I Cook Because…

February 24, 2010
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Respected food writer Michael Ruhlman recently wrote an interesting blog post about why he cooks and threw down the gauntlet to other bloggers to “spell it out” why we cook.

I cook because:

  • Because I love it, plain and simple. I love food, eating and almost everything that surrounds it. This extends to my other passion, travel. Because I love to cook and eat, when I travel I always focus on seeing what people in other places eat, how they shop and how their food impacts the culture. Sometimes I even cook when I travel utilizing the best local ingredients.
  • Because I can. A lot of people are intimidated by cooking and while certain aspects of cooking still intimidate me, throwing together a quick dinner made with fresh ingredients is not one of them. This is also why I blog about cooking; because I want to show people it’s
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We have a winner and other announcements

January 13, 2010

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Bacon
Did you leave a comment on the Gemelli with Butternut Squash post? If so, you might be the winner of Giulianno Hazan's latest book, Thirty Minute Pasta. I asked you to tell me your favorite pasta or one you'd like to learn and many of you said pesto, ravioli or home made pasta so you can expect I'll be posting some of those things on the blog in the future. I used the Random Number Generator, discarded any comments by me or family, and the winning comment is..... Karen Babb who said, "Favorite pasta is Pesto Pasta Salad and I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for posting the contest."

. In other news, if you're interested to hear some of my thoughts and tips on travel, I was interviewed on the Style & Inspiration Blog this week. . Finally, have you noticed there is now a brand spankin' new Fan Page on Facebook? You can click on the widget and become a Fan if you're on Facebook. I'm trying to get readers involved with daily questions, news and interesting food tidbits, so check it out, leave a comment, ask a question or just say "hi!"

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A Little Recognition

September 4, 2009
I am impatient girl with high expectations for myself. Yes, a deadly combination, I know. But as I think about that now, it’s probably a  typical personality trait of most chefs. When I started this blog, I wanted instant success and was thrilled with every stat count, visitor and comment I got. I’m a little more pragmatic now. Yeah, welcome to the real world, Kristina.
I’ve had to learn patience, at least when it comes to this blog. I’ve always understood that  it takes time to build a following and gain respect among my peers (it’s the same as any profession), but understanding and want are often two different things.
So I’m thrilled now when I get some recognition; a tweet about one of my posts, a link back from someone else’s blog, popularity of my photos on sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and especially the wonderful comments people …
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