Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Lemonbasil!

Today marks two years since I opened up my laptop and decided to start a food blog with a silly name. Thanks to everyone who reads these words; it's been an absolute joy to share my meals, adventures, and emotions with you through the seasons. Two years ago I was a student with a new camera, a penchant for fruity desserts, and the goal of getting a few people out there to comment on some blog posts. Now, as a graduate, a photographer, a (small) voice in the Portland food media, and an experienced navigator of the harvest year, I still find the greatest pleasure reminiscing about last night's meal, last weekend's party, or this morning's news. I've cooked in so many different kitchens in the many places that I've called home, and all the while Lemonbasil has been my virtual dinner party through the changes. I'm recently come to figure out that I don't necessarily love food - I love sharing food with people I love, even if it's through the blog the morning after. I can only hope to spend many more years taking in the farmers' markets, typing away at these keys, snapping photos around Portland, and meeting friends around the world. I can't wait to see what comes next, and I truly hope you'll join me for the ride.

Here's to another year of eating well!


  1. Hi Allison,

    I used to work for one of New Yorks best food photographers back in the 70's. When I stumbled over your blog and saw your photos, I thought, "Wow, this auhor does her food photography really well!" And your writing is also well done.

    I think you are on to someting. There is a lot of on-line writing centered around food preparation, around recipes. This gets old really fast.

    In the 40 years that I have been a photographer, we have been innundated with lots of beautiful pictures, first through magazines and periodicals, and most recently through the web. (Of course with the advent of the web we have been innundated with lots of really bad photography too, but that's another story).

    But of all those pictures, the ones that tend to facinate us the most of the ones that show the human condition, human heart, our triumphs and our tradgedies.

    You wrote, "I love sharing food with people I love". I think that to the extent you can weave the human experience into your food writing, you will enrich us all.

  2. I work the Beaverton Farmers Market every other Saturday with Cathy of Wives with Knives. She told me today that she had recently found your blog and it reminded me that I haven't stopped by in a while. Happy Bloggy Anniversary! :)

  3. Happy (late) blog birthday! :)