Sometimes, inspiration comes when you least expect it and you didn’t even know you needed to be inspired. Two summers ago, my son asked me what I dreamed of becoming when I grew up. I told him that I had dreamed of becoming a writer. His eight years on this Earth had turned him into quite the pessimist: “A writer?!? Who would read it?” A couple of weeks later, he brought up the subject again. “What was that dream you had, the one that never came true?” And, for the first time, I wondered how I would ever be able to encourage my children to follow their dreams if I didn’t at least attempt to follow my own.
So, what would I write about and how would I begin? I chose to write about my favorite subject - food – and hoped that it was a subject that would interest other people as well. Even though many of us are struggling to make ends meet in the current economy, we still find pleasure in food from a simple dinner of rice and beans to the occasional splurge of filet mignon. Food nourishes, comforts, and unifies. Sharing recipes and discussing food breaks down all social barriers.
In August of 2010, I started writing my food blog, A Well-Seasoned Life, as a way to open my kitchen to readers by sharing my recipes, cookbook reviews, restaurant reviews, and personal essays. Most of my recipe posts include helpful kitchen tips and step-by-step instructions to insure success in the kitchen. I also don’t believe it should cost a fortune to prepare a delicious meal so most of my recipes are prepared with seasonal and affordable ingredients.
Being an avid cookbook reader and collector, I am inspired by the photographs showing food at its most tempting. And, believing that most people are visual learners when it comes to cooking, I include many photographs of the cooking process. I like to draw readers into the process as if they’re right beside me every step of the way. And, don’t we all want to have a friend in the kitchen with us while we’re cooking?
I’m dishing up southern comfort food seasoned with a sense of humor and I hope you’ll enjoy it!