It seems like everyone thinks "Oh, no one is going to read this!" when they start a blog, but really, I don't expect anyone to read this. I'm starting it for myself, to push myself slightly out of my comfort zone, and force myself to try something new. I've been blogging for years, but nothing quite like this.
So, why a food blog? Well, I read a TON of them. I love to cook and come from a family that loves to cook. In fact, I first learned to cook (scrambled eggs and french toast) before I reached that point in development where pan = hot. This meant that my first few years of cooking were a bit painful. But I still loved it. And once I was in my early teens I had switched to baking (mostly because at that point I had serious issues with raw meat, and anyway I was still living with my family and they took care of most meals).
So fast forward to the present, and the reason for starting this blog. I moved out to Michigan from the east coast for a job (I'm an academic librarian - thus the title of this blog) and I'm now responsible for feeding myself 3 relatively square meals a day. Unlike when I was in NYC or Pittsburgh, I don't have the luxury of being able to just pop out and pick up something prepared and still semi-healthy, so I've rediscovered both my love of cooking and my tendency to go a little overboard. You see, I live alone (well, I share my apartment with Gary, my giant cat, but he only eats kibble, so I can't use him for leftovers). And as anyone who lives alone AND loves to cook can tell you - your options are either to waste a lot of food, eat the same thing over and over and over again, OR learn to be creative. So far I've cycled through options 1 and 2, and this blog is designed to hopefully get me to option 3.
The eventual goal is to blog what I buy when I go grocery shopping (or pick up my CSA share), and then what I do with it. I'm not sure how well I'll do, but it's worth a shot and I think it'll be a fun exercise for a little while at least.