This just came across my radar, and I have to say I’m a little surprised at how hurt and upset I am by it. For the record, I was mortified when I saw the position of my fingers in that photo, but my hands were shaking so badly at the time I couldn’t help it. I am not at all comfortable having my photo taken under any circumstances, and I was extremely nervous having it taken while trying to prep and cook a dish for a professional photographer, knowing that said photos would appear in a rather major national publication.
I am not a culinary professional. I have no formal training. I am exactly what I say I am – a self-taught home cook, who leaves the house at 6:30 in the morning, commutes to Boston to work in an office, gets home a little before 7 p.m., and then cooks dinner for myself and my husband almost every night. And I blog about it because, when I started this almost 3 years ago, it was a fun way to keep track of what we were cooking and eating. And I continue to blog about it because many of you enjoy reading about it, too, and that’s a nice feeling.
I don’t make any money from this blog. I don’t have any visions of fame or fortune or book deals or television shows, and if you are a blogger and you do, that’s great, but that’s not why I got into this at all, and it’s not what drives me. My knife skills are in no way as good as someone who has formal training, but they are also far better than that photo would indicate.
I was taught that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I don’t get the point of making mean-spirited comments about someone you don’t know and who has no impact on your life, but I guess I’m just naive.
Update: Wow, you guys. I am touched and humbled by your kind words and incredible show of support. One of the commenters in the linked thread, Carol Blymire, has reached out to me via a mutual friend, and I hope to speak with her today. I don’t want to generate negative comments or attacks, so I’m going to close down comments at this time. Please believe me when I say I truly believe I have the best group of readers around. Thank you.
Epilogue, 11/17/09: I received a phone call from Carol this evening, and she was deeply sorry about her contribution to the thread in question. She was very sweet and sincere, and I think it speaks volumes about her character that she took the time to speak with me. To be clear, while her name may have been the most recognizable in that thread, her comment wasn’t the most hurtful, so I was a little disturbed to see some of the vitriol aimed her way in the comments here. She’s a class act, and I’d like to just put this whole mess behind us. As always, you guys rock and I’m honored by your kind words and endless support.