PLEASE VOTE • Why You Should Tweet & Believe

IT’S TRUE. I’M RUNNING A TWITTER RACE in the food lane. Why? Well, if there’s a tool I use more than any other to meet, greet, share, amuse, chat about chow, and generally make a buffoon of myself, it’s Twitter.

On Sunday, I skimmed the food category of the Shorty Awards a.k.a. “Twitter Oscars”  and noticed the Disney Food Blog was sitting comfortably in 20th place with 32 votes. How did a Twitter account with only 32 votes reach 20th place in an international social media contest? So I gave myself a small goal, asked my Twitter followers to vote, and, that same night, pulled ahead of the Disney food blog with 50 votes.

I started campaigning three days ago because not many other Twitter users seemed to be. After two days of messaging Twitter friends, I inched into the top ten. Today is Wednesday; I’m in the seventh spot.

Voting ends on Friday and I’m struggling to squeak past Chef John who is currently in fifth place. The top five continue to Round 2 where their “twittering” is monitored and voted on by a panel of judges and anyone who uses Twitter to determine who makes the most of 140 characters. I won’t win a popularity contest against Food Network star Tyler Florence, but to get that chance to “compete” with a man and his PR team will be one step forward for all unskilled but passionate food enthusiasts IN THE WORLD or, at least, on Twitter.

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Last week, I found crème brûlée in the fridge. It took a year of wishful thinking, but Jason was bored one night and did that “Surprise! I made crème brûlée!” thing boyfriends sometimes do in the first month of a relationship. (We’re way past that month.)

To friends who use Twitter, please vote and tell your friends! Making friends is free and Twitter makes it easy to connect with individuals who you’ll come to cherish even if you may never meet. Your network is there when you can’t tell the difference between tomato and pizza sauce, when you need a restaurant recommendation and when you want to learn more about urban farms in the Bronx (@ashleywillhite). You’d be surprised what a tweet – and positive thoughts – can do. VOTE HERE. Thank you!


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January 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogs, random, twitter. Leave a comment.

I’M NOT A GLUTTON • I JUST BAKE A LOT

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IF I’VE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM BLOGGING IT’S YOU ARE WHAT YOU BLOG. So when I wax poetic on brownies, deep-fried turkeys and show more interest in food than people, it’s easy to assume I’m eating it all too.

I like the way my friend Melody of Gourmet Fury put it: “On the surface, I appear to…spend a third of my day eating, one third cooking, and another third drinking. While one third of that lies true, the rest is merely an illusion...” (Read Mel’s thoughtful post here.)

Those of us who maintain personal blogs are like ducks – calm on the surface, but paddling like mad underneath. If I told you it took me fifteen minutes to photograph Midtown Manhattan behind a bottle of 2006 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc (pictured above left), you might think twice before trading your badge of normalcy for front row seats to the Foodie Freak Show. When I dine out, five-minute photo shoots with the entrees are routine before my date can dig in, as are Twenty Questions with the server.

One blogger, Kerry of NYCMenuGirl, recently asked me how she can turn food blogging into “something real” and “more than a hobby”. Eager to share my infinite wisdom and turn dreams to dust, I replied: Zach of Midtown Lunch is the only blogger I know who makes an income from maintaining his blog full-time.

I went on to extol the virtues of (multiple) day jobs, the possibility of gaining sponsorships, the chance to sharpen the writing blade, and the inimitable satisfaction of enjoying what you’re doing even when it doesn’t pay the bills. Besides, some bloggers get a buzz from seeing themselves listed first in a Google search.

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Sometimes the brownies I bake are too sweet (this happens when I use semisweet chocolate in a recipe that wants baking chocolate); other times, the frozen maple mousse pie I make for Thanksgiving (pictured above right) just doesn’t taste that good. The truth is: my photography skills exceed my baking abilities and I should make smaller batches because I never eat it all. I’m not a glutton, I just bake a lot and it’s making my boyfriend fat. amy january 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogs, brownies, Dessert, Wine. 9 comments.

BOOZY CARAMEL SAUCE with Kumquat Cupcakery

THOUGH WE MAY BE HALFWAY THROUGH JANUARY, I continue to wish friends a happy new year. Sometimes we need the reminder, I think, way beyond the first week. To help ease you into the next 350 days – or at least through winter – I joined forces with Keavy Landreth, the heart and brain behind Kumquat Cupcakery, in my first Stupidly Simple Snacks video of 2010! You may recall how I gushed about meeting Keavy at the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment and then, of course, there was more enamored emoting on “Kumquat Cupcake Wednesday“. We got together earlier this week to make caramel sauce with a shot (or two) of whiskey to liven cupcakes, ice cream, and tart, green apple – not the worst way to start the year. amy january 15, 2010

WHAT YOU NEED 3/4 cup heavy cream | 3 tbsp unsalted butter | 1 cup granulated sugar | 1/4 cup water | bourbon (but whiskey will do just fine if you forget to buy bourbon) | 8 minutes to cook | 2 hours to cool

OPTIONAL apples, ice cream, mini cupcakes

MUSIC Peter Bjorn and John Young Folks

January 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Brooklyn, caramel, cupcakes, Greenpoint, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos. 7 comments.