My name is Barbara Felt Miller. I have evolved from a picky eater to an adventurous cook. I currently reside in a small town after living near Chicago for 28 years. There are few dining options where I live so I have spent the last 18 years trying to develop my skills as a home cook and food explorer. I may never be a gourmet but this blog will reveal the days when I have “felt like a foodie.”
*DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT ACCEPT ANY MONETARY PAYMENTS FOR MY FOODIE FUN DAYS! These are days where I receive an invitation to a meal or event or sometimes a place I just like. My write-ups are solely to share my experiences and I am not compensated financially. This blog is based on my hobby…learning about food. I appreciate people helping me learn and keeping me in the loop.
I was recently asked about why I classified myself as a foodie and not a gourmet. It’s really a simple explanation. (Update September 2015: Yes, I know “Foodie” is a term that some folks don’t like. This food site has been up since 2011 and it sounded good with my maiden name of “Felt.”)
A gourmet is someone who has very refined tastes. Their meals consist of elaborate preparation, presentation and ingredients.
A foodie is a person who loves everything from the production of the meal to the history of its origin. We want the best food too but we also get thrilled about ordinary meals that taste great. I also think that foodies like to get their hands “dirty” and be part of the magic of meal preparation.
I don’t think in a small town with limited resources it is possible to be a gourmet. I do think I can take being a foodie to the next level!
The recipes in this blog have been inspired by many things such as family, cooking classes, magazine articles and chats with friends. I adapt recipes to fit my cooking style and skill level. I will do my best to give credit to the many people who have inspired me but if I for some reason I forget your name, I welcome a gentle reminder.