Do you want to go back to a simpler time, when you could eat a popsicle without wondering how many calories were in it and enjoy a Reese’s without binging on the whole bag, because you were just a kid, and it was okay to just eat a Reese’s now and then without thinking about it? Do you want to watch the butter melt into a baked potato in rivers of molten deliciousness without thinking about arteries?
Do you just love cake?
Then you are in the right place.
CrandleCakes is all about eating for joy. Food nourishes us. It brings us together. It carries our cultures. Blah, blah, blah. That didn’t stop me from finding out how many calories are in a rice cake and Googling the chemical reaction between the insides of aluminum cans and tomato sauce and its correlation with cancer (for 3 hours).
I don’t know if the world has always been obsessed with food, but it sure is now. Food’s not just fuel, it’s a cultural statement, it’s the cause of cancer, it’s making people get taller and taller every year.
But it’s also delightful.
I’m not suggesting we all throw our running shoes out the window and start using MSG again. I don’t think it will ever be possible (or that smart) to stop thinking about what’s in our food and what it’s doing to us. But I DO think we can reserve some space in our lives to just enjoy food: cooking it, eating it, sharing it with friends (or even just acquaintances or people we met on the bus).
Here on CrandleCakes, you’ll get: recipes (that, in spite of everything I just said, are usually plant-based and pretty healthy), random stories about my past, and cool guides for entertaining (like this one), so you can learn to cook as well as you eat.
And PS, I’m slightly obsessed with cake.
My story: I grew up in H-town with my three bros, I went to college in Waco, I narrowly escaped law school, I cooked in a fancy restaurant in Belfast, the northerners let me in and I lived in Boston for 2 years and then narrowly escaped academia, CrandleCakes was born, my boyfriend became my husband, we have a pizza restaurant, I started learning to code (whaa??), someone hired me in a real job(!), CrandleCakes continued, we adopted 3 dogs, I made a silly yet informative video then got featured on Ellen (just kidding), and now I’m addicted to podcasts. That should sum it up.
P.S. – I love dogs, and I love talking about them. I know, I’ve become one of those people who has framed dog pictures. You win some, you lose some.
Random Facts About Randle:
1. “Crandlecakes” is a nickname my husband made up when we were dating.
2. I love fancy olive oil.
3. I’ve always been known for my robotic gestures. It’s hereditary.
4. I am trying so hard not to start sentences about myself with “I.”
5. In 3rd grade, I had a run-in with a pencil, and now I have the forehead tattoo to prove it. It’s subtle, but once you see it, it’s pretty hard to miss.