The Only Pot I’ll Ever Need

After weeks of debating the pros and cons of buying a 5.5-qt Round Le Creuset Dutch Oven, I succumbed to my desires. Of course, there are cheaper alternatives out there there will get the job done. Believe me, I’ve done the research. But it’s such a classic! I don’t think I’ve seen a more attractive pot.

With a giant list of recipes bookmarked under “for my future Dutch Oven”, I knew it was time to order one on Amazon. I had to go with “flame red” for the color, of course. That was basically decided after I watched Julie & Julia for the umpteenth time (if you haven’t seen, go watch it!!!).

Oh, how I love the beauty of Amazon Prime. In just a day and a half, I got an e-mail from the post office. A package! Oddly enough, I didn’t sprint straight to the post office. Instead, I savored the moment. I delayed as much as a could: I made lunch, watched the new episode of The Mindy Project, did my reading for Argumentation. But finally, as my thoughts began drifting back to the package waiting for me just a couple of minutes away, I could no longer wait. The feeling of excitement for opening my long sought-after Le Creuset could no longer be contained. (I know, it’s a little silly how much I loved this pot that I haven’t even opened. But…so beautiful!!! 0.0)

WIthout Further Ado…

Beautiful, I know.

Beautiful, I know.

I present to you, my new dutch oven! A pot as lovely as this has to have a name that would match its beauty. Oh, how wrong I was. Albie said that it looked like a “Hal”. Initially, I was pretty against the name. I mean, “Hal”? Come on. That’s such a manly name, so undeserving of this beauty. But on second thought, this dutch over is suppose to last a lifetime right? And hey, Le Creuset is a pretty badass French company whose translated name is “The Crucible”. As in “a place or occasion of severe test or trail”. So I guess Hal is a pretty fitting, sturdy name after all.

The First Post

Ah, the long awaited first post.

Like many things in my life, I have been putting off starting a blog. The genius idea came to me as a junior in college. The first roadblock was thinking of the perfect blog name. Then, it was deciding on the content. Insecurities started popping up after a while, too. I starting having this sense of anxiety where my every word will be scrutinized and criticized by whoever reads it. Or the opposite: that no one will read it, ever.

And now, well into my last year-no, last semester-in college, I have finally decided to start blogging. Yup. When I should be hard at work finishing up my last semester, job hunting, and generally figuring out what I want to do with my life post-college, I instead decide to take it upon myself the all-consuming task of blogging.

Why do I want to start blogging?

While it would be nice to one day be internet famous, I mainly want to discover more about myself. More specifically, my interests in cooking. I have been battling with the idea of going to culinary school and whatnot for the past few months. I read articles on successful people in the industry. I e-mailed people I admired. And finally, after collecting and contemplating over the helpful advice I was given, I decided it was time.

On a side note: always, always, always reach out to people in the industry you admire! I sent out about ten e-mails asking for advice, not expecting any reply. A week later, I got a reply from the Amanda Hesser! Needless to say, I was completely starstruck. I just stared at the e-mail, dumbfounded. Never would I have expected the CEO of the food52.com and former food editor of The New York Times to respond! Her words of advice struck a chord deep within me and I resolved to further explore my love of food. Do I want work with food for the rest of my life? Know the difficulties of becoming a food writer, the struggle of working with food in a test kitchen everyday, and the overbearing pressure my parents put on me to capitalize on my Finance and Marketing major, the struggle is definitely very real.

Well, that’s all I have to say for now. Thanks for reading, if there is anyone out there!

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