Blog Her Food Pity Party 2011

Friends Drift Inn Farm – Real Life

Plants on the Portch weekend of Blog Her Food

Real Life A Baby Boomer in Appalachia
Poor Poor Pitiful Me

I suppose I should be down in Atlanta networking with fellow food bloggers. I should feel cheated not rubbing elbows with food celebrities, vying for commercial sponsorships, angling for book deals and trying to catch the attention of the food industry money makers.

The Blog Her Food 2011 Conference is this weekend. Here am I in the big red barn eating pimento cheese and the last of the homemade okra pickles.

The green hills of Kentucky Appalachians fill every corner of my view. I’d invite you to sit at the porch dining table, except it’s full of my baby tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers waiting for a dry day to make their way into our garden. That’s my red high heels under the table. I guess I wore them one too many times into the garden!

Somewhere in the background Sinatra is singing. I hear Charlie puttering in the kitchen for tonight’s dinner party. A single stream of condensation slides down my bourbon glass. The sweet smell of honeysuckle hangs heavy in the air. Across the creek, the coal trains are loading out with a clickety clack.

So Friday night, all you “lucky” food bloggers in Atlanta, look a little northward up here to the hills of Kentucky. I will be sobbing with tears of envy thinking of you.

Yes, that is Kentucky spring greens salad. Yep, that’s fresh roasted asparagus. No, I did not make the Chicken Cordon Bleu….Charlie did. Yes, he made dessert too.

Did I mention the wine and ten close friends as dining companions?

Please Atlanta cry for me.

And for all of you pathetic food bloggers who did not travel to Atlanta, I’ll catch you at the Pity Party.

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.