Monday, September 19, 2011

Lentil Breakdown Turns Two!

It’s the terrible twos for this L’enfant L'entil terrible.
Even though it's only two years old, I think my blog is having a mid-life crisis. It's at that tantrum-throwing, nobody-tells-me-what-to-do age. Yet here I am, wanting to know what to do. I’ve put a lot of my life into this feisty little legume, and now what? Is Lentil Breakdown a viable brand with a clear message? Should it become a more strategic enterprise with a precise end goal? Are there enough readers to warrant its existence? Could I parlay my preoccupation with all things edible, ethical and alphabetical into something more meaningful? Do I have any lentils stuck in my teeth? I hope you know the answers to these questions because I sure don’t. Especially the lentils in the teeth one. I hate it when no one tells me these things.

So while I ponder this blog's future, I thought it would be a good time to peer into its past. If you feel like joining me where "Fork in Mouth Meets Tongue in Cheek," then get out your napkin and pull up a chair. I'm really glad you're here.

Lentil Breakdown’s Year in Review (in order of appearance):

I lost my virginity to Tom.

I headed for the loony bin.

I hung with the Crips in Watts.

I got naughty with Giada’s cleavage.

I found a new shrink.

I trashed the Girl Scouts and was featured in Bon Appetit and Yahoo's Shine.

I cooked for the Queen.

I had my first guest blogger (and a cupcake's first appearance here, but don’t worry—it’s still a bacon-free zone).

I pleaded for rich benefactors to support me in my Starving Artist series.

I demystified cute wine.

I got my quinoa photo in the LA Times.

I revisited the Dairy Queen in my first guest post on Sippity Sup.

I shared travel shots from Vienna, Prague, London and Turkey and waxed poetic about bok choy, star anise and cardamom.

But this isn't the last you’ll be hearing about my blog's existential angst. In fact, I think it’s time to pay a visit to Dr. Sigmund Food. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and I hope you'll be here for my next Lentil Breakdown.

Related Link: Lentil Breakdown Turns One!


  1. Congrats on your second birthday. Had to answer any of those questions but looking forward to another year of fun posts, great recipes and beautiful travel shots.

  2. Happy Birthday!

    I love reading your blog, especially your "odes" to various vegetables. Keep up the good work and great writing!

  3. Happy Blog Birthday or is Blirthday...whatever. Keep up the good stuff. I'll be around to share your loves and dislikes and adventures.

  4. happy b day! brilliant... always tickled by your creative humor...

  5. I love your blog because it is NOT a "strategic enterprise." Despite the fact that I eat bacon and slightly distrust nearly everyone from California, I remain steadfastly loyal to LB! Here's to another year of looking at life through the lens-shaped legume!

  6. Lora, Mollie, FM and Becky: Thank you so much for your long-time readership of L.B. It means the world to me!

    Louise: Am so glad to call you my friend and hope to see you soon!

  7. Had we but world enough, and time,
    This blogging, lady, were no crime.
    But at my back I always hear
    A winged lentil, hurrying near.
    Now let us fork us while we may,
    And like relentilous birds of prey,
    Tear our legumes with rough strife
    Through the iron gates of life.
    Thus though we cannot make our pun
    Stand still, yet we will make him run.

  8. Dear Blalker: that is a very eloquent first line. May have to steal that one day.

  9. As a blog "toddler" you are right on target to question, to challenge and seek your own identity, you are right on track. Stay true and as funny as ever. This from a "9-month" old blog still in diapers and still learning to walk. Happy 2nd Birthday Lentil!

  10. Happy Second Blogiversary! I love your blog and hope to be reading it for years to come. xo

  11. Thank you to my two favorite Lynnes! (even though the first one is a Lynn). I think this is a Lynn/Lynne situation.

  12. Happy birthday! I am also coming up on my two year anniversary and wrestling with some of the same issues you are...

  13. Wonderful accomplishments! Really i am impressed. I wouldn't change a thing about your blog. Be you. I like you.