Are you there, readers? It’s me, Cara.
I don’t usually post when I don’t have a recipe to share, but I felt like saying hi today and spreading my joy. Why am I so joyful? It’s Friday. That’s enough for me!
Just because I’m not sharing a recipe right this moment doesn’t mean there’s not a whole lot of foodie activity going on in my head and I wanted to give you a little taste of that.
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now, which makes it a bit harder to keep coming up with new and creative recipes. But lately I’m on a kick, and I’ve committed myself to blogging two, good-quality (I hope!) recipes per week. This means I have a lot of time to think about what I’m going to make and how I want to present it in terms of story and photo. Hopefully this will translate into more enjoyable reading and inspiration for you!
Don’t worry, sometimes there will be “bonus” posts. For example this weekend, I’m going to be guest-blogging for the first time. It’s a fun topic and I will let you see as soon as it’s up! I’m also thinking ahead for Passover. In the past, I’ve never actually gotten around to blogging before the holiday. How useful is that to my readers? Probably not so much. So I’m planning to roll out some Passover-friendly specials to help you prepare for the holiday, if you observe it. And for those that don’t observe, don’t worry – most of these will not be strictly Passover-specific, just meals that don’t contain wheat, barley, oat, spelt, and rye that you could enjoy any time of year.
I have another announcement. No, don’t get any big ideas. Here it is: I am no longer going to be using the “healthy” tag I once had. (Yup, it’s all gone.) Why? Well when I first started blogging, I was interested in healthy food, but over the years it’s really developed into a passion. This is not to say I eat healthy all the time. I still make more indulgent creations for special occasions like holidays and dinner parties. In the beginning, I’d share these on my blog. Lately, I haven’t been doing that, because I really want to make sure my blog has a specific, unique focus to keep you engaged. I want this to be a place where you’ll come to find a healthy, different, and delicious dinner idea. There are plenty of other fabulous bloggers out there to find your dinner party or dessert sensations! I won’t promise that you’ll never again see those things here. Maybe there will be a time I just can’t resist. But for the most part, I want to continue to develop what I think I’m best at, and challenge myself to keep improving on that. Therefore, I don’t need a “healthy” tag because you can be assured that 99% of what’s here is healthy. If anything, I need an “unhealthy” tag!
Now for fun, I want to share a couple upcoming events that my fellow Massachusetts foodies may be interested in. First, there is the Worcester Wine and Food Festival on Monday, March 1st. Be sure to click the link to the Facebook Group and check out pictures from last year’s event – it looks like serious business! Last year’s was held at the Hanover Theater. This time around, they are moving to the DCU Center so I can only imagine how big this is going to be. According to the Facebook page, we can expect to nibble on goodies from all of these Worcester-area favorites:
Baba Sushi, The Bean Counter, Black Diamond Coffee, Bocado, BT’s Smokehouse, Cabot Creamery, The Citizen, Coral Seafood, Dino’s Ristorante Italiano, Edible Arrangements, El Basha, EVO, Good As Gold, Haiku, India Cafe, The Jewel Box, The Melting Pot, Mezcal, Not Your Average Joe’s, Old Sturbridge Village/Oliver Wight Tavern, On The Rise Bakery, Peppers Fine Foods Catering, Peppercorn’s, Piccolo’s, Polar Beverages, Publick House Historic Inn,Savor, Snapple, Struck Catering, Sweet, Sweet Blazes, Tastings Caterers, Tribeca, Webster House Restaurant, Willy’s Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar
And of course, there will be plenty of wine! You can buy your tickets here, and check out the pictures from last year’s event over at the Facebook group. My only gripe is that it’s on a Monday night and I really like to keep my big splurges to the weekends – not to mention, I can’t imagine it’s all going to sit well in my tummy on Tuesday! But I think I can make an exception.
Second, I heard an ad on the radio this morning for the Boston Lamb Jam. Lamb Jam?! Heck yes, I’ll jam for lamb! This is being held on March 7th at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. It sounds like attendees will get to taste loads of lamb as local chefs compete for bragging rights on the best lamb dish. Oh, and the winner will get $1000 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. There will also be beer and wine pairings. Is it possible to eat too much lamb? I think not! I can’t wait to see, smell, and taste all the different preparations.
Let me know if you think you’ll make it to any of these events!