The Pioneer Woman

4 Jan

I spent much of my night last night, awake, reading a lot of your wonderful comments in the “I’m Back!” post below. Everyone was so sweet and I genuinely enjoyed reading everyone’s holidays stories and resolutions. Seriously, I laughed out loud at sooo many of them.

Then, already feeling a bit emotional, I stupidly went to one of my favorite sites to gather a ton of new recipes to add to my little desktop folders. And I will tell you why this makes sense…

The Pioneer Woman has one of my most favorite sites in the food world. I absolutely adore everything she makes, every flavor she uses, where she comes from, what she does. Her writing is funny, her recipes are easily laid out with some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen — and she even devotes a section to teaching her readers how to take better photos of their food. She gets hundreds and hundreds of comments and still somehow has time to help every single person who asks for it. She has one book, another on the way, and a show on the Food Network. ALL WITH 4 KIDS AND DOGS AND A CATTLE RANCH TO TAKE CARE OF.

And it all started with her site and her personal love for food and cooking for her family.

She is just…thoughtful, smart, funny, and just plain awesome.

My point here is that…that woman, Ree Drummond, does it so, so well that every single time I go on her site, I, without fail, start feeling like a complete failure. I say, “what the hell am I doing, thinking I can be a part of this food world??”….eyes fill up with water as I question and doubt basically everything, ever.

I have no credibility. No schooling, no true knowledge in any one aspect of food. I am an expert in literally nothing. I just know I love to cook. I love to have people over, I love to laugh and make mistakes and drink wine while doing it. I love to travel, try new things, eat everything. That’s all I have. And while that sounds nice, I want to be knowledgeable…to gain the kind of respect from people that this pioneer woman has gained from me.

So as the sun came up, I found myself googling different food-world idols of mine, literally looking for any kind of career guidance. Paula, Ina, Padma, Giada…what the hell did they do to get to where they are? And I learned a lot. Giada, for instance, worked her ass off, going to culinary school in France and then working at restaurants all throughout  Los Angeles, then was a food stylist at the Food Network. Now she, of course, has multiple books, a line of kitchen supplies, her own show, and sooooo much more.

But she is a true chef-chef. I know I don’t want to be a chef. I don’t want to run around like a crazy person, “on the line”. I would just crumble in seconds.

So then came Padma. Oh how I’d love to be Padma. Not much of a background in food apparently, but a strong passion for spices and food in general. She’s pretty much an expert in flavors and spices. Obsessed. With. Spices. Also speaks like, 5 languages, which probably helps….somehow….. Sheesh. I speak 1.4 languages…i wonder if that matters…i knew i should have taken more languages in school…or actually finished college and taken some language courses there…or better yet a freakin culinary school…yeah that woulda been smart since i loved it and all…why did i not go to culinary school again….

This is how I’ve been talking to myself lately.

Then I just had to stop. And think about where to start. And it is there that I am lost.

Culinary school means dropping everything. That’s scary. I’m never scared, really. Those “The Devil Inside” promos? I laugh during them. I fall asleep to dead bodies on Investigation Discovery nightly. Being called a model is pretty much all I know. No more modeling (which I don’t do much of anymore anyhow), which would mean no more Sports Illustrated that I ADORE, which means no more year-long endorsements and exposure that leads to fun tv spots that are the core of my work now. But will culinary school just teach me to work a real-life professional kitchen without true knowledge of the food I love? I don’t want that. But I do want to learn from the beginning.

Then what do I even want to specialize in? Everyone in the food world has their “thing”. Ina and Paula make me think comfort food, Paula’s with a bit more of a southern touch (of butter). Giada has Italian, obviously. And then there’s that damned Padma with her spices again. What would mine be? Bacon? Can you make a career off of loving bacon, garlic and onion? I love eating low carb, but it ain’t too much fun makin’ it. I am not a big sweets person. I do love dinner parties and serving others though….I love feeding people and making them happy. I love traveling and trying everything. I……LJDGLKDJSGLKADFHGF;KLHF;HK.

But if I did have a show, do I need to start having my own collection of Chrissy recipes? Recipes I’ve created? I am so proud when I do a dish entirely on my own, but it’s a lot harder than it seems, being that I can be pretty insecure while writing them, as I have no background whatsoever in food. DO I EVEN LOVE FOOD?? Should I just end up being one of those entertainment show correspondents, begging actual talented people for interviews as they run past me to an actual more-talented interviewer??

AM I DOOMED TO BE A REAL HOUSEWIFE?? Okay let’s face it, I’d love that — in 20 years.

Such is life after modeling. MANY great ones go on to act, host, work with wonderful philanthropic groups, have thriving careers in something they love. But many more of us end up going on to be wives with a jewelry-making side project (no offense, I would do it too if I had the patience and creativity and I wasn’t so loud and fun and awesome). Modeling is something I was never 100% interested in doing in the first place. I always have so much more fun with the goofy side of it, the camera part, the fun with the girls. The traveling. All of the behind-the-scenes people that are now some of my best and closest friends.

I feel, right now, like I did when I was 20 years old. Really anxious and nervous and hopeful and excited, but no idea what to do. And I am feeling like I’m wasting time.

I feel like I want to grab cooking by the balls but I’m one of those weirdos on TLC’s “Virgin Diaries” . I have no idea how to grab the balls correctly.

I guess this whole post is just therapy for me. More thinking out loud. And if you’re new, this isn’t the first time I’ve done this, you poor things. I hope it doesn’t come off as anything more than just a currently-insecure and career-confused girl, rambling. No complaining…no compliment fishing…no bragging…just thinking. Maybe you have a similar situation with life?

Did you seriously read all this? I kind of feel bad for you. I’ll make it up to you tonight. Ew not like that! With recipes, silly.

Well, you did get learn about my love for the pioneer woman, so it wasn’t a total loss for you : )

Visit her site here…..there is NO way you are crazy enough to get as sad by it as I usually do. She is amazing.

The Pioneer Woman

And no, I am not on my period.

xx

241 Responses to “The Pioneer Woman”

  1. Jessica January 4, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    You were quite charming on the cookie show with Kelsey. So this means you need a show. I’ll watch! :)

  2. Din January 4, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    This was amazing and so honest! Thank you for sharing. I feel the same. Turning 30 and I feel like I am starting all over again. But it will be worth it in the end.

  3. Cassandre Snyder January 4, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Feel the fear and do it anyway. Your biggest regret will be that you didn’t try.

  4. Ian January 4, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    You’re also a genuinely funny writer. It’s incredibly difficult to be funny in print and you excel. Not that you’re looking for advice, but I think you should just keep doing what you’re doing: cooking and writing about it.

  5. shelly January 4, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    awww….. thanks for sharing, this is quite personal and totally relatable..

  6. Fran January 4, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    It’s so easy to get caught up in qualifications, but what I love most about PW’s blog is that she’s just sharing her life – good and the bad (but she still makes it funny).

    Comparison is the thief of all joy – you might not have a culinary background, but it’s evident that you’re passionate about it and I’ve not read any of your posts that didn’t make me laugh!

    You should probably just ask Ree if you can come spend the day cooking with her…

  7. Kate January 4, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Chrissy – you are SUCH a normal 20-something girl and I love it! These are the decisions everyone goes through, so take heart that you are not alone in your wandering. And that you have true talent in creating this little blog and keeping so many of us entertained through stories, recipes and your personal brand of twelve-year-old-boy-hilarity. Just because you can’t name it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!!! Try to give yourself some grace and keep on truckin’. You will land where you are meant to, promise!

    • Alexandra January 5, 2012 at 2:13 am #

      Great reply. Couldn’t add much to make it much better than that… besides, YOUR GREAT Chrissy. We don’t know you personally, but we love you. Everything Kate said… : )

  8. melanie January 4, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    You’re amazing. I love your honesty, your vulnerability. We all have these thoughts. Or maybe not. But I certainly do. Only, my cooking skills, or lack thereof, would send you away crying in a much different way than the Pioneer Woman. My struggle is more business world vs. homemaker because I’m certainly not the superwoman-type who can do it all. Aghhh. There. That feels better. I wish you all the best.

  9. Lauren Strzelecki (@LaurenStrz) January 4, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I completely agree with Fran. Also, one of the reasons I love your site, it is just a candid and frank discussion about some truly amazing recipes. I love the fact that you’re so honest about the recipes you are trying and always looking for suggestions on ways to make them better (which shows you are not a know-it-all which I tend to find annoying). :) I say keep up the good work and recipes coming our way!

  10. Erin Lynn January 4, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Every girl I know who didn’t start their “career” right after college or trade school or what-have-you has gone through this in their mid-late twenties. I constantly bounce back and forth between “career” woman working my way up the business ladder, social work (polar-opposites much?) and building a life with my boyfriend to eventually be the mega-mom/wife girl person.

    I’m trying desperately to believe that as long as you’re doing what is making you happy (for you, cooking and entertaining), you’ll end up meeting the right person with the right connections who will help you figure out what that end game is.

    In good news….you’re asking the questions of yourself required to make any changes at all…thats the only place to start!

    xo-Erin

  11. Danielle January 4, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I love this post. As I read it, I found myself saying “I know exactly how she feels!”. Gotta love honesty like that because there’s really not that much out there anymore. Do you ever stumble upon those happy go lucky blogs where everything is sunshine and daisies and it makes you want to off yourself? When you’re pretty and successful, ppl tend to think that any sort of uncertainty is automatically negativity, then you get the “oh the pretty rich girl has SUCH A HARD LIFE!” comments. Fuck it. Good for you for being honest about your journey and your search for what’s next. I’m right there with you girl!
    xx Danielle
    Lovelifeandlouboutins.blogspot.com

  12. Marble C. January 4, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Woman! You need a show. A hybrid of ‘the soup’ and ‘the view’. Where you talk about food, food trends, celebrity cooking blogs, the latest crazy cupcake trend.

    And…. I was once a fish hater, anti any kinda fish, but thanks to you I tried the catfish, and we now eat it about 3 times a week. Im gearing to make your marinate this weekend with shone shrimp.. I LOVE your blog!

  13. Brian January 4, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    You should go to a culinary school with a football team. Just tell them you played with Dan Marino, you’ll make it for sure.

    You said you probably wouldn’t like being a restaurant chef, but have you considered catering?

    Whatever you decide to do, good luck.

  14. Sarah January 4, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    You will have a show that is as much about
    your food and love for entertaining as it is
    about learning as you go. That’s what you’ve
    taught me..learn as you go- if you don’t
    get it right-drink wine and try again:)

  15. Elise January 4, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Pioneer Woman’s pictures are the NUMBER ONE thing that makes me love her site so much. I am always kinda scared that I am going to mess a recipe and having the pics there lets me know that Im not completeing messing up. And I LOVE that you have done that with your blog too! As for the rest of life’s plan I understand your predicament. My finace (yuck word) and I both graduated from college in May and the only thing thats really set in stone at this point is being together. Its scary not knowing what the future will bring. And I would LOVE if you had a show about cooking, entertaining, and maybe a little fashion and decorating stuff too.

  16. adriana January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    i ABSOLUTELY know how you feel, or at least feel that i can relate. i love to cook, have visited pioneer woman’s site more times than i’d like to count, and am a little perplexed as to where to go next. I never thought of food as a potential career for myself. I’ve always loved culture, politics, and the “globalization” of society that has been occuring. I’ve been stuck on whether or not to go on to grad school or simpy drop everything and go to culinary school… I’m sure we’ll figure it out. I heard Paula started selling sandwhiches out of brown paper bags! If she can do it so can we!

    ps- obsessed with john (not like that, well sort of) and your blog, and you!

    keep them food posts coming, girl!

  17. Lauren January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Chrissy, we alllll feel that way! Thanks for sharing this and helping even the most normal of us understand that even models, engaged to Grammy winners, have teh same insecurities as every other woman on the planet. (Man, why are we so hard on ourselves again?) I personally thing your whole APPEAL is that you are not a professional chef/cook/food stylist/spice-knower. I love how you write from a perspective that says “food is good, food is funny!” I would suggest that you don’t veer far from that! You’re about to be a young wife, and an audience would likely really love to follow the food successes and yes, sometimes horrible horrible disasters (i.e. the curing incident)that come with building a home, a family and just starting out. I mean god, I’m 26 and have been married for 8 months. If there was a cookbook I could buy right now that said something along the lines of “girl, I know you have no idea what you’re doing. Your hungry. Your husband is hungry. I know, let’s get through it together!” I’d snap it up in an instant. Anyway, all of this to say – I think what you do NOW is great. So if you’re happy doing it, just do more of it! Your writing style is smart and funny and real. It’s refreshing!

  18. laura January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    As much as I love the Pionner Woman’s blog, I think your is truly just as awesome, but in a completely different way. I think most people can relate to how you feel right now, but honestly, I love how you approach food and cooking. It’s relateable and real. I think you’ve already found more of a niche than you realize.

  19. casey January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    i fucking love the pioneer woman

  20. Megan January 4, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    This post totally reminded me (not that I’m not reminded daily) of why I adore you and not-so-secretly wish we were best friends. First, you are such a great writer and I completely get how you’re feeling because you explained it so well. Obviously, this means you must keep writing about what you love, which is food.

    Second – I’ve totally been where you are. After college, I was pursuing a career path I thought I wanted . . . and then one day I realized I totally didn’t want it and what I really wanted to do (don’t laugh) was go to law school and be a lawyer. I was scared out of my mind – giving up a paycheck to live on financial aid, moving across the country to a place where I knew NO ONE, and knowing that law school was going to be freaking hard and I couldn’t be out partying every night or generally having fun. And it was weird for the first few weeks, but then I made great, life-long friends and now I’m practicing law and I could not be happier. What I’m saying is this – it is SO scary to make a career change (or any kind of major life change) and it can be awkward and uncomfortable and you may feel outside of your comfort zone. But it will completely pay off in the end if you are doing what makes you truly happy. If food and writing about food and making a career out of food is what you want to do, you should just dive in! So many people don’t have the ambition or ability (financially, physically, etc) to pursue their dreams and do what will truly make them happy. You do and I think it would almost be criminal for you not to because you are a fabulous cook (I use your recipes regularly), a wonderful and entertaining writer (I stalk you on twitter), and someone who has a following of very loyal (and very cool) people. Just do it.

  21. Kirbie January 4, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Girlfran, you’ve encountered your quarter-life crisis! We are roughly the same age, which is somewhat sickening given you are marrying John Legend and wearing pretty dresses and starring in Ciroc commercials (I have a fabulous recipe for what I call the Ciroc Obama), and I’m just now ending my year and a half post as the bitch of the office to take on a job I truly care about: writing, hosting and social media. (finally.)

    What do we know? You don’t have to go to school to be good at something! Ben Silverman, current (prior? Too lazy to research) head of NBC Universal went to school and studied history. And we’re all familiar with Bill Gates peacing out of school. If you’re good at something, don’t worry about what credentials you don’t have!!

    This is a long ass comment but I encourage you to keep writing! Your writing voice is perfection. It will complement any and all food endeavors you work on in the future. Also, bacon makes everything 100% more amazing. I’d watch “Bacon with Chrissy Teigen.”

    • chrissyteigen January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      LOL ciroc obama. and thank you for this. xx!!!!

  22. Celeste January 4, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    You are so in your 20′s…! Totally normal conversations to be having with yourself. I think the food blog is a great start and you’re headed in the right direction. You are doing big things right now already. It will come to you or maybe even just fall in your lap one day. Enjoy pondering!

  23. Anabel January 4, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Oh maybe you could could expand your blog being both a written and video blog you could help different people who are hosting parties or events and tells them how to cook, what to cook…what compliments what and in which social setting and culture. (I know that sounds like a glorified party planner/caterer type but it’s not, you could be like a master food consultant!!) You seem pretty knowledgable and worldly so you could be the person that brings it all together for all us clueless people, you then don’t have to get messy creating your own recipes but reference the amazing people who you admire. This all made sense in my head im sure its most likely a ball of crap!!

    I dropped everything this time last year to go study fashion, it scared the life outta me but was sooooo happy I did it, now am almost finished the course am scared sh1tless again as the real world looms and I have no idea where to go with it. What I did learn is that there are a million options it’s just a matter of figuring out which one is for you. Im a firm believer of everything will work itself out so just go with it and see where it takes you.

  24. Richard Sharp January 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    we all come from somewhere.

    take your time and learn. when i watch shit shows like “Top Chef Canada” (yeah, I’m Canadian) and think that I’d be able to do what they do, I then realize how many cooking styles I have yet to understand or master. so peck away, learn what you want to cook and what your (uggg) brand is going to be, and do it.

  25. Christine January 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I love reading your blog just as much as I love reading PW so whatever you are doing works. Maybe you should start posting more recipes regularly with a index to make it more of a food blog and go from there. I know it is hard. I have thought many times about starting a blog that can actually make money. Good Luck!

  26. Drew January 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I know exactly how you feel. I have a family member that has been a caterer for 20 years, and now has a local TV show, and a monthly food column in a few regional magazines, all without any cooking school degree.

    The way she has achieved all of that is through hard work, and COOKING! Yes, it is important to learn technique, and Michael Ruhlman’s new book, “Ruhlman’s Twenty” is a great place to start. Once you masters those techniques nothing should stop you. But do not believe for one second that you can not do what Ina or some of those other people you mentioned have done. They take an idea test it, master it and then make it their own.

    You also have to have confidence in the kitchen. Own whatever you are making and people will respect you more for it.

    Good luck.

  27. thedancingrunner January 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I can totally relate to this. You would be so fabulous if you had a cooking show! I would certainly watch. I absolutely love your blog and I’m so glad I discovered it!

  28. Meg January 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Chrissy – you defy so many expectations that would be incredibly easy to fall into. You are a strong, beautiful, witty woman who seems incredibly down-to-earth when you consider the assumptions that follow you as a swimsuit model & fiancee to a musical superstar.

    The fact that you’re willing to express some vulnerabilities that plague all people (mid-twenties, mid-thirties…pretty much every age, really) shows your ability to relate to your audience, and if the comments I’ve read are any indication, your audience appreciates you more for it.

    If you love cooking & you believe in yourself enough to pursue it, I have no doubt that you could do whatever you set your mind to. Nobody wants you to be the next Ina, Padma, Giada or Paula – we enjoy them because of how unique they are. Your audience wants YOU, which has been made abundantly clear by how voracious they are for your blog posts, Twitter posts, etc.

    Whatever you decide, you have people who are behind you. I personally love your blog because you infuse humor with a real knowledge of how to work around a kitchen. And you’re not afraid to tell people about your mistakes. In that way, to me you remind me of Julia Child, and I really couldn’t give you any higher praise than that.

  29. Emily January 4, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    PW is like a crazy cooking, photographing, homeschooling monster machine. And I love her for it, I really do. I often wonder, though, how much help she has. I know she talks about doing it all on her own, but I’m just not so sure.

