Are you a member of the clean plate club? I am...but I wasn't always.
When I was a little girl I was very petite and tiny for my age. I was downright scrawny. And like good Portuguese grandmothers, mine were horrified. They were concerned that my growth was stunted, or that something was wrong with me. And like most first time parents faced with the thought that something was wrong with their child, mine panicked.
They begged me to eat.
They told me I couldn't leave the table until I had finished.
So they instituted a rule at dinnertime: If you clean your plate, you get a dollar.
Normally, I didn't make that kind of money unless the tooth fairy made a visit. It was a pretty good deal, and I started to enjoy dinnertime a little more. I still didn't finish my dinner all the time, but I certainly began to stick around the table a little longer.
I'm so glad I did.
Family time was built around that kitchen table. We shared dinner, we shared our days, and we shared our struggles at work and school. When mom or dad worked late, when I had sports practice or dance class, we still ate together.
My food blog has become the catalyst to extend this experience for me. Now mealtimes bring me together with others, whether I'm eating alone at my apartment, dining with friends, or meeting new people through blogger events. The comments on my blog give me the same sense of connection of sharing a meal across a table. I want my blog to be part of the conversation, and part of the experience of enjoying food.
I think I should be the next food blog star because I enjoy and value mealtime as an experience. I believe that it is an experience that should be relished and enjoyed and I love to share my restaurant reviews and recipes with readers. No matter what I write, the focus is on food.
Whether part of a 10 course degustation menu with wine pairings, a sausage and pepper sandwich outside the ballpark or mom's lasagna - it is all important because it brings us all together.