|Los Angeles Food Bloggers Koreatown Excursion (that's my brother on the right!)|
Time flies whether you're having fun, or not! It's hard to believe we've had this blog for four years this month! That's long enough to earn a college degree. We've learned so much and met some really wonderful people and it's been an unbelievable journey. Here's the link to my very first blog post. I didn't receive a single comment until my 7th post and that was from my brother & niece.
|My 15 minutes of fame at the Fresh Bloggers reception in Seattle!|
Here are some of the things we've learned:
- People blog for all kinds of reasons.
- Not all blogs are created equally - they are as diverse as people's personalities and skill levels.
- You can learn something from everyone you meet.
- Technology will never stop changing.
- You will get better at all of it.
- It's a big time commitment and a lot of work.
- It's worth it!
- Food bloggers are a great community of people who love to share - food, information, and advice.
- Do what works for you - it's YOUR blog.
- Find a group you're interested in and join it!
- Don't take it personally if your post doesn't receive a lot of comments - people are busy living their lives.
- Don't compare your blog to other people's blogs - make it your own.
- Invest in a custom template.
- Choose a blog name that reflects your style and what you're doing so people can remember it.
|My niece Chelsea's Strawberry Birthday Cake|
I've read a lot about blogging - what works, what doesn't; how you should do it, how you shouldn't, etc. Many writers about blogging suggest that you have it all figured out before you even get started. I totally disagree with this. Blogging should be a voyage of discovery. Every post isn't perfect, or beautiful, but you just have to keep at it. In the four years we've had our blog, I've seen many others come and go. People blog for all kinds of reasons. Our blog started as a way of recording recipes for our family and friends who were always asking for them. I also wanted to keep a log of some of the lovely table settings we create. Because I love taking pictures, I typically add a photo at the end of each post of a place we've been, our cats, or our garden as my signature.
|Doristas at the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery|
|Christina & me in LA|
Well, I may have been a little too exuberant...but, when I got home and saw the beautiful Porterhouse Steaks John had set out for dinner, we decided to make Mushroom Risotto to go with them and it was just delicious! And to round it out, John poured a 2005 Paradise Mountain Imagine Syrah.
Grilled Porterhouse Steaks
Two hours before you're ready to grill the steaks, take them out of the refrigerator, set them on a platter and sprinkle with Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper Butcher's Rub.
Let them sit and allow to come to room temperature.
Grill over medium-high flame for 5 minutes on each side, then move off flame and continue to grill for up to 15 minutes - depending on desired level of doneness.
In a large skillet, saute:
|Banapi, Beech, and Shiitake Mushrooms|
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Shallot, finely sliced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3 ounces Pancetta, chopped
When the Shallot starts to soften, stir in:
1 cup Arborio Rice
Continue stirring until rice begins to brown.
Add 4 cups Beef Broth in 1 cup increments, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup.
Then stir in:
1/4 cup White Sherry
10 - 12 Beech Mushrooms
10 - 12 Banapi Mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon Northwoods Seasoning (you probably won't need to add salt)
Keep stirring until for about 8 minutes until mushrooms soften.
Let rest for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
Top with Parmesan Cheese.
|Here's what I brought home with me so stay tuned as we explore some exotic flavors.|
Thank you all for your love and support.
Without you, we'd just be banging around in cyberspace!