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. Last week, I posted Part I.
Barbara of Moveable Feasts is in her mid 70’s, retired and lives in South Florida, although she’s originally from Michigan. She has three kids, three grandkids and one great grand kid. She loves living in Florida and stays busy volunteering with Antique Club, Garden Club and the Junior League. She also loves to travel and loves to eat, although she claims she’s “always dieting.”
Favorite Post: So many wonderful posts from everyone! And so many I made that I loved. But one sticks out: Anne Willan’s Tomato Tart. It was totally divine.
Most Challenging: I don’t know what I’d pick for most challenging, I had some failures and some I didn’t care for at all. The entire series was a learning experience. There were many women I had never heard of before and I loved learning about them.
Kathy of Bakeaway with Me, is a wife, mother and grandma, who is currently enjoying retirement. She lives in the north-west corner of New Jersey, about an hour outside of NYC and has been blogging for a year and a half. Cooking is a necessity…baking is a passion!
Favorite Post: Favorite post from the series was # 26 Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers’ Pistachio Cake. Since I had never heard of either of these talented ladies…I so enjoyed getting to know them! Loved the Pistachio Cake!
Jeanette Chen of Jeanette’s Healthy Living is originally from Maryland but has lived in Connecticut for the past 25 years. After working in corporate finance for 17 years, she now stays at home with her four boys. She says her blog was sparked when she “cooking for women in my community with cancer and [I] started Jeanette’s Healthy Living as a place to record what I was making.” Jeanette loves cooking food from all different countries – it’s her way of “traveling.”
Favorite Post: Ree Drummond’s Pollo Asada Tacos – because my kids loved them.
Most Challenging: Anne-Sophie Pic’s Chocolate Mousse with Pomegranate Gelatin because I had to learn how to work with agar agar in the recipe I chose (in place of gelatin)
Best Lesson Learned: You don’t have to be professionally trained to make a mark in the food world – so many of the women we learned about were just home cooks, but they had tremendous passion, creativity, and energy.
Future Plans: I’m joining the Power Foods weekly event and just joined a Recipe Redux monthly event; I’m also currently pursuing consulting projects where I can apply my corporate background and my passion for food, wellness and social media.