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Ugh! Maybe this blogging business isn’t for me. I leave things here way too unattended.
Somebody asked me on Sunday what I’ve been up to this summer. I had no idea. Luckily my camera told me otherwise.

I’ve been cooking a lot sans recipes, with whatever is in the fridge, which happens to be A LOT of produce between our CSA and our garden.
Radish and Cuke Salad

I’ve been picking lots of fruit: cherries, peaches, blueberries, more peaches, and raspberries. And more peaches.
Moods Windmill

I’ve been making pickles.
Dilly Beans

And chutney.
Chutney2

And jam.
Jam

I grilled octopus last weekend.
Octopus

I’ve been picking lots of delicious veg out of my garden. (Oops, I meant OUR garden.)
Garden

I’ve been shooting some weddings! One by myself, and one as an assistant. And I got paid! But, shh, don’t tell Uncle Sam.
First Dance BW

I made zucchini bread that wasn’t very good.
zucchini bread

I met Jennifer Carroll! Swoon.
ME AND JENNIFER CARROLL!!!

I took two canning classes: beets and tomatoes (and salsa).
Packing beets

I’ve also been loving on my new chest freezer. More on that later.

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2009 was filled with babies…

Paybacks

Taylor

and kids…

What a face!

and trips…

Bluffs

Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing

Long row

and food, lots of food:

Soup Dumplings

$1.04 for the box

Snow Day Lunch4

Apricots

Sausage

Grammy Bender's Sand Tarts

Ginger Poached Noodles

and cheese, lots of cheese, mostly homemade ricotta….

Draining

Christian and the Cheese

Ricotta, heirloom tomatoes

and celebrations…

Graduate!

and fun times, waiting for sandwiches…

Waiting for sandwiches

2009 wasn’t lacking much…except FOCUS, such a small thing, really. So here’s to a new year of digging in, bringing awareness to the food insecurity in this town, and blogging about it.

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It’s timely that I had started this post and had it sitting in my drafts folder. This past week, Brooke Burton (foodwoolf.com) and Leah Greenstein (spicysaltysweet.com) published the Food Blog Code of Ethics. Let’s face it, food blogs are a dime a dozen. Every Tim, Dana, and Lori out there thinks it’s interesting to post about their not-so-awesome weekend restaurant meal or their take on this month’s Gourmet cover recipe. And there’s only a concentrated few out there that get any kind of traffic. You know some of the big ones: Smitten Kitchen, Orangette, Pioneer Woman, David Lebovitz. How many of us would sell our bodies on the streets for the number of page views these blogs get?

There seem to be several issues at hand that drove Brooke and Leah to put together the Code. Bloggers getting comped but not being straight up about it. Bashing a restaurant in a review after only one visit. A huge lack of civility and mindfulness. I guess I hadn’t really given much thought to any of this. I don’t have too many readers and I’m writing/photographing mostly for myself…but I guess their point is that bloggers as well as reviewers on websites like Yelp really do have some clout.

Blogging in general has become this thing that just about anyone can do. It’s basically plug and play. If you have any level of internet savvy and the belief that you have something interesting to say, you too, can be a blogger! And of course, people blog for a host of reasons. I think a couple of the biggest are feeling like you’re a part of something, a network, as well as just having the satisfaction of seeing YOUR writing/photography/whatever on the real, live Interwebs. Honestly, it’s a lot of self-absorption. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of really awesome food blogs out there, it’s just that there are also a lot that aren’t so awesome.

I started another blog a while back, primarily to keep a record of my stint in pastry school. The blog was littered with other stuff like pics from eating out and meals I cooked, mostly from big holidays and other than the pastry school stuff, it wasn’t very focused. Fast forward a year or so, when I felt re-inspired to start blogging again courtesy of my foodie friend Brooke finally starting her blog. This time around, I’m still trying to refine my focus but I wanted DoughGirl to be a little more than just reporting on recipes that I’ve tried. It’s turning out to be a great frame for my photography that I’m constantly working on to improve, as well as a portal for food reading, what’s going on locally here in Philly foodwise, nutrition, and food insecurity. Is it interesting? It is to me, and that’s enough for me right now. It keeps me honest about improving my photography and my writing. And the part I like the most is combining all of my social media into a super networking tool. Keeping up with Twitter, Flickr, and the blog has already connected me with some people I never would have connected with before, which is super cool.

But back to the Code of Ethics…I think it’s an interesting development. I feel like I hold myself to a pretty high standard. I also usually do some pretty extensive research when I’m looking to eat out or plan a trip around eating. I take different levels of review with a grain of salt. You can generally tell whether someone has been mindful about their feedback, whether it’s on chowhound or in a blog post by a professional journalist. But I appreciate what they’re trying to do here. Some of the response has been very surprising to me, a lot of folks making the point that they are in fact not professional journalists and that they shouldn’t be held to the same standards. I’ll be curious to see where this goes.

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