I obviously really enjoy cooking and writing recipes. But some of the most challenging (and sometimes the most rewarding) posts that I write are actually the non-recipe posts that I call “Musings.” These are a lot harder for me and really push my writing which I think is a good thing. I try to write at least one post a week for the musing category.
Some of these posts have definitely been more successful than others. Sometimes I try weird stuff or write about odd topics and they can occasionally bomb. But that’s okay. You guys are all pretty forgiving and I don’t get a lot of “That Post Sucked!” emails.
For part of the Macheesmo relaunch I’m working on, I’m doing some content administration that means going through every post in the archives. It’s not the most fun job in the world, but as I’ve been going through the posts I’ve been noting some of my favorite non-recipe posts on Macheesmo.
One of the best parts about some of these posts are not the post itself (although I hope those are good), but the comments.
#10 – A Letter to Mr. Obama – Obviously, Obams won’t actually read this but it was really fun to write. Since I’ve written this post, I know Michelle has worked extra hard on getting a farmer’s market going near The White House once a week which is pretty awesome, but I still wish The Prez would come out once in awhile and eat something other than a burger or a $100 plate.
#9 – The Homemade Diet - This post lays out some of my philosophy on diets and makes some rules on only eating homemade items. The more I think about it the more I like this idea.
#8 – Top 10 Fails – I know! A top 10 list in a top 10 list. How meta of me. Anytime I’m get too cocky in the kitchen it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll end up with something that I can add to this list.
#7 – On Food Labels – A beginner’s look at all the crazy terms and jargon on food labels. Mainly I focus on meat labels, but there’s some good info here.
#6 – Cooking Resolutions For You - Well, the year is almost 2/3s over, but you could still cross a few of these off!
#5 – 15 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen – Probably one of the most common questions I get asked is if I have any tips on saving time in the kitchen. I usually just send out this post for a good starter.
#4 – 10 Signs Your Next Meal Will Suck – Ok. This one is mostly for fun, but it’s actually been one of the most linked to posts on Macheesmo. Lots of good comments also!
#3 – The Cost of Cooking – I really unfurl my geek-cape on this one. Going into very specific detail on the costs of making a batch of frozen burritos including the time-money of the process was no small task. Also this post has one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken.
#2 – My Problem with MyPyramid – I think this is one of the better posts I’ve written. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that it won’t have much of an impact.
#1 – A Wedding Happened – The recap from my wedding has to top the list just because the photos make me smile. Cheesy but whatever.
I hope you guys like some of the posts that I write that aren’t recipes because I really like writing them.
Leave a comment and if you have a favorite non-recipe post that you’ve written or read recently, leave a link!
Photo by Squonk11.