The following originally appeared on 1/7/09 on Exit 51.
Blogs That Rock – Smitten Kitchen
Deb, of Smitten Kitchen, is the kitchen goddess I aspire to be. Her blog has the power to unleash the Seven Deadly Sins from her home kitchen.
Lust is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires. Take one look at her photos and you will be consumed with the desire for a taste of whatever she’s making. Doesn’t matter if you like the particular ingredients, you will be mesmerized by the pictures. Yes, this is food porn at its finest.
Gluttony is the over-indulgence and over consumption of anything. Seriously, would one taste of the Peanut Butter Crispy Bars be enough for anyone?
Greed is a sin of excess. Greedy behavior, including hoarding of materials or objects, is one possible side effect of making her recipes. Would YOU really share the Peanut Butter Crispy Bars? Be honest. It’s ok, I wouldn’t either.
Sloth is a sin of laziness or indifference. Like after you’ve eaten the entire batch of Crispy Bars, you will be completely indifferent to whether or not you shared them with anyone.
Wrath is a tricky one. It may be described as feelings of hatred and anger and is not necessarily associated with selfishness or self-interest, although one can be wrathful for selfish reasons, such as jealousy. As in you did choose to share some of those Crispy Bars and the jealousy you experience over knowing you won’t be able to enjoy ALL of those tasty treats is overwhelming.
Envy, like greed, may be characterized by an insatiable desire. On a daily basis, I am envious of what Deb is able to accomplish in 80 square feet of kitchen space AND her ability to capture such stunning pictures of it all.
Pride is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others or excessive love of self. I can attest that when I was able to get an edible loaf from her Bread Without A Timetable recipe, I was feeling all kinds of important and prideful. Not pretty, I know, but it’s the truth.
You’ve been warned, Smitten Kitchen is some powerful juju. But in moderation, and with deliberate thoughtfulness, its powers can be harnessed for good, instead of evil.