Exactly a year ago I posted this list, the complete contents of which came to me during one of those midnight feedings with the baby where the mind has no choice but to explore the cobwebby corners of itself.
The overwhelming response to the list was a sheer delight to read, as bloggers barred their souls, confessed all, and nodded understandingly.
The Top 10 List made it's way around many popular food sites and remains one of my most popular posts. It is most worthy of a re-run in it's anniversary.
**Disclaimer: The following is a tongue-in-cheek and much exaggerated preview of what to expect should you accept a dinner invitation to the home of an avid food blogger. At least, I think it would be like this; certainly at my place things are done with much more consideration for the guest!**
1. You won’t be asked to bring anything for dinner except perhaps a bottle of wine or two.
2. Dinner will be served at three in the afternoon because the natural light is better for photographs.
3. Once the meal is ready, it will be marched past the beautifully set dining room table and out the back door for a photo shoot on the shady deck; it will be served to you approximately fifteen minutes later. If you're lucky.
4. Due to #3, dinner will be cold.
5. There will be one beautifully presented dish - the one being photographed - but any side dishes may look like they were hurriedly slopped together.
6. The dining room has a backdrop and fill lights. Don't touch any props.
7. You may be asked if you can be photographed while eating, but note that this request is merely a formality and the host will snap away at will no matter what your response. Expect close-ups of your lips,hands, etc.
8. The host may seem lost in thought for the most of the meal -- presumably because he/she is already composing a blog post in his/her head.
9. If there is conversation, it will probably revolve around the food (details on how it was prepared, the chef’s feelings on how it turned out) or the weather (too sunny for good photographs or not sunny enough).
10. You'll notice that the cake for dessert has a slice missing from it. That's because the host needed to photograph the layers.