this blog is about as much fun as… February 16, 2006


a cheese sandwich.

I broke out the ol’ drawing skills, which I promised I would retire after this post, in honor of Pete Wells and his article on blogs in this month’s Food and Wine magazine – I’m not even going to spend the money on making him a *real* cheese sandwich. According to Mr. Wells, there are exactly 7 blogs on the entire face of the Internet worth reading. Guess what? This wasn’t one of them.

Imagine me looking like I care here.


What I *do* care about is the way he dismisses all of us who Mr. Wells feels doesn’t have a definitive voice or "sense of purpose". I don’t blog so I can eat duck fetuses and pig’s blood. If I wanted to do that, I’d win $50,000 on Fear Factor. I blog because it makes me happy. I blog because it encourages me to work on my craft and improve my hobby of photography. I blog because it is the catalyst for experimentation and challenges in the kitchen. I blog because I am inspired by beautiful blogs like Chubby Hubby and Delicious Days. I blog because I learn something new every day from blogs like An Obsession with Food and 101 Cookbooks. I blog because I meet great people, like Ali at Something So Clever. I don’t know about you…but that looks like some serious cooking, serious photography, and serious writing. No sense of purpose!?!

I’ve learned and accomplished so much in my short time working on this blog and no one is going to discourage me from continuing. Taking food blog advice from a food magazine that can’t manage to put food or wine on its March cover seems like taking fashion advice from Stevie Wonder. I’ll pass.

In the words of our beloved Whitney Houston…


"Kiss my Ass!"


Amber Feb 16, 2006 09:02 am

Ali was talking about this today, and I’m like, they say cheese sandwich like that’s a BAD thing!
Who hates cheese sandwiches? If you hate cheese sandwiches there’s something wrong with you.

MM Feb 16, 2006 09:02 am

Hey, don’t knock Stevie Wonder’s fashion sense! You know, Whitney in that picture kinda looks like my godmother … scary.
Nice diagram btw.

Alicat Feb 16, 2006 09:02 am

I love you for so many reasons right now. :o)
I made it so where if you hover over my signature on my cheese post, it says ‘kiss my cheesey ass pete wells!’ and in my mind, i was saying it just like whitney. :o)
I like your drawing skills! lol — and I love the fear factor line.
Great post, girl. :o)

kalyn Feb 16, 2006 10:02 am

I’m home sick so I’m reading all the cheese sandwich posts, and this made me laugh outloud! Plus, fun to discover your blog!

tami Feb 16, 2006 10:02 am

I don’t have a problem *eating* cheese sandwiches – I have a problem being *called* a cheese sandwich :)

tami Feb 16, 2006 10:02 am

Gotta love Whitney for being a barometer for our culture today! Have you seen the end of the year montage of “kiss my ass” they did on The Soup? If not I’ll send you the link. HYSTERICAL!

tami Feb 16, 2006 11:02 am

so you’re the one who got quotes in the article? :)
i’d be sending him a stepped on, moldy cheese sandwich in the mail.
good to meet you and find your blog, too!

emily Feb 16, 2006 11:02 am

I totally agree.I wasn’t impressed with the article either.

L Feb 16, 2006 11:02 am

From a fellow food-blogger with “no sense of purpose” – horray for your blog!

L Feb 16, 2006 11:02 am

or, er, hooray
I blog. I can’t spell.

tami Feb 16, 2006 11:02 am

It’s okay if we can’t spell – no one’s reading us anyway, right? :)
hooray for *your* blog, too! its quite fabulous!
thanks for stopping by…

Ryan Feb 16, 2006 01:02 pm

From my hippie days, the cheese sandwich was a staple in which hundreds of thousands survived on over the summer.
The secret? A little garlic powder. And bacon. But hippies aren’t supposed to like bacon.

tankeduptaco Feb 16, 2006 03:02 pm

Hooray for the cheese sanger, I’ll have mine with some stinky cheese and a little toasted. Nice post.

tankeduptaco Feb 16, 2006 03:02 pm

Don’t you hate it when you leave a comment, then have an afterthought? Maybe this article wasn’t written so much for foodbloggers to read, perhaps Pete Wells is a little intimidated by the quality of the writing and photos of the blogging community and the article was aimed at his employer, to convince them not to replace him with one of us.

Alicat Feb 16, 2006 06:02 pm

I’m pretty sure I saw that on Talk Soup (I love that show!) but if you have the link send it to me! Hey have you seen the montage of oprah/tom cruise where they spliced it with the james fry interview? hilarious! :o)

Robyn Feb 16, 2006 07:02 pm

I’d like a cheese sammich…except I don’t have plain bread or cheese. …DAMN my plan fails, like always.
I don’t think I read that article very closely enough the first time. I have been following the aftermath though, hehe. Food blog solidarity, wee!

matt Feb 16, 2006 08:02 pm

Quite a few folks have weighed in on their take regarding the article written by what appears to be some bitter, bitter man, but damn it girl, NO ONE has said it better than you.
I am bowing at your feet.

Alanna Feb 17, 2006 06:02 am

Best sandwich drawing of the lot of ’em! Good work all around — AK

joe Feb 17, 2006 06:02 pm

hi tami, funny. i have a post in my draft section going off about this article as well. since when is this guy the master of all food blogs? his criteria are totally ridiculous as well. you just motivated me to finish it! keep on truckin’, your blog rocks.

Jaay Feb 18, 2006 09:02 pm

lol I luv your diagram idea! And your reference to taking fashion advice from Stevie Wonder – SO TRUE!!
I luv it =)

Liz Feb 22, 2006 02:02 pm

Thank you! Leave it to the redhead to bring it!
Blogging is personal expression and seeing what other people have to say- deep and meaningful or not.
Like you, I’ve met some awesome people through blogging. Yeah, I lack focus and purpose in my blog, but don’t most people have the same problem with life anyway? Who cares? Like you say, it makes me happy.
And just ’cause that eye eats blood sausage doesn’t make his blog more interesting or relevant, it’s still GROSS!
Blog on, sista!

Liz Feb 22, 2006 02:02 pm

Oh, and that was supposed to say “that guy” not “that eye”. Henh.

The Blissful Glutton Feb 25, 2006 07:02 pm

Hell to the no!