Jun 29

The Makings of a “BlogHer”

In draft form, my blogs are fodder for personal growth. But once published, they connect me to a community that shares my passion and fuels my journey. That is what it means to be a blogger, and that community and purpose are exactly what brought me to BlogHer Food in Seattle – an amazing conference specifically for food bloggers. For 2 days, that’s exactly what we did – share our passion and wisdom, successes and challenges, tips and tricks, and of course, good food and good company – all thanks to BlogHer!

Scenic Seattle (in the rain, of course)!

I don’t think of myself as the greatest blogger, so when BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort invited me to sit on a keynote panel, I was both surprised and thrilled. It could be argued that I’m not the most consistent blogger (shhh), but perhaps what qualifies me is the sheer quantity of pictures I take that aren’t of family and friends, or that I’m always thinking about possible stories and the next post!

Elisa Camahort, BlogHer Co-Founder...getting ready for our panel!

However I got there, I’m beyond grateful for my BlogHer Food experience and the two days of nourishment from connecting with, learning from and being inspired by nutritionists, chefs, photographers, and a host of talented on-the-side bloggers. Of course, my trip would have been incomplete without a visit to the Public Market – aka: locavore heaven!

I owe special thanks to my friend and local tour-guide, Peter Miller!

With the intent of sharing some of these great people with you, I’ve decided to introduce them here in my blog, starting this week with author, chef, activist, and fellow keynote panelist, Bryant Terry.  It was an honor to share the stage with Bryant and discuss our views on the politics and social justice of food (not to mention his first year of fatherhood). By commenting on this blog about what inspires you in the kitchen, you can be entered into a random drawing to win a signed copy of Bryant’s amazing cookbook, The Inspired Vegan – complete with reading and music selections to go along with each recipe (I just love that!)

Enter to win a signed copy of Bryant's amazing cookbook!

Participants must reside within the continental US and the winner will be announced Tuesday, July 10th. Until then, thanks to all for making BlogHer Food such an inspiring and educational experience! And if you’re interested in experiencing BlogHer for yourself, it’s not too late to check out BlogHer 12 in New York City coming up August 2-4, 2012. I hope to see you there!

Eat clean live well!



  1. Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Figuring out how to put the vegetables in my five year old vegetarian has inspired tons of new food and flavor in our kitchen this year. Will be at the NYC blogher conference. See you there!!

  2. Posted July 2, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Oh! Can’t wait to see you at BlogHer!

  3. Posted June 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    My health is what inspires me in the kitchen. I’ve been vegan for 9 months now and have a whole new appreciation for food. Creating plant based meals are fun and since it’s all so healthy I have no guilt about what I prepare.

  4. Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Family, friends and health! Love trying new recipes and sharing the yummy ones with everyone.

  5. Posted July 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I love the challenge of discovering a new vegetable, grain, spice, or cooking technique and using it to make something delicious and healthy to share with family and friends! That is what keeps me inspired in the kitchen.

  6. Posted July 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    The veggies in my garden inspire me in the kitchen! I want to do everything I can to showcase them.

  7. Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    What inspires me in the kitchen, is being on this going toward the vegan/vegetarian plant based food plan, is that my hubbies cholesterol went from 230 to 188 in such a short period of time. I need some new recipe inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  8. Posted July 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I first began my vegan journey for health and well being. I am now inspired by the delicious flavors and textures of REAL food. I like to eat good food and nothing tastes as yummy as great vegan food. This lifestyle is a win/win! i am so happy that my hubby is on board. Eating is way more fun when you have someone to share it with

  9. Posted July 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    My family inspires me in the kitchen – specifically, wanting to provide them the most nutritious foods possible, while also pleasing their sometimes-picky palates. Their positive feedback is the best inspiration… I love feeding them a clean, vegan meal full of fresh, local foods and everyone going back for seconds and leaving the table satisfied. It can be challenge, but always well worth it, because I know that what I make is nourishing their bodies.

  10. Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    food and music? my 2 favorite things! What inspires me? I love everything about vegetables.. shopping for them, growing them, cooking them. I think they are so beautiful and it makes me want to create more and more.

    I actually get really excited when I’m buying veggies 🙂

    I love that I have raised my 3 kids to love veggies as I do and hope that they take that with them in life.

    I have been a vegetarian for 6 months now and will never go back to eating meat. ever.

    I try to eat vegan whenever possible. I think once the kids are all off to college it will be easier for my husband and I to strictly eat plant-based. In the meantime I keep educating myself and trying new things.

    I have both of your books and love them and would love a copy of this book!



  11. Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I am just learning about clean eating. I am very excited to learn more and make this a way of life. Thank you for educating on this topic. I look forward to reading more of you blog. Thanks Terry

  12. Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I am on a journey to heal myself. Since discovering the power of food over the last year I am determined to get clean. I had my pituitary gland removed 10 years ago after a tumour and due to the medication I have to take inc steroids I am not the person I was. I have been reading how toxic medication can be so have started to juice and eat mainly pland based food.
    I would love to find work promoting or serving this food as I do feel a lot better since I started this though still very overweight and searching for insparation. I am so thankful that I am actually starting to loose weight and feel happier though my meds are working against me. But, I won’t give up.
    Eating Clean for me is the way forward.

  13. Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you for being part of the CLEAN FOOD community, Lawrence, and sending support your way! Keep on the path to eating clean and living well!

  14. Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Our family has been eating plant-based foods for over 2 years now. I enjoy learning about how these foods can taste so good without all of the stuff we once thought was the only way. And seeing my kids grow and change habits that I didn’t have growing up.

  15. Posted July 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    our rescue rabbits would LOVE those carrot tops!!!!!!

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