There’s a rather short (and very specific) list of foods that I could eat every day and never grow tired of them. Some people don’t have such a list, but when I’m asked what my favorite foods are, there’s no hesitation in my response. Cheesecake. Yes, I could eat it every day and it would never grow old. If I’m ever in a foul mood, a slice will surely lift me up from the depths of my gloom.
Next on the list is sushi. I don’t think I could pass up the opportunity to eat sushi. And I’m not just talking about a couple pieces. Give me the whole boat.
Along the same lines is the third and final food that I can’t resist: cured fish. Almost any kind, really, but I have a huge weakness for cured salmon.
Growing up, there were few Sundays that went by without a basket of bagels (NJ bagels, by the way, are the best) and a platter of salmon. We’d smear a heaping knife of chive cream cheese and layer the fish on top until the bagel underneath it could barely handle the weight. And, to finish it off, a couple slices of cucumber and tomato and maybe a sprinkle of pepper. If I had to pick a “last meal”, this would be it (maybe ending with an enormous piece of cheesecake).
Writing a food blog can be overwhelming. The amount of work that it takes to create a post (and to do them on a consistent basis) — to write, shoot, edit, and then promote each entry — well, it can be a daunting task. But I love the payoff, the stories and recipes that I not only get to share with all of you, but the experiences you all share with me. That’s what continues to inspire me.
And inspiration is key in the food blogging world. Without it, one can feel lost.
From time to time, I even feel blocked. It can be the words, or the photographs, or the recipe… but something just isn’t right. I’ll sit in front of my computer for hours, trying to make it work. And when this happens, the only remedy is to go to my favorite food blogs and relish in their brilliance.
Now, I have a lot of sites that I read (most of which, but not all, are listed in my “Blog Love” section). I enjoy them all for very different reasons. I go to certain blogs for their photography, others for their marvelous writing and outstanding recipes.
This week it is my pleasure to direct you all to one of my favorite blogs, The Merry Gourmet, which is written and photographed by Merry Jennifer, a truly delightful woman who is so generous and warm, it’s impossible not to smile when reading her posts.
I’m incredibly flattered that MJ asked me to do a guest post for her site. I’ve always enjoyed the recipes that she’s posted and was thrilled that she wanted me to contribute.
So, now, go check out my guest post and the full recipe for these Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats.