Christmas Insecurity Complex

When Pasplore invited me to contribute a recipe to their holiday recipe mosaic I was quite flattered. A little holiday recognition for Joe! I thought. Then I saw the thing. Very cool, but talk about making a guy feel small — Lord! The size of the food blogosphere boggles the mind. That so many of you have found your way here is something of a miracle. That so many of you keep coming back, given all the nonsense you regularly find here, is an even greater miracle (and one I an extremely grateful for).

16 thoughts on “Christmas Insecurity Complex”

  1. Wow, that is cool – and totally overwhelming! I so appreciate this blog, seriously. Every recipe I’ve tried has been delicious and your science-y take on things is fascinating. Happy hols! xo

    1. It is overwhelming, isn’t it? But thanks, K! Merry Christmas and a hapy New Year to you!

      – Joe

  2. Congratulations Joe, and well deserved.

    As to why we all keep coming back here, I would suggest it is your common sense approach, the way you can address in simple terms something complicated, or what appears to be complicated on a lot of the other food blogs.

    Plus the odd bits of information and outright fun you manage to provide.

    Long may you continue.

    Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to you and your wonderful family.

    1. I really and truly wasn’t fishing for compliments, Warren, but that’s a mighty one! Thanks so much — and a Merry Christmas to you!

      – Joe

  3. Well, wow! Nice! Recognition, indeed. Congrats to you. It’s a fine site you have here: informative, funny, full of good photography, and a nifty, simple logo to boot.

    And in a nice bit of serendipity, I was just enjoying a black and white cookie, and when I clicked to the page, my cursor happened to be pointing at black and white cookies. That must be a sign that I should have another! (They’re small.)

    1. I’m superstitious that way, too. Part of the reason I can never seem to keep anything delicious in the house for very long.

      Thanks, Beth!

      – Joe

  4. Joe, your blog is different. You’re not pretentious. You’re not all artsy fartsy. You’re sensible. You’re practical. It’s a breath of fresh air.

    1. Cheers, Bronwyn. And thanks for your regular commentary. You’re part of the a small but regular chorus that reigns me in when I go too far!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      – Joe

  5. Let me join in the chorus and repeat. Your blog is great on every level: easy to follow methods, interesting visuals, huge amounts of information written with a nice dash of humor, and a very friendly approach to the reader; why would people not want to visit you Joe?

    1. Ha! I can think of a few reasons…

      Tanks very much though, Theresa! Your friend,

      – Joe

  6. I only follow two blogs: Food52 and yours. I am super busy and am picky about spending time in worthwhile places. I second all of the above comments, and add that I like that you post about your mistakes. This is really helpful. Plus, you have a family and a job and a neighborhood so you are juggling to bake, like the rest of us. We are really lucky to be able to follow your blog. Hope you stay in good health for years to come!

    1. Oh I’m not going anywhere, Melinda, my project list is too long. It’ll take me decades. But that is very high praise indeed. I’ll do my best to continue to earn your readership!

      – Joe

  7. Hey Joe! I just went to the Pasplore site and they’ve got you in the picture 9 times! Congratulations, they want people to find you!

    1. Suh-weet! Are they all repeats of he same dessert? Or different things?

      – Joe

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