    Anyway, you sound like a normal girl in her mid-20s. Now, most girls in their mid-20s aren’t beautiful swimsuit models engaged to hot-ass singers (I mean, *I* totally am, but you know, *most* are not like us.) But I think a lot of girls start their careers and then have a moment of “what the fuck am I doing?” I’m kind of there, too. You have the unique opportunity to do something really awesome because you honestly have talent, a personality, and the drive. Why not start some kind of web cooking show once a week? Baby steps. :)

  30. Peppercorn Paprikash January 4, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    It’s interesting – I feel the same way, sort of, minus the modeling and travel (oh god I wish I could travel for work), and maybe minus the food-centered career goals,definitely minus the John Legend FIANCEEEEEE, also plus 6 years, but I totally know what you’re going through. Imagine going to a 10 year college reunion where the freaking VP of Important Money Things at Goldman-Sachs is in your class, and you’re rolling up an out-of-work secretary with no husband. It’s great. I fell into a hilariously maudlin depression, and gained lots of weight drinking beer and eating cheezits, and catching up on damn near all the great tv series that Fox has canceled.
    So I don’t feel qualified to give advice; I can only tell you what I did, and that is, start small. The job I had, I used to fantasize about getting hit by a car on the way to work so that I wouldn’t have to go in, so you know I loved it. The only thing I truly liked about that job was making posters for events we’d have. I could lose days photoshopping Angela Merkel’s head onto George Washington’s body. So I started taking graphic design courses, working my way towards a certificate. I’d love to be like, and now I have my own studio and am designing the new Pepsi logo, but that’s not true. I still do stuff for free, or for friends who pay me in beer (…what), but I’m doing something I like with my time.
    You’re probably hella busy, but maybe you can take cooking classes somewhere that are just a day long? To start off? I mean, look at Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/ – she’s my go-to for recipes) – she started off vamping on other people’s recipes and now she’s got a cookbook out.

    In terms of what you like about cooking, you remind me of Nigella Lawson. Have you seen her show? She’s basically making love to all the ingredients, and then throwing it in the oven and eating the whole thing right there, and I’m pretty sure there’s a bottle of wine present through most of the show. I’m sure some channel out there would give you a show – maybe one where you travel around the country/world taking cooking classes – capitalizing on your desire to learn more, rather than you having to slog through cooking school, etc.

    This is long, no one will read this, I’m going to go to bed now, right here at my desk.

    • chrissyteigen January 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      LOL. i read it and i loved it :) and i want more.

  31. Katie January 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Thank GOD you’re freaking out, too. I commented on the “I’m Back” one about being one of the youngest in my family, and unfortunately that means I’m 17 and currently freaking out about college. I can stay on the east coast and go to a great school (Northeastern) for free, or I can go to my dream school on the west coast (USC) not for free, but then I still don’t even know if I’m getting into it, so everything is just stressful until April when I find out. I know I want to be involved in the music industry, or the film industry, and I have no freaking idea how I’m supposed to plan the rest of my life right now. I love LA and am tired of living in Boston, but I can go to LA through internships w/ N.U. I JUST DON’T KNOW. Anyways, clearly I am in no position to be handing out advice but I’m more than happy to offer support.

    • chrissyteigen January 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      i am so happy to hear that people still freak out about going to college. that is succcch a good thing to freak out about — such a positive. means you want it.

      go for your dream school :) don’t wonder what it woulda been like. you are a baaaaaby. But never forget that with the industries you want to be in, making good relationships and meeting the right people is key. Just as important as schooling.

      And if you hate a city you’re in, time to leave! that is a must. I moved sooo many times growing up. So, so happy I left the little town I did most of my growing up in. Life would be COMPLETELY different if I hadn’t.

      It will all come together. It always does.

  32. Becky C January 4, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Welcome Back! Just caught up on all your brillant posts! {congratulations on the whole f***céééé thing.} I was so happy for you guys that I welled up and told my boyfriend. Should I have been that excited about it. Probably not but fuck it. :)

    Surprisingly relatable post. Whatever path you choose will be the right one for you. Very philosophical and not at all helpful but you are the only person that can decide what it is you want. All I know is your too hard on yourself! I adore your blog, humour, style, recipes and lifestyle. Set forth and conquer the world!!!

    On another note I’m off to Pioneer Woman do thanks for opening my world up to another great woman!

  33. Sarshboogie (@Sarshboogie) January 4, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I am (almost) 30, and I cannot even tell you how often I have these thoughts. Except not with modeling and cooking, but with teaching and…anything other than teaching. I sometimes wonder if anyone is ever truly content with what they do, or if we all want more. As far as your cooking goes, you definitely inspire me! What we have learned about TV shows, is that you don’t always need to be the most talented, as long as you have a passion and a great personality. I use your cooking tips all of the time, and I think you could get your own show in a heartbeat, I would definitely watch!

    • chrissyteigen January 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      :) what are your “other than teaching”s? ps you are one purdy teacher! and thank you!

  34. j January 4, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Hi,
    so I went to cooking school and I couldn’t cut it as a chef (it took me 2 years to get my love for cooking back when I quit) but I always tell people the same thing when they ask me about cooking school.

    You said you were hesitant about culinary school, I say go for it. Culinary school takes 6 months full time and will take everything out of you, but it will give you the foundations for everything you need to be in the ‘food world’ and the people you meet love food just as much as you do. I went to culinary school and I didn’t end up becoming a chef but I loved everything minute of it and it taught me everything I know about food…which is a lot.

    The best thing to do is to go and do some work experience in different restaurants and see what kind of path you want to take. From small cafes, to boutique bakery’s or 3 Michelin star restaurants it will show you different sides of the industry and not just the ‘glamorous’ side.

    Don’t wake up in 20 years regretting not exploring this path.

    Love you and congratulations on the engagement.

    X
    J

  35. Guy Martial January 4, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    This was really funny. That’s why i like your blogs. You are honest. Honestly, I think if you don’t try, you will never know. Maybe you don’t have to go to culinary school, but my girlfriend and I would watch your show. Seriously. But I can relate to the feeling you are going through. I was at a point myself after college when I didn’t know what to do(I wasn’t coming off a modeling career though, maybe a career in Walmart cashier), then I decided to go to medical school and it turned out well. I’m a second year Dermatology resident now. Now, I’m just dreading turning 30. Ugh..

  36. Emma January 4, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Aww you sound just like me! I’m 25 and can never decide what to do with my life. I’m so grateful to have so many opportunities in life but l always fear I might make the wrong decision. I started studying business, dropped out, randomly moved to London for 3 yrs, fell into a marketing job & loved it, moved back to Australia, finished my degree specialising in marketing and now I’m moving to New York in March. Point is, you’re never going to know what the right decision is and the path you choose might not be the easiest but it will be the right one for you. I’m sure you already know in your heart what decision you want to make. You seem to have a great support network & a genuine love for food so you’ll be fine :) . I second the tv show notion. You’re hilarious!

  37. A January 4, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Do what you love – whatever that is. And then you’ll never live in regret. Life with passion is the real life. Go for it.

  38. Kat January 4, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I hope I don’t sound like I’m giving you advice because I’m in no position to do it since I think I can pretty much relate to 98% of that post. But I will say this: you are absolutely and completely CRAZY about food and cooking, and it would be wrong (and I think you’ll regret it) if you don’t go for it. I think you can worry about the credibility or the specialization and all the other things later and by then you’ll probably realize that those things really don’t matter.

    I think I speak for everyone when I say that you’re already doing quite well here, you make people laugh (really hard, in my case), you get people to cook and try things they never thought they would like or could make… and you’ve done all that without the “credibility” or the “knowledge” you’ve been worrying about. Giada or Padma sure as hell haven’t had that effect on me… So, yes, for what it’s worth, I say go for it. Just don’t drop this blog, too, ok? As selfish as this sounds, I’d rather have you modeling and blogging than in culinary school and NOT… I’m kidding of course. Kinda.

    One more thing: please do bring those Kevlar gloves to culinary school.

  39. Jaclyn January 4, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Chrissy – When The Pioneer Woman started her website I don’t believe that she had any culinary background or professional cooking knowledge. She’s just a woman who loves to cook, knows how to do it, and has an imagination for recipes. And really, she’s not that imaginative. You could TOTALLY be her. You are an amazing writer, you really have a gift for your letting your voice shine through. This website that you have now? This place is the start of your Pioneer Woman-like career. All she started with was a website too, and a love story.

    Right now is the best time for you to pursue this. Maybe you don’t have to go to full-on culinary school and put your modeling career on hold. I think you can do both! You live in NY and LA, two places where you have a wealth of culinary classes at your disposal. Start taking them. You have resources many people don’t have to follow their dreams and are famous enough right now that you can parlay some of that into a career with food, if that’s what you really want to do. You are really talented so I think you can!

    Nothing but best wishes for you.

  40. Sylvia January 4, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I’ve decided to leave London and my job as a writer to go to New York to do a course in broadcasting. I’m totally shit scared and can’t stop thinking of everything that can go wrong (I’ll run out of money, I’ll never get a job again, I’ll get murder Law & Order SVU style) – but I’m gonna do it anyway because I feel like I’ll regret it more if I don’t at least try. You should too!! Maybe there’s a part time course somewhere you can do in the mean time just to figure out which direction you want to go in?

  41. Nicole January 4, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    This is one of the tough decisions in life – I know this because I’m there too. I graduated college with a Sociology degree and have been working in the banking industry as a career job (mostly because it was the only job available). While I’m doing well here, it’s not what I want out of life. On the flip side, I don’t know what I DO want out of life. So, I’m here… trying to figure out a question I feel most people figured out at age 10 when people asked them, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”.

    So, I’m taking a risk, I’m quitting my job and packing up shop to travel. Luckily, I have a boyfriend who travels for a living, so I’m just going to tag along for a while and help out where I can. Hopefully, I can start writing and through that I’m hoping I find out where I’m supposed to be. I think that’s all we can really ask for in life, just to be happy and have the hope of something better.

    I don’t really know if this helps, but I hope you know that you’re not alone. Best of luck with everything – I’m eager to see how it all works out. Because it will, work out, eventually.

  42. Andre' January 4, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Don’t be intimidated by professionals. Passion is your credibility. It’s undeniable, and from the most honest place of your heart.

    Learn, but do it your way. Travel, you have the means. Remain guided by your passion and you’ll gain the admiration and respect of others. (you can already count me as one)

  43. Stephanie January 4, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I don’t really have any advice, as I’m 24 (and a half) and I’m still searching for what I really want, and I’m back in school again. But I just want to say that I’m so totally cheering for you and can’t wait to follow you along on your journey, whatever that may be. You’ll be great no matter what – model, chef, tv host, janitor…whatever! (let’s hope not janitor)

  44. manie January 4, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    It’s oddly really refreshing to hear that people across the spectrum – models like you and mostly internet-reader/part-time worker like me and everyone in the comments – gets that feeling of “holy crap what am i doing”?????? I’m applying to grad school for a masters but writing all the personal statements and the thought of not having a secure job is pretty scary and makes me feel so uncertain about my future. Thanks for posting this – I like that other people sometimes feel as discombobulated, but happy, confused, but enthusiastic, as me. You’re awesome, and you’ll be good at no matter what you choose to do!! But please, have a show. It would be amazing.

  45. Tim Doolittle (@TimmyDoolittle) January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve had a couple of moments that you are having right now, dealing with should I go to law school, then the WHY AM I IN LAW SCHOOL THIS SUCKS!!! phase. I hope writing things out helped, it always helped me.

    Also, PIONEER WOMAN HAS A SECTION ON TAKING PUPPY PICTURES??? What. A. Woman.

  46. Jess January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Chrissy – you don’t come off insecure. I am a 27 year old girl last year i graduated law school and passed the bar. I moved back to Miami and began working as a lawyer only to find out that being a lawyer sucks. I worked for 3 months before my boss fired me because I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. Anyways, my point is I find myself very much like you trying to figure out my place in the world. Attempting to find my niche. When I google these celebrity’s and entrepeneurs with careers that I envy it’s very easy to find myself in tears. You will find your place in the food scene (just like I will find my place). One day a girl will google your career and wonder how you got your big break. If you decide to go to culinary school make sure culinary school is what you really what you want and not an attempt to delay figuring out what you really want (thats what i think law school may have been for me). Sorry for this long post I never comment on blogs, but I really identify with your situation.

  47. Jessica (@JessMatushek) January 4, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Chrissy, this is why your fans on here (and twitter) love you. The fact that you have these questions/feelings and want more out of life and to pursue your interests shows you’re a thoughtful and interesting person who refuses to settle. I’m turning 30 this year and I constantly battle with insecurities about not finishing college. I have about 10 classes to take to get a degree in Communication and every one tells me “you should really just finish, it’s good to have a degree.” But for what? After working a boring desk job the past 6 years I finally found my passion in photography. I had no formal training, taught myself and took a few beginner classes. Now my husband and I have our own business photographing weddings, and I should be able to quit my day job this year and do photography full time from home. Yes, I sometimes still feel insecure about being a college drop out, but I know I’m not dumb, I just found my passion somewhere else. Some of my friends have gone on to graduate, get masters, and are now accountants, work in marketing, or teach, and that’s great for THEM. We HAVE to stop worrying about what other people think of us. Do what makes you happy and be genuine in pursuing your passion and you’ll be successful. There’s only one Pioneer Woman, one Ina, one Paula, and one Chrissy. Us girls could use a Chrissy to show us how to make a brunch for our guy or throw a fabulous dinner party for our friends. Best of luck!

  48. Catherine January 4, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Wow, girl. It is so obvious to me – a complete outsider – that culinary school is your path. You seem to be craving “legitimacy” in the food world and I agree with you that it’s culinary school that will give you that.

    The reason I read your blog and follow you on twitter is for your personality, humour, and love of food. Don’t you see? You have so much to offer this “food world” already! I think going to CS would buy you the time to figure out your niche. So – from one of your many followers, I say go for it. Sometimes we need to get out of our own way so that we can do what we really want to in life. I look forward to reading how this all goes! Take care.

    Catherine

  49. Maegan January 4, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Wow. All I can say is thank you for sharing that! I have been feeling the same lately.. But with college. I’m so confused and anxious and lost! Good to know that I am not alone. And even women as amazing and successful as you still have moments like these at times.
    :)
    -Maegan

  50. Jessica (@JessMatushek) January 4, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I should also mention that I am always looking at other photographer’s work and want to just cry and give up. We all have those moments. Cry, slap yourself and start working on your goals!

  51. Chris January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I always think that when making MASSIVE decisions like this.. it just help to speak to the smartest people you know. Also, don’t do yourself down… you look great and you are funny.. very, very funny! Ramsay gets his shows by shocking people.. Jamie gets his cos, well everyone just loves Jamie… and honestly there is not alot of originality out there food wise.. its not like Ferran Adria & Heston Blumenthal are incredibly “watchable”. Take your time and don’t worry… oh and for gods sake.. don’t change! Happy 2012

  52. HateTheDrake January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    C-Tizzle…you need to understand that real “experts” are far different from “experts” on TV. Take political commentators as an example. Most are former stand-up comedians (i.e. John Stewart, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, etc.) or even failed DJ’s (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck). These aren’t people with PhD’s in political science.

    That being said, you don’t have to be a chef or successful restauranteur to become a Food Network TV personality. Ina, Paula, Ree, etc. were all self-taught. However, they do share one thing – a passion for food and cooking. Your “thing” is right there in the heading of this blog. You’re a model who loves food, but can’t eat it. Have you thought about putting out some short, 5 to 10 minute cooking videos on this blog? You’re camera-ready, have a built-in following of ~85,000 people on Twitter (3 million if you include JL’s), a backstory of international modeling, your relationship with John Legend, etc. Putting you on a cooking show instantly drops Padma and Giada from the ranks of the hottest cooking personalities. If you do get a show, just don’t name it “Model Kitchen” or something dumb like that. Personally, I like “Bitch in the Kitchen”, but the networks probably wouldn’t go for it. Now go get a show (*slaps ass* – in a baseball way, not a creepy way).

  53. Cymi January 4, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I talk about you to friends and family as if you are one of my “food girls”. At this point, they know to ask if i’ve gotten a particular recipe from Ina, Paula, Giada, or Chrissy. I’m just a girl that lives to get in the kitchen and cook for people I love and see the “oh crap this tastes so good” look on their face, and I know you have inspired a million other like me to do the same! That’s a hell of a good start. Take a deep breath, and take it one step at a time.

    Wishing you inspiration and luck, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the chipotle marinade!
    xoxoxo

  54. Odessa January 4, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    After reading this post you made me feel soo much better. I’m 26 graduated w/ BS but have no idea what the krap I wanna do w/my life. The BS degree is exactly what it is BullSh!t there is no use for it. I have plans on continuing my education but I have no love for it have no push to do it. I’m ultimately just scared of being stuck in something I’m not in love with. It totally scares me to commit my life to a career I don’t love. Your post was just reassuring that I am not alone in this confusion.

  55. Nick January 4, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I agree with J. I think you should go to culinary school, just so you have the foundation and credibility. Plus, it would be an incredible accomplishment.

    You already have a head start in so many other areas – you’re beautiful, funny and down-to-earth (which always throws people), and you’re already part of a inner glam world most of only read about.

    So shelve the plans, go to culinary school, and then just be you and see where it takes you. Maybe you’ll be the awesome personality that guides others into celebrity kitchens around the world. Regardless of what you do, I guarantee you will have many many followers.

    Best,

    Nick

  56. Jay January 4, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    CT,

    Check out The New School of Cooking as an alternative to the more formal cooking school. Their professional classes seem to dovetail with what you seem to be looking for. http://www.newschoolofcooking.com/classes/professional-classes/

    Second, just keep doing what you’re doing. Your blog is hilarious, informative and interesting. Your ‘style’ will develop itself over time. Just keep doing what you love and that will take care of itself.

    • Nicole January 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      YES!! The New School of Cooking is great! I took their “Pro Baking” series last spring and will be taking their “Pro Baking II” series beginning in February. (I related so much to your e-mail, Chrissy – I’m not an expert in anything, but the ONE thing I do know is that I love food – love writing about it, talking about it, eating it, sharing it, being immersed in a recipe and not caring about anything else happening in the world…)
      I want to be a baker….The New School allows me to learn all the fundamentals without having to make the full-time and monetary investment of going to a Culinary Academy (even though, I would LOVE to study in some foreign locale…)

      Good luck to you my fellow food fiend! :)

  57. Jeanne January 4, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    First of all, I think you are amazing! I too love the Pioneer Woman and have tried many of her awesome recipes myself. I think you should partner with The Cooking Channel – that special you had with the cookies & cocktails and Kelsey Nixon was so cool… you were in your element – isn’t that your niche?

  58. Siobahn January 4, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Okay, so it’s nice to know that there is someone as beautiful, talented, funny, and smart as you with a case of the quarter life crisis. I’ll be 24 in a few weeks and have so many interests but feel like i’d be making a mockery of people who eat, breathe, and sleep things i just want to learn about and put my own twist on. I wish you the best of luck and hell, if you’re not a food guru, I couldn’t tell. When all the Paulas and Padmas retire they’ll need people like you to remind the world that cooking is fun, personal, and enhanced with bacon!

