In the Beginning
Hello and welcome to The Manifest Recipe. My name is Cait- I am the admin and official blog writer. Please see the About Me page to learn more about little ol’ me.
I initially started this blog wanting to establish it as a community where people could come share recipes that were close to them. I envisioned a large group logging in, talking, and sharing food related stuff with each other. With this budding concept, I was attempting to bring a little humanity back into the world and re-establish old-school connectivity. What better way to do that than with food?
So, I started posting my own family recipes while I waited for submissions, thinking I was gonna do some good here. I posted two personal recipes: Maw Maw’s Chocolate Pie and Mama’s Slow Cooker Carnitas before having a realization thanks to a friend.
When I first started this blog, I asked all my friends to submit recipes. I remember asking one friend in particular who had said something about a family recipe and the look I received went something like this:
Not one of them did. No one did. You wanna know why? People guard that shit.
So fine….I get it, I guess.
Needless to say, I needed to revamp my idea a little in order to score any kind of readership.
Stuck In the Middle
I got really downtrodden and apathetic for a bit. It was largely due to this setback, but I was also going through a stressful time in the professional world (ultimately getting super burned). This turned out to be a good thing, however.
I was largely uninspired for about a month- you will notice this visibly as a lull in the posts. I didn’t plan on quitting, but I didn’t know how to change the Manifest Recipe‘s direction.
Then, going back over old posts, I realized that I was posting recipes from other food bloggers all the time.
Eureka! An elegant solution.
I will simply post other bloggers’ recipes as if they were submissions and I will just make them during the week as dinners! This way I can still harness that communal feeling (between both my readers and fellow food bloggers), cook often, and connect people with food they may otherwise not have known.
I have found my flow.
I will be posting once a week, typically releasing new posts on Monday mornings around 11am.
These posts will alternate between recipe posts (where I make and/or share a featured recipe– often incorporating films, gaming, and pop culture), and Food & Culture posts (where I discuss many topics including travel, society, and different aspects of worldwide culture and how food fits in. Read the first Food & Culture post here to get an idea. They will be specially marked in the title).
That all being said, I still welcome reader interaction! If there is a recipe you would like me to share, or if you have a general inquiry please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, please feel free to comment on posts! I will always respond.
A Quick Vocab Lesson
Sometimes you will see the words “Film Edition” in a title or post. This just means I am doing a recipe or Food & Culture post based on a film. See “I Need Me Some Capezzolis” or “And That’s My Trick!” for an example.
The Manifest Journey Continues
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I’ll see you at the dinner table.