Project Food Blog!

by agirlandhermutt on September 16, 2010

*Tap, Tap…Is this on? Can you hear me ok?*

For the next 12 weeks and 10 foodie challenges, thousands of contestants will be participating in Project Food Blog in order to become the next big FoodBuzz Food Blogger. After each challenge contestants will be judged by the FoodBuzz judging panel and YOU! Your votes will help to decide who will take home the big prize.

Hi. My name is Erin and I’m throwing my hat into the big ol’ ring of food bloggers to become the FoodBuzz NEXT FOOD BLOG STAR! *cue Top Chef-like music*

Have you stopped laughing? Good. Now listen up. I have a story to tell!

I grew up in the South where grits and greens were as common as buttering your bread. I now live in the great white north where lobster is king and beer is a craft. You would think with all of these culinary specialties surrounding me that it would have rubbed off on me. Nope. Nada. Not one bit. By the time I hit my early 20s and living on my own I was officially a woman who would burn toast and didn’t own a single measuring cup. I distinctly remember calling my Dad at the age of 26 to ask how to boil an egg. He sighed and told me he would email me directions. I could sense a twinge of disappointment that despite years of higher education and the illusion that I had it together,he knew I was officially a hot mess. Well, heck! It surely wasn’t my fault I didn’t know how to cook. Was it?!

I got panicked that I would always be known as the woman with no domestic skills and had a Donna Reed moment. I needed to learn how to make some food and I needed to do it STAT. As the clock struck 12:01 on NYE of 2007 I decided that I want to clean my act up. From there, the 27 Things to Do While 27 list was born. On that list my very first thing to achieve was “Learn to cook 10 new meals”. In my head I figured that was almost a meal a month. I honestly thought that was really overextending myself. To myself I said, “Holy heck…who cooks that much?! I’m going to be the next Paula Dean!”  Over the course of the year I failed, I succeeded and the most important thing, I had a LOT of fun doing all of it in the kitchen!

As a long time foodie it felt so great to incorporate all the things I loved about eating at fantastic restaurants into my own home. I realized  it wasn’t about becoming domestic, but rather about becoming creative with the food I make with my own two hands!

I realized I could add all kinds of color to my simple dishes.

I could create dishes that were savory and satisfied every craving I ever had.

And I could use ingredients in a way that I never even imagined.

I’m not a girl of few words and started to feel the urge to share all my culinary adventures with my A Girl & Her Mutt friends. A food blogger was born.

Project Food Blog’s very first challenge was me to tell you what defines me as a food blogger and why I should be the next food blog star.

If you haven’t had a chance to read my full food philosophy, check it out here. If this is your first time hanging out with A Girl & Her Mutt you can see some of my fun culinary adventures in the kitchen here.

So the big million dollar question (or $10,000 in the case of this contest)…why should I be the next food blog star?

Heck…WHY NOT?!

I love food. I love blogging. I love sharing my experiments in the kitchen. I love sharing my culinary adventures. I love hearing about YOUR foodie experiences.

Hi. My name is Erin and I want to be the FOODBUZZ FOOD BLOG STAR!

Let the games begin kids!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 17, 2010 at 7:16 am

Congrats on your big decision to become the next Foodbuzz star!! Cool stuff. This is my first visit to your blog and it’s great! I love your header – it’s adorable.


agirlandhermutt September 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’m so glad that you stopped by! Thanks for the compliments! 🙂


Heather (Where's the Beach) September 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

How fun. Loved reading this. So glad you stopped by my blog so I can check yours out now!!


agirlandhermutt September 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

I am glad you stopped by too. I love new “blends!”


Aimee September 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

That’s so cool that you are doing the challenge! I saw it on FoodBuzz and wanted to join the fun, but since I am not one of those 90% posts about food blogs I couldn’t join in. I will instead be enjoying all the posts from you!! Good luck! How cool would it be to win that moola?!


agirlandhermutt September 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Wouldn’t that be awesome?! I’m actually really excited to branch my skills out with cooking and blogging. Plus I get to meet a few new readers! WOOT!


Beth A Klein September 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I love this post. Very cute story and it really is amazing how you don’t need to have amazing skills to make delicious food… you just have to like to eat and be a little creative! Check and check.


ashleigh September 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Erin this is so cute!! One of my favorites so far!

AND, Eggs on pasta? How have I never made that?? Two of my favorite foods combined.. genius!


Tina September 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Love your personality!

I enjoy reading all of these posts. And I especially like the fact that you went from not knowing much about cooking to coming up with great things. I can relate to that!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Woohoo!! Good luck on becoming the Next Foodnetwork Star!! 😀 Love the entry 🙂


agirlandhermutt September 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Thank you so much!


james September 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Love how you incorporate humor into your descriptions of food and your adventures. The way you describe your recipes definitely inspires me to go and try new food experiences. Thanks!


Reeni September 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

I love the name of your blog! You are just so cute! I have to vote for you – good luck!


agirlandhermutt September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks so much!!!


Jeannie Cakes September 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

Great Job… love your blog… Sent you a vote!!! Good luck…

You can find me here 🙂


agirlandhermutt September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the vote!!!


Alissa @ Not Just Apples September 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

This is a fantastically written entry! Love it, I have voted ♥


agirlandhermutt September 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

Thanks for the comment! It made my day!


Amy (Sing For Your Supper) September 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Great post!! Just voted for you! 🙂


Joan Nova September 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Clever entry. Good luck…and keep cooking.


bhealthier September 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Great entry! I’m excited to keep up with you, you seem like you have such a fun bubbly personality! Im the opposite of you, grew up in the north but moved down south!

If you want to check me out you can look here:



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