  59. Tim January 4, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    First, I want to say that I really enjoy your blog (and Twitter) posts, always entertaining. This post really hit home though, as I have been thinking about the same things. I’ve been working in the corporate world for years but really love food and wine. But how to make a change like that with family, mortgage, etc. it’s hard to just change. And I’m not sure what to change to, much like you. I know I don’t want to be a restaurant chef, or a caterer, too much work and I think it would kill my love of cooking. Eating and drinking doesn’t seem to pay well, so what? I started last year volunteering at a local culinary school. You help the chef with the class and learn in the process. One thing I have discovered is that there are a lot of people who want practical cooking advice, not fancy chefs with mega credentials. No one cooks like that on a regular basis. But teaching people about ingredients, experimenting with new flavors, and showing them what a little creativity can do in the kitchen is help that everyone needs. So what opportunities does that present. Maybe a cookbook, maybe teaching some cooking classes at a local community college. Those could be next steps. Maybe publishing a great food blog would be a good idea, wait there’s already one of those…

  60. Erin C January 4, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Cheer up Buttercup (yep, I said that).

    I believe you shouldn’t think of yourself as a chef but as a hostess. Not sure of your feelings on Rachel Ray, but from the little I’ve watched of her I KNOW she doesn’t claim to be a chef. You can still write blogs, books and hosts shows with your real world knowledge. Your spin can be your original and entertaining as hell personality. Thats why most of us fell in love with you in the first place. I don’t read you blog because I want to see a CIA trained chef’s recipes, thoughts and tips. I read it to see someone kind of like me (the loving food with no training part, not the glamerous jet setting part) making dishes that I can make in my kitchen without more than a trip to Whole Foods. You have already branded yourself in a unique and entertaining way, you just need recognize and accept who you are as a “chef” and kick some bacon-loving ass!!!

  61. Carlton B January 4, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I think you are on the right track. You have developed a following that goes beyond being a model and John Legend’s fiance, which I always get mad at Dan Patrick for solely mentioning those two things. And the following you have is based off of your passion for food and num num nummy stuff, thus you are well on your way. Keep cooking though because it will fuel the fire. Plus, you could definitely do a party hosting show, with theme’s you select..maybe teaching us folks how to get the perfect menu, meal timing, and decor together…or something. in fact host the ultimate superbowl party in the man cave for DP and crew, prior to them going to the superbowl…that would be tv worthy by far. Thanks for the honesty as well..i know how you feel.

  62. Rosanna January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Wellllll. All of these comments, and your post Chrissy, have made me feel tonnes better! I am 23 and glad to see that unlike a lot of my friends, there are still loads of people around my age that have no idea what they want to do! I have spent 6 months applying for jobs I think I would enjoy but to no avail, so I am heading off to Japan for a year with my boyfriend to teach English! Am hoping I will have a career epiphany over there, but if not at least I have had an adventure and bought myself some decision making time!

    Chrissy, definitely continue your blog and experimenting with different foods! I would love to watch a show of yours if you got one (and it was shown in the UK!) – I reckon you need a dinner party/cooking/chat show thing!

    Good luck to you, and everyone else on here making up their mind!!

  63. Rob January 4, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    You are a talented writer. You are hilarious on Twitter. You have also come up with some fantastic recipies. I’ve learned a couple of things about Thai cooking from your blog. For instance, I made the red snapper dish you wrote about a couple of months ago. My wife LOVED it! You’ll find your post-modeling groove. When I was getting started in my career, an older friend told me to avoid “wishing away days.” She meant enjoy what you are doing NOW, don’t try to live in the future. Somedays I get that; somedays I don’t. Whatever you decide, you will be awesome.

  64. Melissa January 4, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    New to your site and I love it!! Keep it up! Nothing wrong with a career starting with Bacon!

  65. liz January 4, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    i too want to be the pioneer woman …. LOVE her. used to be highly obsessed with your fiances music … which i still love … but your tweets and cooking blog are my new favorites … and this quote … is why:

    ” I feel like I want to grab cooking by the balls but I’m one of those weirdos on TLC’s “Virgin Diaries” . I have no idea how to grab the balls correctly.”

    hilarious. :-)
    just be yourself and do what you love … it will all work out as it should.

  66. CC January 4, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I completely understand and can relate to your post. I feel stuck in my career doing something that I don’t really have a passion for. I don’t know if it’s the company that I work for or if it’s just that the career I have chosen is not for me. I am in my 30′s and I thought that I would have things all figured out by now because I was told that in the 30′s you know who you are. Instead I find that I am discovering so much about myself that I never knew before. I’m trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do. But I feel trapped because I have a mortgage-hubby-kids-dog that I have to take care of and provide my part for. I wish that I could just go back to school and find a career that I am truly passionate about. I don’t know what your situation is as far as needing to provide for yourself. But I would say that since you don’t have kids yet and you aren’t married yet…go for your dreams and your passion! This is your time and your chance. Getting an education is a gift to yourself that noone can take away. You are amazing and I appreciate that you are honest, vulnerable and original. You are so well liked because you put yourself out there. Keep doing what you are doing and pursue your dreams!

  67. Monette January 4, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I’m new to your blog, and I read the entire entry. It is big of you to admit what you feel. Especially about insecurities and out loud, to all your followers. I don’t know if this even matters,..but you inspired me to try some challenging recipes. I’ve always enjoyed baking over doing other things in the kitchen. However, dinners were always, chicken adobo, sinigang, anything that I can serve with rice, or take-out placed nicely on plates.
    I tried making your stuffed chicken and ham cups. It gave me a sense of accomplishment, thinking… I can do this! And if I burn something,..who cares! :)
    I even started a blog a two days ago! Partly because, I’d like to track my progress, and you inspired me to do so. Maybe you could be the first to follow?? Hahaha.
    Anyway,… Thanks for that entry, Chrissy. — khap khun kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :)

    My little confections…: You gotta start somewhere… http://mylittleconfections.blogspot.com/2012/01/you-gotta-start-somewhere.html?spref=tw

  68. Emily @ Mouth of the Border January 4, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    If you read Ree’s book “black heels to tractor wheels” (her story of how she met and fell in love with her husband), you’d see that when she started out with him, she couldn’t cook much at all. Her cooking evolved in order to feed a real cowboy and then their growing family and then when she started the site, she taught herself photography and got better and better to where she is now. I’m obviously also a giant fan of hers, but the point is that she is self-taught, didn’t go to a fancy cooking school and she refuses to get too fancy, instead using ingredients and recipes that are approachable and relatable for “middle America.” She’s a self-made woman, too. So don’t be so hard on yourself. :)

    I’m doing Thai food for my supper club on the 21st, and am using all recipes from that Thai cookbook you recommended here months back. Wanna come help cook? I’m self-taught and six months after leaving my corporate (non food) career, somehow find myself running a business where people and brands pay to be a part of the experience. If I can, I’m pretty sure you can create a life for yourself in this food world, too.

    xoxoxo

  69. April Larabee January 4, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    My hope is that you’ll continue to do what you’ve been doing because your blog has inspired me to cook more with my own “voice”. It’s hard to put into words the sense of accomplishment I’ve found by doing that, and your blog is my inspiration. I’m fast approaching 50 and had pretty much given up on myself in the kitchen, so thanks. Heartfelt. Thanks.

  70. Cyd F January 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    No, you’re correct, you’re not a chef but you know, so what, you make cooking fun, challenging, enjoyable,entertaining not to mention really tasty and isn’t that what it’s all about. I would definitely watch. I love your tweets and blogs, your humor really makes it a great read. Already made the Ginger Rum balls from the Cookies & Cocktails show and they were loved and devoured by many.

  71. Ivette January 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Yes, I did read the entire post. And Chrissy, let me just say that it’s so relatable! A lot of us are lost and searching for meaning in life and what we want to accomplish. But, you’re lucky! You have found what your passion is. As you get more involved in the foodie world you will find your space in it. We’re the same age and I have yet to find the thing I’m most passionate about. You’re on the right track! Continue on

  72. Craig (@DJ__Sapiens) January 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Culinary school will give you a foundation so you can have the basic understanding of all the concepts of cuisine. Most people going through it will be working as prep and line cooks as they work their way up the ladder to sous and executive chef, but as long as you have the desire to learn, you’ll fit in.
    Stick with your workouts and don’t get too many oven burns and you’ll still be able to return to modeling, maybe even building a higher demand in your absence. Since you don’t want to be an exec. chef, you don’t have to go through a lengthy program, just one long enough to teach you the basics and a few specialties.
    TV chefs aren’t doing all the work themselves. There’s a team of people doing their prep and most of the “real” cooking. You could easily have a real chef working with you to create ideas and menus while you are the person on the camera pulling it all together. School would give you the confidence and skills to look like a pro on camera. And that background chef can continue your education as you’re doing your show.
    Based on other comments (though these people are your fans), it seems like you could get a good viewership due to your unique humor and love for entertaining. That’s the key – you want a format (show, blog, etc.) to share your ideas, not a restaurant. You don’t need to be a full-on professional for that.
    Obama keeps mentioning dinner – maybe he wants you to cook for him. Time to step up.

  73. Sophi1 January 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I stumbled across your blog because I to, end up spending endless amount of time perusing food blogs and websites and wonder how those people got to where they’re at as well as the amount of audience they have.

    One thing I wish there was more of was Asian-based food blogs. Actual, authentic ones–not Americanized ones. Perhaps you can take a shot with that route and see how much of a ‘passion’ you have towards that route. Ravenouscouple is one of my favorite food blogs to go through! If there was more sites along the lines of them for us American Asian (I’m Chinese, but born and raised in SoCal) and can let us see recipes of what stuff I grew up with, that would rock!

    I admire the road less taken and that’s where you are!

  74. J$ January 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    HEY! the beautiful thing about the food world is that you DON’T have to have proper “schooling” or etc. its just like the real world, well most of it, like marketing – there are some amazing marketers out there who dont have fancy schmancy degrees – just a general passion. if degrees was all it took – why isn’t every valedictorian of every culinary school on tv with their own show right?

    its kind of like one of my bffs who could’ve played pro baseball, but he lost his passion, and walked away from it.

    you have a sincere passion and dont think a resume dictates who’s good or qualified. obviously there are some things where this doesn’t hold true, for example if you want to be a doctor or a model. if someone looks like a horse, sorry to break it to them but it just aint happening. BUT food is not under that exception.

    God could’ve put you in any profession/parents/location/etc he wanted but you’re in modeling for a reason. so keep rockin that WHILE rockin food.

    also you have to take a step back and think about what is it through food you want to accomplish- your own restaurant? your own cookbook? your own set of pots and pans that you can sell at Sears??

    the beauty of food is that its so wide and diverse that anyone can drown in it without having to please anyone else as long as you are happy.

    just my $0.02

  75. jen January 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    girl, you are amazing, you know it. I have only recently stumbled upon your blog, and over the past week have become OBSESSED with your brand of humor, style, and love of food. (bacon, garlic, spice, seinfeld. HELLO. why aren’t we friends? anyway, i digress……)

    so my point is, that while i completely sympathize with your what-do-i-do-next-and-what-is -my-”thing” bewilderment, (mine too), you already have your thing! YOU! yea ina and giada have fancy names and had fancy training, (and if that is your passion then you absolutely SHOULD without a doubt go to culinary school to increase your greatness quotient x 102385), but you could have a great cooking show already– practical, funny, spicy, food loving by chrissy.

    you’re welcome.
    ;)

    PS, lurrve the pioneer woman. have you tried her spicy dr. pepper pulled pork yet??? holyhell. i ate this in every way imaginable for a week. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/

  76. Dominick S (@dsantosla) January 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I followed originally because I wanted to support you but I continue to follow you because the site is an honest reflection of who you are. My girlfriend has a passion in the kitchen as well and has made more than a few of the showcased recipes. The apple desert was introduced to my family at Thanksgiving and requested again for Christmas. We have served the Legendary Mac & Cheese numerous times and the catfish rub has infiltrated many of her seafood dishes. All this is a testament to the accessibility of your site and its awesomeness. Keep it up and congrats on the engagement!

    PS – I am also thankful for this site because my gf has rekindled her love for the kitchen and is now even more inspired to create dishes of her own. I love seeing her creative side!

  77. Julie M. January 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    PW changed my life too, shes amazing! I think you should have a show & focus on entertaining. You can prepare food (and of course cocktails), maybe someone can come on & help you with choosing decor etc. You were so great on Cookies & Cocktails, and are obviously comfortable with the camera, and your personality is so fun & your love of food comes through. You don’t need to be a food professional, people don’t care if you’re not a James Beard award winner, they want to be entertained & eat/make good food :)

  78. Danielle January 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Just so you know, I’ve been reading your blog for about 4 months now, mainly because you were cracking my shit up on Twitter and I found your blog. I’ve been intimidated/bored by/not interested in cooking most of my life…until this! Seriously, you make it all look so EASY and FUN. Plus, IDK, I’m a single girl living in NYC too and had this subconscious aversion for cooking for others, or a guy (dumb I know) out of insecurity. But no lie, I’ve had so many moments reading your posts and telling myself, ‘look at Chrissy Teigen, she’s gorgeous and successful and independent and modern everyday chick and she doesn’t have an existential crisis bc she cooked a meal for a boy/friend/family member’. So because of you, I’ve been trying – and getting really excited! I’m learning about food blogs and kitchen tools and sauces and roasting and basting. The garlic bacon lemon chicken has officially become my dish. I’m planning on seducing someone with this soon. You made me buy a roaster.

    Point is – you’ve been inspirational to me because you constantly say, ‘fuck it just do it’ with your attitude, charm and cooking skills. I mean, you cooked a whole Thanksgiving dinner. ALONE. FROM SCRATCH. Waaaaaaaaaaaay above my paygrade. So ANY new culinary adventures will be worth it – to you, and to your blog universe! Who knows who else would follow you? Just stay your fun, crazy self.

  79. Michelle January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    good lord i didn’t know other people thought exactly the way i do (minus the modeling stuff. damn cellulite). I am the same way chrissy. i am an accountant and i can’t stand sitting at a desk all day. it is definitely not for me. i LOVE food. love cooking/baking/eating/you name it. I dont want to be a chef. I would love to have my own bakery but dont’ want to be tied down. i want to travel the world and take cooking classes in each country. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?!?!?

    love you!

  80. Michelle January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    ok it’s me again. you should totally pitch a show to the travel channel. YES!!! ok, i’m thinking out loud here. you could take cooking classes in countries and then film it. you are HILARIOUS and imperfect and it would be GRRRRREAT. wait, why don’t I pitch this show for myself….hmmm…

  81. Sosefina January 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I realize this has zero to do w/ this post BUT I made your recipe for the Boursin & bacon stuffed chicken breast & cheesy guacamole & Cajun cat fish fillet… All effin successes!!!! Tonight I’m doin yum nua!! Xoxox love so Delushious it’s my go to blog for dinner!

  82. Dave Hoffman January 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    It’s never too late to try and figure out what you want to do with your life, Chrissy. I’m on my second career — after ten years I chucked my job as a research scientist and headed back to law school. Now I’m a patent attorney for a biotech company. I’m a lot happier now that I’m out of the lab, but I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last stop for me. It’s more and more common for people to switch jobs and careers frequently. You’re fortunate because culinary school likely won’t be the financial burden for you that it will be for others. If that’s what you want to do, I say do it! Life’s too short to agonize over these things. The journey’s the fun of it anyway…once you have your culinary legs under you, I’m confident you’ll find your way into something you enjoy, whether on the Food Network, as a blogger (though I’d say you’re already there) or doing something else entirely. Good luck — and be sure to blog about it!

  83. Jenny V January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    we have faith in you chrissy! maybe your thing could be your low carb recipes or like how to cook amazingly while remaining thin…and the somewhere around 100% of the rest of us arent chefs either..so maybe it would be easier to follow your recipes! :D

  84. Sarah January 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I hate cooking and your blog makes me want to do it. If that’s not a reason to get a tv show/go to culinary school/live your dreams I don’t know what is! Do it!!!

  85. Tania January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Do it now!! Whatever it is you want to do. Don’t wait. You will find yourself at 45 and starting to wonder if you will ever do it and thinking “I should have done it!” You are still young enough that if it’s a mistake….no biggie.

    It won’t be a mistake though. Just do it.

  86. beer January 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I found that drinking solves all problems. Im holed up in my apartment for life and never leave, its great! Cheers!

  87. Adrianna January 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I started my food blog in 2009 as I was working at a production company. I kind of hated my job and the blog was this creative outlet that I could do on my own. As I delved deeper and deeper into it, I realized how much I loved it. I was pretty determined to make it a career. Over the last year or so it’s made enough revenue that I can work on it full-time, I got a book deal a few months ago and am working on other food related projects. Sometimes I feel like I have no credentials at all to be doing what I’m doing–and I sorta don’t! But that’s not the point. The point is if you love something enough you’ll have an opinion, and a voice and a valid one at that! I think you do. So fuck it, why CAN’T you do one of those things. You can totally do it.

  88. Amber January 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I feel your pain as far as not knowing what to do with my life, am I wasting time, where am I headed blah blah blah. I run that dialogue in my head every night and keep myself up over and have generally developed insomnia over these issues. I don’t know about myself, but I do know that your blog is the first thing I check in the morning when I do my daily computer stuff because you are funny, witty and sarcastic and I love it. You started this amazing blog just because you loved food and wanted to showcase it and share your love with over people, which is one of the coolest things ever, so you should be proud that you had the lady balls to do that! You don’t know what you’re doing with your life in the future, so what! What you’re doing right now is really cool, and if you keep this kind of passion then I don’t see you having any problems with a future career doing this thing that you love. Just promise that you won’t stop blogging when you become a super amazing famous cook!!

  89. SLS0 January 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I read all the other comments and saw a couple ideas/angles I agree with for a show starring you:

    1. Learn as you go
    2. Thai-centric (the idea about showing Asian American folks recipes their parents or grandparents would likely be familiar with is fantastic)
    3. Weekly web show

    Here’s what I know about you that would make me watch your show: your family’s background is Thai and you are familiar with several ingredients/flavor profiles many Americans only see in restaurants; you effing love flavor yet stay fit (“Effing Flavor: Fit Not Fat”?); you actually entertain large groups (including black people omg!!) cooking from scratch — the evolution of Sandra Lee; you are fearless in the kitchen and have the scars to prove it; you are a tall gorgeous woman with a voice and laugh that doesn’t really belong but makes it impossible for people to dislike you.

  90. alex cohen (@alexcohensays) January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I think this is actually your best post ever. i’ve followed you on twitter forever and i always read your blog. I just like the fact that you are “real”. i’m at that 20/21 year “what am i gonna do with my life” point and i find you to be so motivational. you always speak your mind and tell the truth regardless of reactions you may receive. you’re a strong and SMART role model and i wish other “famous” people would be more like you. whatever you decide on doing, i’ll always be a fan xx.

