Project Food Blog: Ready, Set, Blog!

Am I ready? Yes! Am I set? Not exactly! You see, I’m moving this week and things are a little chaotic to say the least. But good news is I’m great at multitasking. So, fear not ; )

In an adventurous spirit, I’m joining Project Food Blog. It’s the first-ever interactive competition where a slew {nearly 2 thousand last I checked} of Foodbuzz Featured Publishers will compete in a series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 {not too shabby, eh?} and a special feature on for one year. It’s kind of like “The Next Food Network Star” but for Food Bloggers ; )

So this is it! My very first entry and we’re tasked with telling the world {that’s you beautiful people}: what defines me as a food blogger and why should I be the next food blog star?

I could tell you it’s because I’m good at what I do, but that might sound a little uppity {and that’s so NOT me} So instead I’ll just quietly toot our horn. Here are a few places we’ve been featured…

  • Nominated for a Saveur Best of Blog Award
  • Featured numerous times as a Saveur Best of Web
  • Featured contributor for the following sites: PaulaDeen.Com, TheMushroomChannel.Com & ElivingMedia.Com
  • Featured blogger on CNN’s Eatocracy.Com

I could tell you it’s because I excel at multitasking. I’m a Wife, Mom {to three little angels {ehem} and a proud Food Blogger. Which means I bring home a little bacon, know how to fry it up and then clean up afterwards. LOL!

I could tell you it’s because I’m stubborn as a mule, and will work at something until it’s right or die trying ; )

I could tell you it’s because I’m consistent {posting three times a week no matter what my schedule}, loyal {I love this food blogging community that I am a part of} and extremely passionate {have you heard me talk about food, my family or ITALY}. You just can’t fake those things baby!

I could tell you that I’m a self taught cook, photographer and writer and have been blogging for less than two years. I’ve learned SO much since those early entries but still know I have MUCH to learn.

For instance, compare an early photo of Risotto to my Nutella Brownies that were featured on Food Porn Daily. Big difference!

Or I could just tell you that I LOVE what I do, that I appreciate all of the opportunities that food blogging has provided me with and last but not least sincerely appreciate each and every one of you more than you’ll ever know. I to this day still get giddy from your comments and hope that never changes. Besides, it’s impossible to get too big for my britches {well okay we won’t go there LOL} because my bambini are always here to bring me right back down to earth ; )

I can’t wait to learn new things, put myself out of my comfort zone, stretch my boundaries and see where this road leads. I hope you’ll ride shotgun on this awesome culinary challenge with me!

But I’ll leave it up to y’all ; ) Voting is OPEN week and if you see fit, YOUR VOTES will help me get to the next challenges!

Edited to add: VOTING IS OPEN! You can place your votes HERE



  1. 1

    Yay! I’m competing, too! Good luck – I’m sure you’ll go far.

  2. 2

    Beautiful picture, Paula!!! What a great post, too! I’m honored to be in the same contest with someone SO freaking awesome (even if only for 1 round!)!!! Best of luck!!

  3. 3

    No matter the outcome my friend you will go a long way because of your terrific attitude.

    I’d ride shotgun with ya any time darlin!!

  4. 4

    Love you Paula! Really enjoyed this post and hearing of the adventure you’ll be on! You can count on my vote! Smoochies!

  5. 5
    Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) /

    Will we readers have an opportunity to vote? Best of luck to a fellow North Carolinian! (Tarheeler stuck in Ohio.)

  6. 6
    Cindy /

    Good Luck Paula.

  7. 7

    Good luck to you my friend. You absolutely deserve to go far and I am honoured to be competing against such strong contendors!!

  8. 8

    Your love, passion, and commitment to your blog and your readers is clearly visible in every single post you write. Best of luck to you in the challenge!! 🙂 XOXO

  9. 9

    Of course you can toot your own horn, you deserve to… much love hun, let the challenges begin! BIG HUGS!!!!!:-)


  10. 10

    Paula…..In bocca Al lupo ,cara.
    awesome post as usual. 🙂

  11. 11

    Good Luck you certainly deserve to be in this thing to the end. GREG

  12. 12
    lisa bailey /

    All the way, baby. You will go all…the…way!!!

    And we get to see some more awesome stuff from you. Win, win!!!


  13. 13

    Wow you are well accomplished! Love your photos

    Voted and good luck 🙂

    I would like to invite you to participate in my giveaway

    Here is my entry for PFB

  14. 14

    I voted for ya….Great post. 🙂 I have always enjoyed your site…Good Luck!

  15. 15

    You’ve got one of my votes! Good luck!

  16. 16


    Good luck in the challenge, I know you will do very well!

    Bon appetit!

  17. 17

    Good luck Paula! I’ll be cheering for you!

  18. 18

    I love your work and you have my vote!

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  20. 21

    I have always been a silent admirer of your blog, but I had to speak up this time! I am a contestant too, but you already got my vote for your delicious recipes and gorgeous pics:)

  21. 22

    Great post, as usual! I always love all of your photos. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post:

  22. 23

    Wonderful photos!! I just gave you a vote! You can check out my entry here: Thanks and Good luck!!

  23. 24

    I do love your blog and you have my vote!

  24. 25

    Hola Bella! You better believe I voted for you! Besitos!!!

  25. 26

    You will soar in this contest because you are favolosa!!! xxoo

  26. 27

    Wonderful as always…good luck and have fun with future challenges 🙂 Voted

  27. 28

    Great post – deserving of a vote. Your nutella brownies look incredible by the way.

  28. 29

    I voted for you! Good luck 🙂

  29. 30

    you definitely get my vote….actually found you on Saveur!

  30. 31

    I love that nutella brownie photo. In fact, I love nutella brownies. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Just sent a vote your way.

    Lick My Spoon

  31. 32

    You’re one of the top contenders for PFB, no doubt about it. Your accolades and frequent Top 9s prove it. I’m certainly a fan! Voted!

  32. 33

    I’m a little late reading this post, but just wanted to say good luck and I hope you made it to the next round! (although I’m sure you did). I’ll be there to vote for you next time 😉


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