I think that up until now, there have only been 2 things in my life, outside my immediate and TT family, that have provided me with instant and helpful hands. One was when I was pregnant and I had a wonderful support group through The Birth Place Resouce Center in Menlo Park. We all had something in common and were there for each other with questions, answers, hints, tips, and resources. The second time was when my son was in CYSA - club soccer. Our families all bonded instantly and shared food, rides, Starbucks runs, training tips, and medical wisdom on a regular basis for 4 years.
Now I find myself part of the food blogosphere. It was quite by accident through my friend Tea, but the support and rapport and sharing I have gotten from all over the world is just incredible. People offering suggestions, helping with recipe testing for my book, and providing feedback has enriched my life immensely. There is a learning curve to blogs, and I am still in the freshman stage, but I am always in awe of the wonderful writing I encounter along the way, the gorgeous food photography I am witnessing, and the delicious recipes that I cannot wait to try. It amazes me that food can bring such a connection.
So a big thank you for helping to shape my early experiences and making me hungry for more. And for wanting to do everything better - the writing, the photography, the food. You are all quite inspiring.
And along that vein, please go check out Cream Puffs in Venice. She recently completed one of four recipe tests for me, a delicious classic Crepes Suzette, and did an incredible blog post, that includes some mouth-watering photography. God, I love this stuff!