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biting the blogging bullet
taking a step into the tasty, cyber-style
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)

I've only been an early adopter once in my life, and ever since then, I've been a little behind. I had a home page in 1994, and that was the last time I was ahead of any tech curve whatsoever. (My home page said "This is me" and had a picture of Helen Hunt. Some of you may recall it. We looked at it using Mosaic. Those were the days.)

Ever since then, I've been a little behind. My iPod is a Shuffle. I joined Facebook four months ago. I have yet to dive headfirst into Twitter.

And today, I'm officially launching my first blog.

Why now? Well, now, I've actually got something to say.

The SIMMER blog is a food blog with dashes of writing and book news. The updates will be frequent, the recipes will be delicious, but the name may change. Simmer was the working title of my manuscript, currently called A Watched Pot, now in the hands of my agent and shortly to be shopped around to publishers. Hopefully leading to a book deal. And massive, crushing, insanely lucrative fame. Okay. Maybe not the fame part. I'll settle for a book deal, and even that will be a piece of luck the likes of which I've never seen.

Naturally, once the book does sell, I already have two things picked out to mark the celebration: the present (a motorized pepper mill with a light in it) and the restaurant (Momofuku Ko). Yeah. I've been a writer longer than I've been a food fanatic, but right now, those two obsessions are pretty much neck-and-neck.

Anyway, I've been flirting with the blog idea for a few months, but it's a hard thing to do half-heartedly. If no one's reading, there's no motivation to post. And if there's no motivation to post... well, I just don't, is all. Between working full-time and concentrating on book rewrites and going overboard on dinner parties, setting aside time to transfer pictures and write up recipes just doesn't happen. So now I'm putting my whole heart into it.

And you're going to keep me honest.

Come on over to the SIMMER blog and poke around. Read. Comment. Tell me what you want more of (updates?) and less of (herb-related puns?). I'm going for three days a week at minimum through the end of April, and probably more.

(The ability to schedule posts ahead of time is incredibly helpful when making this kind of promise, just so you know.)

Intrepid is my home for pop culture musings and observations. The SIMMER blog will be my home for recipes, cooking techniques, helpful hints for the kitchen, and anything else food-related. Here's what you can expect there over the next few months:

* information on kitchen basics, like stocking your pantry, spice rack, and utensil drawer
* a step-by-step how-to on throwing dinner parties
* recipes and links to recipes
* cookbook reviews
* technique tips on everything from braising to making ice cream
* Wordless Wednesdays (because even I get tired of words sometimes)
* book news on A Watched Pot as it happens

That's the stuff I know, but there's just as much I don't know.

Can I get a blog to catch on? I hope so.

Will I reach a point where I feel like I've said everything there is to say about cooking? Well, now, that doesn't seem too likely.

Where is this adventure going? We won't know til we get there.

But I know how it starts: with a click.

Hope you're hungry.


Jael is tired of being stereotyped as just another novelist/poet/former English teacher/tour guide/"Jeopardy!" semifinalist/bellydancing editor-in-chief with an MFA who was once an overachieving oboe-playing alto newspaper editor valedictorian from Iowa. She was also captain of the football cheerleading squad. Follow me on Twitter: @jaelmchenry

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