September 19, 2010

FoodBuzz - Project Food Blog First Challenge



This is it, a little backwards but that’s OK – my fist blog post (keep reading).  It's been a desire of mine to blog since 2003.  For one reason or another I have never had time to put one together until I decided to make time.  So right before Christmas last year I put myself out there and registered chatNchow.com!  Shortly after beginning my blog I signed up to be part of the food blogger community at FoodBuzz.com. 

A few months ago FoodBuzz announced a competition to be the “next food blog star”.  I didn’t start blogging to become a star, I started blogging to have a creative outlet.  Now that I've gotten into regularly (4-5 times a week) writing and posting about food, I love it!  So why not give this competition a shot?

With that said, I’m very excited to enter this contest.  (drum roll) I’m announcing this post as my first official entry.  Here is the challenge:  This is it! Your very first entry and we're giving you a chance to tell the world: what defines you as a food blogger and why should you be the next food blog star?  I would love all of your support to help keep me in this competition as long as I am welcome!  Please don’t forget to vote - Details at the end!!

 The topics that define my blog are Cooking, Growing, Dining Out and Lifestyle 

Cooking
chatNchow isn’t strictly a blog about one aspect of food like cooking, baking or eating out.  It’s more like the ongoing dialog that happens around food.  At the root of it all, I do love to cook, drink and be around food.  I got the cooking bug early and it hasn’t gone away.  I like most people have a busy lifestyle – my blog is my fun it’s not a “day job”.  Most evenings during the week I try to cook a healthy dinner that will be satisfying to me and my fiancé.  Dinner is always an adventure and it’s not too often that I make the same thing twice.  As much as I LOVE looking at cookbooks I don’t like to follow strict recipes so there is always something that I do to make a recipe my own.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't – I share it all.

(Images of my food top to bottom: A summery gin and cucumber fizz, my take on a BLT, homey quick pasta with shrimp, poached grey sole please click on links to view full stories)





 
  
Growing
This is the first year I have been able to grow a substantial amount of my own food organically!  A big part of my cooking focuses on organic, local and sustainably grown or farmed food.  I have a 4’x12’ plot in a community garden where I can grow whatever I want!  This year has been thrilling to pull veggies on almost a daily basis and cook them within minutes!  

Another thrill I get from growing my own veggies are the COLORS that come from the tiny seeds I plant.  It’s like tasting the rainbow.  Since I’m a designer at heart I find the colors thrilling!

 (Here are some of my photos of veggies I've grown)











Dining Out
What girl doesn’t like to go out to eat?  I LOVE going out for breakfast, lunch and dinner (please don’t forget about cocktails and dessert)!  Living in CT close to NYC there is a fantastic food scene.  We also have a lot of farms that many of the restaurants pull from.  When a chef is passionate about what he’s cooking no matter if he’s in a food cart or in a 4 star restaurant it shows and makes the food taste that much better knowing it was made with heart.  I always have some sort of camera with me – My cameras range from a cell phone to a digital SLR.











Lifestyle
This is the chat part of chatNchow.  Style and Design take up most of my time.  At my core I’m an artist and designer, I always have been.  During the day I design gorgeous kitchens that are quite contemporary (I have yet to design my own).  I also design and style parties and jewelry – you can say I have my hands in a little of everything.  My creative juices are forever flowing.  I like mixing in a bit of this lifestyle chat into my blog because it’s who I am and it’s important to me.  These little chats can range from talking about a project I’m working on or an amazing piece of art I just discovered (and covet) to a party I just styled.  

The majority of the photography on the site is also mine.  It’s been a huge learning curve as I’m not a “photographer” by trade!  Food can be challenging to shoot so it’s always interesting to see the images loaded on my computer!  I always strive for a beautiful photo that best represents my subject.

(Images of lifestyle top to bottom: Woodland Wedding I recently styled, one of my contemporary kitchen designs, amazing chandelier I want for my dining room by Bodo Sperlein, glimpse of a baker on the Amalfi Coast please click on links to view full stories)



 


So I hope this helps give a clear picture of me and chatNchow.com – good food and good chat.  Here’s the link to vote!  Check back often to see more posts & to keep me in the competition!



Bon Appetite!!

19 comments:

  1. Stunning photos, Lauren. I think you'll be a contender. Good luck!

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  2. You got my vote! Cheers and aloha.

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  3. Beautiful Blog! I've gotta vote for you if not for your necklace, than for your tinfoily sup! I love tinfoil!

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  4. Andrea20.9.10

    I want to eat everything you took photos of!!! YUM :D can't wait to read more!

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  5. Great post! And your pictures are all fabulous. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post : www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/503

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  6. Thanks so much for all of the VOTE love!!

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  7. I've also been growing some of my own organic food this year, and I love it! What a beautiful blog you have :)

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  8. I cant decide if I am voting for your hair or your blog, but both are fabulous!!!

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  9. Love your photos and the drinks look very interesting! Good luck in the competition! I voted for you :)

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  10. What a gorgeous blog- very professional layout and photos! Count my vote!

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  11. Sent a happy heart vote your way. See you in round two!

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  12. Lovely entry...Voting now :)

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  13. very nice entry. great photos. you have my vote!

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  14. Thank you for all of your kind votes & compliments :)

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  15. Nice entry. You've got one of my votes. Good luck!

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  16. Beautiful. Love your photos. You got my vote!

    Best of luck,
    Anthony

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  17. It's fun reading everone's first challenge post. Thanks for sharing your vision. Best of luck in the competition.

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  18. Wow, great photos. That gin and cucumber fizz looks incredible! I'm a huge gin and tonic fan -- looks like it's time to step up my game! Do you have any great fall cocktail recipes?

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