  91. mikewasserson January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    You’re young enough and have the support system to do whatever you want to do. Whether it be going to Culinary School, taking classes, etc. I’m actually kind of in a similar predicament. I graduated college at Arizona State in May 2010, have been working at a Financial Services group since then, but I realize that it’s not for me. My passion has always been business, sports and writing, so I would love to be able to somehow marry the three. I plan to go back to school next Fall because I’m sick of wasting my time doing something that I don’t see myself doing in the future.

    It’s not a crime to pursue your passion. It’s the only way to make work not feel like ‘work’. Best of luck.

  92. meggabytes January 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Girl, you are a DOLL. And the fact that you travel so much & have other interests should work to your advantage… right? In my opinion, you would totally kill a travel-foodie show. You can call it Continental Chrissy and travel and eat fabulous food and then work the cookbook angle. Or, you know, start small and work the YouTube angle.

    I’ll stop pretending to be your agent now, but even virgins have to start learning ball techniques somehow. GET IT, GIRL.

    xx

  93. meggabytes January 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Girl, you are a DOLL. And the fact that you travel so much & have other interests should work to your advantage. In my opinion, you would totally kill a travel-foodie show. You can call it Continental Chrissy and travel and eat fabulous food and then work the cookbook angle. Or, you know, start small and work the YouTube angle.

    I’ll stop pretending to be your agent now, but even virgins have to start learning ball techniques somehow. GET IT, GIRL.

    xx

  94. Paige January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Aw Chrissy, don’t be so hard on yourself! I love your blog and Twitter because you are so relatable. Just remember – Pioneer Woman was just a ranch wife a couple years ago. Honestly, I love her to death and her recipes too, but the thing she is most good at is marketing and branding herself. You have a brand too! You are hilarious and edgy in a way that PW is not. Also, when I think of your “brand” of food, I think comfort food with a bit of an edge. Like, you’re not afraid to cook with bacon, or use Paula Deen’s recipes, but you also cook plenty of Asian food and crap that I’ve never even heard of. (I mean that in a good way!)

    Also personally as someone who does not cook a lot but enjoys it when I do, your recipes don’t scare me in a way that some of PW’s recipes do. That is good. Like I said, you’re relatable.

  95. ☆ ilyana lanai ☆ (@ilyanaLanai) January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I went through this SAME thing before picking up and moving with my “FH” from NY to Hong Kong to do…… I don’t even know what we are doing half the time, starting some kind of business making some kind of things that cost a lot of money and no one will probably buy. But F*** it, we are trying.

    As a fellow globetrotter who has a schedule that allows for little to no full-time commitments (including our wedding! I swear people want to know your wedding date the second you get engaged so annoying like we don’t have other things to deal with including figuring out exactly what day of what year we will be able to be in one place long enough to make a wedding, ha!) Anyway, your life is unique and so different than everyone you listed so don’t match up time lines/experience/qualifications.

    You are Chrissy Teigen, lover of bacon and tom yum ramen and chopping up sh**. I picture you with a female version of “No Reservations” or “The layover” except maybe you also cook alongside a chef in every locale in a “Chrissy goes to school around the world” type of thing.

    xoxoxox

    P.S.you should be following @anthonybourdain and @ottaviabourdain if you aren’t they are the most adorable twitter couple and Ottavia is feisty as hell and badass. Chick after our own hearts!

  96. Meredith January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I started following you on Twitter because I thought you were hilarious and then when I saw that you cook I knew I had to subscribe to your blog.

    Keep doing what you are doing. I have saved so many of your recipes and am excited to try them out. I love to cook but used to have this issue where I thought I had to follow the recipe exactly or else it wouldn’t turn out okay. You’ve inspired me to be inventive – to not be scared to omit or add ingredients or change things up to add my own flavor. And honestly, I enjoy cooking more and the dishes turn out better!

    Since my boyfriends love of bacon is comparable to that of Ron Swanson’s – having a show based on recipes featuring bacon would be perfect for him.

  97. Maura January 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Praying and crossing my fingers for you to have your own cooking show one day.. soon! I would watch it over RHOBH any day, and that says A LOT!

  98. mai January 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Crissy you are amazing keep doing what you r doing .

  99. shar January 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Awe chrissy! I love you and your hilarious sense of humor and your blog! Don’t give up or lose hope — I think if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll get where you want to be (and figure out where that is, exactly). I love that your blog culls through recipes and showcases the yummiest ones, I love your commentary, and I love the glimpses of your fabulous, interesting life you show us. I also adore the pioneer woman, why not make yourself into an urban/model PW and share what you’re comfortable sharing of modeling (agree with you that behknd-the-scenes seems much more interesting), your travels and awesome vacations, cooking and entertaining, your style/beauty secrets…and even wedding planning?? probably asking for too much but keep up the great work with the food and cooking. You’re a great writer and so entertaining — you’ll figure it out! Thanks for sharing.

  100. Abe January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    OMG. We are like the same person! Except I’m a semi-hairy man, not quite as funny as you, and some refer to me as “that soulless hooker.” If you take away all the glamour and awesomeness that is your life (yes, I do follow you on twitter and particularly love your stay in bed, dammit I left my bed pan in the restroom days. But didnt you see Lisa Vanderpump at a party once?! Like, come on!) I’m struggling with the same questions in my life. I’m 21 and have been a science nerd since the Rugrats Movie came out. I’ve been preparing for med-school most of my life and did pretty well on my MCAT. I have everything to go to a good school, but can’t seem to pull the trigger. I’m basically not happy that I haven’t traveled or really experienced much in life. But I’m glad I’ve come to the realization that I have to love what I do and that’s the only way I’ll be happy. It’ll take some time to figure out what you want, but once you do, “Just Go With It.” (Sorry) Now I’ve totally changed my major and more excited about life than ever. (oh, and I saw you once at Moonshine in Austin, Tx. but figuring I’m kinda of a big deal in Austin you’d come over for an autograph. Never again.) Thanka for the therapy session!

    • chrissyteigen January 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      LOL thank you. thank you for this.

    • lauren January 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      LOVE MOONSHINE!!! well actually, was really excited about the “corn dog shrimp” but it was weird…

  101. Paula Smith January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks for your post – I am new to your site and I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. You’ve obviously got a real knack for writing, why not collaborate with a chef and write a book aka Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batoli? I’d read it – just don’t go all GOOP-y on our asses:)

  102. mark montes January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    CT, just keep on doing your thing, great things will happen for you and you will see a light turn on that will give you direction, keep reading, keep cooking, keep thinking out loud. i love your honesty and passion for your cooking and your life, those qualities are things that many of your idols struggle with daily. Stay grounded and keep cooking and sharing, your great at your career, and for someone to have two careers is incredible, value the the small accomplishments, and the milestones that you achieve, it will all come together for you, keep on doing what your passionate about!

  103. erinbkelly January 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    It is so impressive that you feel you can be so honest with such a huge audience. That alone sets you apart – we, as your followers read your blog and your tweets because we know you’re not bullshitting us. I would watch you on tv, or online or anywhere really. You could start your own youtube cooking channel – and who knows, as you perfect and grow your list of recipes over time, maybe once modeling is over you’ll have the time and stability to commit to school or any of your other more permanent dreams. I’m 23 and I appreciate that you’re willing to put this out there because I ALWAYS feel unsteady and unsure of where I’m going – there are too many damn decisions, but if I knew I had as many people as you do, supporting me, I’d be seeking their commiseration and advice too. Thanks Chrissy, for keeping it real – and most especially showing me that I can eat low carb and branch out from eating spinach all day everyday. (not that I don’t like spinach but when you compare it to chicken stuffed with meat and cheese – i mean come on)

  104. Lowell Nash January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Chrissy, Chrissy, Chrissy. Your witty one liners have made me love you. But you’ve also helped me find a new love for cooking and trying different styles and types of food. And for that I say thank you. I cannot wait to see what’s next for you, whether it be a cooking show (which I would love! Preferably on the Food Network because then you’ll become this mega-tycoon of sorts a la Paula & Rachael) or if its more Sports Illustrated. (which I wouldn’t mind either) I am anxiously waiting! From a true fan I would like to say that EVERYTHING you say brightens my day and you’re a true inspiration. I kind of love you. That John’s a lucky man.

  105. rita January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Just started reading your blog….and I LOVE IT! It is great to see how honest and open you are with your readers. Im a 35 year old married, working, mommy of two delicious boys and have feelings like this too (about my career )…..it’s part of being a woman!

    Keep posting yummy recipes!

  106. Las Gidi Diamond January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Chrissy You are too real and I think that’s why I love your blogs/tweets. Of course you feel all tht stuff its normal but screw all the negativity you are giving yourself. you need to push yourself only you can say no… I dont mean to sound like one of those self help books but its what get me through. You really just need to do what makes you happy girl, Shoot mix it all together Model with food why dont you! lol ok Im JKing but culinary school or lack there of shouldnt limit you… you’ll be fine

  107. kpedersen89 January 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I think most twenty-somethings face the same dilemma. I’m about to graduate from university yet still have no idea what I’m now to do with my career/life. We’ll all figure it out in time.
    And if it’s worth anything, know that your blog is the first place I go when looking for cooking inspiration. You make cooking seem easier and more accessible to the average person. My friends now tease me when I say things like, “Oh I got this great recipe from Chrissy, can’t wait to try it” as if I know you personally. I appreciate you and your blog a lot.
    xo

  108. Lin January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    hey chrissy! just wanted to let you know that i’m thinking of you and i totally understand being frustrated. i would be very careful when comparing yourself to those people, though, because they have so much behind-the-scenes help. for instance, the pioneer woman has a small army of people working with her – PR professionals, private tutors, etc., that make everything seem easier than her breezy style would let you believe! as someone in the entertainment industry you know that (e.g. all the work + support staff that goes behind the scenes) firsthand.

    good luck in your journey of finding your post-modeling life gig :)

    xoxo- lin

  109. Camilla Croxton January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Chrissy,
    Seriously, such an HONEST post. it is so refreshing and raw to hear someone really write about their future. let me just tell you that when you first posted a few months ago about started cooking school, a single tear formed in my eye. i didnt let it drop, because that would be weird. but, i was so excited for you! dont think you are as talented because you dont have years of experience or schooling. you are following your heart. doors will open and close and it will be very clear what decisions you should be making.
    but know that no matter what decisions you make, you have loyal followers because of your witty sense of humor, your brutal honesty and your great personality.

    from your biggest fan!
    Camilla

  110. Kaitlin January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    You managed to basically summarize my feelings.

    If you happen to figure out how to get paid to eat, cook, or critique food, let me know. :)

  111. jvmarie January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I love all of the recipes you post, and also enjoy what you write as well. I think you should maybe find work with some sort of online food site on the side (is there such a thing?). Or be apart of a cooking show because you have an outgoing, funny personality! use your natural talents and you will succeed!! :)

  112. Kristen January 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Oh Chrissy, I adore you and your candidness. I also now adore Rhee and her website thanks to you. Wow, someone who can write, photograph, cook and take care of a ranch and family. I sort of want to be her. I just spend 30 minutes on there.
    Also, I feel like YOU have your own niche and should take this blog to a higher level with more of YOUR cooking. No school, technical crap, blah blah. Just your great writing, humor and receipes for us to enjoy put into terms us normal non-chefs can understand. Who knows, you may have a book soon…you have the talent!! My resolution is to go from my practically no cooking, to cooking at least 3 times a week now and that’s because of you. So I thank you.

  113. leigh January 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I have just started reading your blog and after the first day of moseying on through, I was already propelled into making that prosciutto wrapped chicken recipe! I am a baker at heart but never what anyone would call a foody, but after you showed us how easy it was to make that I decided to own to attempt it. When I pulled out what looked like a gourmet feast from the oven, I felt like a queen in the kitchen. All I could say to myself was “that Betty Crocker bitch better move on over cause there was a new lady in town”. I love your blog and seeing that someone can love food and enjoy every aspect and not be a thousand pounds… cheers to you love! Chase your dreams… you will never regret it :)

    http://www.leighwalter.blogspot.com

  114. Natalia January 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    There are a lot of people that are in the same boat but you have an advantage! you HAVE a passion and you what your passion is. you’re so likable (and let’s just face it, so many people have sucky personalities) so that’s another huge advantage right there. and you’re obviously talented because so many of us have loved your recipes! as for myself, sometimes i feel passionate about one thing and then it fades… and then i’ll pick up something else and love it and then it fades..and so on.. so i’m currently trying to find what i’m TRULY passionate about. i do know that i’m good at singing and that’s what i think i could never get tired of. i really do enjoy it and have for as long as i can remember asdljfasldjfaldsf ahh all i know is that your followers are loyal and we’re all in this together!!!!!!!!!

  115. Emily January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    OK I couldn’t read all these comments, so I’ll probably repeat someone else. But… first, you are SO much more entertaining than the Pioneer Woman. I read her blog for a while, and then realized it was the same shit every day, with way too many pictures, and a tone that really wasn’t all that personal. Your blog, on the other hand, has a huge variety of recipes, a normal number of photos, and really excellent writing that reveals who you are (or at least seems to). You’re like the profane, hot, young, interesting Pioneer Woman. Basically, Chrissy > PW, at least for women who are in their 20s, appreciate good writing, live in cities, and reeeeeally can’t read another word about effing cowboys and children and ranch life.

    Second, I think you need to just jump into the cooking world. Anyone could have a cooking blog. You could do so much more with what you have: the ability to attend amazing culinary schools in NYC or LA; ridiculous connections in the entertainment industry; time and money to travel to new places to taste new foods; and, maybe most importantly, a stable personal life to back all of that up. (Making a lot of assumptions here, so please don’t be offended if I’m wrong.) I could see you starting a dope catering business. But I could also see you writing travel guides or expanding this blog or starring in a TV show. I feel like you just need to shake shit up and find out what you like and don’t like, and what’s realistic and what’s not.

    So I think my vote is a year of culinary school. You might get your ass handed to you, but everyone needs that once in a while. Maybe it’ll get you to finally appreciate all of your talent! xoxo

  116. xoxome11 January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I replied to your other post yesterday and told you to do what you love and you’ll have success — and I’m sticking to that. My first exposure to you was via SI, since I get it every February to kick my ass into stepping up my gym routine for summer. There you were — an incredibly beautiful girl — you looked great. But then the magazine was put away and I totally forgot it. Then I stumble upon your twitter, and I’m like “Oh my word! I remember her — who knew she’d be so funny? I think I’ll follow her.” And THEN you start your cooking blog, and since I love food, I’m thinking, “Okay, another cooking blog – cool.” And then I make a couple of your recipes and laugh at all of your posts, and I’m thinking “This girl is AMAZING and GENUINE and HYSTERICAL!” And on days you don’t post I’m sad and on days you post I’m so happy just to get a kick out of you and on days you post recipes I typically end up saving them and making them and sharing them with family and friends. Bottom line is that you are incredibly gifted – yes, with beauty — but your real gift — the DIFFERENCE you make to people, lies in your humor, your wit, your love of food and cooking, your incredibly down-to-earth approach to everything. Anyway, I have absolutely zero experience in how to become a famous foodie, but I’ll tell you know that we’d all LOVE to see more of you, and if you can’t get a network to do it, then do it yourself with a camera person and a few recipes in your kitchen and put it on the blog (Jessica Seinfeld did this on doitdelicious.com. Gwynnie did a couple on GOOP). It’s a start, and I bet you’ll gain a ton of more followers, and who knows what attention that could get you. Best of luck in anything you decide. I just hope (as we all probably do) that it will be something that we’ll be part of watching/reading!

  117. Jenna January 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Oh man, I feel ya! I’m at a similar juncture in life right now. I’m in grad school to be a teacher but some recent changes in my personal life have had me rethinking a lot of things lately. For instance, I used to absolutely adore writing. I took a creative writing class in high school and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book but I feel like I’m not creative enough for fiction and my life is not exciting enough for anything autobiographical. I wrote a children’s book in high school and have been sitting on it for about 7 years too terrified to do anything about it. Some friends have told me to start a blog as a way of getting back into writing but I’m not sure how much that will really help me. The feedback from friends and family is nice and all, but it’s the influential strangers who can actually help me get somewhere, right? Anyway, I definitely get where you’re coming from, but one thing that has helped me is realizing that life is actually pretty long and it is never too late to start over. Besides, if you do it maybe it won’t seem so scary for the rest of us. See Chrissy? You have a duty to your fans to follow your dreams!

  118. Kaylie January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s so refreshing to see someone put their fears and insecurities out for all to see like this!

    I’m going to be 24 next month and am working at a job as an admin assistant that is fine. It’s a good job. I work with great people and am weirdly in love with details, organization, and all things post-it and sharpie related. But it’s still just…fine. It’s not exactly what I thought I’d be doing.

    I got my degree in writing/literature with the intention of finding a job in publishing – editing books, working on a magazine, something ‘glamorous’ – but haven’t even tried to do anything of the sort. I think about trying to pursue something but get weighed down with the questions. “Did I really learn all I needed to at school?” “Is my writing really any good?” “Why would they want to hire me when there are so many more talented people out there?”

    It can be so hard to be confident in what you do and what you love and to just jump in and try. Life would be so much easier if we could have one of those big maps like they have in the mall. A huge “you are here” arrow, with all the different possible paths right there in front of you showing you what you need to do to get where you want to be.

    Anyway, there’s a lot of my ramblings which were simple meant to say thank you for your post. It helps to see that others are lost too!

    Also, you+twitter = peanut butter+jelly (or, in your case, bacon+…more bacon). A perfect combination.

  119. Caitlin January 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I’m going through the same thing! Except the landmark I’ve reached doesn’t include worldwide fame and a multimillionaire fiancé to fall back on. But the whole “being at a mid-20s crossroads in my career I didn’t foresee.” I say learn as much as you can about as many things and see where all the pieces come together! If you have the opportunities, you’ll never look back and regret learning too much. Cooking, writing, modeling, travel, photography, humor… Sounds like no matter the combination, it’ll be fun!

    Ugh and I love PW too. I’d kill to be that casually creatively brilliant.

  120. Pepper January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I am 29 and a corporate girl if you like, 4 4 years ago I got married, had a son 2 months later and declared I was going to be a proud housewife.. I learned to cook, “housekeep” and take care of my litle one and hated many many days of my life.. I felt underutilized and confused. I started looking into going back to school (I have what I need education wise) but didn’t know what I wanted out of life, so started exploring what else was out there. I have found that while school can teach you many things, the love for something will ultimately drive the success. School makes it easier, but it does not make anything happen. Richard Branson is one of my heroes, no formal schooling has gotten him where he is today. Drive and passion will get you further. You already have the contacts to make it happen. Lock yourself up with a post-it pad and write down all the things that are special about you, all the things you want to succeed in and find a way to address the gaps in between the two categories. That’s where you should focus your efforts. I am nowhere near what I want to do, but I do process improvement for a living, so I have a bag full of tools to find out. I’ll get there and you will too..

