Pardon me while I tidy up the place a bit will you? Decided that I wanted some "changes" so to speak so I decided to burn the midnight oil a bit and play around for spring. Hey, what can I say – sometimes a little spring pastels bring the sunshine, right?
Remember the scene in “Sixteen Candles” where Molly Ringwald’s family forgot her birthday in all the flurry of her sister’s wedding. Well, guess what I did to Cooking In Stilettos. March 6 came and went and I totally spaced. Hopefully, the blog will forgive me – perhaps if I buy it a little somethin’ somethin’ like a spiffy new logo or design, it might ease the pain?
OK – I digress but seriously, sometimes I can’t believe how long Cooking In Stilettos has been around. It started as a little blog (on Blogger) on March 6, 2008 to document my passion with all things cooking, entertaining and, of course, shoes. Over the years, it’s grown by leaps and bounds and I sometimes have to pinch myself at the opportunities that I have had, the people (and chefs) I have met and the cooking skills I have acquired. There have been highs and lows, a multi-state move, the move to WordPress (Hello Coffee & Cocktails, it’s me, Aly!), the addition of the Sous Pug to the menagerie and amazing amazing people I have met both online and in person along the way. Know that I am grateful for EACH and EVERY one of you that has dropped by my culinary home on the web and I look forward to celebrating many more Blogaversaries with y’all.
There is so much in store for the little blog that could. Now, let’s hope next year I don’t “Sixteen Candle” my blogiversary and forget the date again or Cooking In Stilettos might whip out the Loubous.
Tiffany of I Am Style-ish posted about the Bloggers Day of Silence and I knew that I had to participate. When it comes to news events, the blogging community is always there for those in need and Japan needs our assistance. I was transfixed to the news last week when the earthquake happened and, every night, I have to say a little prayer for those that are affected by the events caused by the earthquake & the tsunami as well as their family and friends around the world.
So, I’m sure you will understand that Fab Friday this week will be postponed as Cooking In Stilettos will be taking part in the Bloggers Day of Silence tomorrow, March 18, 2011 and I ask that you please open your hearts and donate to those that really need your help. It is a fundraiser for Shelterbox and you can click on over to the official site for more information.
Many thanks to those that organized For Japan With Love and if we all join together, we can make a difference.
Michelle at Grown Up Girlie and Sue over at Food Network Musings were fab to alert me to a bit of a technical glitch here at Cooking In Stilettos – namely, Blogrolling is just not doing what it used to anymore. I’m taking this as an opportunity to weed out the blogroll and start from scratch. If you have a fab site that you think should be on my daily list of reads, leave it in the comments and we’ll check it out! Many thanks to Michelle and Sue for letting a gal know and if you can, check out their blogs – you will love – trust!
The other day on FoodBuzz, I was asked “Lys, how did you fare on your 2009 Culinary Goals?” Well, I’m happy to say that I did better than expected. I didn’t take that culinary class that I wanted (but will be taking them here in Philly). I attended SOBE which was a blast. Wish I could go this year but with the move, it’s going to be a stretch. I moved Cooking In Stilettos over to WordPress which has been quite the learning experience! I obtained some “Good China & Glassware” with some Simon Pearce and Vetri additions – love love love them. Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia must be quite sick of me hovering over the Loubous and the Simon Pearce. I have not learned how to make fresh pasta nor dog food for the pug, but there is always 2010. All in all, I’m pretty pleased.
Now, in 2010, I’ve done some thinking and here’s a list of goals that I’m striving to achieve for this year.
First up, Diana over at The Chic Life has organized the “Eat In Month Challenge” and I’m going to attempt it – 31 days of cooking EVERYTHING at home – with one free pass to go out to a restaurant. Granted my wallet is doing the happy dance at the moment and dreaming of a new pair of Loubous, but I am terrified. Me – cook EVERY DAY – oy vey! This should be interesting. If you want to attempt this with me, well, go sign up!
Secondly, I’m vowing to get more involved with meeting with other culinary aficionados here in Philly. It is my new city and why should I not put down roots finally, right?
I’m also carrying over the 2009 Goals of learning how to make fresh pasta – which means a trip to Fantes in Center City to look into a pasta machine. Perhaps there is a cooking class on making fresh pasta over at Fosters or Sur La Table. I’m also going to take more cooking classes here in Philly – and I might even look into Culinary School – I’m still on the fence with that idea though.
I’m also making a point to go to Reading Terminal Market – and soon. Can you believe I have NEVER been there, even though I have been coming to Philly for over 20 years.
Now re: the dog food for the pug, let’s settle for making fresh dog treats and call it a day. The little monster finally has the right food which has not made him sick. However, when it comes to treats – that dog is a bottomless pit sometimes. So I figure if I make him some decent treats, he won’t be apt to (a) steal people food (yeah right!); (b) snack on things he shouldn’t; or (3) not leave milkbones everywhere.
I’m going to forgo SOBE this year I think and I’m looking into possibly attending the New York City Food & Wine Festival in October. It looks interesting. Speaking of New York, I’m also planning on a few trips to the city and hopefully will meet with friends, both new and old and explore the Chelsea Market and a few other foodie haunts (and Dean & Deluca – love them!) plus see that famous shoe department in Saks with its own zip code. I am, after all, the Stiletto Wench, right?
Another goal is to get a new DLSR camera and take better photos – not with a point and shoot. BR is advising me on the *right* camera so this should hopefully be a goal I can achieve soon.
Finally, another goal I’ve decided to attempt is to make more things from scratch – including baking. I have noticed quite a bit of preservatives in things and I have learned that Jenn of the Leftover Queen is rather wise. Things are much better you make them yourself. However, the coffee thing will take way more work.
Now – I think that’s a good list to get started, don’t you. What are your goals for 2010, both culinary and personal?