Why I Blog: 7 Years

People always ask me, how is it that I post a recipe almost 5 days a week on this blog for the past 7 years? Do you ever sleep?

The answer is: I must be crazy.

I cook early mornings when I am most creative, and then late at night, after 10 pm.

It's just my thing, 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The truth is, cooking relaxes me.
Quiet kitchen. No music. No tv.
Just me and the food.

I don't always have the time to write out the recipe, and I certainly don't have a food studio for photographing all the food I prepare.

My studio is my kitchen counter in front of the window in the natural daylight by the coffee maker, or if the light is right, in front of my wood pile outside on a tree stump.

I have never claimed to be a chef, just a home cook.

I'm not a nutritionist, but have good sense when it comes to what to eat and what NOT to eat.

You can take what I say with a grain of salt (hopefully, Maldon sea salt).

Why do I blog? (I hate that word, it sounds like BLOB).

I do it because I like to share.

I love food and love people.

I love cooking and watching people eat and enjoying the things I prepare.

Food is like love.

I love food.

I work for food, cause the pay stinks.

I wish I had gone to culinary school when I was 17 instead of college which did nothing for me.
It's never too late, but at 50 years old, I don't want to be the oldest one in the classroom, and the one without tattoos.

Why do I blog?
Because I love it.
It's my creative outlet and gives me something to look forward to on a daily basis.

Thanks for reading me.

I am happy to know you for 7 years.



Anonymous said…
Well we are all soooo glad you do BLOG!! Where would we get some of the best recipes ever?? Always enjoy your blog, recipes, and of course, INSTAGRAM!

Happy 7 years and congratulations on all your success!!



P.S. (Making your recipe for potato salad..the American one for a party this weekend! It's a HUGE hit in our home!!)
Elizabeth said…
Congrats, Stacey. Yours was one of the first food blogs I found and I still read every day. Here's to the next 7 years!
Susan Murphy said…
CONGRATS!!!! I look forward to your blog every morning!!
Just love it!!
Anonymous said…

You are my favorite food blogger and I hope you blog for another 7!!! (at least) I look forward every morning to your recipes and your stories.

You are very talented and I too love to cook and Bake! It relaxes me as well!
Your recipes are the Best!!
Making the ricotta cake this weekend.

joanne said…
Yes, congrats Stacey!! I read your blog every morning while I'm waking up with my first cup of coffee. I really look forward to it. In particular I LOVE your roasted vegetable combos and your salsas. I'm always looking for new recipes and you never let me down. THANK YOU.
Tracy S said…
Congratulations!! Don't tell my boss but your blog is the first thing I check when I log into my work computer, I always look forward to seeing what you post. Here's to another 7!!
Katie C. said…
I appreciate your efforts. I read your "column" ( good sub for blog?) every day. I don't like everything that you make but then you probably wouldn't like everything that I make. It's still interesting to read and sometimes it nudges me in a new direction. I agree about cooking school, sigh. I always wondered how people in cooking school handle tasting things that they can not stand...for me, beets taste like dirt!

Keep cooking!
Anonymous said…
LOL! I am with you on the cooking school as well. I could care less about age or tattoos but fitting it in with my existing career (that I hate) just sounds exhausting. I can't afford to drop everything and start over. So I keep on keeping on. And I have to agree with the above poster, beets = dirt (no offense, I know you love them) and radishes = spicy dirt. To each his own.
Anonymous said…
I love your recipes and I love your stories! And I love beets!!!

John said…
My favorite blog about cooking. Superb, delicious, fail-safe, easy recipes.

Culinary school? Naw, you are a natural!
Bebe said…
You’re a regular stop for me each morning… Suzette (of Cripes Suzette) once posted one of your zucchini items (I can’t even recall what it was) and remarked that every recipe you posted was good. Quite a recommendation!

I enjoy you and your take on food, though I too don’t agree with everything. Not as much into grains as you are. But your column is fun to read. (And I love both beets and radishes, so there!)

Wishing you another Happy New Year!
And I am SO glad you do! Happy anniversary.

