It is really hard to believe that a year ago I was celebrating with my friends and family the launch of A Capitol Contessa (and Cinco de Mayo). One year, 139 posts, over 3,500 visitors and a zillion pictures later I feel like I have learned so much. The pictures from some of those first posts are truly horrifying, why so small?? I have gotten way better at the technical aspects, though my food photography could still use some work. I have learned the hard way that the best dinner parties are often the hardest to capture for the blog -too much wine and too much fun means forgetting to photograph whole courses or pics that are less than stellar. My friends have gotten so good about holding back and waiting while I take pics – all of you are so generous and supportive, eating my experiments, helping come up with ideas and cheering me on. I love knowing that friends and family far away are making the same food as me and enjoying it even if we cannot be together.
My process has evolved a bit but its still hard for me to be consistent with writing things down as I cook. Years of throwing things in the pan and eyeballing everything is tough to break. In the coming year I hope to post more entertaining ideas and build up my recipe collection. I would love to have some guest bloggers and already have some volunteers so be on the look out for those posts. I love highlighting local restaurants and shops and hope to discover new gems to share with you all. I also want to conquer homemade pasta once and for all – it’s my white whale for some reason!!
What would you all like to see? Please send me a note through the website or on social media. Inspiration has been coming from a lot of different sources but the best by far is my readers! I also hope to increase that readership so please share A Capitol Contessa with anyone who loves to cook or host. Also please sign on and follow me on Instagram or Twitter. I am still getting the hang of this whole social media stuff but I try to keep my content fresh and different on the various platforms so you don’t see the same post 4 different times. For my part I promise to keep testing, testing, testing so that anything of mine you try, you know it will be a home run on the first shot. Honesty is my policy – even if it means sharing the less glamorous side of food blogging. How about this photo-interruptus?
I have some great stuff lined up for the summer – a rum tasting party, wedding registry suggestions and lots of grilling recipes. I am also going to do some follow ups to your favorite posts like Pick Your Own House Wine, my gluten free and make ahead dinner party plans, and of course Nutty’s French Toast. I hope you all have had fun following along with me on this ride the last year. I love to hear that a post inspired someone to just go home and cook. Remember, no one is perfect – not even Ina or the sainted Julia. So keep cooking and try not to burn anything! Cheers to another year – XO, Alex