One of my New Year's Resolutions is get back to cooking and blogging on a more regular basis. Somehow I lost some of my enthusiasm for cooking last year. Things got crazy there for awhile and looking back, I realized that during that time I stopped participating in Food Blog Events. Events are hosted by individual bloggers and generally center around a specific theme. Could be a favorite chef ( Ellie in my Belly, Barefoot Bloggers) or a type of food (Weekend Herb Blogging, Presto Pasta Nights). Anything. It's fun and it can help you push your boundaries and expand your horizon. I miss that so I've set out to find some new (to me) events to participate in this year.
Here's one that sounds interesting: Regional Recipes over at Blazing Hot Wok. A different area is highlighted each month. How fun is that? The next round-up will feature recipes from Brazil. Submissions need to be in by January 15th.
Not sure that this event goes along with my other resolution to lose weight but it sounds fun anyway! The Domestic Goddess' Sugar High Fridays let you make and blog about your favorite desserts based on a theme during the last week of each month. Check out the last round-up here.
Dining with Debbie is offering Crock Pot Wednesdays. How handy would this be? Just imagine, one day a week when dinner basically takes care of itself!
Weekend Wokking from Wandering Chopsticks is a great way to push those boundaries. Each month you are given a secret ingredient to incorporate into a dish. This month's ingredient is Chili Pepper. Posts need to be submitted by January 31, 2010 to be included in the February round-up. Check out the last round-up here.
I Blame my Mother! has a great challenge going on. She is cooking her way through the Food Network's line-up of chefs. This week is Giada de Laurentiis. If you'd like to join in, add your Giada post on January 13th. See who's next!
Do you have a favorite event?
Edited to add:
I Heart Cooking Clubs is a great way to participate in a cooking group without being tied down to one recipe. The group chooses a chef and then for the next several months they work their way through that chef's recipes, preparing and blogging about recipes they've selected to reflect that week's theme. Right now they are working on Nigella Lawson. To see the weekly themes or to join in, go here.