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Randle and Ted in kitchen

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.

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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.

I love hearing from readers and collaborating with other artists, so shoot me a comment or find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Want to work with me? Check out my personal website, randlebrowning.com.
Want to see my photos? Check out my Flickr.
Looking for my food column? Check out Waco Weekly, Our Town Table

Crandlecakes has been featured on:
America’s Test Kitchen Daily Sifter
Foodgawker
Tasteologie
Tastespotting

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.

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16 comments

  1. Rhonda Dube · · Reply

    Hey Sweetie. It is so nice to read something and be able to say, “I know her and I already knew all that stuff about this very talented sweet girl.” ……. ( I gave birth to her)

    Dollface, your recipes are awesome! And your writing still brings me to tears. Love Love!!!

  2. You go girl! Do it ALL!

    1. Haha, thanks!!

  3. Gregory Houghton · · Reply

    Hi Randle, My name is Greg and I am sitting her talking about things to snack on with my roommate. We both agree that Biscotti is delicious and a wonderful snack but is often expensive to buy…plus neither of us want to leave our house right now. My roommate is quite the baker and has many ingredients in our kitchen but we have no idea how to make biscotti. Do you have a good biscotti recipe we could try?

    1. Dear Greg, I’ve never made biscotti, but I would probably try this one for starters. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/01/chocolate-biscotti/
      PS – if you have chocolate and nuts and don’t want to bake, just make trail mix?

  4. Thank you for stopping in and visiting today. Lovely blog you have here. I have a big black dog with a white chest too! 🙂

    1. Thanks for clicking over! I’ve got two of those dogs now! Can’t wait to read more of your recipes. 🙂

  5. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours. Wish I lived closer, I would definitely want to try your pizza!

    1. Thanks, Jovina! I’m sure it’s not very traditionally Italian though!! I always call it Texas-style New York-style.

  6. Hi Randle, Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and the follow. You have a lovely collection of recipes, especially baking recipes. I am a novice baker and i look forward to learn baking from your posts..

    1. Thanks Aiswarya! And thanks for stopping by and commenting! I didn’t start out as a baker either, but I ended up making desserts more and more because everyone requests them, haha. I just got into my WordPress Reader for discovering blogs, and I wish I’d done it sooner. That’s how I found yours! Cheers!

  7. Aw, so happy I found your blog! Your recipes are to die for – and awesome to see you lived in Boston! I am from RI, so I spend a lot of time there.

    Looking fwd to more! xx Bianca

    1. Thanks Bianca! I miss Boston so much! Thanks for your kind words!

  8. Hey Randle! Love your blog, so we nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Check it out here: http://thefriendlyfig.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/

    Hope you will participate ❤

  9. PK's KitchenEquations · · Reply

    Lovely space you have here and wonderful clicks!! Dropped by to say Hi 🙂 Stay connected 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping in!

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