When I attended that amazing food blogger picnic two summers ago (where I met Lindsey and a handful of other bloggers), I only had a vague sense of who would be attending based on my email chain. Someone made a comment about Yossy showing up later on and my ears perked up – “Yossy?” I asked. “As in Apt. 2B Baking Co. Yossy?!” (How many Yossys do YOU know? It seemed like the most logical option.) And I was right, of course. I was not a seasoned blogger (I hadn’t even been blogging for a year yet at that point), so the fact that I was there with some people I would call heavy-hitters already seemed preposterous, and then I found out Yossy would be there – Another big-hitter. If I was a Phillies fan or some other kind of sports fan, this for me was like meeting the Phillies, ya know? Aka I was nerding out HARD. [Read more…]
As of this week, I’ve been blogging for two years. TWO YEARS! I’m merely a toddler in blog years, but it still seems like an accomplishment that I’ve stuck with this project for so long. Some days it’s easy to feel like I haven’t made it far enough in the blogging world – but when I really look back on where I was, I can’t help but see that I’ve at least made progress. That day two years ago when I anxiously hit the “publish” button on my first post was the result of 6 months of hands-on behind the scenes prep work and over two years of brain preparation. Since then, I’ve made so many new friends and gained new skills. I think I’ve become a better recipe developer and hopefully a better writer. I’ve become a real (amateur) food photographer, taking over Robert’s beautiful work to put my hand in the ring. The photography has now become one of my favorite parts of the blogging process. I’ve experimented with new illustration styles (like this, this and this), traveled to meet people and learn new things (and will hopefully do a lot more of that in the future), written some guest posts for blogs I truly admire (like Food52 and A Couple Cooks), and I’ve been on a couple podcasts (The Dinner Special and ChoppedCon). These are all things I had HOPED I would do with my blog, so I can’t even tell you how happy I am to be where I am right now. [Read more…]
Happy Pi Day!!!! Did you know this is one of the most epic Pi Days ever? The number pi is 3.14159265359 … blah blah blah and today is 3.14.15, aka the first 5 digits of pi. I’m a math nerd, so this is kind of a big deal. When I was in high school my AP Calc class (which consisted of me and about ten of my best friends) would force our ever-gracious teacher, Mr. Miller, to let us celebrate Pi Day, which meant we brought in tons of pie and did nothing but eat pie all class period. It was great. I wanted to celebrate this year’s Pi Day with a virtual Pi Day party, if you will, by giving you a roundup of recipes I’ve been wanting to make. [Read more…]
Since I’m a crazy person who tries to schedule every minute of her days, I don’t usually end up with a spare moment to read cookbooks until the few minutes before I go to sleep. But – this actually gives me a solid way of judging how good a cookbook is: In those brief moments before I get too drowsy to continue reading, how hungry does it make me? With Joy Wilson’s new book, Homemade Decadence, I would not be hungry at all when I got into bed, but then suddenly be starving and have to put the book down so I wouldn’t be forced to escape to the kitchen to eat an entire jar of peanut butter. Those nights I went to bed dreaming of chocolate peanut butter pretzel cakes, sausage and blackberry breakfast pizza, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars. One night it went so far that, while I was half asleep, I asked Robert what kinds of pies he was making and if there was any left. Clearly this book went to my head. [Read more…]
It’s time for another wish list! It’s been a while since the last one. These days I’m craving s’mores. A lot of people consider s’mores to be a summer thing, but I associate them more with autumn weather. They are perfect for those first cooler evenings, where it’s cold enough to be cozy in a sweatshirt AND next to a campfire. The smell of the toasting marshmallow is so inviting, but you can also smell the fallen leaves in the damp grass and the smoke of the fire. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? While I do love s’mores (and they are one of the only places where I truly enjoy marshmallows, thoroughly toasted of course), I do hate the sticky fingers that are an inevitable result of eating one. That’s why some of these other s’more recipes that can be eaten with a fork intrigue me. Here’s what I’ve been eyeing from around the web: [Read more…]
June was such an epic month that I couldn’t squeeze this post in before it ended. Lots of fantastic things happened, like bridal showers, my birthday, beach trips, a few awesome evenings in Philly with friends, Nutella Latte Popsicles for #popsicleweek, blogger meet-ups, and more – some of which I will go into more detail about below. July better bring it if it wants to keep up, that’s for sure. [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.
I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.