Letâ€™s get this challenge started!
Project Food Blog is Foodbuzzâ€™s newest foodie challenge that will last until December 13th! Itâ€™s kind of like Iron Chef meets Project Runwayâ€¦ a reality show for the bloggers! Over the course of ten challenges, the Foodbuzz publishing network + YOUR VOTES will whittle down the entries to one Foodbuzz Food Blog Star.
Challenge #1 is simple: introduce yourself to all your readers + all the fans of the Foodbuzz network and sum up why you believe youâ€™ve got what it takes to be the winner.
I like to think of myself as a food blogger for the masses. I have no legit culinary training. I donâ€™t own an expensive blender or fancy pots. When I want to boil eggs, I have to Google instructions. Iâ€™ve burnt more homemade crotons than I care to admit. BUT â€“ I have FUN with cooking, and I love to experiment with new ingredients, tastes, and textures!
I am an Everywoman Foodie Chef. Basically â€“ if I can do it, so can you!
When I was 10, I told my mom I wanted to become a vegetarian (it took a few tries before I stuck with it for good). She was concerned that I would just end up eating Oreos and pizza, so she bought me my favorite first cookbook, which I still own:
In the back is my first official recipe:
I guess that recipe for Honey Potatoes pretty much sums up my cooking philosophy. Take simple ingredients and simple cooking methods and â€“ TADA! â€“ you can create amazing, healthy, and delicious meals.
You will NEVER see ingredient lists a mile long on my recipe page. I hate it when you buy a cookbook and end up never using it because all the recipes require 20 different ingredients that you donâ€™t already own. Iâ€™m all for branching out â€“ but cooking shouldnâ€™t be rocket science. Real, homemade food can be simple and delicious!
To me, the most basic ingredient in every recipe is imagination. I love flipping through cooking magazines, reading other blogs, and re-imagining my favorite childhood meals to create exciting, fresh dishes. Youâ€™ve got to eat three (or five!) times a day â€“ why not making it exciting?
What you get when you combine IMAGINATION and SIMPLE INGREDIENTS?
Fun, accessible dishes that everyone can make and enjoy!
Likeâ€¦ Pancake Truffles!
Iâ€™ll conclude Challenge #1 by saying this: Really good food should be really FUN to makeâ€¦ and eat! I want to be your next Food Blog Star to spread the word: Healthy doesnâ€™t mean boring â€“ and it doesnâ€™t necessarily mean complicated.
Voting starts next week! I canâ€™t wait to read all the other great entries on the Project Food Blog website.
If you had a health or food-related reality show, what would be the name? Mine would be called KISS the Cook: Keep It Simple, Silly!, and it would be all about healthy cooking! :) Obviously, Maggie would be my sous chef.