Ready. Set. Blog.

Have you guys heard about Project Food Blog? Think Next Food Network Star meets The Bloggies. FoodBuzz has set out to identify the next great food blogger through a series of challenges. What’s in it for the winner? A special feature on Foodbuzz.com and a cool $10,000 in cash. Not bad, huh?

I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring for this competition. Of the over 4,000 featured publishers on Foodbuzz, over 1,800 are participating. And only 400 will make it through this first round!

Food Buzz has challenged all of us who are participating to write a post that defines who you are as a food blogger and why you have what it takes to be a food blog star.

I started thinking about who I am as a food blogger. I think my blog name says it all. After Hubby and I moved from a 3-bedroom house in Ohio to a ~700 square foot one bedroom condo in Boston, I decided that I like to bake. A LOT. I honestly rarely baked when we lived in Ohio… I guess something about that tiny little Boston kitchen got me motivated.

I started out baking just once a week. But as I started to challenge myself more and more, my addiction grew and grew. These days when someone asks me how often I bake, I tell them anywhere from 2-5 times a week. I seriously start getting a twitch when it’s been a few days since I was baking and it’s always the first thing I want to do after vacation or a long day at work.

I love to bake for people. When someone comes to visit I always make sure that I find out what kind of desserts they like and whip something up for them. I even make exceptions to my strict no-repeats rule for guests. I think baking is one of the most thoughtful things you can do for someone.

As my blog started to grow, I started to improve on my photography skills. I wanted my photographs to fully represent the awesomeness of the recipes I was trying in my kitchen. I am continuing to learn more about lighting and exposure, but I’ve definitely come a long way.

Sometimes people ask me why I blog. And as cliche as it sounds, it really is because of you guys. Obviously, Hubby and I get to enjoy the food that comes out of our kitchen, but I really love hearing from you guys. Whether it’s through a comment, an email, or a note on Facebook, it really does make me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that you guys trust me enough to try the recipes I post on here or to ask for advice.

Now on to the big question of this challenge. Do I have what it takes to be the next food blog star? I absolutely have what it takes. It’s been 1118 days since I hit publish for the first time. In the begining, I used cake mixes from a box and took short cuts whenever I could. I was learning how to cook and bake. And I was bringing everyone along for the ride.

Because of this blog, I tackled my fear of yeast. After making some bread, pretzels, and cinnamon rolls, yeast doesn’t even phase me anymore.


I’ve worked my way through 95 posts worth of cupcakes. That’s a LOT of cupcakes.


I grew out of my cupcake phase and into my brownies and bars phase.


I tackled my first layer cake, then I tackled decorating a layer cake.


I’ve challenged myself to continue to try new foods and make things I’ve never made before.

I’ve tackled learning my way through some HTML code so that I can update my blog layout on my own.


At the end of the day, I have pushed myself through many challenges in the 1118 days since I started this blog. I am ready to face these 10 Project Food Blog Challenges head on. They can’t be any more scary than yeast, right?

Voting for Project Food Blog will open to YOU on Monday, September 20th (don’t worry, I’ll be sure to remind you!)

Be sure to come check out my Project Food Blog profile where I answer these questions:

  • Why did you start your food blog?
  • What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
  • What is the most memorable meal or foodie moment?
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21 Responses to “Ready. Set. Blog.”

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    theblogisthenewblack — September 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Great post! ;) Love this blog.

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    wackywoman — September 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Well, this is the first I’m hearing about it (I am not a food blogger, just a reader). And, I am excited to see more! Looking forward to it.

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    Ashley — September 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Good luck Jen, you’ll have my vote! :)

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Good luck Jen! It was great to finally meet you and get to know you this weekend. KA definitely inspired me and I plan on looking to your blog for inspiration in my new baking adventures!

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    Seine — September 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Aww, good luck with it! Been reading your blog for a while now, and love all the recipes. I do have a question though … when a recipe call for just egg whites (or just egg yolks), what do you do with the other half of the egg that you’re not using?

    I feel wasteful if I throw it away, but I don’t really know what else to do with it. It’d be great to know what you do! Thanks :)

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    Jen — September 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Seine,

    I try to find a recipe that uses the other part of the egg. If I can’t use it immediately, I store them in the fridge for a couple days. Egg whites are great in omelets!

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    Ashlee — September 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for sharing you life with us. I am loving reading about everyone’s life during this foodbuzz challenge. I posted my FBC blog yesterday. Check it out and let me know what you think.
    Ashlee
    http://ashandlewplus2.com/2010/09/18/project-food-blog-ready-set-blog/

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    Mansi — September 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    You’r not alone! I’ma fellow contestant too:) blogging does change life in a good way for a lot of us:) lovely recipes and lovely photos! Good Luck with the contest!

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    Daydreamer Desserts — September 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Love your blog… just sent one super sweet vote your way! :)

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    jacobskitchen — September 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Great post! Your photos are super gorgeous. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

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

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    Amy Kingman — September 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I voted for you! You are such a dedicated baker/cook and all your stuff is delicious. :)

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    tam — September 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Great post! Your food looks amazing x x

    P.S You can see my entry here:
    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/476

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    Jane Ko — September 22, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I plan on going to Boston in October, do you recommend any restaurants?

    Voted for you and good luck with PFB :)

    I would like to invite you to participate in my giveaway
    http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/08/mini-pistachio-tea-cakes-40.html

    Here is my entry for PFB http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/668

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — September 22, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I voted! Your blog rocks, thanks!

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    nutmegnanny — September 22, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good luck with your adventure and you definitely have my vote ;)

    I’m curious, where in Ohio did you move from? I grew up in Northwest Ohio.

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    Lisa Orgler — September 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Great photos always draw me to great sites…yours is one of them! Best wishes to you…and I’m happy to share my vote with you. :)

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    Jen — September 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

    nutmegnanny – Hubby and I lived in Cincinnati for 3 years prior to moving to Boston. We loved it there and plan to go back when kids come into the picture.

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    Jen — September 22, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Jane Ko – feel free to email me and we can chat more about what part of town you’ll be in. I can recommend some restaurants for you.

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    Eliana — September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Yey – awesome post. I have logged in my vote and hope you make it through to the next round.

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    The Cilantropist — September 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I dont know why I have not reading your blog all the time! Love it! Just voted! :)

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    ladyyjae — September 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

    hey ya! you have a lovely blog here. Stumble upon your blog through foodbuzz. :) I voted for your blog. hope that helps. Good Lucky !!!! feel free to drop by!!

    have a lovely weekend
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

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