tough one. Though I'm a native New Yorker, I think the food scene in San Francisco might be the best in the world. My home town has off-off-Broadway, the Guggenheim, and the Staten Island Ferry. San Francisco has The Wok Shop, New York has Fishs Eddy. I guess it's a tie.
When this blog passed the five-year mark, I shared some essential truths about food blogging. Last year, I wrote about lessons I've learned from Julia Child, who taught me so much about blogging, and about life.
I'm so grateful to Julia, and I'm grateful to all of you. I say this every year because it's true: you are the most important ingredient in The Perfect Pantry.
Thank you all for being here today, and thank you in advance for sticking around for more recipe ideas, pantry ingredients, and a few surprises for the year ahead. I love writing this blog for you, and I'm excited to learn more about you.
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