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Welcome Ronen!

Dear readers, Avi and I were blessed to welcome a beautiful baby boy, Ronen Adir, into our family in early November. We’re taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog to spend time together as a family but stay tuned for lots of delicious recipes in the new year. In the meantime, enjoy this photo of the newest member of our family!

Thank you Emily Goodstein Photography for the gorgeous shot of our little man.

Eat Write Retreat 2012

I know, I haven’t posted in a really long time. But if I was going to take forever to get up a new post, isn’t gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie a nice one to leave up there? 🙂

Things have been crazy busy and I promise I’m going to get back to posting regularly. I just participated in an amazing weekend of food, new friends, and inspiration at Eat Write Retreat 2012.

There were so many wonderful things about the conference, and I left energized (if exhausted). Here are a few of the highlights:

We square danced. Yes, even Ms. Two Left Feet (me–photographic evidence below!). Although there was a collective gasp of fear when we saw it, within a few minutes we were all having a blast making fools of ourselves together. This was one of the highlights of the whole conference for me–it broke down walls in a way that never happened last year. Once you sweat, laugh, and fall over each other for a couple of hours, who can’t be friends?

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That's me in the middle!

I got to meet Michael Natkin. Michael blogs at www.herbivoracious.com, and I’m a huge fan. He was incredibly nice and down-to-earth, and I was so happy he could be with us as part of his new cookbook tour (can’t wait to cook from it!).

The people. Last year, we had some “famous” bloggers attend and speak on panels. I have to say, I was disappointed with how cliquey they were, and how they failed to interact much with the rest of the attendees. This year, I have to say there was not a single person who wasn’t kind, friendly, and open. We didn’t have any panels this year, but rather individual speakers who I felt were able to really connect personally with everyone. Kudos to Robyn and Casey for putting together an outstanding group of speakers–and for inviting back all of us volunteers!

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Nikki, Shannon, and me (and our square dancing instructor in the back!)

The sponsors. Mike from Calphalon, Arianna from OXO, and Ronnie & Aja from Jarlsberg were all return sponsors and it was so nice to see them have as much fun as last year. They even got into the square dancing with us!

The food. Aside from the general deliciousness of food, I discovered that Dogfish Head makes a gluten-free beer! I snagged a 4-pack to take home and will definitely be purchasing more. It’s a sorghum and buckwheat beer (brewed with strawberries), great for the summer.

The swag. Anyone who attended last year knew to leave significant extra room so they could fit all of the swag we’d get throughout the weekend. And oh, did it keep on coming. Still working on where to fit my Calphalon slow cooker, but luckily my OXO swag was not nearly as big as my mandoline from last year!

The inspiration. Food blogging is a hobby of mine–I have a day job that I love. But it’s pretty amazing to meet so many folks who blog as their business, and to see how they pour their passion for food into their blogs. Something to aspire to.

That’s all for now–but I’ve got cinnamon apricot pistachio oatmeal cookies and spicy lentil & fish curry recipes on the way, so stay tuned!

Why I Don’t Want to Go Pro

Eat, Write, Retreat was an amazingly wonderful experience. I met so many cool people, and I really learned a lot. One thing in particular has stuck with me since the conference, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

During the “Beyond Your Blog” panel, the conversation turned to fame and cookbook deals. It struck me that a significant number of people attending the conference are blogging as a business, or at least a business venture. They were focused on how to turn blogging into money.

At one point in the conversation, Shauna Ahern of Gluten Free Girl said something quite profound, and it’s been on my mind since [paraphrasing]: “Do what you love. Forget about your stats and just blog because you love it.”

A lot of people have asked me why I have not yet monetized my blog. I have no ads, and I accept but don’t solicit giveaways. I occasionally guest-post on other blogs, but I don’t actively seek out tons of opportunities to get my name out there. I’m okay with my little point-and-shoot camera.

I am immensely happy with where my blog is at right now. I have fun sharing my recipes with whoever decides to read my blog. If that’s mostly my friends and i don’t have a hundred comments per post, who cares? I don’t want to be rich and famous. I like that my blog is a hobby–if I turned it into a business, I think it would really take the fun out of it.

So thanks EWR for an amazing experience, and thanks Shauna for reinforcing the idea that you should blog because you love it, and not because you are looking for fame and fortune.

The Power & Passion of the Blogging Community

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I am constantly inspired by the power and passion of the blogging community, a community to which I am honored and humbled to belong.

We rally around each other. Last September, when Ivory Hut’s house burned down and her family lost everything, her friends started a fund to help her get back on her feet.

Dana of Broke-Ass Bride suffers from an eye ailment that requires many extensive surgeries or else she will go blind, and her friend have rallied to help her pay for the surgeries.

And today I found out about Sheila from Strawberry Cake, who I have never heard of, but she is a fellow food blogger who has family in Joplin, MO. And Kristen of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen who has family in Etna, AR, also hit by a tornado.

And the blogging community has rallied yet again, establishing Bloggers without Borders to help raise money for those in Joplin affected by the devastating tornado.

The stories are heartbreaking, and unfortunately there are many, many people who lost loved ones in the recent tornadoes. I don’t know anyone in Joplin or Etna, and I probably never will, but my small donation can help the people there recover from the utter devastation left in the tornado’s wake. Because my small donation will join hundreds or even thousands of other small donations, and together we have the power to really make a difference.

Please consider making a donation–no amount is too small! Just click on the Bloggers without Borders donation badge.