Three years ago, I began my musings here at The Schell Cafe. It’s a little hard for me to believe actually. Granted I’ve taken a hiatus or two during the last thirty-six months. When I was pregnant with Littlest I didn’t have a taste for anything and avoided the kitchen like the plague. Hardly conducive to writing a food blog. And, then last year there was the post-miscarriage hurt that induced the need for a distraction which ultimately led to tearing our house down. Note: I didn’t personally tear the house down! I had a whole team of brawny-types to do that. I just needed a project and thought rebuilding the house would be fun. Maybe therapy would have been a more sane approach?!?!
My blogging anniversary and the New Year have me in a very introspective mood, especially about The Schell Cafe. I started this blog with no intentions other than to keep a cooking journal, of sorts for my family.
I never dreamed my virtual cafe would bring in so many customers. My wordpress stat counters tell me how many daily visitors stop by The Schell Cafe and the numbers are staggering to me. I know there are many more well read blogs out there, but in my little neck-of-the-blogosphere, several hundred visitors a day is a lot to serve. And you come from all over the world – Greece, Haiti, Germany, even New York City! 😉
You, dear readers, are truly the silver lining. Especially the regulars who gather ’round my tables. I have met some of the nicest people at my own cafe! And, I’m flattered that you come to me for questions about onions, your cast iron skillet, what to feed young picky eaters, vegetarian menu suggestions, appetizer ideas, and even paint color recommendations! Daily, I find emails from near and far seeking my advice from the kitchen or simply requesting recipes. I am truly humbled by this. And I am increasingly feeling the need to figure out how to truly be of service to you.
So, here’s your chance! Tell me, dear readers, what would you like more of at The Schell Cafe? Healthy recipes? Busy family meal suggestions? Haute cuisine dishes? More challenging recipes? Simple, quick recipes? Sustainable and Green living ideas? Printable recipes? Shopping suggestions? Video/Live cam demonstrations?
I really would love to know what brings you to the cafe and what will keep you comin’ back for more. Feel free to leave your requests in the comments below or email me directly at kristinschell (at) mac (dot) com.