To define me as a food blogger requires explaining the origin of my passion for food. I have grown up in a family where food is central to life. For any event that occurs, food is sure to come, whether that event is happy or sad. Even before I can remember, my family members hoisted me up on a chair to teach me how to stir dough or to show me how to cut pasta. My observations in cooking as a child turned into a real love of food, from prepping raw ingredients to the point the finished dish is placed on the table.
I think the turning point from me being the eager child watching food preparation to the full-on cook was when my mother was first diagnosed with cancer when I was 8 years old. It was difficult for my family to maintain our regular routine of eating dinner all together at the table. All of a sudden it was instant boxed foods, which were easy for my dad and I to prepare for ourselves while my mom was in the hospital, but they tasted terrible. Out of desire for my family routine to continue, I started to take an active role in preparing dinners. Though they were a lot more simple than what I prepare now, they were fresh and homemade...unlike those horrible boxed dinners. Perhaps that's why I have an affinity even today for fresh, whole, healthy ingredients. Not to mention a healthy lifestyle is one of the ways I can actively work to hopefully prevent cancer in myself one day.
Flash forward to my first semester of grad school, fall 2008. I have a great core group of friends, where again, food is central. They're sort of my urban family! One friend suggested to me to start a food blog. So, in 2009, Chow Bella was created. The name comes from a play-on-words from my phone routine with my mom...she always says "Ciao, bella!" when I call...it just seemed perfect to keep the little traditions of friends and family involved in my blog.
|I love having dinner parties with friends out on my porch!|
Chow Bella has been my "baby" now for a year and a half. Enjoying food is one of the best parts of life, and it's an experience that many people can relate to. Being a food blogger takes that a step further, however. Because food it art for me, blogging is my creative outlet where I can put my art on display. I love to teach...as a matter of fact my day job is to teach biology at the university I attend. So, through my blog I can teach what I know and love. Once a person teaches, they realize they are learning too. Through blogging I have learned more about the cuisines of other cultures because I feel driven to explore; if you can't vacation, you can still explore exotic places through eating!
I want to be the next food blog star because I find solace and my inner strength through cooking. Even now when I cook, I recall the time when I knew going a little bit further than a boxed dinner would keep my family feeling whole in a tough time. Not only do I desire to explore the various realms of cooking, I want others to learn through my experiences as well, which is what food blogging is all about.
Now it's up to you! Please vote for me!