Please got to my Project Food Blog voting page to cast your vote! You have until 9/23. Thank you!
Before I get started on my first challenge I wanted to say Happy Anniversary to my husband! We’ve been happily married for 11 years and can’t wait for more wonderful years ahead. I love you hogis!
A quick overview on Project Food Blog:
Project Food Blog is where many Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are competing in a series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance of winning a grand prize of $10,000… but wait that is not all. The lucky and the most “star shaped” blogger will be featured on Foodbuzz.com for one whole year. That’s such a huge gain for a blogger considering that they reach 11.4 Million global unique users based on the latest FoodBuzz.com media kit.
My First Challenge: What defines me as the next food blog star? What sets me apart?
I have been thinking hard for many days on this question. I have to admit it is pretty intimidating to go head to head with such talented bloggers and as I am writing this post I am still debating if I should move forward, or not. However, just like the entire food blogosphere, my answer is many things can define me as the next food blog star.
Here are my top 5 reasons that I decided to join in on the challenge:
- I loooove food and suffer from an obsessive blog addiction disorder where I cannot help but think about it all day long.
- I wish to talk, read, watch, think, and taste food every hour of the day.
- I have fun trying new recipes and flavors and being creative in the kitchen.
- I feel rewarded when I share my successful recipes and pretty photographs of food.
- I have been passionate about food ever since I can remember.
Before the land of blogs, I used to take pictures of my food and file the pictures in my recipe/photo album, then as my albums grew out, I started to file my recipes in my own excel workbook with my additional notes. I launched my blog thanks to a series of fortunate events and I am so happy that I have an interactive cookbook now to share not only with my family and friends, but everyone that loves food as much as me.
Here are a few images of reasons why I am blogging today: 1. Recipe/Photo Album, 2. My first time casually entertaining my friends at the age of 22 with my famous chicken taco salads when I just had gotten married (11 years ago) 3. Food Network Star Family/Friends Premiere Party.
I am also including a pdf down-loadable link for you to see the sample of my excel recipe file: Excel Recipe Workbook
I started the year 2010 with a resolution list like most people. One of the items on my list was “Not to spend too much time reading cookbooks/magazines, watching food programming.” Most of you are probably wondering why in the hell I would torment myself in such way?
To elaborate further beyond my reasoning, the idea was that instead of occupying most of my free time at nights in the food world, I would be doing house chores, helping my husband, reading books, or exercising. I started my year like everyone else – following my list that I had created. I limited my activity that revolved around food, and only rewarded myself to my passion/addiction when I had completed some of my other tasks that were on the resolution list. But like most resolutions, it was temporary and lasted about a month.
Then lights started blinking when I discovered Food Buzz thru my husband. I used to go everyday and just scan the pages of the blog posts and review the Top 9 List of the day. I thought it was the coolest food site ever and knew that I had to do everything to be part of it.
Then, during the same period, thanks to my friend Christeil, I also got to attend a family season premiere party of the Next Food Network Star Season 6. I had the opportunity to meet Aarti Sequeira, Doreen Fang and DAS that were going to be possible stars of Food Network and had their own food blogs as well. (You can read more about this event by clicking here.)
It was inspiring to open my world to food again and decided to follow my strengths and passion instead of making them disappear. For this challenge, I am following Marcus Buckingham’s message from his book’s title “Go Put Your Strengths to Work“ , a self help/business book that I never got to finish, but ultimately understood that Marcus is basically telling his readers to focus on their strengths vs. their weaknesses and life will reward itself with a better outcome. That is what I want to do in this challenge…Go put my strengths to work!
Food is such a powerful asset in my life. It has the power to create memories and help it last forever. It has a way of bringing family and friends together. It is a cure for hunger and love. It is my meditation to self discovery and passion combined into one. I enjoy making food for my family on a regular basis, but with one condition in mind… I don’t like to make repeat dishes! I don’t enjoy stepping in the kitchen unless I know I am making something new… so the same idea relays to the style of my blogging. I try to have content that is new, inspirational and that tells a good story. My family tries not to get attached to my dishes, since they know they might never see it again. I do occasionally repeat some of the family faves, but it’s more of a chore than an excitement in the kitchen. At times, I am creative and will develop a recipe from scratch, and at times it would be what my mood tells me so.
My cooking inspiration comes from my kids, Mom & Grandma, friends, Food Network, chefs, food bloggers, cookbooks, magazines, internet, and not to forget my “hand me down” family recipes that are mostly Armenian, Russian and Middle Eastern. Being an Armenian American and residing in Los Angeles, California I have been fortunate to be part of a multi-cultural city. It has helped me tremendously to be open to everyone’s nationality background, cultural customs, dishes and spices. As long as the food tastes good and I am inspired by the list of ingredients, I will add it to my shopping list. If I love the dish, I will post the recipe on my blog, if I don’t love the dish, I will try to improve it to my taste and decide to blog, or not blog about it.
Just six months ago, I had no idea that there was a community for food bloggers. After a late bloom of discovery, I have not been able to stop myself from blogging, thinking about blogging, or talking with my friends about blogging. I am thankful for my hubby for setting up my blog and pushing me to pursue my passion. I am also proud of myself for the grand opening of my blog on July 1st, 2010 and celebrating since then. I have published more than 25 posts and more ideas are still flowing thru my foodie brain. I never thought I had an addictive personality except to love my beautiful girls and family. Food world combined with blogging is part of my everyday life now and I can happily admit that I suffer from food blog addiction.
Best of luck to everyone that’s in the competition! I will try to enjoy the ride and take full advantage of my blogging experience! Everyone is so talented and feel glad that I have a place to share my passion. Cheers!
P.S. My Excel attachment has recipes that I have tried and loved such as tasty Moroccan Chickpea Soup, Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper Sauce , Shrimp and Corn Tacos and Chicken and Mashed Potatoes with Herb-Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Broth. Enjoy and Vote!