We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
With time the sorrow gave way to the mundane: the dog, hikes, random musings, travel, politics and of course, food. The decision to go public in 2007 meant it was necessary to tear the blog in two: a public food blog and a private personal blog. The food blog retained custody of the name "use real butter." It was the place I could play with food, photography and share a little bit of my Colorado mountain life. There was no other goal beyond that.
Shortly after, I received a breast cancer diagnosis in mid-November of 2007. I didn't know what would happen to the blog or me for that matter. But just like the necessity that the blog was originally borne of, my food blog was instrumental in keeping me focused on the future. Something to look forward to, people to stay connected with even though chemotherapy rendered me immunocompromised and isolated for much of my treatment. I lost my taste and appetite during chemo, but continued to cook and blog. I had to. I needed to. I had a community.
In addition to community, "use real butter" took me home. I wanted to record the Chinese recipes that my family made when I was growing up in southern Virginia. As any child of immigrants knows, their elders just do not cook by measurement. They cook by feel. My parents are equally delighted and amused by my adult-onset interest in Chinese cooking, including the many parts lost in translation. Deciphering Grandma's vague instructions into working recipes strengthened the close bond between us. Making the recipes accessible to others has in turn opened a pathway back to my roots.
I am not a theme food blogger unless you call "whatever I feel like making" a theme. I mostly feature recipes from scratch although with some of the Asian recipes, I consider it a victory if I can identify the correct ingredients in the Asian markets. The blog is mostly a chronicle of my life's day to day highlights and activities with a heavy emphasis on recipes that I make. And there are a lot of photographs because I'm a photographer. It has no message other than to live life fully and on your own terms. Perhaps that is what "use real butter" really means.
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