    @PepperSimon

  121. victoriaraeh January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Jesus Christ, doesn’t life planning sucK?? So glad to hear that you are freaking out about what to do with your life (ok not glad, cuz it sucks balls, but it makes you a real person, like all the rest of us non-models with John Legend as their FIANCEEEE), because I too have lately been going through something similar. I still have a year and a half left of college (ugghh) but I’m already freaking out about what I’m going to do when I graduate. I know I want to do something with writing, I love to travel, I love magazines…but how does one go about getting a job as a travel writer? And how does one make money doing this? These questions stress me out, and I know everything will work out how it’s supposed to, but it’s hard to stop freaking out and going over every possible scenario, you know? The point is, you have an awesome food blog that people love. Your writing is hilarious, you make kick-ass recipes that people love. I hate to cook but reading your blog makes me want to get off my lazy ass and give it a try (one of these days…). I know I’m just repeating everything everyone on here has already told you, but don’t be afraid to do what you love! And that’s clearly cooking. I don’t know where you could start with this, but I would totally watch your cooking show and buy your cookbook (and I don’t even cook I just know it would be hilarious and filled with great recipes I could make someone else cook!) It’s a new year so why not start off trying to make your cooking dream happen? P.S. Your tweets are always my favorite to read…can we be best friends?

  122. Lauren January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Wow. You sound like me. I LOVE FOOD. But I am stuck in a cubicle. I wish I had the funds and the freedom to drop everything to do something I’m passionate about.

    I feel your pain, sister.

  123. Kelly Herrera January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Chrissy (because I apparently know you, and can address you comfortably by your first name) it’s normal to feel scared entering into something you’re not used to (that’s what she said) but you have what it takes to succeed in whatever you do. You’re honest, genuine, and it’s obvious that you’re passionate about cooking and sharing that. You are relatable (which, for girls who look like you, can be hard to do) and care about other people. So really, you can’t fail.

    And I know I’m late catching the engagement train, but congratulations! My husband read about it on his phone and told me. He was all, “Hey, isn’t she the pretty lady from the cookie show we watched?”. I squealed and he said, “It’s like you know her or something.” I am seriously so happy for you.

  124. Megan January 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I just wanted to comment to let you know that you’re not alone (if that helps – sometimes it sucks more to hear that our problems aren’t entirely unique). I can relate, feeling that I’m in this weird in-between stage where I have so many things going on in my head and heart and I’m at a loss as to how to capture these things and turn them into something. If that makes sense.

    Being in our mid-20′s is probably our first mistake. We’re young enough that “the world is our oyster.” At least it should be. There is so much freedom, so many possibilities, that it becomes overwhelming. And then there’s the fact that yes, we’re young, but we’re not that young. We’re old enough to have a sense of the world, old enough to recognize our own mortality, old enough to exert real influence over our lives and the lives of others. That’s a lot of pressure. It’s also a lot of privilege. Where does one start?

    I guess it’s just by doing SOMETHING. Taking a first step to SOMEWHERE, no matter how small it seems. A friend sent me this video recently that I found really inspiring: http://www.youtube.com/user/AgentXPQ#p/search/20/hqZAxLqJkzA. “Art” here could mean anything – cooking, blogging, writing, learning, whatever.The point is the same – just start and don’t worry about how great or successful it might be compared to what everyone else does and thinks. If you want to go to culinary school and have the means to do it, then go on, girl. One step at a time – try not to worry so much about what comes after.

    In the meantime, I’ll get started on practicing what I preach. :)

  125. JH January 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Chrissy, you’re basically me a year ago…but with nicer legs, your own blog and a more famous boyfriend (you’re welcome for not saying fiance). I also have been passionate about food for quite some time but felt like an amateur compared to my idols. I wanted to go to school but have to work full time to pay the bills and raise my kid. Eventually I got to the point where I realized THIS is what I want to do with my life, so I went to pastry school. It took a lot of help from my husband (picking up the slack at home), a temporary bit of debt and a huge commitment on my own part (working 5 days a week and going to school on the other 2), but it’s the greatest thing I ever did. I’m preparing to start my last semester in 2 weeks and I’ve already got a little home bakery business on the side. The point is that when it’s time, you will know it. You seem to know what you want but maybe the timing is just wrong. Why not keep modeling, marry that handsome man of yours and see where the future takes you? You seem wise beyond your years, which is why it feels like you should have all this figured out by now. If culinary school is where you belong, you will end up there eventually. If people are getting degrees in their 50s and 60s, you can certainly takle culinary school in your late 20s/early 30s. Go easy on yourself, girl. Good luck!!

  126. Vicky January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi! Well first and foremost look at all this LOVE your getting! Look at all who stand beside you and support you. Your so blessed and it’s well deserved. I understand and kinda went through it too. I was in the military and got out, became a wife and had a son and now I’m terrified of going to school and am also in a crossroad wondering how to take the next step and get overwhelmed then anxiety kicks in and I’m a mess. My baby brother said it best, “fear keeps you trapped in a cage and if your not scared of taking a big next step then it’s not worth it, don’t stress over what you can’t so but work on what you can and do it a task at a time” I hope this may have helped in a tiny way and you have so many people that support you and want to see you succeed wether it’s lying on a beach or behind a tv camera bringing the heat in the kitchen. Continue to stay positive and wish you all the beat

  127. Jimmy Lipper January 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Why do a full-time culinary program if you’re not planning to be a line cook? Lots of culinary schools offer part-time classes with flexible schedules. Looked at the French Culinary Institute website (http://www.frenchculinary.com/courses/ny/amateur), some interesting options there. 15 hour course in charcuterie!

  128. Hollee January 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Chrissy, thankyou! I am subscribed by email, and generally when you post im out so I just read the first paragraph or so on my phone and save the rest for reading properly on my computer. But I was totally captivated by this post. I already had respect for you, just from following you on twitter and reading this blog, seeing that you are doing something you love. But this post just brought my respect for you to another level, the fact that you share your ‘inner conversations’ so willingly gives me the highest respect for you. But enough about that for now (oh my gosh im on a different computer and the keyboard is smaller so i keep stuffing up).

    Ive been feeling unsure about the career direction im taking at the moment too (Im studying to be a teacher). But reading this post made me feel good, ha I know taking joy in others misfortune im so nice. But seriously it made me feel like ‘if Chrissy can have dilemas like this its okay for me to as well’ I think that its a great concept to live what you dream and its easy to say but its great to also see that sometimes it is a battle with yourself. I believe that it may take time, like all good things, but I do believe we will get to ‘live our dream’ in a totally non-corny way.

    Thankyou for sharing
    Hollee xx

  129. Rebecca January 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Chrissy, you are awesome and I pretty much wish we were best friends. I am 31 and just left career #2 as a lawyer (after three-plus years of wanting to stab myself in the face every. single. day.). (Career #1 was a newspaper reporter – not nearly as cool as in the movies, fyi). I cannot tell you how often I had/have the same thoughts. When I was contemplating leaving journalism for law school, I could have written this same blog post a million times. I was terrified to do the one thing I always thought would make me happy – because if I failed or it was too hard or I hated it, then what – what would I do if I didn’t have “oh, I’ll just go to law school sometime” in my back pocket? After a year of waffling, I finally did went to law school at age 25 – and even though the law career ended up sucking a whole lot, I am SO glad I did it. SO glad. I learned so much about life and myself (and about the law too) and made some fantastic friends and ended up meeting my fiance (although I can’t say that word without giggling about that Seinfeld episode – another reason we need to be friends). So I didn’t end up practicing law for the rest of my life – I still have the knowledge and the experience and the feeling that I followed my heart, and that can’t be taken away. I feel like that might be culinary school for you – even if you end up going in a different direction at some point, the experience itself is the valuable part.

    Now I am back in the same “what do I do with my life slash omg I need a job” place you are. I’m working on reminding myself of all the lessons I learned from my first big leap and trying to apply them to a move to something creative – photography, writing. People always tell you to be practical and realistic (“there are a million child/pet photographers, why would anyone hire you,” “there are so many chefs that don’t make it,” “you should focus on making money/saving for retirement/blah blah”) but screw that. It is important to do what makes you happy – even if there are a thousand other photographers, even if there are a thousand other chefs/tv hosts/food bloggers. If you are truly passionate and happy about what you do, it will work out in the end, somehow. You seem so truly passionate about food (and, also, GOOD at it – I love cooking but have never been that great at it, but I cook great meals when I’m following your recipes – my fiance thanks you) that I don’t see a way that it won’t work out for you. Just do it, and it will all fall into place.

    Also, thank you (and all the blog commenters too) for reminding me that I’m not the only one who has this freak out on a regular basis. xo

  130. Jaya Taki January 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Stephanie Myer was a housewife with absolutely no background in writing and wrote Twilight… She had a passion.. And the rest is history…
    I love this blog, all the way from Australia.. And I’m a vegetarian so even tho I can’t eat alot of it, I still appreciate the recipes and photos and your writing. And tell my meat eating friends I’ll cook it for them (one day..)
    So even though I understand your anxiety, just know that there are ppl like me who don’t care if you have a background in food or went to culinary school – I take you seriously!
    A model who eats and eats and loves food – what’s not to love!

  131. pandalaimon January 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Chrissy, I have followed your blog for a while and love reading it though have never left a comment. Pretty much everything I want to say is usually already said by someone else! And this is kind of lame and cheesy but I just wanted to tell you something I read once that has always stuck with me in these sort of situations..”Moving in any direction is better than moving in no direction at all.” Even if you take the wrong steps, at least you’re moving, and you never know where that will take you. You come across as such a genuine, funny, enthusiastic person I don’t doubt you will be successful at whatever you attempt to do. /end super lame comment!

  132. JasmineG January 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I have a twitter account, which I don’t use, but I avidly read your tweets. I don’t understand blogging, and besides the occasional style blogs (where I scroll through the pictures), yours is the only one I read. I suck at life in the kitchen and having recently moved in with a boyfriend, your recipes have been my culinary stepping stones. You’re awesome and I would, without hesitation, buy any cookbook, watch any cooking show, etc. that you’re apart of. Clearly everyone loves you even more now and all want to be your best friend, so there’s really no greater incentive to start frying, spice-rubbing and bacon-wrapping stuff “professionally”. Culinary school or not, there’s really only a handful of people who write as well, and as entertainingly, as you – even if only in 1.4 languages.

    Cheers from London!

  133. monica1725 January 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    “Do not let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it, The time will pass anyways. We might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use!!” ~ Earl Nightingale

    I love you on Twitter, its what i look forward to! lol
    you can do it! =)

  134. Liz January 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Okay I never, ever comment on websites. Because website comments and especially blog comments are terrible. They are almost universally awful.

    So I hope this isn’t. I just felt compelled. You are very smart, very funny, and extremely astute. This site is great. I rarely cook but I read it every day. I follow your twitter because you have so much personality and you really don’t hold it back online like so many boring celebrities do. You’re extremely watchable. You’re likable. You’re funny. And you have this talent and passion for food. I think you should embrace it. And you should make a show out of it somehow. Because the world needs to fall in love with you.

  135. amandakatarina January 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Chrissy,
    I can’t tell you how much I love your site. I’m having a pretty hard day, without going into details, the thing that I take from it is that life is short, and when I came home from a terrible day the first thing that I felt like doing was reading your blog. I’ve been following it for a while, and despite the fact that your a Sports Illustrated model and are engaged to John Legend, I find you extremely easy to relate to. I think we have the same relationship with food, especially bacon. In fact I sometimes get self conscious of how many times I say bacon in a day.
    I am at a crossroad in my life as well, I finished college a year and a half ago and haven’t found anything to do since, except cook and entertain my friends and boyfriend. It’s hard sometimes and I feel bad at the privileges that I’ve been given and often feel guilty for not making more out of it. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that your site may mean a lot more then you realize, at least for me it really has been inspiring and prompted me to start a food blog a couple of months ago. Which really has made me happy. I really don’t think that you have to start right at the bottom to “prove” yourself to the food world. I think that the reason I support you is the same reason that others support you too. I like that you learn as you go, because we all get to learn too. Definitely try taking a couple of classes, or invite over a chef/foodie friend to teach you a new meal. As much as I love school and support education, I think that in this day and age of technology we can learn much of what we want to just by interacting over the net.
    Anyways, whatever you do, I will support you! But I definitely would be REALLY happy if you wrote a cookbook! I’d buy two copies for myself and one for all my friends…because they all love you too! (do you ever feel creeped out when people tell you stuff like that?)

    Amanda from Canada.

    (PS. make sure it is available in Canada or is available to be shipped here)
    Also, you may not think you have a shtick, but you absolutely have an inimitable personality and style of writing. It’s awesome, we love it!

  136. caffeinejankie January 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Oh gosh Chrissy I’ve been reading your posts since you first started this blog, and not even once did i ever think of Padma, Ina or Paula. Yes these women are amazing at what they do but your different, young and driven.

    And yes you can be the famous CHRISSY TEIGEN BACON GARLIC AND ONION CHEF (ingredients I love to cook with)…

  137. Shalyn January 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I wanted to start by saying -I neeeever ever leave blog comments on aaanything, no matter how much I love what I read – but I had to comment on this one, because it reminded me so much of myself and my thought process and all the crazy fears and doubts that run through my head whenever I have to make a big decision, aka try something new. (Even if its literally ordering a different entree at BJs, sadly!)

    That transition period when everything is up in the air is the woooorst, but don’t let yourself forget that that’s all it is – a transition. Eventually, you will be out of it and in the next place, which is where you’re supposed to be – and all will fall into place again.

    I say this only because I truly adooore your blog/twitter, and its clear that you have the passion/talent/personality to be successful in culinary school & life afterwards!
    Good luck! =)

    Shay

  138. tsmags January 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Do you even know how refreshing it is that girls who seem to be legit touched by an angel still have quarter-life-crises?! I’m 24, I’ve been with my boyfriend for 5 years, and I’m starting to have a mini-freak-out that I’m pissing away my twenties with the wrong person (even though everything is fine with us – I’m just completely insane) doing all of the wrong things (even though I like my job and am on a career path that I enjoy AND my parents approve of – what?!). Everything is fine, yet I’m 100% stressing that maybe, somehow, secretly, it’s NOT fine. I am constantly searching my mind for secret weaknesses and buried issues. I am certifiable.

    But I’m not! And neither are you! Because even though you are 100% stupid gorgeous and John Legend is going to be your Boo4Lyfe and you got to host your birthday party at Momofuku (I can’t even go here at the moment), you have moments of self doubt. And you’re allowed to! Because you’re a person too! Sometimes, in moments like this, I think about how Jennifer Aniston felt when she and Brad ended. Because, wasn’t her situation beforehand kind of the American Dream? Famous TV actress married to like the world’s most famous movie star, just being attractive together, every day? And then she was just…single and heartbroken and in every tabloid. So even though she “had it made,” things still sucked.

    SO. Not that the previous paragraph made any sense. BUT. You’re totes allowed to be having this panicky moment, because if you didn’t, you might have it 5 years down the road and realize that you spent WAY too long doing things that you don’t love. You’re lucky enough to have the financial freedom to be able to make these decisions without those constraints – so do whatever the FUCK you want, girl! Act on a whim! Jump into the pool! And if the pool is too effing cold and you decide you hate it, say fuck it and go drink a cocktail. (I don’t know if that metaphor of “culinary school as a swimming pool” made sense but I hope it did.) Also, I wish we were friends in real life, so: thanks for the girl talk. It’s been real. xo

    • chrissyteigen January 5, 2012 at 12:32 am #

      i completely understand your entire first paragraph! we. are. NUTS!! xx

  139. Gayla Adrianne (@gayla_adrianne) January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    This brought a tear to my eye. And yes I am on my period. Lol. I love the Pioneer Woman too. And I go to her site at times and think the same thing. She’s very inspiring!

    In self discovery and learning about my purpose…there is a question that always comes to mind that I learned. What are you passionate about and would do and enjoy it…even if you never got paid for it? Whatever that is…that is what you should do in life. That is your purpose. From reading your blogs and tweets…you naturally inspire people with passion for food and cooking. So I think cooking is definitely something you should pursue more.

    Hope this helps. Happy New Year! :)

  140. Jordana Hazel January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I think there’s so much pressure to plan a path and then follow it… if you do what you love, the path will begin to form. It did for me! You know what makes you happy, do it, and the career will make itself!

  141. Heather January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I’d rather read your blog than the Pioneer Woman’s. You aren’t a professional and neither am I (not that being a professional is a bad thing) and that resonates with me. It’s nice that you take a chance and put your thoughts/recipes out there knowing that there are chefy-chefs to be compared to. Your funny, snarky, interesting, and you don’t have to be anything you don’t want to be, which may not be the way it is for the pro’s. I’m with you on the whole figuring out your life after age 20 thing as well..I’m 31 and for some reason I’m having some sort of a mid life crisis with what I want to do with my life. You, at least, have the direction of food. I, have pretty much…..? Good luck, you’ll figure it out :)

  142. Jamie January 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I often feel like I’m in the same place as you. I like my job, but I don’t love it. I absolutely love cooking, but don’t want to become a chef. Anywho – you will find your way. You are witty and talented. Maybe Padma will leave her gig at Top Chef soon? ;) Either way – keep blogging and eventually some publisher will find you and say this is the next big “cooking” blog!

    On a side note – have you tried Pioneer Woman’s Baked Beans? It has Pork N Beans and Bacon. At first when I saw Pork N Beans, I stuck my nose up in the air and thought “no way”. But my husband insisted on them and was I happy he did. Try it – you’ll like it. ;)
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/08/the-best-baked-beans-ever/

  143. Sarina Maynor January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Definitely worth every thumb scroll loll…you’re only human! It’s completely natural to feel this way…when we stop dreaming, we stop living!

    xoxo Sarina

  144. Sharleen January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi Chrissy, welcome to the famous period between the age of 25 and 30 during which women start wondering “what the hell am I doing with my life? Am I doing what I really truely love?” No worries, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Or so I’ve heard since I’m 31 and still on a quest to follow my passions in life. No, seriously, it’s not about the answers we try to give you, it’s about YOU asking yourself these questions and by doing so finding your own answers. You already have the answers deep inside, you already know what you like to do most in the whole wide world for the years to come! Now just be brave (not that you’re not already!) and do what you want without worrying about what others may say!!! And if you fail, just try again… nothing will be lost since you only tried to follow your passion!!!
    Hope this still helps since I did not give you any very specific advice :-)
    XXX

  145. Meg January 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more! Sometimes i feel as if I went to school to do something I thought I loved – but even though I do like it – there are things that tempt me that I would love doing if I didn’t have to think about mortgage, retirement and health insurance! Yuck!

