Why is the site called Reclaiming Provincial? This is an unusually lengthy explanation, given that I changed the name in 2012 (and I'm plagued by a need to explain things in great detail). The name Petite Kitchenesse originated during a time when I was getting a kick out of bombarding a good friend living in France with my very limited knowledge of the French language, which usually wound up being a bastardized "Frenglish" of sorts. I soon realized it was not the moniker for me, especially when people would ask me about my site and I'd have to actually say the name aloud, then mentally cringe at how overly cutesy it sounded. But I decided not to change things until I really knew the direction in which I wanted to take the site. As I (and my blog) grew increasingly inspired by Vermont food culture and more focused on eating seasonably and supporting local farms and businesses, I decided it was time for a name that reflected this. I wanted to convey this theme without actually using the word "local," and I found myself very drawn to the word "provincial," despite all of its negative connotations. I kept harping on it during a name spitballing session with my boyfriend, and at one point he jokingly said, "Why don't you reclaim it?" That kind of stuck in my mind, and I decided to look into the etymology of the word later that day. Turns out (at least according to etymonline.com), "provincial" simply used to mean "pertaining to a province" or "of the small towns and countryside," then picked up the negative "unsophisticated/narrow/rude" connotations during the mid-18th century, when modern industry (and, in turn, cities) were experiencing rapid growth. After reading that, it seemed clear to me that it was, in fact, a word in need of reclaiming. And my blog had its new name.