Who knew? When I wrote my very first post two years ago, on a recipe that I still make from my days of eating the (blech) Atkins way, I was so nervous. How would it be received? Would people care what I had to say about cooking? And were my cooking skills good enough for me to write a food blog?
Two years later, I’ve learned a few things. First, you don’t need to be a top-of-the-line chef to write about cooking. Anyone can write an interesting food blog whether you are a take-out queen, new to the stove or a professionally trained extraordinare. Did I have great skill when I started? No, definitely not. But I have developed my technique over the years. I have also been more open to trying new things and experimenting.
Another thing I have learned is that sometimes the best recipes come from mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten an ingredient or added more (or less) than I thought a recipe would need and found the results to be perfect.
As some longtime readers might remember, I named this blog for my kitchen. Cucina Bella (pronounced cou-chee-naa bell-la) is named for my kitchen and literally means “beautiful kitchen” in Italian. This kitchen, which is in the first house I’ve ever owned, is more beautiful to me today than it was two years ago when I started writing. We replaced all the appliances when we moved in and replaced the flooring with a creamy tile. My husband and I have slowly made other improvements to the room since then including granite countertops. I have to admit, as much as I wanted the granite, I was hesitant to get it (hello! HUGE cost!) but it was so, so worth it.
Thank you to all my readers, whether you’ve been here for a few days or a few years. I can’t tell you how cool it is to know that when I write here, other people are listening.
Here’s to two more years of Cucina Bella!