I don't like the name "blog" either, or worse "blogger." Wish we could come up with some other name for what we do.
CT said…
i have never commented on your blog before but have been following you for quite a long time. You are a great homecook and provide lots of inspiration. I hope you continue to blog another 7 years!!
Anonymous said…
Congratulations on seven years. I like your blog because it’s short, sweet and funny. It’s the only one I read because I find all the others to be way too wordy and way too self involved. I too love to cook and eat good food. I enjoy your recipes because the ones I’ve made are very simple and very tasty, especially the cakes. I raise my glass to you for another 7 years. ☺
Anonymous said…
Congratulations on 7 years! I am SO GLAD that you do blog - because I love this cite!! THANK YOU!!!!
- Ballardgirl
Seven years! My goodness, we are the happy ones!! Thank you for so many wonderful recipes, and such great writing that never fails to make me smile.

I am so happy to have had the extra bonus of getting to know you off-line too :)

Happy birthday!


Congratulations Stacy! It's not easy to blog every day, five days a week and that you've been doing it for 7 years is amazing! I love your blog and I love that your recipes are healthy, simple and delicious. They are real people food recipes that tastes great and look good too!. Keep blogging!
cyclingrandma said…
Congrats! I use so many of your recipes and share them with my daughters in law and others. I think it's time for a SS Cookbook! Happy to help you do it! xoxo
Lori Kintz said…
I have never left you a comment before, but I read your blog almost every day and have for years. You are so creative and talented and I am so happy you like to share! Thank you so much! Please keep sharing!!
Anonymous said…
If you WERE going to get a tattoo, and I know that you're NOT going to get a tattoo, what would it be?

Where would it be?

I play this silly game with myself sometime.

In reality, I share your distaste for the darn things.

Which I believe makes us officially old fogies.

Happy Lucky 7, Ms. Snacks!

LG O'Connor said…
Congrats, Sta!

Unlike many of your readers, I've had the unique pleasure of sitting in your various kitchens over the last twenty-five years watching you create your food magic, I can truly say, there are very few places in the world I'd rather be than inside the loving embrace of your antiques-filled kitchen. There is always a treat and good chat to be found. I remember the day you started the blog. You showed me up in Henry's office. It struck me as the perfect venue to share the wonderful things you create. Your blog has been my go to place for my daily dose of Sta with the added benefit of your kitchen magic that even I can make. I'm very proud of all you've accomplished, and this wonderful gift you've been able to share (not to mention the secret potato salad recipe!)

Here's to another 7 years and beyond....

Portia825 said…
Keep it up! When people ask me where I got the recipe for the wonderful food they're eating, lately the answer is usually "Stacey Snacks." And that college education was not wasted. You're a clever, knowledgeable, and articulate writer - which makes your blog all the more enjoyable for all of us.
Anonymous said…
I look forward to your posts every day and have shared your link with all of my friends. Many of my go to recipes are from you. Thanks for all you do...it is greatly appreciated by many!!!!
Anonymous said…
Congratulations and happy anniversary, Stacey! Thank you for sharing your time and recipes with us; so appreciated!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Congratulations on your blogiversary. I don't know how you do it every day but I wish you decades more of blogging energy!
Eileen said…
We're all so glad you do what you do, and hope you continue to do it for a long time. I also wish that I had gone to culinary school (in France). Wish I had known back then what I know now...
DawnieMS said…
Although I've never left a comment I must shout out how much I enjoy reading your blog. Congrats on seven years and looking forward to seven more!
Cheers Stacey!
I am so glad you blog.
I am still at that "I don't want to tell anyone I know that I blog" stage. Sad to say, I seldom mention it to my hubby. He knows I DO STUFF on the computer besides working with my Angel Mom's And Dad's. I have mentioned that I need to Blog something. He never asks ...so I seldom say anything.
Please keep doing what you do best.
Happy Fourth Of July. Sarah
Patsy said…
Even though the recipes you post are amazing, my real guilty pleasure is reading how you sound them out. Even if the subject isn't something I'm really into, I read anyway to see what funny, clever and down right laugh out loud thing you're going to say. Quite a gift, Stacey. Thanks for the entertainment (oh...and the recipes, too!). xx
Anonymous said…
Thanks for writing this, I'm an anonymous person who enjoys your blog!
Anonymous said…
Thank you so much for doing this, Stacey! I find your blog immensely comforting and inspiring.
Rebecca said…
7 years has flown! I have you to thank for so many things- including no fail recipes and a daily laugh- you're the best, STA!xo
Ginny said…
Thank you for doing this, Stacey. I look forward to you every day.
Denise said…
Reading your blog and cooking your recipes brings joy. Thank you for your beautifully designed blog, the comments, and photographs. Delightful!
Jen_from_NJ said…
Good for you Stacey! I am so glad you blog - I miss it :( Your site is amazing and btw 50 is still young and YOU can do anything.