Well, Hello Writer’s Block

I have been sitting here, with my computer on my lap, for the past two hours trying to think of what to write about. For two hours, I have been sitting here and nothing even remotely related to food has crossed my mind. Instead my mind has been wandering to far off places, thinking of things that really aren’t helpful at all when trying to write a post for a food blog.

  • Random Non-Food Related Thought #1 – I’ve been contemplating buying a Dyson vacuum but am hesitant to plunk down that much change for a vacuum cleaner. According to my contacts over at Twitter, a Dyson is well worth the investment. What do you think? Experiences?
  • Random Non-Food Related Thought #2 – I turn 35 in less than 2 weeks. Why is it that as a teenager I had perfect skin, but now that I am in my mid-30’s I am having massive breakouts?  Bring on the Noxzema.
  • Random Non-Food Related Thought #3 – I wonder if people who are auditioning for American Idol play the American Idol Wii game. I’ve actually won the game and have become the next American Wii Idol… thinking it may give those people considering auditioning a little more confidence than they should have to audition.
  • Random Non-Food Related Thought #4 – I really need to find a good blog designer for another blog I’m working on. If Jules with Everyday Design is not available, I need to get someone else in place pronto! Do you know of anyone you can refer?
  • Random Non-Food Related Thought #5 – My husband doesn’t read this blog or our family blog, and I think that is starting to irk me a bit. Seriously… if he wrote a blog (which will never happen) but still…if he wrote a blog I would hang on every word and would love to have that glimpse into his life.  Do your loved ones read your blog?

My thoughts are now getting a bit too random to even continue. I do have to share this recipe with you that I tried out last week. You may have remembered seeing it on our menu. I followed the recipe exactly, but added some chicken breast pieces sauteed in rosemary and garlic. Delicious!

Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine

1 pound penne pasta
2T butter
1 onion, chopped
salt & pepper
1 15-oz. can pure pumpkin puree
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.

In the same pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Return the pasta to the pot, along with the reserved pasta water, and toss. Stir in the parmesan; season with salt & pepper.

Top pasta with parsley and more parmesan to serve.

I know that so many people have such a love/hate relationship with Rachael Ray. I admit, I don’t watch her shows, but I do like a lot of her recipes. Other food bloggers do too! Check out some of these food blog tried and true Rachael Ray recipes:

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  1. says

    I completely understand what you are going through. I’m a food writer for a Viet Newspaper and sometimes I just sit and stare at the wall for hours (in agony) trying to figure out what to write. That’s why when I’m motivated and full of ideas, I write it all out at that moment, even if I don’t get sleep. Surges of ideas and inspiration don’t happen everyday, so I take full advantage of it when I can. When it’s times like you’re going through, I have something to fall back on.

    I agree with you about Rachael Ray too. She might not be the most easy person to watch, but she certainly inspires millions to understand the concept that good food can be achieved at home, simply and deliciously. She might not be liked most foodies (especially the snobby ones), but I know for a fact that she gets millions out there to cook, where they would not otherwise. I have many clients who would normally feed their kids take out, now are cooking home meals for their families because of RR. That’s one step to better food, health and awareness. Not everyone is on the Thomas Keller level of food understanding, it takes time.

    Go for the Dyson, I have heard great things!

  2. says

    1, 2, 4. Can’t help in these departments. I had to google Dyson!! *Hang head down with shame* :) It sure looks powerful!
    3. I want to get myself Guitar Hero!! Not sure about American Idol, because that automatically means I’ll have to listen to my significant other singing. Love him to death, but he just can’t carry out a single tune.
    5. My husband reads my blog. I don’t know how I feel about it though. It’s weird sometimes. He was the one actually pushed me to blog – my first blog when I sat around in hospital for a month, 2 months at home and I was about to lose my mind!! 😀

    On the food related note, pumpkin cream sauce on pasta sounds interesting. I have always used pumpkin on sweet dish but have been giving it lots of thoughts of using it on savory and this dish sounds like a good start for me.

    Cecils last blog post..Roti Jala & Kari Kambing / Laced Crepe with Goat Curry

  3. says

    I like the Wii Fit for yoga and running too!

    As far as I know, my husband doesn’t read my blog, and that’s just fine with me – he’s supportive about my writing and cooking in other ways. But sometimes I’ll tease him or the kids, “Be careful – I may blog about that,” especially if they’re complaining about something I’ve made for dinner.

    My sister reads my blog faithfully, and both she and my husband talk it up, so I’m grateful for their encouragement.

    Sandy Ss last blog post..TWD: Creme Brulee

  4. Jackie says

    Hi Kristen

    I just happened to stumble upon your blog today and you have a lot of nice recipes, I will be visiting your blog more often. I have a question about the Penne with Pumpkin. In your notes you mention you added some chicken to the recipe. How much chicken breasts did you use and how much seasoning did you use on the chicken. Also when you sauteed the chicken how much oil did you use and what kind of oil did use.

  5. courtney says

    Forgive me for being late, my computer has been in repair. However I had perfect skin until about a year ago, and the thing that helped me most was this http://www.walgreens.com/search/search_results.jsp?term=terminator+10

    The name is stupid, and I feel silly buying it (I’m 24 so it doesn’t look like it is for my kid) but it worked overnight for me. It does dry my skin if I use too much, but I hope it helps if you haven’t already found something that works for you.


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