Saturday, February 19, 2011

Christine Cooks is Six years Old Today


 Today I begin my 7th year of writing this blog.

I greet this significant milestone with mixed emotions.

This morning I went on an interesting journey through my blog posts all the way back to February 2005, wincing at some of the writing and the early photography (or lack thereof), laughing at some of the recipes, smiling at others that I know are keepers.

Mostly what I see is a genuine yearning to eat well and be healthy in the process.

Sometimes that endeavor has taken me down some dubious paths:  egg substitute instead of whole eggs; trans fat free margarine instead of good butter.  Oy.

Grains or no grains?

Full, reduced or low fat?

Sugar or no sugar?

Splenda?  (Well, yeah, it's my weakness.)

Omnivore, vegetarian, vegan?

One could get whiplash reading some of my posts.

I have often thought to delete the more wince-producing ones but then the documenting of the journey wouldn't be complete.  And for me the journey is what makes the story interesting.


Life is an experiment.

We try things on, wear them for awhile to see how we like them, sometimes casting them off according to what is fashionable, sometimes making them a permanent part of our wardrobe.  Of course I'm speaking metaphorically about food.

What I have learned about food is not so much all things in moderation as eat what works for you in order for you to live a healthy life - "healthy" being key.

Some need to be vegan or vegetarian.  Some need to avoid fat, salt, and sugar.  Some need to avoid gluten, wheat in particular.  I've tried all of these things.  They are on the pages of this blog, sometimes written a bit pedantically.  I don't apologize.  It's all part of the journey.

And after giving it some thought, I've decided to continue this journey for a bit longer.  I still have things to say, food to cook and share.

As I move into year seven I know I'll mostly concentrate on recipes that will reflect my goal to eat food that works for me in order for me to live a healthy life.

I may quote Michael Pollan at times.

And I'll try not to pontificate.

Bear with me.

Oh - yes, there will be Splenda.

Some things I won't give up.






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12 comments:

Kalyn said...

Wow, I guess I did not realize you started before me. My 6 year anniversary is April 25.

Congratulations on six years, and here's to many more!

Peggy said...

Happy Birthday! Looking forward to many more....

Simona said...

That cake looks familiar ;)
Well said. To many more years!

Peter M said...

Christine, congratulations! I remember you as being one of the first to visit my blog and I'll always visit yours...here's to another 6 years!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Congratulations! Christine, both you and Kalyn were well-established when I came on board, but I think of you and a few others as my first blogger friends.

I have enjoyed it all - reading about my logger friends' feats - and feasts - has certainly been inspiring to me!

Mimi

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Congratulations! You're a bit ahead of me (my 5-year anniversary is in June), but I know how much work it takes to maintain a food blog over such a long time. You're absolutely right about documenting the journey, and though we all cringe a bit at our early posts, we couldn't have gotten to where we are now without them. Thanks for so many wonderful recipes!

rowena said...

happy birthday
I hope you will be writing for many years to come

Christine said...

Thank you all for your kind and supportive words.

Kalyn, Peter, Mimi and Lydia - we've been "together" a long time and although it may sound hokey, you guys really are the wind beneath my wings when it comes to this adventure we call blogging.

Kalyn and Simona, I am so glad to not only share this venue with you but to know you both personally is a true blessing.

To Peggy and Rowena, I don't hear from you often, but I know you are readers and I'm grateful.

Farmgirl Susan said...

Congratulations, Christine! What a milestone. Here's to another six years!

Your food always looks so good, no matter what phase you're in. ;) I loved reading this post, though I have to give you a little ribbing about the Splenda. We do all have our weaknesses - and are probably the more interesting for it! xoxoxo

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Congratulations, dear Christine!!

I really love your unique & stylish blog!! I have made a lot of your tasty recipes!!

I wish you tons of inspiration, love & fun in blogging!!

Yeah!! Cheers!

Christine said...

Thank you Susan. Yeah, I know - Splenda - we all gotta have our vices though, right? Go ahead, rib away, I can take it. ;)

Thank you so much Sophie. You are a dear blogger friend.

Christine's Pantry said...

Wow! Starting your 7th year... that's awesome. Congrats. I'm sorry it took me so long to find your wonderful blog.

Christine