Last year, I participated in a challenge to cook, bake, or eat my way through Gourmet’s list of 50 Women Game Changers in Food. Along the way, I met a wonderful group of female food bloggers, some of whom were kind enough to share a little about themselves with me. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am at the diversity our group showed! Participants ranged from students to great-grandmothers, and stretched from Florida to British Columbia. Some of our bloggers were professionally trained chefs or writers, others were brand new to the kitchen or the pen (or both!) Please check out the 50 Women Game Changers page for more information and to get the complete listing of posts.
Sarah of Everything in the Kitchen Sink is a 24 year old grad student in Washington, DC. She has been blogging (publicly) since February of this year, documenting her penchant for taking on projects in the kitchen while using every utensil, bowl, and pan in her arsenal.
Favorite Post: Nigella Lawson’s Bacon Brownies
Most Challenging: To find a recipe! Elizabeth Andoh’s Mame Gohan
Best Lesson Learned: How much I appreciate these women for paving the way.
Future Plans: Learn how to smoke meat! Woodchips, fatty pork, smoke rings, the whole nine!
Linda A. Thompson-Ditch of There and Back Again is an almost-50 food writer and blogger from Topeka, Kansas. She started her blog two years ago when she moved back to the Midwest after 18 years of living in New England. She is originally from Missouri, where her parents still live on the farm started by her great-grandfather. Beside blogging, she has written food article for almost 15 years. With more than 1,000 articles in print, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Topeka Capital Journal, Taste for Life, Better Nutrition, and Cat Fancy, along with many more. She enjoys all types of food, but likes preparing dinner for friends and family the most, including her husband, Michael, The Picky Eater.
Favorite Post: A tie between Elizabeth David’s Omelette aux Pommes de Terre, Clotilde Dusoulier’s Honey Spice Loaf, and the Canal House Cooking’s Pimiento Cheese, all of which I will make many times over in the future.
Most Challenging: Julia Child’s Orange Bavarian Cream, which had many, many steps to follow.
Best Lesson Learned: Be sure to check out new chefs and cooks. You never know when you’ll find a keeper recipe!
Future Plans: Keep on cookin’! And post about Game Changers 1 through 10, who I missed out on since I joined the group at number 11.
Veronica Gantley of My Catholic Kitchen is a fourty something Catholic mom and wife, among other things. She is a navy brat and now lives in Virginia Beach, Va. She has been blogging for almost three years.
Favorite Post: Edna Lewis’ Yeast Rolls
Most Challenging Post: Julie Powell’s Roast Capon – I did not care much for Julie Powell.
Best Lesson Learned: The best lesson learned for any blogger would be not to spread yourself too thin. Don’t do anything half way. Your readers will know and will not like it. Do the best you can, if you can’t do that then pass on it and don’t do it.
Mireya Merritt of MyHealthyEatingHabits.com is 54 years old, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and a Food Safety instructor. She lives in Tempe, AZ, is married and has two boys, 15 and 21. After becoming ill with rheumatoid arthritis, she left professional cooking and became a stay at home mom and part-time food safety instructor. She is interested in alternative medicine, and today she is active and healthy due to in large part to her change of diet. She loves cooking and getting other people excited about eating healthy, whole foods. She has been blogging for a year and a half.
Favorite Post: My favorite food from this series was Nancy Silverton’s Onion and Sage Foccacia. It’s a regular now.
Most Challenging: My most challenging post was Anne-Sophie Pic. There were few appropriate recipes on the internet and they were in French.
Best Lesson Learned: Best lesson is just to keep busy trying new recipes and to learn from them.
Future Plans: A cookbook geared to people with arthritis.
Check back for Part II next week!