Elton John’s “Your Song” – Who Would Mind?

This morning I was driving and heard Elton John singing

I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words…How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

English: Elton John, English singer-songwriter...

English: Elton John, English singer-songwriter and pianist, performing on stage at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

And I thought, who would mind?

Doesn’t everyone want to hear they are valued, treasured even?

Today is often a day of reflection and this girl is no different.

Looking back on 2012 it was an anything but typical year. There were great beginnings and sad endings.

Our son graduated from college, passed the CPA exam and began a job in NYC at a Big 4 accounting firm. Heck, I think they still call it that…it was the Big 8 when I was in college…who knows?

My mother-in-law passed away just days before our son moved away.

I wrote my Jude The Foodie column for BelowTheFalls.com until it faded quietly into cyberspace in the early summer…endings…

I brought all of my original content over to JudeTheFoodie.com…beginnings…

And, that’s where my connection to the Elton John comes in. In the six months I have been writing my own site I have been overwhelmed by the support and interest you have in my writing.

It is clear to me that you all “get” the connection between food and life. I posted a picture on my Jude The Foodie Facebook page  of a container of onion dip and pita chips and got hundreds of hits and 34 comments. Imagine that?

Please click here and “Like” it so you can also get in on the fun.

2013 is going to bring some exciting beginnings for Jude The Foodie. I’ve cleaned up the categories on the right to make it easier to navigate. We will soon welcome advertisers into our family.

In a few short weeks my weekly column will be published on a local news online site every Monday. I will have more information soon. The fun continues because we will have exclusive monthly give-away’s for those online readers.

The column will be archived here the following week so you will still be able to find recipes or suggestions of where to dine. I will continue to post “Quick Bites” and “Quick Sips” as I go and we will try to make the content as interactive as possible. I love when you “Like” a post or, even better, post a comment. It is great to know what you are thinking.

I’m thinking big. By the end of the year I would like to have 20 local online news organizations from across the country get in on the fun. Heck, why not one in each state?

We may not have grown up in the same neighborhood or graduated from the same high school but we all have memories of food and life. Many of you are children of the ’60’s and ’70’s and have similar memories of the sights and smells of your house growing up. My goal is to keep the nostalgic conversation going, whip up some yummy food and get to know you.

If you are a WordPress blogger you know following is simple. If not, simply follow my blog via e-mail over there on the right.

If you would like your local online news organization to post lively and original food and life columns weekly please feel free to contact me and I will happily make it happen.

Meanwhile, thank you again for making Jude The Foodie the success it is.

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Putting together a New Year’s game plan


The Foodie:

The year 2011 was an epic one for me and I am trying to continue the momentum. Below are some things which could be called resolutions, desires and proclamations.

I welcome any additions to this list, especially under the category “Things I Would Like To Learn.”

Things I will continue doing:

• I will shop around the outside of the grocery store for food that is whole and fresh.

• I will include lean protein in every meal because I know how satisfied it makes me feel.

• I will look for appetizers on the menu as entrees and be aware of portion distortion.

• I will let what is fresh dictate my menu.

• I will buy locally whenever possible.

Things I need to do:

• I will look in my freezer and dispose of any food that is unidentified, covered with frost or outdated. Here is a guide from the magazine Real Simple.

• I will look in my cupboards and dispose of any food that is outdated.

• I need to get my knives sharpened.

Things I want to do:

• I want to visit every winery on the Niagara Wine Trail.

• I want to learn about honey and why eating local honey is superior.

• I want to learn more about my pressure cooker and foods I can prepare using it.

• I want to learn more about different cuts of meat, what they are useful for and if they are cyclical.

• I want to talk to chefs who use the farm to table philosophy.

• I want to write more about my dining experience as I travel throughout the year.

• I want to meet more foodies and get their take on cooking and dining out.

What would you like to do this year? Please send me suggestions and we will see what we can see, learn and do together this year.