  146. Courtnee January 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Omg. I am obsessed with you. Up until you, your blog, and your twitter the “celebrities” and their life styles seem like an alien life form – far away, different, privileged, only attainable through gossip magazines like US Weekly (that I know has no educational value, but is so damn enjoyable), and highly censored by publicists. You’re humble and beautiful and ambitious. Seriously there are women half as gorgeous as you who strive to meet men half as successful and as John Legend to exploit and live off of in their fairy tale world determined by money and only money. I feel like I know you, like you’re my friends friend that I got to chat with the other night and exchange business cards with and share life dreams and useful connections. Basically you’re real. Blah blah I know I’m like millionth person to tell you how I can empathize with your situations. But mostly, thanks for being real. And caring about real day-to-day stuff. And for the delicious recipes (which I try all the time). I mean, i’ve even got my boyfriend to like you. “You’re reading a blog about food from A MODEL?!?! ….. Oh wow, this is pretty delicious.” And before you, my boyfriend was/is the primary cook for us. Ok ramble ramble. Thank you I truly adore you for being you. And you need a talk show so that we can enjoy YOU.

  147. Ellie January 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Wow. Just checked out the Pioneer Women. I see what you mean. She is AWESOME. And I’m a “cowgirl” too. Now, I’m basically just embarrassed for my blog. I, an avid twitter follower slash recipe stealer of yours, have a food blog (pies mostly), and I’m OBSESSED with making them (I always feel like that makes me sound like a fat crazer, but I promise I’m neither fat or a crazer). I’m only twenty though, so I guess that still makes me a total amateur. Anyway, i was wondering… do you have any to die pie recipes?!?!

  148. Melissa January 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    BTW, I loved that cookies & cocktails show you did with John. My boyfriend and I watched it and he said, and I quote, “I’d love to spend a Saturday night hanging with them cooking.” You are entertaining and down to earth and would be great with your own show or whatever someday. You figure out your own way and don’t worry about comparing yourself with those ahead of you in the cooking world. Here’s a quote I keep in mind (I have no idea where it came from): “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

    Oh, and I’m not reading through the 154 comments ahead of me (I’m too impatient that way) so I don’t know if anyone mentioned that someone successful in the cooking world that isn’t a chef is Rachael Ray, btw. She just got into it because she loved to cook. No formal culinary training. And she has how many cookbooks out??? There. You. Go.

  149. Jenn January 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Ms. Thing you just made me start to tear up while reading your blog! You are far too fabulous and talented to fail at whatever food venture you choose to pursue so please don’t let those negative doubts get in your way. Look at how much you’ve accomplished already! You have an awesome food blog with great recipes and a loyal following of readers who would totally watch your show on Bravo (Pleeeeaaaase try for Bravo….. we need more foodie shows on there….. and I really need you to be on Watch What Happens having drinks with Andy. You would be AH-MAZ-ING!!)

    This probably sounds dumb coming from a complete stranger, but we have all been there questioning what we are doing in life and the one thing I can say is that you should always follow your passion. Who cares if there is no one out there in the food world exactly like you. There is only one you out there and you are pretty darn great! We have an Ina and a Giada already, and while they are both great, they are no Chrissy in the kitchen. Best of luck with whatever you choose….but I hope you choose something with food. :)

  150. Leyla January 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Dear Admin, it’s urgent. Please get in touch with me via email as soon as possible – thanks!

  151. Candace January 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Girl, you are feeling just like everyone else has felt, is feeling, will feel, or will feel again!!! Go for what will make you happy and makes you feel good!!! All of those people had to learn and didn’t know what they know right away. Dive in, learn, experiment but most of all, have fun with it. And with your personality I know you will. We love seeing the process and the trial and error, cause that makes you relatable (is that spelled right?) and we all love what we can relate to. When I’m looking at Smitten Kitchen she is always talking about how she had to try something 50 gazillion times before she got it right!!! Good luck in the future, and hopefully you’ll keep the blog going so if nothing else I’ll have your little stories and sense of humor to chuckle about

  152. Heddy J January 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Teigs- can I call you Teigs? No? Okay. Chrissy, this post is awesome. It’s scary to be in a confusing place. I’m living that same 20 year old (22 actually) feeling that you referred to. Graduated from college in May and moved halfway across the country in August to a city that I knew 0 people in (I now know about 5). Moving here was a major life-defining decision. I cried hysterically in my mother’s arms the day I accepted my job offer. Not because I didn’t want to go, but because I was scared. Deep down I know that I’m in the right place, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still confused nor pretty fuckin scared.

    Make a move that makes sense for you. And make sure it doesn’t fuck with your love of food and cooking. That would be a shame.

    P.S. It sounds like you’ve already made the decision to transition out of the modeling world and find yourself in the food world. If you haven’t, a quote from Mr. Arnold Rothstein (Boardwalk Empire): “Flip a coin. When it’s in the air, you’ll know which side you’re hoping for.”

  153. B January 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Chrissy. I read your post earlier today during work and I could not get it out of my head. I just re-read your post plus the incredible comments left by your readers. I’m a 29 year old lawyer that knows practicing law is absolutely not what I’m meant to do with my life. However, I am maniacally obsessed with food -to eat it, to make it, to read about it, to think about it, to plan my travels solely around it. A couple of years ago, I took a 2 month culinary arts course while working because I was so desperately unhappy. Although it was exhausting to go to a long night class after a 12 hour work day and my comically bad knife skills were revealed, it is what got me through a very difficult time.
    A couple of months ago, I finally decided that I cannot waste my life away anymore. This year I am planning to make a career change. It is food related and requires more schooling (but not culinary school). I cannot bring myself to talk to anyone about it in depth as I am completely terrified, but I am gonna go for it (I think)!
    Why the fuck am I telling you my life story? I guess to let you know that you’re not alone -we’re all trying to figure it out. I can’t top the wise words of your readers so I won’t try. They certainly inspired me. I just felt very compelled to let you know how much your post moved me and that there are others seeking the same encouragement and advice. Good luck, Chrissy! xo

    P.S. – I LOVE your chipotle marinade. I put it on everything!

  154. Chels January 5, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Thanks for thinking out loud! We are all human that maybe have not found our purpose/passion quite yet, you are so young…I just was laid off my job yesterday after 3 years, it was my first job right out of college and I loved it. I look forward to your blogs and recipes and find them very inspiring that they are SO DELUSHIOUS and not impossible to make. You also inspired me to take cooking classes, get involved in a culinary workshop/classes. I am certain you will find your knack. You already know you’re passionate about food and a total foodie that is gorgeous…I say you have a cook book and show in no time. You are super witty and gorgeous as Kanye would say “Keep your nose out the sky, Keep your heart to God and keep your face to the risin sun.”

  155. deuxchicago January 5, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    1. I LOVE the Pioneer Woman – read her whole love story with her husband one weekend and got super bummed I didn’t have even the teeniest chance of meeting my own cattle rancher. Also, she makes the most awesome salsa.
    2. Like all 150+ commenters above, I feel like I know exactly where you’re coming from. I think the New Year makes me kind of bummed every year. I’m determined not to go through ANOTHER year thinking about all of the things I wish I had done come next new years eve, but I think your inevitable takeover as the hottest cook on Food Network will come easier than you think… you’ve already got so much going! Your writing voice is hilarious, your recipe for prosciutto and boursin chicken will probably make my boyfriend to propose to me, you’ve traveled the world, etc etc. – in short, taking over the cooking world will totally be NBD when you look back!

    Can’t wait :)

  156. Angelique January 5, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Chrissy – just keep doing what you’re doing with the blog and see where it goes. I love everything about cooking and have my entire life. I was the three year old who watched “Great Chefs” after Sesame Street. I could make french toast before my older sister could – she’s 8 years older than me. I read cookbooks for ideas and information, but rarely follow a recipe. A close seat watching a good short order cook in a packed diner is my idea of a good time (one of them anyway). Despite all that I don’t check many food blogs – they are mostly the same boring shit. Yours is now one of three I bother with, and that’s because of the way you write. Your blog has a voice. It’s distinctly yours, unfiltered and not giving a fuck who likes it or not. I love that. It is so, so refreshing. Formal training or not, you can cook and have great ideas that inspire me to get my ass out of my NYC apt and buy some groceries. Also – no one really talks honestly about how hard it is to love food and stay skinny – you do. And, as you mentioned, you’re a model. A real one. You occasionally show candid pics of your celeb bf/fiance. That’s all fun for us.

    You have a lot of talent, some realized and some maybe you’re just starting to realize. Don’t play down what you naturally have and what you’ve achieved in order to figure out where you are going. Finally, I’ve only been following you for a few months but it seems like you’re already gaining attention – I just saw ham cups on Pinterest for Christ’s sake.

    All the best.

  157. mattie180 January 5, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I moved from LA to NY about 4 months ago and was slightly terrified, but mostly excited. Yes, I was giving up an awesome job that lots of people would kill for, but NYC was always something I was passionate about.

    Guess what – I now have an equally awesome job, am LOVING life (even in the bitter cold) and couldn’t be happier. Wanna know what I always think? What the EFF took me so long???

    Stop comparing yourself to other chefs/models/etc. I can guarantee you that if my DVR faced a conflict between you and Padma (or even Giada) I would absolutely rank you higher than them. If it were Ina, I would choose both of you over whichever Law and Order was being recorded. You don’t have to be omniscient when you start out – your quirky (in the good way) personality will definitely serve you well. Look, Ina makes bolognese sauce and roasted brussel sprouts – she did NOT invent those! If it would make you feel more complete as a cook to take classes, do it! I bet you can find a way to take some awesome courses that still allow you to model, until you start the most #1 awesome cooking show EVAH!

    I made your stuffed peppers last week, and had to make them again this week due to constant badgering from my husband. The chipotle chicken was a huge hit (although I threw in one too many peppers and needed to coat it with sour cream). I’m hosting a wildcard Saturday party, and trying your cheesy quacomole. I’m just some random reader that found your blog a couple of weeks ago – I have already sent some of your recipes to my friends. IMAGINE if you had your own show – you would be OWNING IT!

    GO FOR IT! Look how many people have commented on this post as well! :)

    PS – currently watching Dateline ID, thought I was the only one that watched Inv estigative Discovery to fall asleep. It def gives some eff-ed up dreams!!

  158. miri721 January 5, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    You will make it because you are hilarious and have a great personality. :)

    Ugh. i know what you mean though. Every other night before i go to sleep I worry about my retirement account when I have so many other things I need to decide [and i'm fresh out of college this past May! not retiring anytime soon. :( ] I’m very insecure when it comes to cooking, but your blog has been like therapy and you make everything sound so simple! I really appreciate that, and a place to share our worries and stresses because my head won’t stop thinking and i just want to sleep! sigh.

  159. Emily January 5, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    I have two knee-jerk reactions/suggestions, which have probably already been suggested but I’m too lazy to read all the comments :)

    1) Can you take, like, culinary workshops or seminars or something before you jump full-on into culinary school? Example: a co-worker of mine keeps saying she wants to go back to school for graphic design, and I suggested that she try an 8-week class instead of enrolling full-time so she could get her feet wet and get an idea of what it’s like before she makes a gigantic commitment.

    2) As for figuring out your focus area, I feel like that would become clearer once you start with classes or whatever. You’ll probably get an idea of what you’re good at, what you thought you liked but actually don’t once you start doing more of it and vice versa, and on and on.

    And let’s not forget that Rachael Ray has an empire and Sandra Lee microwaves Velveeta on TV for a living. That tells me two things: A) There’s room for lots of points of view out there, from super fancy-schmancy to things that seem like common sense; and B) You can microwave Velveeta on TV for a living and become the first lady of New York.

    Good luck, and keep us posted!

    PS: You had the Milk Bar cookbook in your post the other day. I got that for Christmas and it’s the most badass thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to make every single thing in there.

  160. anairame January 5, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    “If you’re not scared, then you’re not taking a chance; if you’re not taking a chance… what the hell are you doing?”

  161. Pipan Lee January 5, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Chrissy – my heart was “squeezed” by your words. Listen, I’m older than you and I’ve just finished another degree in which I’m pursuing a TOTALLY different career path. At first I thought could I be a doctor at my age? Am I willing to sacrifice my comfortable lifestyle, travels and social life to be stuck behind books & only see a glimpse of sunlight every other day? Here’s the funny thing: every vacation that I have gone on with my sister and friends – there was a crisis where I had to administer emergency medical treatment (my 1st degree is in nursing) – the most recent one was this past summer in Miami. I’ve had a longing to be a Shock Trauma physician – and here I was in Miami in full swing – administering shoch trauma treatment! I’m more than convince that this is my calling. So what I am trying to say is that if you have that “calling” – GO FOR IT! Because it will always keeping “calling” you till you “answer”. I believe in you!

  162. Mackie January 5, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I am 25, have a college degree & still have not a clue what I want to do with my life. At least you have something in the meantime :) I think you should totally shoot to do something in food – it just takes a lot of persistence & being willing to take risks. Clearly from these comments you have a following already!

    Plus, your perspective could be that 1. you are more relatable. 2. You are younger than the people you named – which makes you more relatable (sp?) to a lot of us out here. 3. I never thought I could relate to a model – but knowing that even you still struggle with those annoying last few lbs. that are liable to sneak back if you are not paying attention, makes me feel less alone in that struggle.

    Do it!

  163. angelina January 5, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    ~*hi chrissy:) well, I went through a similar thing and am actually still figuring things out at age 30. It’s funny bc this is ultimately how I the fabulous Nicole Fasolini too. I have a degree in Pychology (bc I wasn’t sure what else I actually wanted to do!) and was pursuing a medical degree (bc my parents are Asian and it just seemed right? kidding.) but pretty much only went with it since I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Well, right before I was supposed to go, I finally muscled up the courage to talk myself out of it since i knew it wasn’t what I really wanted. So at the downturn of the economy, I decided on a career change. After being in one field of work for years, it was so hard finding a new path but I landed a job in the nonprofit sector. Still great…but my “passion”? I’m not sure. And that’s when I gave myself a little project to do and decided to take a month to just blog. I decided to “find” a passion bc I wanted something tangeable and 100% good at rather than good at a bunch of things at oh~75%? I am always intrigued by ppl who can fall 100% into something and know the ins&outs…which is hence where nicole came in. You had tweeted about her and one of ur outfits you wore that I LOVED and I started following her on twitter. Soon after, a friend encouraged me to write about her on my blog and I reached out and to my surprise, she was amazingly sweet and agreed. (this is sooo~not a blog pitch of it aounds like it on my end bc I haven’t written in months!) Meeting ppl like her helped me realize something…that ppl like her exist bc they believed in themselves. Something I think you should do. Doubt is normal, it’s a “growing-pain” but you should also focus on what makes you stand out. You already found your passion in food. Great! You are a successful model and you already have some background in the media. Plus you are extremely witty. And now, engaged! (congratulations btw!) I would totally watch a show about your foodie endeavors of learning along with young women who want to be better cooks! Totally pitch a video blog or cooking show on modifying other ppl’s recipes to make it easier on newly wedded wives who are trying to be domesticated when they aren’t sure if they are and make mistakes along the way! My gf’s and I used to always complain to each other about wanting to learn new recipes when we got married and would LOL w/ the mistakes we’d make…and sometimes cry:P but my point is that the market is there…looking for ppl just like you to help guide them in the kitchen as a peer rather than a pro. I think you have a very good shot at this and shouldn’t discourage yourself. I myself also realized I do have a passion of my own that I am
    currently trying to talk myself into trying one last time before I lose my childish innocence and enthusiasm and just give up from doubt…but I won’t if you won’t:) good luck and I look forward to seeing ur cooking show one day!

  164. theworldoftiffany January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I think a lot of times for women, especially when we get engaged, we have a “now what” moment. I know for me-I am like hmmm…go back to school??? I am a teacher and already have two degrees, but I am scared of losing myself in my rel.
    I think that your culinary fancies would make for an excellent book and show. Continue with the branding you have done so far. I loved the Cookies and Cocktails- so much in fact- my friends and I are having one next year (if I am not preggo)
    Best of luck with cooking and being so open and candid is why people heart you so very much. :)

  165. Donca January 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I think it’s safe to say that you have beauty and brains. I think that you are going through what a lot of people go through. I started grad school 3 years ago but then took time off because I realized that the field I was pursuing was not for me. Now I am in debt because I chose to be happy over just going with the flow.I think that if you have the resources to do what you want to do in life and what truly makes you happy than you should go for it. Start small. Maybe do video posts sometimes showing recipes and things will evolve from there. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I would love to see you wit and humor come to life in a video.

    I found this post refreshing because no matter who we are we all go through periods of self reflection. I can’t wait to take the journey with you to see how your thoughts evolve into reality.

    Also congrats on your engagement!

  166. Kate January 5, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I can totally relate to how you’re feeling! I mean…I’m six feet tall, but I’m no model. I do, however, LOVE food! I love cooking for friends, I love having people over. I actually did take some culinary classes at my local community college. I wasn’t as interested in becoming a chef. Food is my passion! I ultimately decided to go back to school for nutrition. I think you would make a great host of a show. Why not have a show centered around entertaining family and friends?! I know that I always get overwhelmed when I’ve planned a party. I would definitely watch a show that gives great entertaining ideas and recipes. Don’t worry about not “knowing” anything. Rachael Ray is from my town and she didn’t do squat when it came to culinary education!

  167. Debbie January 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    you are not nothing- you seriously inspire me to go and find new recipes and to try out making my own. Culinary school does not teach you that.
    I think you just have to take that leap into what you want to do, even though that is easier said than done, but shit- go and try!!
    The one thing you need to be successful is passion for what you want to do, and damn it im sounding like an impersonator of confucius or something, but passion is the stepping stone to your success.

  168. Niki Nelson (@nikimelon) January 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    um, i am so with you. get out of my head, seriously. what is up with that overwhelming feeling of “i WANT to do this, i NEED to do this, but how?”

    at the end of the day, you’ll work it out. because if all you think about is food, how to prepare it, what makes it good, how happy it makes you feel, than you’ve already got the hard part figured out.

    you’ve already made a career out of something you’re not 100% passionate about right? imagine what you can do when you’re in love with your subject. it’s not about being absolutely perfect, it’s just about surrounding yourself everyday with what you love and eventually you’ll share that love to others.

    good luck!

  169. Julie January 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Probably repeating what everyone else has said, but snap out of it girl! I’ve been following you on twitter forever, and I think you are so talented and funny and SMART, and I find it very hard to believe you will not have some kind of awesome post-modelling life. We’re about the same age and lead super different lives, but I think it’s completely normal among smart, somewhat overachiever types to completely question and tear apart your life decisions every 4 days or so. I have 2 degrees, a fairly successful career, an awesome husband, 2 awesomer dogs, and a house in LA but I still question everything. Well, except the dogs.

    Also, I personally do not believe Pioneer Woman is that awesome (from what little I’ve read I find her annoying and disingenuous…she is pretty wealthy and I don’t believe for a second she does it all on her own) and would way rather read your blog…if that makes you feel any better.

  170. Julie Marianne (@juliemarianne) January 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Probably repeating what everyone else has said, but snap out of it girl! I’ve been following you on twitter forever, and I think you are so talented and funny and SMART, and I find it very hard to believe you will not have some kind of awesome post-modelling life. We’re about the same age and lead super different lives, but I think it’s completely normal among smart, somewhat overachiever types to completely question and tear apart your life decisions every 4 days or so. I have 2 degrees, a fairly successful career, an awesome husband, 2 awesomer dogs, and a house in LA but I still question everything. Well, except the dogs.

