Social media has taken over our subconscious minds. We think far too much about whether or not we've posted often enough, with varied content that thrills, and/or spoken in a way that connects to our audience. There is the worry that our selfies were awkward; the spoon resting a little too contrived next to the plate and ruining the composition. But really!!! Who are we thinking about when we post? Sadly, ourselves and not those to whom we seek to fulfill. In our relentless pursuit of becoming viral by praying to our internet marketing deity, we are only speaking out to space.
Makes me nervous.
So, who is our audience? Who, beyond the faces of those friends and family we love, is really paying attention? Well, here's the good news about being a food blogger. Your audience is everyone who eats. There's something about a photo of delicious food that smooths our path through life and we can't get enough of it. Nourishment can happen on many levels, and apparently the visual appetite is as insatiable as the physical one. And sometimes the word YUM is all we need to validate our experience.
Because this isn't my full time hobby yet, (I hate it when your real job, isn't your real job. Don't you?) the postings must often revolve around the priorities of my life. And quite frankly, as much as I love to cook, write, photograph and develop recipes, I find myself realizing that walks with my husband do indeed trump sitting in front of my laptop working on the 140-characters-to-greatness quotient.
But you deserve to be fed! You deserve to have your virtual taste buds sated with a collection of organic obsessions. Ready? Scroll down and enjoy!
It's true. Spaghetti squash is very fun and lends whimsy to every recipe. Here I baked Tilapia with an Indian spice rub, topped it with a savory peach salsa, and then created some cheesy potato pancakes. Colorful and full of flavor! Recipe here for my Spice Rubbed Tilapia over Spaghetti Squash, Potato Pancakes, with a Soy Maple Reduction and topped with Peach Salsa!
Strawberries that have been in the fridge for a few days may not make the grade for pie, but they're sure perfect mixed in with my Strawberry Honey Poppy Seed Muffins. Moist, billowy, sweet and beautiful.
Tender sweet veal meatballs will make you want to eat alone so you don't have to share! Try my Veal and Caper Meatballs with Shells in a Lemon, White Wine Sauce. Plus, these are seriously the best leftover!!!
Chicken Breasts braised in butter and stock, come alive atop a ham, cheese and leek twice baked potato casserole. The red pepper and clementine relish is crunchy, sweet and the perfect texture to complement the savory chicken.
There, bet you feel better already!
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.