Start with Fresh Ingredients

Starting a blog is always an exciting venture.  It’s a foray into the unknown.  An unknown with so many questions: Who will read this?  Why will they read?  Is what I write going to be worth my readers’ time?  Can writing something on a page really capture the essence of what is trying to be conveyed?  And, as with all food blogs, will the recipes I make in my kitchen work when others try them?  Will my readers enjoy my thoughts and critiques on food, restaurants, and experiences?  Hopefully all of these questions will be answered with time, but another fundamental question must be answered first: Why am I (finally?) starting a food blog?

Put most simply, I enjoy food and cooking too much not to share my love with others.

At its core, Dinners with Dan will be a culinary blog.  I plan on sharing recipes I make in my own kitchen as well as food I enjoy (or don’t) at restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and elsewhere.  At the same time, I will be sharing tips and tricks to make cooking more fun and enjoyable, and it is my hope that Dinners with Dan provides something everyone can incorporate into their own cooking at home.

I plan on covering the entire spectrum of food: from cooking meat over a fire all the way to completely vegan meals, I want everyone to be able to enjoy, learn new recipes, and take something away from Dinners with Dan.  Some recipes will be easy, and others a little more labor intensive, but I hope all will be worthwhile.  It is my goal to share at least one recipe a week, if not many more, and depending on how successful this venture is, guest posts will certainly be more than welcome!

At the same time, as the name might suggest, this will not be a blog entirely about food.  Food (and drink) brings people together.  And what is a great meal without conversation?  When looking back at meals shared with family and friends, while the food is often amazing and astoundingly delicious, it is frequently the discussion I remember most.  I feel food is best enjoyed with stories, anecdotes, thought-provoking questions and comments, and most importantly laughs.  While Dinners with Dan will always be culinary-centered, from reflections on interesting articles about things that interest me to capturing on a page the meandering thoughts of a 20-something reflecting on life, it is my hope this blog begins to capture the essence of my experiences: the food, the people, the places, and the things that make my life, well, my life.  I invite you to join me on this journey, and thank you for wanting to see life through my eyes.

Look for a new recipe later as well as my review of Scott Conant’s Scarpetta in New York City over the next couple days.

Until next time, cheers!

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