One night, while my husband was off having the time of this life in Vegas, and after I finally put my two munchkins to bed after a very long day, I sat down to enjoy my favorite TV show and realized that it had not recorded on my PVR. I was unreasonably upset...outraged to be honest. How pathetic am I that my happiness is so dependent on my TV? At a complete loss and feeling very deflated, I began puttering around on my computer and stumbled upon a plethora of food blogs that, up until that moment, I had no idea existed. I was so taken with with the photos and the recipes that I completely forgot how mad I was at my PVR. I was like a kid in a candy store!
I cannot count how many hours I have wasted just flipping through my ridiculous collection of cook books and gourmet magazines. How many dinner parties I have planned in my head, from the appetizers I want to make, the platters I want to serve them on, the garnish I want on the plates for my main course, the dessert and espresso afterwards, right down to the music I want playing in the background. Unfortunately, 90% of the time, nothing comes of these rather grandiose plans (or perhaps daydreams is more accurate). Being the mother of 2 very delicious little ones makes time a commodity of which there is never enough. Life just seems to get in the way.
So instead of dreaming of these far-too-rare blissful evenings with friends in which I unveil one culinary triumph after another (a serious daydreamer I am), I decided to scale it back. I will tackle one small feat at a time. A loaf of bread on a Tuesday afternoon, a batch of chocolate chip cookies, or a 4 tier chocolate cake for no occasion at all.
And while I'm at it, why not blog about it so I keep a running tab of my triumphs and failures in the kitchen? So here I am. A complete and utter rookie at this blogging thing but I am learning. Slowly.
After viewing several blogs, it became evident to me that, despite my already ridiculous collection of cook books, I would need to add a few new ones to my repertoire. They have been ordered, and in fact, I have received 2 already, "Baking From my Home to Yours" and "Baking with Julia" both by Dorie Greenspan. If these don't get me moving in my kitchen, I am truly a lost cause. Time will tell.