A Fresh Start

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Hello to all!

It has taken me quite a while to get this website back up and running. I am happy to say I have finally gotten here with some help from wonderful and generous people in my life. My knowledge of blogging and setting up websites is still (very much) a work in progress!

I am going to be starting from scratch. Despite the loss of hundreds of recipes I created on the prior version of FoodyBites, I refuse to look at it as a meaningless loss. This is as an opportunity to build something better, more thorough, and with more direction.

I feel it is the perfect time of year to bring this website back. Spring time signifies new life and new beginnings, and this website, and entire year, has been a new beginning for me in a lot of ways. Spring also awakens an energy and excitement in me to cook & create more. The farmer’s market here in Syracuse, NY and grocery stores have more in-season, local vegetables and herbs to chose from, which is inspiring in and of itself for anyone who enjoys cooking!

A significant change in my website will be the inclusion of more of my own thoughts & personal stories. I will be sharing a lot of quotes and poems, as they have been key to my growth and change this past year (Emily Dickinson, Ani Difranco, and Walt Whitman in particular).

I do not expect this blog to go viral or become immensely popular in any sense. It is an outlet for me; something I can put my effort into and take pride in. As Emily Dickinson wrote, “fame is a fickle food, upon a shifting plate.” I hope that FoodyBites gives you all some ideas for cooking, makes you excited to try new recipes, or maybe just gives you a place to look at pictures of food. If  any of you know me personally, you know that I enjoy cooking for people I love. It is probably one of my favorite ways that I show affection, admiration, and appreciation. If I cook for you, I cherish you. And I hope that you can feel that love through my food.

So, with all that said, I am getting started with new recipes and ideas to share this upcoming week. I want to thank my family (Mom, Dad, Marisa, and Katie) and friends who have stood by me this year, encouraged me to keep moving forward, and have helped me realize I am worth more than I ever knew. Loss is sometimes beneficial. I have learned more through loss and grief this year than I learned in my happiest times. I am going to leave you guys with a poem by Emily Dickinson (sorry, she’s just so great!) about the art of losing, and how, despite the customary pain of losing something or someone, it does not always have to be the end.

“The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

– Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.”

If you are interested in this type of thing, I hope you keep checking back for updates! I appreciate any and all support. I love you all greatly!

Antonia Canuso-Reiner

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