Cathy wondered if others, like her, were cooking their way through the recession. Since Cathy didn’t know of any local food groups, she joined an Internet food community called food52. “I met so many people who were crazy about food the way I was,” she said. “Nobody in my life has ever been that crazy about food. I could talk about it while I was eating it, before I was eating it, after I was eating it.”
Food52 led her to Twitter, where food blogger, Kim Foster, known as The Yummy Mummy, tweeted, “Is it cold enough in my basement to hang meat?”
Cathy responded, “Put a duck breast up, and you’ll have duck prosciutto in a week.”
The conversation exploded. “Really?” Foodies tweeted back. “How?”
“Does anybody want to make meat for a year?” Cathy tweeted. And from there Kim and she created their own Internet group called Charcutepalooza, which hosts a monthly charcuterie challenge for readers to make cured meat at home. Over 400 bloggers joined in, and soon after, the group was featured in The Washington Post Food section.
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