July 30, 2009

411 on Me

I blogged about food on an older site that was about my life in general, but eventually realized I wanted a forum just for the food itself. I also recently joined Foodbuzz.com, which is bringing new visitors every day (welcome!), so I figured I'd give a little background:

1. Who the heck am I? I'm LKP to friends: an eternal optimist, a fun-loving gal who believes happiness is a choice. I'm living my dream by living and working in NYC (moved here nearly 8 years ago and never regretted it!) I love the way food brings people together; some of my family's most revealing moments were across the dinner table. I have many memories of how my mother put together a big meal that could bring remarkably different people together. I have met people from all over the world at the dinner table--we might speak different languages, have different faiths, but we've all gotta eat!

2. What makes me 'qualified' to blog about food? Absolutely nothing, really. I have no credentials, I know that taking a course or two in food does not a master make. However, I am not claiming to be the next James Beard or Julia Child. I'm just a person who loves food, loves the social element of it, and loves experimenting. I was the food nerd in college who was sautéing her rice in olive oil and garlic before cooking it, and making simple sauces for chicken breasts. It seemed fancy to others, but it was just the same old simple stuff I grew up eating. I'm not trying to be anything other than I am. I consider myself a 'foodie' because I love food, I love trying new flavors, and I love sharing those experiences with others. That's it in a nutshell.

3. Cooking's really NOT that hard. Most of my friends protest that they don't know how to, could never learn, etc. Hey, if you're not interested, that's totally cool. It's not for everyone. But if you're someone who WANTS to learn how to cook, I hope some of my recipes encourage you to do just that. I still remember how elated I was to make my mom's famous pastry shells (for éclairs, of course) all by myself, or the first time I made Chicken Tarragon and NAILED it. It's empowering, and it's fun. It's also usually healthier. And even when it's not, it's worth it. ;) There's also something so satisfying about cooking for other people and sharing your food with them-it's connecting on a basic level, and I love it. You don't have to make Beef Wellington or Baked Alaska...start simple, have fun, and enjoy tasting along the way!

4.I'd also love it if you'd vote for me by clicking on the Food Buzz icon on the upper righthand corner! I first saw the Foodbuzz label on Feisty Foodie's site, and was quickly working to get involved myself. My dear friend Sara is also a Foodbuzz Friend...check her out, too!

5. Got a favorite recipe you'd like to share? Email it to me at Lkparker@aol.com. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions, or share your recent culinary outing! Thanks for reading, and Happy Eating!

2 comments:

Amelia said...

To me one of the best things about cooking and eating at home is the fact you can linger over the meal. At restuarants I feel I am being hurried to eat and get out. I suppose that feeling comes from the fact I know the wait staff has to turn those tables as quickly as possible to make more in tips.

Also the fact of preparing things in your kitchen is oft times less expensive than going out...oh, I know not always - but most of the time.

My expertise in this cooking eating field is because I have been doing it for about 60 some years.

Doug Relkin said...

I can season a mean steak. That's about it. Oh, and scrambled eggs and bacon. That's what I got to bring to the table.

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