Category Creative Life

Beet Salad with Fennel, Parmesan, and Egg + My Writing Process Blog Tour

In January I went to a food blog conference in Birmingham. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was kind of going to see how much I wanted to dedicate myself to CrandleCakes. Like I imagine any “industry” conference can be, there was a lot of really useful information and discussion, some idol worshipping […]

Truth Cake

One of my closest and longest friends visited us this weekend, and we talked about believing that if you have a passion for something, you are meant to relish in it and use it to bring joy to other people, so that you have a sort of responsibility to live your dreams. That’s where my […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf with Coconut Oil

The island of my kitchen is a mountain of name-change papers, cookbooks, recipe clippings, a “fruit bowl” holding dried peppers and papery onion skins, a nearly empty wine bottle, banana loaf crumbs, a planner open to last week, a Guggenheim-shaped mug containing an inch of tepid coffee. Don’t let me get started on the living […]

Lemony Purple Kale & Sorrel Salad

This week I’ve been out of town as one side of my family goes through a difficult time. My role has been to hang out with my brothers, be an extra driver, and generally find ways to keep people occupied as we go through this. My husband has had weeks like these, and like he […]

Back from Bham: Reflections on the Creative Life

I spent last weekend at a food blog conference. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, a “food blog conference” is an actual thing now. Imagine knowing that fifteen years ago–that there would be a phenomenon called a “food blog” and whole conferences just for people who have them! The keynote speaker was Molly […]

Blogging from Bham: Day 1 and Visiting Veranda on Highland

Blogging from Bham. The food blog conference is in full swing, and after a day of intensive food photography and styling and a pretty sweet preparty, complete with pimiento and chicken ‘n’ waffles, I’m really looking forward to the main events tomorrow. Today at the conference, I got to meet a ton of other food […]

Blogging from Bham

I’m in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend, friends. Excuse the break from tradition this evening while I share travel tales instead of recipes. I have to admit, when I signed up for Food Blog South, it was the conference that lured me, not necessarily the town. Before coming here, I didn’t know a whole lot about […]

A Creative Manifesto (Not Food!)

As some of you might already know, lately I’ve been trying my hand at web design and development. I’ve managed to pull together some cool things: this personal website, for example: And some little practice things, like this text design: But as I divide my time between the pizza shack, coding and design, recipe-testing, photography, […]