    Also, I personally do not believe Pioneer Woman is that awesome (from what little I’ve read I find her annoying and disingenuous…she is pretty wealthy and I don’t believe for a second she does it all on her own) and would way rather read your blog…if that makes you feel any better.

  171. windwein January 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I don’t think Rachael Ray has any formal “chef” training either. And she has like three shows, and a freaking magazine. You might have to be Oprah’s bitch though to get a gig like hers. You’ll figure it out! You have the luxury of time, freedom and finances. I’m ahem, slightly older, with kids, unemployed and trying to figure out if I can make a career of doing what I love, photography. At least you know at such a young age what it is that you LOVE to do. That’s half the battle. Just keep plugging away. It all doesn’t have to be decided tomorrow.

    Just PLEASE, whatever you do, don’t stop being a snarky bee-yotch on Twitter. Life would be sooooo boring without your tweets!

  172. tabbatha January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Chrissy,
    I started following you on twitter sometime in 2010 when JL retweeted something (obviously funny & sarcastic) you said. It’s rare that I ever reply to anything you post just because I’m thinking what’s the likelihood she reads all of them or will think to something I said was funny enough to reply. Buuut then I realized I’m an idiot because when your tweets are private your @replys can’t be seen outside your followers. Hee hee whoops!

    Any who … this post of yours is putting into words all of my own personal feelings about being “stalled” in life. It’s not an easy situation to be in – I know my life is very different from yours in most everything but people relate to you & that says a lot! Your blog is pragmatic & hilarious… Who wouldn’t want more CT or Jissy for that matter?! (congrats on the engagement btw!)

    Ok ok I actually did have more of a point than stating the aforementioned stuff that makes anyone reading say Duh!

    I have no idea what I want to do in the coming years of my life. (I’m a recent 27 & that means 3 years away from 30) I have many creative interests but I find myself a single mother of a toddler & I have to (rightfully so) focus on supporting her. Aaaand I feel like I need to make changes (in order to move forward) but the bills have to be paid! (Does that make me sound like a stripper? because I’m not – I work in retail) basically I feel like things in my life are a catch 22.

    Back to you:
    So in summation while you have the opportunity & know its something you want to explore… Why not? I would love it if you did. I have to live thru others. Lol I wish you the best!!! I know you’ll figure it out :)

  173. Dionna January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Awww Chrissy!!!!!

    I think there comes a time in many women’s lives where you get into a funky sort of limbo with not living out your true passions, while realizing what your passion is!

    YOU ROCK! Don’t let Miss Pionneer Woman make you feel like a loser!!!! She found her groove. Just find yours and work it! I’m thinking of taking culinary classes simply to motivate me to cook! You’ve been a fun motivator for me (believe it or not) :)

    When you have a partner who doesn’t cook :( cooking becomes a damn chore! I love to entertain & dj for the perfect ambiance and love decorating/redecorating my house for company. But day to day cooking, I need the motivation for :/

    You love spices like Padma! And garlic! And bacon! Work it! Those are your favorite things to work with and they all are great! Emeril Lagasse loves bacon and bacon fat! Remember him? He used to say, “Bam!” and “aww babe” :P

    Believe your inner rockness and rock out woman!!!!

  174. Maria M (@OhDrM) January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    “It’s not who we are that holds us back; it’s who we think we’re not. Know your greatness.” I saw this quote today and thought it was worth sharing with you. I am closer in age to your mother, but I can totally relate to your moments of doubt and career insecurities. It never really ends. The bottom line is do what you LOVE. Had I been given this advise when I was choosing my college/career path, I probably would not be a pediatric dentist today. Sure, it pays the bills nicely and affords a good lifestyle, but sometimes I think “Ugh, not another rotten tooth.” Can you imagine?? haha You are passionate about food and entertaining so follow that path. Also, your writing skills are amazing. It’s extremely difficult to be funny in print and you’ve mastered it. You’re fearless about saying what’s on your mind and it’s quite refreshing and REAL. I think a show with you cooking for special guests and dishing the dirt (a la Twitter) all the while drinking wine would be totally entertaining and fun. Make it happen! If your number of followers on here and on Twitter are any indication, you’re on your way to more success! Good luck!

  175. Megan January 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I’ve never felt so compelled to chime in on someone’s blog entry, especially someone I don’t know (but adore from afar), but that’s probably because it’s rare to read something so honest. And witty. And relatable. And all around awesome.

    I am in the exact same boat as you, same age, my significant other is in the music industry, and I’m at a standstill. I think it just makes it more difficult when your other half is achieving success, doing what they love, and have a secure, long-term career set up for themselves. It makes you feel inadequate to still not know. I graduated from law school, realized I hated it, and am now completely back at square one, knowing only that my favorite activities are eating, tagging along on tour with my boyfriend’s band and bargain-hunt-shopping.

    It’s so nice hearing that someone as amazing and idolize-able as you is going through the same things as me. It doesn’t solve anything, but oddly makes me feel at peace since I can know I’m not alone. You have a million things going for you, but I think the main one is that you know what you love. Cliche and cheesy, but I am a big believer in The Secret and just having faith that everything will fall into place and not stressing over the details. Maybe it will be school, maybe it will be a travel channel food show (which I would definitely watch), or maybe you can just let your blog skyrocket and start raking in ad money while you keep doing what you’re doing. Either way, I know myself and a ton of others will keep clicking and checking in. :)

    Thank you for being so awesome/funny/entertaining/adorably honest! xoxo

  176. Katy January 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Hey! I totally just tweeted you like a creep regarding my cookware client gifting you. But I do work with a cookware client, and they are a big fan of you! I showed them a clip from your Cooking Channel special. They would love to send you cookware for your kitchen. Let me know if you are interested and I can point you in the right direction of where to select the cookware. This is legit swear but still a bit creepy I know :)

    P.S. You could totally have your own show!

  177. lauren January 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    pioneer woman is awesome and so delushious is super awesome! you definitely have something going here!!! in the same boat as everyone…know i have to make a change somewhere but just.can’t.do.it.slash.what.do.i.do???
    if i put a quarter of the effort into pursuing a better future for myself as i put into reading ridiculous (amazing) tweets (jennyjohnsonhi5 and yourself), pinning on pinterest, tumblring or scrolling through google reader – i think i might be able to change the world. love bacon and your blog!
    L

    also awesome: sunny side up in san diego & framed cooks!

  178. Rachel January 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    That was an incredible post! And such great comments. What a cool group of loyal readers you have. You should definitely read Paula’s book, she has a great story. Or, you could listen to the book on tape, which is even better because it’s actually Paula reading to you. I have very similar feelings of insecurity, I’m a 24 year-old first-year law student with a really relevant degree in art history. I am spending an insane amount of money to go to one of the top law schools in the country and live in DC, yet doubt every single day if I’m doing the right thing with my life. People roll their eyes at me whenever I express my feelings and they tell me how lucky I am and that I’m going to love being a lawyer. I know they’re right (I think?), but it doesn’t make the feelings of uncertainty go away. I just tell myself that it will all come together. Things will fall into place for you also, you just have to live it. Whatever you end up doing, don’t EVER stop writing. You have a gift!

  179. Nici January 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    You’re too precious.. you need your own show immediately. If I were you I would consider starting your own youtube channel..many celebs have their own. I’m sure you’ll get a ton of subscribers right away and it’ll give you the opportunity to be exposed a little more in this realm. You have too much to offer, I haven’t seen much foodies take to food the way that you do (your humor, mixed with your passion= magic).Consider it.. Wishing you the best

  180. Miss_Classy January 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Miss Teigen, This was a rather mushy post! I’m quite surprised! Haha in all seriousness there’s nothing I love more than a huge emotional spill! Sometimes we just need to get all our thoughts/emotions in one place and just rant. I’m glad you did because it really makes you more personable and human! I’m not one to give advice for I’m a college student trying to make it as a teacher in this economy BUT I can totally relate to this post. All I know is that I’m studying whatever I’m passionate about right now. I have so many interests which often makes me wonder if I have any sort of direction. I think it’s really scary to go without any sense of direction… maybe it’s just me but I’m kind of a coward that way. :/

    I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors. I truly mean that. I enjoy your humor and your wit! But most of all I thank you for inspiring me to try and cook for myself. My grandmother is an incredible cook who continues to show love through her food and that is what I see food as. Food is love :D As a young lady who is just learning to be independent I think I can take some of these recipes, buy a bunch of cookbooks and give it a try! Whatever you end up doing I hope you never lose the passion! Congratulations on the engagement! Couldn’t be happier for the two of you. :)

  181. Stephanie January 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    I absolutely adore you. I hope you end up with your own show one day :)

  182. Emma January 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    You definitely have a true talent in writing. You’re hilarious and I love reading your posts and tweets. I’m not having the best time lately and your writing and sense of humor literally brighten my day (when I typed that all I heard in my head was Chris Traeger). Anyways, congratulations on your engagement and on entertaining people daily in only the best way! P.S I love you even more that you’re from Seattle (or Snohomiish-yeah that’s right, I googled you). It just confirms my belief that the wittiest people come from Washington…as well as serial killers. I guess WA is special.

  183. Jenny @ In The Kitch January 6, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Chrissy, I can say wholeheartedly that you have a talent for darn good writing. It is insightful, witty (read: intelligent, laugh out loud funny, makes the reader smile!) and illustrates a genuine passion for food. Consider food writers such as Nigella Lawson; she too isn’t a professional chef/cook in any way but she does love it, intends to learn about it every day and has SOMETHING TO SAY. So do you, I think you’re simply still in the process of discovering your niche (I was or, perhaps, am still in the same boat).
    Tbh, when reading cookbooks, much of the time, and this is by no means consciously, I gravitate towards the non-professional chefs. Many of them weren’t trained in any way but they ARE creative, they ARE curious and they ARE beautiful crafters of the written word. I think it takes a lot of hard word, dedication and EXPERIMENTATION.
    And anyhow, most of the recipes I love best seem to be rather simple, straight-forward even, but erring on the ‘aha! I never thought of that combination!’ side. Other times, I really just enjoy the cook’s/writer’s personal interpretation of traditional dishes.

    Perhaps you should try to consider what kind of food you enjoy making best, to read about best, to eat best? That is probably the most logical direction. People always excel at their truest passions. By the way, I don’t know you personally, but maybe you could focus on simple, accessible (yet creative!) home entertaining/recipes. You seem to enjoy it (and you mentioned so) and let’s be honest, there is so much pretentious dinner party recipes around out there; we need recipes that speak to the general public as well!
    Anyway, good luck in your endeavours and I’ll be sure to string along :)

  184. Amanda (from the UK) January 6, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Just caught your blog through another link and thought that I would tell you about a couple of ex-models who have moved to the food side in their careers the first is Sophie Dahl ( grand daughter of Roald Dahl author) and second is Lorraine Pascal who owns a cake shop in Covent Garden London and has also had a tv series. You may find them interesting! Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

  185. The Background Story January 6, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    This will be long, but I hope it’s helpful …

    You have great passion for cooking — that alone will bring you far. You’ll find the courage to do the necessary hard work and sacrifice for something you really love doing.

    Also, cooking is both a talent and a skill. Take all positive feedback on your cooking as a sign for talent and use it to move forward with your dreams

    Add that your exposure to different cultures (and food), your finances, your connections — you, woman, already have a lot of raw materials, much more than others have. You have an edge. Don’t let fear and uncertainty blunt whatever edge you have.

    Skill is a must. True, having knowledge is not the same as being passionate, but it’s still better to combine the two. Talent should be polished, and passion should be focused.

    Now you have two options — self-study or attend culinary school, Either option takes a lot of time and will require a lot of effort. But if you have the means, do enroll. You don’t have to drop everything to go to culinary school. I firmly believe — and I’ve seen it, too — that we can always make time for what’s important to use. There’s always a choice, even if it’s a tough one to make.

    Anyway, I admire you a lot and you have a fan in me, and based on the comments, you have fans in lots of people, too.

    And anyway, maybe you think you’re ‘just a model,’ but honestly, I didn’t know who you were before I started following your Twitter account. So, for me, you’re this funny, sharp and witty woman I discovered on the Internet. You’re not ‘just a model.’

  186. Alyssa January 6, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    When I woke up this morning, I casually scrolled through your twitter (I’m alyssakate22) and came to the conclusion that I have to hate you. I’ve loved you for approximately one year, during which time I’ve been following you on twitter, but today I decided your life is just too awesome. First of all, your legs. Second of all, your metabolism. Lastly and most importantly, John Legend is an absolute smoke show who I can only assume also has an amazing personality and spirit.

    Damn you, you just won me back 1000% with that post. I’m a 25-turning-26-year old girl. I’m moving to Italy in a few months to start my career as a Navy JAG. I’m TERRIFIED. My friends are all like, really? You’re crying about moving to Italy? But this post totally captured how I feel. I know you’re gonna make it through this time and have an awesome life…so maybe, just maybe, I will too. A quote from that cinematic masterpiece Armageddon: “I’m like 98% excited and 2% scared. Or maybe it’s 98% scared and 2% excited. But that’s what makes it so great! I’m so confused!”

  187. Mahmoud January 6, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Seriously. I really enjoyed that. I’m feeling just like that trying to figure out a career path and get out of my parents house. You are a really good writer. You’ve just been bookmarked, I look forward to more of your posts :)

  188. Roxanne January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Hello chrissy! Your blog is quite amusing. I love it. I wanted to share my story with you. I am 21 and I live with my bf and our son who is 5. Fiance’ (love seinfield) well I definately could agree with everything you wrote about. I crave to do something more with life and grab it by the balls yet I feel like everyday I lose because I dont take that chance. I have the ideas and creative m

    • Roxanne January 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Palm open grab the biggest balls yet! A poem by langston hughes always motivates me so here it is:

      What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?

      Or fester like a sore–And then run?

      Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over–like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?

      Your great Chrissy! :)

  189. Simone Martin (@SimoneAngele) January 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Thought you might find this interesting – a BLT on fried cheese instead of bread. http://willpowerisforfatpeople.com/blt-on-fried-cheese/

  190. Cara January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Not to sound creepy, but I’m pretty sure you and I would be best friends. Just sayin’.

    I’ve always been crazy jealous of those people who just know exactly what they want to do and exactly how they’re going to do it. They’re freaks. I’m 26, a college grad, and I’m just now getting a vague idea of what the hell I’m going to do with my life. And it’s fucking terrifying. I’m pretty sure that terror doesn’t go away until you’re well into your career, so I have a nice long while before being an adult doesn’t make me want to cry.

    I guess you can take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone?

  191. meredithvail January 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I was so impressed by this post. So much so that, even though I read it a few DAYS ago now, I thought back to it and wanted to tell you, for what it’s worth, it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to following all of the exciting things you do in the weeks / months / years to come!

  192. Krista January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    My friend, youngmarriedchic, just turned me on to your blog:) LOVE it! All of your thoughts have totally echoed my own when I’ve considered making a mark in the food world. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to be classically trained to be respected or teach people. I really believe that blogging about food or hosting a cooking show is a transfer of passion from you to your audience. And I’d say from your own blog, you’ve done a great job at that!

    PS–that cajun cream sauce recipe she gave you was something we ate in college–at this ridiculously good dining hall. Booyah!

  193. Ingrid January 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    You are so funny and smart and wordly and beautiful!!!!!!! You’re in a great position bc you have the opportunity to do pretty much whatever you want to do. Follow your true passions.. You travel alot. Maybe a career specializing in food from all over the world? Also, most people do not have culinary training either.. It would be lovely to get an the opinion of a foodie is just a normal person like me. :) Xo

  194. Amanda January 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    You can do anything Chrissy Teigen! I just started reading your blog last week and sent it to some friends and we all love it. Your spirit and sense of humor come through even in your short tweets. People don’t just read your blog for the recipes. We could get those on the food network web site. What you have to offer is your wonderful energy and enthusiasm, and great food. Congrats on your engagement, can’t wait to hear your hillarious comments on the wedding industry!

  195. whitey1123 January 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    chrissy,
    i just needed to add how much i can relate to this post. i grew up with a passion for doing hair. i spent hours on myself, my friends, my family, and anyone i could get my hands on to braid/style/etc. loved it. wanted more than anything to go to a fantastic hair school in nyc or somewhere amazing and start from the beginning. well, let’s just say that didn’t happen. mom and dad were much more convinced i’d be better off with a business degree. so yeah, i went and got one. i was an accountant for 2 1/2 years. an accountant! until i realized that i was never gonna be happy sitting at a desk by myself crunching numbers for the rest of my life….so it took a hell of a lot of balls, not to mention a HUUUUUUGE pay sacrifice. but i went back to beauty school. no, it wasn’t in nyc or some great city. but i did it. im a licensed cosmetologist/hairdresser/stylist/whatever you wanna call me. and i’ve never been happier. the money will come. this is the world that makes complete sense to me. i love the feeling of sending someone out of my chair feeling better about themselves. i am happy to wake up and go to work everyday. that’s incredible for someone to feel. most people don’t ever get that feeling. so yeah, it was/is/always will be scary, but taking a chance on something you know you love, or would love to know more about is something you will never regret! promise! ;)

  196. cwebbie January 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    This is the true story, of a girl flipping through television and coming across a cooking show. The host was making what looked like the nastiest thing known to man kind. It was hot dogs, cut up in a chili and topped on a burger and I thought, “What in the hell? Why does she have a show? This won’t last long.” That lady was Rachael Ray. She’s had approximately 8495840 shows on tv. A line of cooking products. 9409 books. And I believe she has some dog food too.

    You’re clearly passionate about food. Every recipe I’ve tasted of yours has been amazing. It’s not about fitting into that food world. Create your own! You’ve 1000% have everything it takes to do anything you want to do career wise. And you’re really, really good. Blaze your own trail.

    • chrissyteigen January 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      LOL i thought the same thing except she was making a hot dog salad (cut up hot dogs and iceberg lettuce good GOD)

  197. Sherri January 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Chrissy,

    You are an impressive lady. Why? Because most of us have somehow developed an imaginary friendship with you, despite never having met. I think this alone speaks to your ability to express yourself through text. When I watched your show, I felt nervous for you as though you were a close friend having some type of tv debut. I also felt weird about it… As it became clear that you and I are not friends and I shouldn’t care so damn much. But yet I check you blog, I read your tweets, I follow your career. Clearly, your online presence is strong and will likely continue to grow your fan base. All this to say: it’ll be okay. Whatever you do, wherever you go, and whenever any of that happens will be just what you need.

    I say this after finishing grad school and finally finding myself in a secure financial, emotional, and “happy” place. FINALLY. It seemed like it would never happened and I stressed over every decision. Every plan. Every moment. Then suddenly it was all okay. I got my phd, I got a full time position as a professor (whaaaaa…?), and am starting to get interviews for my “dream job”. A few years ago, I thought i would never be sure. I’m now sure. And I truly think you will be too. Trust your gut and take advantage of the many opportunities before you. It’s hard to make a change, but you’d never be considering it if it weren’t time. Good luck my pretend friend! (oh, and I use you as an excuse to drink excessive wine while cooking and … Um, well, living.)

