happy belated birthday

One week ago fresh cracked pepper turned one. I meant to make a cake, but it didn’t happen. A blog doesn’t complain about the lack of cake like a person does.  I guess I could’ve made myself a cake, being the brains behind said birthday blog. Instead, I went to a Superbowl party and took advantage of other people’s industriousness.

I stumbled upon a quote sometime ago that I’ve been saving up for an occasion such as this. It comes from our modern-day Brillant-Savarin, the venerable Michael Pollan. It distills what I try to do here in one sentence: “It can be incredibly rewarding to move food closer to the center of your life.”

OK, so it’s not the most profound idea. Some of you might even find it humorous. But in its simplicity it got me thinking about a simpler time when our life cycles moved in closer concert with the soil’s, the sun’s, the rain’s. It got me thinking about worms and carrots and bulbous onions, and about the spring that’s fogging up my windows today, taunting with her almost-warm breath.

Since the day I started itfresh cracked pepper has done just that. It’s helped me see how food can mark the passage of time, define cultures, moments, people. It’s got me thinking about the various ways we experience the simple act of nourishing our bodies and our lives.

82 posts, 30 022 views, one link from a foodie celeb, one Wikipedia link, and 274 comments later, I can’t wait for year two.


6 thoughts on “happy belated birthday

  1. Aunt Meredith
    February 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Happy birthday to cracked pepper and its creator! YOur blog is on my igoogle page so I see it almost every day!

  2. Dawn
    February 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Congrats on one year Jen. Keeping up with school, blogging and triathlon training is quite a feat!

  3. February 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Happy Birthday Fresh Cracked Pepper! It takes perseverance to honor our passions day in and day out – may we all keep them close to the center of our lives.

  4. February 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Congrats Jen! And congrats to Aunt Meredith who actually figured out how to make a comment on someone’s blog! :) Stick with it Jen. Only good things can happen from here.

  5. Illa
    February 10, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Happy Birthday “Fresh Cracked Pepper” and to it’s creative writer and photographer!
    Thanks for all the ideas and recipes and the encouragement to try them!
    Mom B

  6. Lydia
    February 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Happy Birthday! I have really enjoyed watching you this year! Looking forward to seeing what you do this year.
    (Written as I’m reflecting on my human child turning one! Pretty soon, FCP will start to walk!)