A look back in the past… 7 Links

by Jenn on August 25, 2011

in Gluten Free

One of the reasons I love writing about, photographing, and cooking food is because food has such emotive power and brings us back to every moment that was before.  Sometimes looking back into the past is just as fun as cooking a well-loved meal from days gone by, and I love that about food.  So when David of Frenchie and the Yankee nominated me for the 7 Links project, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to delve into my blog’s past and share some stories with you all.  Maybe some of these posts are new to you, and I hope you have fun exploring some history of Jenn Cuisine!

Most Beautiful Post:

Blogging over the past three years or so has awakened and kindled a passion for photography that has now become a near and dear part of my life.  If I were to choose a post that I thought had my most beautiful food photos, it would have to be buttered apricots and goat cheese.  To date, I think these are my best food shots on Jenn Cuisine.  Taking these images was a light bulb moment for me when it came to understanding and manipulating light, mood, and color.  And I hope because of my time photographing these apricots many more such moments will occur :)

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But you also know that I don’t just photograph food.  I always have my camera on me and take a lot of joy in capturing the sights of the gorgeous Swiss landscape and other places I venture off to.  If I were to choose for what I consider my most beautiful nature/landscape images, I would have to choose my post on rösti, which we ate for lunch while hiking around to view the magnificent Matterhorn:

Matterhorn on the Riffelsee

But as I learned at Plate 2 Page, beauty is not always captured by images.  Sometimes it is the words that can paint the scene, and while I love photography, I also enjoy writing very much.  My recent trip to Bourgogne, France along with some events going on in my own life inspired me to write about time – how it stands still, races by, distorts reality, and yet all good things will come again…

Most Popular Post:

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My most popular post by far is a flourless chocolate torte that I made for my birthday last year.  Yes, I make my own birthday dessert, it’s kind of a tradition my husband and I have started – on your birthday, you cook whatever you want and we both enjoy it :)  I love this recipe – I’ve made it for years, probably ever since Godiva first put the recipe up on their website, and I could probably make it in my sleep.  To this day it’s still the best flourless chocolate torte recipe I’ve ever tried.

Most Controversial Post:

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I don’t really write this blog to incite controversy.  After all, I feel food is one of the ways to bring all of us together.  But “In Defense of Foodies and Orangettes” garnered the most discussion as I poured my heart out about my relationship with food, what brought me here, and what it means to be a “foodie”, and I’m interpreting “most controversial” as “most discussion”. :)

Most Helpful Post:

Zucchini Bread

Over the course of this blog I have run two different tutorial series – I think my favorite was on making gluten free substitutions – what the ingredients are, various effects of adding certain ingredients or ratios to various baked goods, a variety of topics, really.  I talked about pie crust, pasta, pizza dough, and even shared some of my own struggles with certain foods like gluten free puff pastry.  I received a lot of feedback about how useful the posts were, and I hope they still are to those trying to navigate gluten free cooking and baking.

Post Whose Success Surprised Me:

Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi

I was most surprised by the success of the gluten free potato gnocchi that I made back in January.  Dario of Food Pixels had published a gorgeous photo tutorial of making gnocchi and since his recipe was by weight, I finally had the tools to convert gnocchi to gluten free.  I had tried GF gnocchi many times in the past, but this was my first real success, and it was fantastic, same texture as the traditional gluten-filled version.  However I did not realize how many people would come search for gluten free gnocchi!  All I did was substitute by weight a standard pre-packaged GF mix for all-purpose flour, and other than that made gnocchi exactly as usual :)

Post that Didn’t get the Attention it Deserved:

Coquilles St. Jacques

When Christchurch was hit with an earthquake a few months ago, it really struck home for me because of the ties I have to New Zealand, the city of CHCH, and my friends who live on the South Island.  I made coquilles St. Jacques with a saffron risotto and asked for people to donate to the organizations that were providing assistance to those in need there. I didn’t get many comments, but I honestly hope that instead, people donated to help this city repair.  The S. Island has borne the brunt of earthquake after earthquake in the past year.  Last September, Darfield was the epicenter of a major quake, then in February a major quake struck Christchurch itself, and then another one in June.  It broke my heart seeing the city crumble and sadly the events faded in the news all too quickly.

Post I am Most Proud of:

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I am going to repeat myself here, but I am most proud of “In Defense of Foodies” – it was the first time I had ever really talked about my health experience in a public space, and how much family, friends, support, cooking, and strawberries all helped me get through it.  I am proud of myself for being able to put into words what took so long to articulate.  I cried as I typed it out.  But it was worth it, because I learned I also have another family – food bloggers and their unending compassion.

I hope you all enjoyed this little trip down memory lane :)

So to continue the trend, I have nominated five food bloggers to share their seven links next:

Simone of Jungle Frog Cooking
Prerna of Indian Simmer
Shirley of Gluten Free Easily
Xiaolu of 6 Bittersweets
Barbara of Creative Culinary

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa August 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

An awesome roudup. The coquilles St-Jacques post definitely needs more attention, I agree. A fabulous dish.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn August 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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Nashira at Plateful August 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I just looked at the first three pics and I had to comment how beautiful it is. Especially the landscape, it’s simply breathtaking! Will come back to read the post at leisure.. :)

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Jenn August 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thank you so much!

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Jean Layton August 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Love the idea that a simple request can allow us to recapture a moment.
We get to relive the experiences with you as well.
Thanks for letting us see a bit of the reasons you post and photograph.

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thanks so much Jean!

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 26, 2011 at 1:16 am

Great to see your pics and thanks for tagging me!

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

Thanks Xiaolu! Can’t wait to see your post!

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Prerna@IndianSimmer August 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

I love ‘em all, the ones that are listed here and the ones that are not! :-)
Thanks for tagging me with such great bloggers!

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks Prerna!

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Simone August 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

I think they’re all beautiful posts Jenn. Just gorgeous and all worth a visit. Thanks also for passing on to me!!

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks Simone!!

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Tamara August 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Beautiful photos, all of them, and how lucky to be able to travel and capture beauty in the form of a memory.

In defense of foodies was one of my favorites – I still think “Foodholes!” every once in awhile when I read something, and chuckle.

Cheers!

Tamara from Garden, Grocery, Gadget Girl

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thanks so much!

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Amanda@Easy Peasy Organic August 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love the seven links idea, and every one of yours! what a great way to put old thoughts/photos/ideas in a new perspective :)

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Jenn August 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Amanda!

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Anita Menon August 27, 2011 at 12:25 am

A lovely concept. Probably the only time you would come back and evaluate your own posts, photographers etc.

Loved the round up.

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Jenn August 27, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thanks so much !

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Shirley @ gfe August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I think it’s great to reflect on our own blogs from time to time. I love seeing your thoughts on which posts fit which category, and also learning from what you’ve learned over the years. Your foodies post is one of my faves and I like Tamara’s label, Foodholes! LOL I don’t know that there have been any posts of yours that I have not liked, but thanks so much for sharing these again! Now I’m going to go back to bed to “sleep on” my choices for my 7 Links post. (I was just up to walk the dog during a sort of break in the rain and wind from Irene.) Thanks for the nomination, dear!

Hugs,
Shirley

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Jenn August 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks so much Shirley!! Can’t wait to read your post :)

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InTolerantChef August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Great choices Jenn, some of my favourites too!

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Jenn August 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks!!

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Gen August 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I agree your apricot and goat cheese post was wonderful, an inspiration to me!

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