I am slowly finding my "new normal" here in Memphis, after the loss of my grandmother back in November. What I thought would only be a few weeks of down time from blogging, quickly turned into several months. But it was time well spent, thinking & praying about what needs to happen next. I don't feel the need to apologize, I am not one of those bloggers. But I do want to thank you for sticking around & I appreciate all the support from those that contacted me, privately.
So, where do we go from here? Well, with the latest developments on the foodie home front, yes, I am talking about Paula Deen & her announcement that she has Type 2 Diabetes. There have been all kinds of nasty comments & judgement, on what she should & shouldn't do (I will address this more in depth at a later time). But the fact of the matter is, her announcement shed light on how lost America is, when it comes to what we chose to eat. Our lifestyles promote on the go, fast food, highly over-processed food & it's slowly killing us. I do realize, not everyone eats that way but these facts are based on the rising obesity rates, in America. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), nearly 1/3rd of Americans are obese. Commercials & ads are telling us what's good for us, when they are being PAID to do so. We have to see through that because they are clearly the WRONG people to listen to. I am not saying, you can't enjoy Paula's show, I know I do. But I am saying, it's up to us as individuals to do our homework & align ourselves with the right people that will help lead us to less biased information. For example, let's use McDonald's (by now most of you know, how much I loath them - more on that later too) says they have REAL CHICKEN, well first of all chicken nuggets are not even a real chicken appendage, so right there you know it has to be processed in order to get in that nugget form. So, whether it's "real" or not doesn't matter, it's highly over-processed, don't eat it!!! These are just some of the concerns that are a part of a bigger picture. But I believe that's where us food bloggers come in.
Here's the BIG announcement!!!
I am being promoted to Food Writer!!! My 17 yrs + experience working in restaurants & hotels, my husbands experience working in the same field for more than 19 yrs, a background in nutrition & a degree in hospitality, together is what makes up this page. I love cooking & I love creating recipes but it hit me, there is more to food than just recipes, there is so much information out there that I can share with you & together we can grow in our food knowledge. By adding more informational content to this page, you can rest assured that the decisions you are making for you & your family are good ones. We are going to make a difference & I can't wait!!!! I will continue to post recipes (may not be as often as I have in the past) but it's time to take the next step. And my hope is that each of you will help make a difference, in how we all eat. So, ask me questions, on Angie's Big Love of Food on FB, challenge my thinking & get engaged in conversations so that we can all learn something that we can take with us.