  198. Joanna January 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Pioneer Woman is one of my favs too, her pictures are Amazing and she has such a great sense of humor!

    Your strength (at least one as I’m sure you have many more!) is your personality. Use that to your advantage in whatever you choose to do. You have so many people who follow you because of your humor, wit, sarcasm…play off of that.

    Like others have said I think you should keep doing what you are doing, with this blog and your love of food. Just document everything, everything you make at home, restaurants you go to, what you eat when you travel. Maybe see if you can find shorter-term culinary classes. There have to be programs out there that are like 2 months at a time. That way it wouldn’t feel like you have to make such a long term commitment and could still pursue other interests at the same time. Maybe a photography class, your pictures are great now but if it’s something you want to get better at there’s no reason not to. :)

  199. Amanda January 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I understand you perdicament (is that a word), anyway a few years ago I went to work for Dell computers. I thought ok this is computers this can be a career, 3 years later they decided to send all the work to a new facility they built in Mexico. Ok, I was upset, but took the opportunity to go to college. I have an Associate’s Degree in Cancer Information Management. It is coding and collecting data for cancer research. I am nationally certified. Since graduating back in May I have had 1 interview and 1 offer of an interview for a hospital 3 hours away from where I live. Everyone wants 3-5 years work experience no exceptions. What was the point in all that sacrifice, just to be a loser once again. The only job I could find was a cashier in a convenience store making literally half the money I did at Dell. I have to empty trash cans at a gas station and then get treating like garbage from half the customers who look down their noses at us and treat us like embeciles. I want to scream all the time I can count I am not a stupid, I am a college graduate! I am struggling every day to pay my bills, and am desparately hoping I get the job at a flooring manufacturer that I interviewed for recently. A job, mind you, that I went to college to avoid having to do again. Your situation is differnt from mine, but there are parallels. I am 40 years old and thought my life was finally going to start working for me and I’m still lost.

  200. Stacie Steele January 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    whatever you do, we will follow! i hope that it is food related, because i absolutely adore this blog! if it’s not food related, i know i’ll still be able to pull this blog up (daily.. i always check!!) and know that you’ll keep us entertained, inspired and hungry to try new recipes! i’m making your boursin/bacon/chicken recipe for my mom next week… she’s very excited! keep up the great work, can’t wait to follow whatever direction you choose!!

  201. Lisa Nazarenko January 7, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    This post and these COMMENTS are so uplifting.

    Totally in the same boat although I’ve already chosen to take the plunge after a quarter life crisis. I thought it would get easier once I was in it, but I’m in a four year degree program which will only be followed by a Masters program in MUSIC.. I’m 26, have 4 years to go, and have to keep reminding myself that this is what I want and what I’m good at. When I start looking around.. first at my classmates, then at the musicians already done school, then at the people outside my city, then at all the other cellists in the whole entire world and all the cellists that have existed before me, I wonder why I’m even bothering. I have no idea if things will work out but I usually have this moment, once a year if I’m lucky, where everything is so clear and wonderful and I know I’m doing the right thing.. I just try to remind myself of those moments over and over again. Reading your blog, I know you’ve had that moment and that’s crucial I think. I think I’m rambling.

    Love you and your blog/Twitter/everything etc etc.. you are my fav.

  202. zuri bella January 7, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Post your recipes and figure it out as you go along!

  203. Shannon January 7, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I totally know how you feel, wish I could cook and bake in my kitchen all day instead of go to work! And I think you should go on to the show ‘the next food network star’!!!!! That’d be te perfect way to be the next Ina:)

  204. 1pennyformythoughts January 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    This post pretty much sums up my life. Sort of. I’m not a model, and I don’t want to go to culinary school. But I feel like we are ALL on the same boat. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could travel, learn about food but then cook the thing you saw in different places. Obviously once you cook these things, you have to try to make them easy for us (the viewers) to copy. So instead of using a platypus (I really hope nobody eats those, but I wanted to give an example), you would use chicken. And then incorporate the spices. You can be a mix of Brigitte (the girl that used to be with Hugh Hefner that went on to record a travel channel show) and Anthony Bourdain!! ;) Anyhow, you don’t have to be Giada or Paula, or go to culinary school, or even drop SI. Your love of food clearly comes through with your excitement. HELLO, I went to the supermarket today with two CRYING children so that I could get everything I needed to make those damn eggs you posted! I think the love for the things you do matter more than your credibility. So keep posting, please! I’m sure you’ll figure out what you want to do!

  205. Marna January 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Chrissy, but don’t you realize that this blog IS your beginning? This kind of IS your cooking school. You try stuff, you tell us about it, you learn and you grow. I have never followed a food blog in my life because I haven’t found one that wasn’t quite so foodie. All of the ones I’ve seen have been either A) boring or B) haughty. So I would peruse cookbooks, bookmark recipes online, and off I’d go. Alone. But then I found your blog. Your blog has made cooking interactive for me, through your posts, your tweets, and randomly catching you on Food network. THAT’S your shtick. And it’s awesome. Keep writing, keep tweeting, keep leveraging your and John’s relationships and you WILL make things happen.

  206. Anita January 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    It’s so good to know that there are so many people facing difficult decisions.

    I guess my situation is… kinda completely different to yours… I’m 21, in the middle of a college degree (commerce/law) that I LOVE, but I’ve just come to realise that finance or law is just not an industry I’d like to work in. Why does studying and working have to be so different!? I finish my degree in 1 year, and have absolutely no idea what I want to do after. The uncertainty of not knowing is totally terrifying… I haven’t found my passion yet and have no idea how to go about finding it… I thought these things were meant to just ‘come’ to you!

    You know exactly what you’re good at, what you love, and what you want to do with your life. When you know that, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Not knowing where to start – from my (very little) experience, just start somewhere, and almost nearly always everything comes together and you get to where you want to be in the end.

    I’ve been following (stalking) you on twitter for over a year now so I feel like I know you so well (even though I know I don’t)… but from what I know – you’re pretty much everything I’m not but aspire to be, and I know whatever part of the food industry you end up in, you’ll be amazing at doing what you love and your sodelushious blog community will be with you all the way :-)

    Have a nice weekend, and congrats on the engagement!

  207. Jill January 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Chrissy, I am 24 going on 25 and my life has not gone the way that I planned. I think you’ll find the medium there somewhere. I think there’s a combo between modelling and school out there for you if that’s what you decide to do. You are so relateable that you’ll have a steadfast following for as long as you choose to do this. You seem to have a lot of interests and you follow them all – which is good. I put all my eggs in one basket and they are most definitely broken lol. We all know you’ll come out on top, so I hope you follow whatever makes you the most happy (even if it makes you the most scared too!) <3 all the best to you and john ( I will now refer to you as Mrs. Legend ;)

  208. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos January 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Chrissy – I read this post a couple days ago and really have been thinking about how to respond. I think that everyone faces that crisis of what to do and, quite frankly, I needed to say “Just. Be. You!” It all takes time, patience and perseverance – Giada’s career wasn’t built in a day – nor was Ina’s or even Sunny’s (and Sunny Anderson would be a great person for you to chat with about career changes, etc. She’s even a blogger.)

    Chrissy – your writing comes across authentic – you are perfect just the way you are and the reason we all love your blog is because you are real. You tell the good with the bad. You spotlight what works in recipes that you try and you speak from the heart.

    Wishing you the best in 2012 (and you better get a show/book because you have a host of people who will watch and read!)

  209. NIcky January 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Hmmm I think your standards of credibility for yourself are too high. This is the age of American Idol, autotune and reality tv. Im not saying thats the levels you’re on the point im trying to make is that I dont look forward to watching/listening to that as much as I enjoy reading your blog. If you see what bloggers have done to the fashion industry for example you should be inspired, the power of the blog is beyond dispute and the only limits are the ones you impose on yourself. Far less charming, funny and intelligent people than you are blazing trails all over entertainment. I live in Australia and I read your blog religiously, I love it. I hardly ever cook for myself. Unless you count packet mac and cheese or adding extra tomato sauce to my double quater pounder from McDonalds. But your blog makes me wish I did. Seriously. Me explaining this may be redundant because Australia and the US are almost the same culturally, but here we have Sunday Sessions. You head to a cool bar/cafe on Sunday afternoon, try to fix your hangover with more alcohol, eat and be merry. To me a lot of your cooking says Sunday Session to me: friends, alcohol, occassionally sport and delicious indulgent food. Believe in what you do, I learn a lot from it, I laugh and I come back for more. If you werent already filling a niche you wouldnt be getting 200+ comments ; )

  210. Jackie January 11, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Just wanted to let you know I feel the same the way except you when you were 20 years old. I’m 20 years old and have no idea what I’m doing. I feel like my life is slipping by me if I dont act fast. I wanted to become a model but gained weight and that dream quickly went down the drain and it also doesn’t help that I’m 20 yrs old when models now a days start at the age 15 (sigh) anyways I know you’ll do great at whatever you choose to do cause i dont even know you and you seem like the most awesomest person ever! We would totally be best friends, not saying that in a creepy way or anything but youre hilarious and I love it!

  211. Chloe January 11, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Chrissy, I don’t know if you’ll come back and read this but anyway.. I just want to let you know that not only do I understand how you feel, I’m exactly where you are right now! I graduated from law school almost 2 years ago. I hated the laws while studying but then right after graduation I went on to take the bar exam. How stupid and weird was that? Luckily I passed so it wasn’t all a waste. But then again I have no interest in persuing a career in law, so what was the point in all that? Now I’m doing some non-law-related part-time job which will get me nowhere. So now I’m completely lost. I’m LITERALLY not good at anything. And I don’t love anything. You, on the other hand, love food. At least you know what you love. And even if you say you’re not really good at it cause you don’t have knowledge and all (which I disagree cause I think you’re great!), you still love it. And you’re doing a really wonderful job with your blog! I don’t cook or love food that much (I prefer desserts) but I still read your blog and drool over practically everything you make. Seriously. And I’m not saying that cause sometimes you make Thai food and I’m Thai cause even if you didn’t, I’d totally still read your blog. So I’m sure things will work out for you cause you’ve found your “thing” already. Maybe not as specific as Italian or spices or whatever but this is a great start. I’m a firm believer in doing what you love. It’ll get you there. Eventually. And hey, at least you’re one step ahead of me since I still have some figuring out to do. :) Good luck, Chrissy!

  212. Stevie January 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    She really is amazing. When I was finishing up pastry school back in my home town, Tulsa OK, we got to go to her house for the filming of her episode of Throw Down with Bobby Flay, who is also amazing and much smaller in person, anyway… She’s even better in person. Opened her home up to a big group of culinary students, film crew, and her WHOLE family was there. Everything she made, and Bobby, was delicious. If you like pecan pie, you definitely need to make hers especially with her whiskey hard sauce. And her corn bread stuffing.

  213. Megan January 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Hi Chloe! I basically wrote the exact same thing, almost 2 years out of law school hated it and am now back at square one! It’s so nice to not feel alone!! I blame Elle Woods! xoxo

  214. Erica Wessbecker January 13, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    your honesty is terribly refreshing.
    I’ve now started 4 different blogs trying to figure out my niche. was hoping by 22 this would be crystal clear; so its relieving to know that others go through the same struggle.
    Thank you.

  215. Megan Cavanaugh (@MCharmer) January 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Chrissy, I have been a fan of you for a little over a year now. I first discovered you (well, recognized you, anyway) from the 2011 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:Swimsuit Edition. It was then when I was flipping through the pages that I stopped at the interview of you and John, you know, the one where you are so seductively sitting in his lap with those hot ass chettahlicious stillettos and black cat-woman-esque dress? Reading through that interview (because, well, I am one of those ADD types who freak out if I ignore something in a magazine because I will feel bad if I leave anything out) I noticed myself smiling like an idiot at your witty charm and smart-ass comments to John and the interviewer. It made me laugh out loud. After reading/looking through that magazine at your beautiful SI photos, I realized you were more than just a pretty face with a bangin’ bikini bod worth photographing: you were someone who was worth being heard. Naturally, I did not do anything about it because let’s face it, we are all a bit lazy. It wasn’t until February that I decided to get a Twitter account (I know, I know, I suck at being up-to-speed, forgive me) and started following you. Seriously you are freaking hilarious and sometimes on my worst days your little inside jokes with your cute dogs or your funny commentary are the only thing that make me laugh. Upon discovering you were a food lover like myself, I fell in love with you that much more. I started looking at this food blog and actually attempting some of these recipes. Growing up in high school, I went through a Food Network obsession stage, and would watch Giada and Paula RELIGIOUSLY every single weekday/whenever it was on. But I rarely ever tried one of their recipes because I was too scared I’d f*ck it up and be a failure, a poser, a wanna-be-foodie, etc. Your Thanksgiving Lineup post was probably my favorite, because not only did you share with your followers great recipes, but also an inside look on your holiday traditions. I thought it was really neat. And excitedly I showed my mom like a tween girl going gaga over GAGA and begged her that we make the Sweet Potatoe one for our own Thanksgiving meal spent with family and friends. Needless to say, when I made it, it was the favorite dish of the night. I got compliments up the hizz-house and my favorite one of the night was this: “You, my dear, will make some man very happy someday”. Yeah, once hearing that I knew I have arrived, and it was all thanks to you. Even though yeah they weren’t the most attractive dish on the table they were the most DELUSHIOUS and for that I give you a standing ovation, Chrissy. I think it is really cool that despite all of your success with modeling and designing bikinis and the like, you still are willing to fight for your passion. I support you whole heartedly on your decision to go to culinary school, for I not only think you will be great, I KNOW you will. I think it’s about time someone other than a southerner become the next food network star, WITHOUT the damn reality show to do it. Watching you on various TV spots over the holidays I thought you have an awesome television charisma and your personality is very infectious. You will definitely be successful in whatever you decide to do, and it’s okay to “start over” even in your twenties. I’m about to turn 20 and feel like it is the end of the world; however, I know it isn’t over, it is only just beginning. I don’t think you realize how influential you are to your fans, because although you are sarcastic on your twitter page and a beginner on your food blog, you really do have talent and I for one will follow your career wherever you go because YOU inspire ME to follow my DREAMS…(Even if I, too, didn’t excatly go to the type of college that would ultimately set me up for my dream job) oh well, back to the drawing board, right? Sorry this is so damn long, it is actually quite embarrassing now that I think about it, but I just thought you should know that even amongst the haters, you still have someone who admires you :)

  216. Heather Bordner (@HeatherBordner) January 16, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Chrissy, I was incredibly intimidated to read this post; it’s loooong…. & I don’t have that looong of an attention span. But, I buckled down & read it, and was greatly reminded how much I love/admire you!! As a normal person (=not photographed for my job, magazines/tv, non-celebrity life) we forget that the “famous people” are actually real people too. And I loved that I felt so connected to you while reading this post. I am currently going through an: “am I doing the right thing??” moment too… And boy do I constantly breakdown & freak out (I just don’t have a blog to write on because no one would care what I have to say…). It’s just so refreshing &, in a weird way, comforting to read & feel that someone else (a celebrity) is even going through the same thing. What ever the outcomes of our decisions, big & small, they are what makes us us, and will open doors and opportunities that will bring great & exciting things!!!!!
    Stay fabulous & amazing!!!
    XO, Heather

  217. Kimberly January 18, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Teigen’s Simple Delights. Simply a woman who loves food and delights in sharing it with her family and friends.

    Start out with a web-based production of you cooking on the weekends for family and friends. Make it very natural. Show them as well making comments, having a drink, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the food, the drinks, the smells, the terrific time they’re having. Cook in your own apt for the msot part but also cook at your friends’ apts for beautiful change of sceneries. Ex: Dinner on the rooftop with lights all around is always gorgeous and makes everyone jealous. THAT’s a moneymaking TV shot. When traveling out of town, do the same, cook (or help cook something) in the out-of-towner’s kitchen. Film yourself going to different restaurants, making comments on the food, taking back your fave recipes and trying them for John and friends. This will help you to build credibility of being a self-taught cook (which is what viewers love even more than the classically trained cook) and a person who simply loves to entertain and share her food (and love of food) with family and friends. Who doesn’t fall in love with a woman like this?

    This will pave the way for a cooking show–if you desire–where you cook what you like, with no pressures, no stress, no expectations of others to have you cooking “by the book” or “classically.” It would be a much-welcomed show from most of this trast reality TV out here now.

    You have myriads of gifts and talents (cooking, quick wit, beauty, brains, and terrific personality to name a few). You have the trremendous and super-RARE gift of not taking yourself too seriously. This makes you a winner all around, You can’t lose or fail.

    Many blessings to you!

  218. Naomi February 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your insecurities and fears. A lot of fashion and food blogs I read are written by women who don’t reveal any weaknesses or realness and don’t even curse and are difficult to relate to, and you aren’t like that. I mean, you’re a gorgeous model, and you’re relatable and real! That’s unusual, and awesome! Please keep at it, we need someone like you around in the blog world/media/whatever!

  219. Jen April 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Chrissy,
    I come from a family of a chef for a father, mom with amazing cooking skills and a culinary school graduate for an older sister, me being the odd middle child who HATES it. (Well used to). Up until a few months ago I had no idea who you were, or how creepily obsessed with you I would become. ( I randomly stumbled accross your blog page and fell in love with how fun you make cooking seem you inspired me to pick up on the hobby and for that I THANK YOU!
    My Mom is oh so filled with joy that I have a new interest for being the kitchen, she said her doubts of me ever getting married are slowly fading…bahahaha!
    So anyway, I re-read this blog today and it made me glad to know i’m not the only one who gets into these weird “funks”.
    you amaze me, I hope to one day be as witty, charming and talented as you are.
    xoxoxxo
    -Jen
    (ps why I wrote this like a letter I really have no clue. Also, I feel like a rambled and am still rambling.AH!)

  220. Shaza April 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Funny that I should stumble upon this whilst facing a similar dilemma (fateful perhaps?). This post was written a couple of months back, and I do hope that things are now looking a lot brighter for you. I don’t usually post up comments in threads, but just wanted to say thank you for this :)

  221. Paige December 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for this post Chrissy! This is exactly how I feel about my life right now too. It’s nice to know other people can feel this way too.

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  224. kimberqueen May 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    just started reading your blog from the beginning, LOVE IT! I especially love seeing that someone else falls asleep to Investigation Discovery too! I drank some wine and made an apple pie tonight with apples from my hometown in Washington in honor of you and your blog. Keep up the good work!

  225. Gracie March 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi Chrissy! I just started reading your blog and i’ve read every one from the most recent one all the way back to this one. And I shall keep going! Forever!
    I have a maj girl crush on you and couple crush on you & john. YOU ARE SO LUCK TO HAVE HIM haha jk jk i know you hate it when people say that.
    Anyway your food and writing and dogs AND your pictures are AWESOME! Bye haters.

    • Gracie March 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      Lucky*, dammit!

      • Gracie March 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

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