For the first time in a long time, I don’t have an unfinished project staring me down. I got a little anxious about that recently, but then reminded myself that it’s okay to take a breather and wait for something to arrive organically. Depending on what’s going on around me, I can either subscribe to the “A Writer Writes” maxim, that prods me to write every day, inspiration be damned! until something comes of it. Or, I live by the “It’s All Writing Anyway” theory, that says that no matter what I’m doing–writing, not writing, reading, cooking, sleeping, playing with my kids, teaching, gardening, sulking–it’s all good fertilizer that will eventually become words on the page.
This and that. This and then that. And so, forward I go until one day, voila! A new project announces itself to me.
Today is that day, and I am going to need your help!
I am planning a new, weekly column here called Food You Don’t Know What To Do With, in which you, my readers, suggest foods that perplex you, stump you, terrify you, intrigue but evade you, and I write about them, offering some background, history, photos, tangential-but-hopefully-engaging musings and, most importantly, some actual suggestions on how to approach them in the kitchen!
(I’m loath to create criteria around your suggestions–I really want this to be functional for you as well as fun and exploratory for me–but I will say that some foods may be limited depending on local availability.)
Now I just made myself laugh with the “my readers” thing above, because as far as I can tell, there are about five of you out there. Hello! Am I wrong? I hope I’m wrong. Please prove me wrong by commenting on this post, sharing it with your food-and-writing-minded friends, and, most importantly, by participating in this project!
If you’re in, then leave me a comment here (along with your email address) with the Food YOU Don’t Know What to Do With and I will choose one randomly by Friday, August 31st at midnight to become my first entry. That winner will also receive a copy of my first chapbook, A Woman Traces the Shoreline, signed by me and shipped to you! I will announce the winner on Saturday, September 1st and make my first post next week.
But! Even if your food is not chosen for the first entry, I will still write about it! I will write about whatever you people want.
Make a list. Hand it to me. Let’s cook and write and eat!