What is Twitter? I know there are people far more “in the know” than me that could offer an explanation with a bunch of buzz words to explain Twitter and yet the answer may or may not be any more clear.
I myself, find it hard to define exactly what Twitter is since people use it for a variety of reasons. But I can tell you what I think Twitter is all about, how its evolved for me and yes, I promise there is roast at the end of the
Now is the time for honesty. I joined Twitter because I figured, “I have this blog, I think it’s pretty good, I’ll tweet about it, it will become a viral sensation and voila, I’ll be a household name!” To my newbie astonishment, it didn’t go viral and I’m barely a household name in my own house. And even though, I’d happily take all that, I’m better off for how things have transpired for what I’ve gained in the process.
You see, when you start on Twitter, you have nothing. You have no one following you and you aren’t following anyone. It’s up to you to grow it, it’s organic. When I began, I knew of a couple of friends on Twitter but then I began doing searches of other food bloggers and I was amazed at the number of food bloggers out there. Each one seemingly more talented than the other, which is saying something because they’re all so amazing! So, I began following these people based solely on their blog and amazingly, in turn, most of them followed me back. Then the tweeting began and as talented as they were, they were even nicer to chat with. Not only do I shake my ahead in amazement with all their daily creations, but I’m happy and proud to call them my friends even though I’ve never met them in person.
I feel the friendship’s I’ve built are real and genuine because although the relationship may have originated with a food interest they have evolved to much more, be it encouraging someone when their day isn’t going well to just shooting the breeze at 140 characters at a time.
So, that’s my take on Twitter.
Now, by this point, you may be asking, how in the world does this have anything to do with a Prime Rib Roast? Well, I had a roast to prepare and decided to test my friends out in Twitter-land and simply tweeted if anyone had a great recipe. I was not let down because moments later, my friend Gail, better known as @THETOUGHCOOKIE on Twitter responded. As the name would suggest, Gail is a tough cookie, but in a crunchy, yet chewy sort of way AND she makes outrageously amazing cookies, as her website and appearances on The Today Show and Martha Stewart can attest to. Although, she’s all about the sweets, Gail has a savory side and was making her own prime rib. So she responded back to my tweet with a video of Melissa Clark or @GoodAppetite. Melissa is a food writer extraordinaire for the New York Times amongst others and recent author of In The Kitchen With a Good Appetite.
Gail made her roast the day before and the pictures she was posting made me salivate in anticipation. I knew I was in for a treat and a great recipe and I was right, I got Melissa being her usual fun and charming self while putting together a very simply, yet delicious wet rub for her holiday prime rib roast. And that my friends is how a tweet turned into an incredible roast.
In so far as the recipe, Melissa pretty much says and shows it all in the video. If you want a great garlic and herb paste for any type of meat, this is it. It’s tough to mess up who isn’t up for fail-safe recipe? For the record, I added anchovies to my paste and not only did the house smell phenomenal while it was cooking, it tasted great!
Come join the fun over on Twitter, if you start with Gail, Melissa and myself, you’ll definitely be well-fed.