We should talk…

 OK, don’t freak out, this will be a good conversation. I think we’ve reached that point in our relationship when we should meet…, so to speak. We should figure out where things stand, what we’re doing, where we’re going. I mean, we’ve been carrying on for a bit over 6 months now. Yep, I can hardly believe it, our little blog is 6 months old! And, as a girl, I want to make sure you get me, still like me and that we’re clear about our expectations.

When I started this blog, the only thoughts on my mind were to have an outlet for my love of cooking and photography and my desire to share both with you. It’s been a fun and challenging ride, though inconsistent at times. And that’s what I want to talk about.

If, like me, you’re completely addicted to the Next Food Network Star, you know that one of the things the judges keep pressing the contestants on is having an identity. A direction. A message for their audience. When I go through my archives and analyze the posts I have brought to you, I have to admit that I’ve failed you in this respect. There is no clear identity  or direction. No clearly defined message or purpose.

 That’s about to change. My identity? This one you know. Cien por ciento latina: 100% Latina. My direction? Latin-Caribbean cuisine. I will focus on the flavors I know, the experiences I’ve lived, that’s what I’ll share. My message/purpose? I’m still having a hard time verbalizing that one. I will use some imagery to help it along.

Think back to a meal you had on a visit to Latin America or to a nice Latin restaurant, maybe you’ve never been there before. You read through a menu and every dish described sounded more delicious than the other, even when you didn’t know what some of the ingredients were.  Then remember what you saw, smelled, thought when the waiter placed the dish before you. It was a culinary feast to your senses. It was beautifully presented. The scents were intoxicating and slightly foreign. And when you took the first bite you knew you weren’t going to be able to help yourself. Halfway through the dish you came to the sad realization that, as enjoyable as this meal had been, it was beyond your culinary ability, the dish was intimidating enough not to attempt it in your own kitchen.

Well, I can take you there again. I can help you make it right in your kitchen. I’m here to tell you that the dish you drooled over is only a point, click and a webpage away from your dinner table. I will help you navigate exotic Latin ingredients and you will be as versed and comfortable with them as I am. I know these ingredients, I understand the culture and I want you to enjoy it as much as I do. So, open that pantry. Pull out those pots and pans and let’s get cooking!

That’s the what, now for the when. I started posting on a daily basis, almost compulsively, but as of late, my posting has been quite erratic. Concerns about my family have kept me from the kitchen and this blog. Truth is, blogging has become more than just entertainment or a hobby. It’s therapeutic. From the planning to the execution and presentation, it all brings me a great deal of enjoyment.

My promise to you and myself–to us, is to provide you good content 3 times a week. You can count on a new post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There may be more, but not less than that.

See? That wasn’t so bad. Think we should go steady?

Cookingly yours,

Anamaris

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7 thoughts on “We should talk…

  1. Sounds good to me. I want to post once a week because of my busy schedule and I feel guilty when I don’t. Today I woke up thinking of what I want to make and I am still thinking. After yesterday my brain is fried.

    I enjoy your blog so much and I can’t wait for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  2. legalmagnolia says:

    Girl, we’ve been going steady for a while now! While I’m glad you decided on a direction, I also enjoy your help on non-latin stuff as well. Maybe once in a while you can spice up our relationship by throwing something different in the pot (you know, like your bagels or pizza recipes!)

  3. Miss M says:

    I’ll take ya’ whenever I can get ya’ – your postings are appreciated!! Hoping that things go well for you with your family life and the sweet doggie! Hugs, Miss M-

  4. Yes, lets go steady.
    That is how I think of you, that you put delicious food recipes in a clear way that I can do it.
    I wrote a long-winded response to you on my post about Japanese taxis.
    Love your blog, your enthusiasm and your clarity.

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