I feel like such a slacker. I spent the summer pushing myself to do a new post every day, and now that I’ve gone back to work full-time I’ve had to let my site slide just a little. I’ve kept up my restaurant posts, farmers market posts, and Friday lists….but let me tell you, when you’ve been off from work for two months, going back does not make you want to do a whole lot of cooking. In fact, all it’s made me want to do is a whole lot of sleeping. I’ve been eating out way more than I should (that happens when people who spend 180 days a year eating lunch in the cafeteria with small children get the opportunity to eat out for a few days) and I haven’t spent much time planning meals. As school gets back in swing, I’ll get back into the swing of cooking (I always do) which will inevitably result in more recipes….
I need your help, though. Writing a food blog can be frustrating work at times. I think we are all our own worst critics, and when I look at my photos and read my writing (and especially when I compare them to that of others) I feel like maybe I should be doing something differently. I know I can always be working on my photos….even the best photographers can find ways to improve on their work. However, it’s undeniable that my numbers are down (as far as readers go) and I’m wondering if there’s something that I need to be doing differently. Is there something you want to see more of? Less of? Is it just the time of year? Anyone got any advice? Just wondering.
Anyway, here’s one of my recent thrown-together creations….a sauté of poblanos from Pocket Farm, corn from Fall Creek Farms, tomatoes from Signal Mountain Farm, and black beans and onions. We ate it with roasted, maple-glazed acorn squash (weird combo, I know) and jalapeño cornbread (made with corn that I ground myself, purchased from Village Market). It was quite tasty, and I kept thinking that it would have made a wonderful soup if I had poured in some chicken broth and maybe floated some tortilla chips in it. This dish wasn’t “planned” and just goes to show that sometimes the tastiest dishes don’t require a lot of planning. I was cooking later in the evening after returning home from a workout (another thing I’ve been neglecting lately) and only snapped pictures of the finished product in the pan. Sorry for the lack of photo-documentation! I promise I’ll be back on the horse soon.