Embracing My Inner Food Blogger

imageOne of the more poignant moments in modern American history was when President John F Kennedy stood before a crowd of German citizens and pronounced,

Ich bin ein Berliner.

I am a Berliner. The meaning was powerful.

I am one of you.

Not to make light of those potent words, but strangely, they come to mind as I wait at the airport for a flight home, reflecting on my weekend with a group of food bloggers. We gathered for three gorgeous days in Smuggler’s Notch Vermont to learn how to be better at what we do.

Here’s where I get stuck, though:  The words ” food blogger”.  Since that first day nearly five years ago when I hung my Mom’s Kitchen Handbook shingle, “blogger” has felt like an itchy sweater. I need it for warmth, but I’m not that comfortable putting it on.

I’m a writer, I’ve told myself. I’ve been published in magazines and newspapers. I write books. I have a master’s degree.

Anyone can be a blogger.

And that’s true. Anyone can be a blogger (consider the fact that my 12-year-old daughter has a blog, as does a not-small-number of canine and feline friends). As my colleague Janet Helm pointed out recently in The Good, Bad and Ugly of Fitness and Food Blogging, there is no shortage of bloggers doing a true disservice to the subjects about which they write.

All that being said, I was reminded of something valuable this weekend: the blogging arena is also home to some seriously savvy women who are doing clever, creative work with one objective in mind: inspiring Americans to eat better and live healthier lives. I was lucky to be their company.

And so, I’m finally ready to embrace my inner food blogger.

Ich bin ein Blogger.

I am a Blogger, people!

Disclosure: My attendance at Blog Brûlée was underwritten, in part, by its sponsors.


09.14.2015 at4:02 AM #


And I think you do a really great job with your blog. Your website (and The Kitchn) has become a “go to” for me when looking for recipes and other nutrition/cooking related information. I thank you and appreciate what you do!

09.14.2015 at4:02 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Carolyn. I appreciate sharing the company of the Kitchn, as that is one of my “go tos” as well.

09.14.2015 at5:56 AM #

Deanna Segrave-Daly

And indeed, we were lucky to be in your company as well this weekend. Healthy living/RDN bloggers unite! (P.S. I hope your travel plans today are hassle free 🙂

09.14.2015 at5:56 AM #

Katie Morford

Thank you! It was such a great weekend, Deanna, that the little hiccup in my travel itinerary home was worth it.

09.15.2015 at9:18 AM #

Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition

Get it girl! I was living vicariously through all of you at Blog Brulee…. and am loving this post! You do an amazing job at writing and recipe development here.

09.15.2015 at9:18 AM #

Katie Morford

Blog brulee for you next year, mama. And thank you.

09.15.2015 at10:51 AM #

Amee Livingston

I love this so much, Katie!! It was so wonderful to meet you this past weekend!

09.15.2015 at10:51 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Amee…means a lot come from you. Great to room with you over the weekend.

09.15.2015 at11:33 AM #

Anne|Craving Something Healthy

So well said Katie! It was so wonderful to meet you and you’re a great inspiration to me 🙂

09.15.2015 at11:33 AM #

Katie Morford

Likewise, Anne. By the way, I forgot to tell you that your sweet potato black bean chipotle soup has become a favorite in our house. Now that the weather is cooling off, will have to revisit that one.

09.16.2015 at1:28 PM #


I love this! Your comparison to an itchy sweater is spot on, but I’m surprised you ever felt that way. 🙂 I’ve looked up to your blog in so many ways!

09.16.2015 at4:55 PM #

Lauren Harris-Pincus

I love this Katie! It was wonderful spending an amazing weekend wtih you!

09.20.2015 at6:34 AM #


Love this Katie, well said and beautifully written! I loved meeting you last weekend! See you around the blogging world! 🙂

09.20.2015 at6:34 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks, Sally. And likewise. So nice to meet you. I loved learned about the good work that you do. Hope to bump into you again before too long.

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