What’s in a year? Quite a lot, evidently. Back in June 2012 I was toying with the idea of a food blog. Thanks to support from friends and family, I decided to make it a reality. Why not? I love to cook and I love sharing what I make with people through social media, so food blogging just seemed like a natural fit.
It started with a Tumblr where I put my canning projects and other ramblings about food. When I started writing recipes I switched to WordPress just because I wanted a more robust blogging platform. Solid Gold Eats was born.
The name “Solid Gold Eats” came from my love of music and cooking. I liked the phrase “solid gold” because it reminded me of the television show Soul Train as well as the funk era, and I liked how “Solid Gold Eats” sounded. After saying it a few times, it stuck. Now, I have a logo to go along with it.
Music was a small component of the first few months, but I quickly realized that food is where my passion is. While music is a huge part of my life, I didn’t enjoy writing about it as much as I enjoyed writing about food. Food took over from there, and recipe after recipe was created and posted. Now, the focus is about empowering people to try new and different things. The kitchen is a wealth of opportunity – I want you to read my blog and feel like you need to get in the kitchen to start creating and experiment.
Since the first blog about toasted ravioli on June 12, I have…
- Been a cookbook cookalong blogger for Emeril Lagassee (yes, THE kick-it-up-a-notch Emeril) and his new Kicked-Up Sandwiches cookbook. Wow, this was so much fun and I learned so much from the other participating bloggers!
- Had my photography featured on Tastespotting.com, the site where all beautiful food photos go to get noticed
- Been contacted by The Huffington Post’s Taste section for my sausage, kale and potato soup
- Developed recipes on a monthly basis for Randall Beans
- Started writing recipes for LIN Media in which my recipes are syndicated across media stations across the US, such as Albuquerque, New Mexico and WISH-TV right here in Indianapolis
- Received a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, thanks to the generosity of the folks at KitchenAid who read my love letter and responded with this incredible gift
- Interviewed Sandwich King Jeff Mauro, who won last year’s Food Network Star, for National Cheese Day
- Published 240 blogs!!!!!
- Become a food feature writer for NUVO magazine, an independent free paper circulated weekly in Indianapolis
- Felt like people associate my brand with food
These are the 10 most-viewed recipes on Solid Gold Eats:
- Oven Baked Tacos, one of the simplest recipes I have
- Strawberry Salad with Homemade Croutons and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
- Third Helping Scalloped Potatoes
- Maple Candied Bacon
- Vanilla Banana Butter
- Sugar and spice and alcohol is nice (Crown Royal Maple Whiskey cocktail recipe)
- Chocolate Whiskey Ice Cream
- Easy Homemade Pizza Crust
- Summer Garden Planning
- Garden Fresh Jalapeno Relish
My photography skillz have gotten a LOT better. I’ve gone from this:
I’m not saying that photos are everything, but I’m proud with what I’ve learned and how I’ve been able to get the photo I want when I take it.
Where do we go from here?
There’s something to be said about all of the ice creams, cookies and not-so-healthy entrees that I’ve posted here. I wonder how other food bloggers who look skinny in their “About” photos but only post sweets and high-calorie recipes actually stay thin – either they aren’t eating their food or they have alien-like metabolisms. For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into food but I haven’t paid attention to my body and my overall well-being. Yoga has grounded me, allowing me to learn so much about things I never thought my body could do, and therefore I feel better about eating the things I eat. The new wellness category that will help you find the blogs in which I discuss the idea of mind, body and wellness in a holistic approach.
Food for a Cause was started because of my focus on nonprofits. I like to find a “good” in everything, and luckily there are a lot of other food bloggers, corporations and nonprofits around me that focus on the good with food. Those experiences allow me to continue to stay grounded and focused on health and wellbeing.
Other than that, nothing is really changing. I’ll still be posting recipes, adventures in Indianapolis, garden updates and whatever else I feel like sharing with you. Right now I’m thinking about grinding beef for burgers. Yup, it just doesn’t stop.
And of course, a thanks
Each and every one of you who is reading this is a supporter. You’re A-OK in my book. I have been so surprised by how many clicks, pins and shares I’ve gotten on these recipes. Sometimes, you even tell me that you made something and you share how much you loved it. It warms my heart to hear that.
In the past year, there have been over 51,000 pageviews on Solid Gold Eats. That, is amazing.
Thanks to my family who have been supportive since day one. And John, who gets to eat everything, but also has to deal with my late night taps on the keyboard, photographing food before we eat it (quickly), being my +1 at all the events I’m invited to, and assisting in every way possible. Love you, babe.
Hopefully I’ve inspired you to take a leap and make something you didn’t think you could do. You CAN, and you SHOULD try new things, and that’s what Solid Gold Eats is here for. Cheers to another great year!