“Write once, live twice”.
Shauna spoke those words last weekend at the Blogher Food conference in San Francisco. The conference brought together 300 food bloggers from around the world to mingle, share, and learn from one another.
Saturday after our morning session, Pete and the kids joined a group of us for a lunch-time excursion to the Ferry Building. Katie and Susan, two new friends, came along (if you haven’t checked out their blogs, you really must).
Saturday was my birthday, so I got to pick our lunch spot. As we walked through the ferry building I saw “Prather Ranch Meat Company” selling grass-fed meat and organic trimmings. I got myself a huge preservative-free, hot dog, slathered it with mustard, piled on the sauerkraut, and smiled a happy birthday smile. Afterwards, we stopped by Miette for a few macarons and ate them on the pier while watching the Fleet Week airshow.
Saturday afternoon I attended the session entitled “Do you have a cookbook in you?” Before the session started, my daughters got to meet Shauna and Dorie. The girls were thrilled to meet two ladies they admire so much.
As I thought about this gathering of people who enjoy enjoy expressing themselves about food, I kept returning to the idea, “You write to live twice.” How wonderful for me to tell you about the weekend, and “live twice”.
After a wonderful (and tiring) trip, I needed some comfort food. This roasted eggplant soup was exactly what I was looking for. The vegetables are roasted to bring out their sweet flavor and then combined with chicken stock, cream and spices. It’s blended together to make a creamy, satisfying dinner.