Born and raised in the South, specifically the "bustling metropolis" of Raleigh, NC, I now live in an actual bustling metropolis (New York City) with my darling husband (and high school sweetheart!) and our cute, strange, misbehaving cat, Miss Marple.
Food-wise, I am a tradition-loving vegetarian. I am constantly trying to adapt recipes to be lower on the food chain and to eliminate processed foods from our diet. Everything is a process, but I do strive to prepare as much of our food as I can from the "raw" materials of the earth--fruits, veggies, wheat, eggs and the like. My husband has a thing for high fructose corn syrup in the form of Coca-Cola, my cat swoons over kibble and I can't think of many things better than okra, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, peaches or blueberries.
...I have always felt that the preparation of food is one of the most joyous and inwardly satisfying of all activities that we human beings are peculiarly privileged to indulge in daily. Other creatures receive food simply as fodder. But we take the raw materials of the earth and work with them--touch them, manipulate them, taste them, glory in their heady smells and colors, and then, through a bit of alchemy transform them into delicious creations. Cooking demands attention, patience, and, above all, respect. It is a way of worship, a way of giving thanks.
--from The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones
"The rule of 'success' has traditionally meant having boatloads of money. But we are not really supposed to put it in a boat. A house would (be) the customary thing. Ideally it should be large, with a lot of bathrooms … but no more than four people. If two friends come over during approved visiting hours, the two children have to leave. The bathroom-to-resident ratio should at all times remain greater than one. I'm not making this up; I'm just observing, it's more or less my profession. … Rethink the big, lonely house as a metaphor for success. You are in a perfect position to do that. You've probably spent very little of your recent life in a freestanding unit with a bathroom-to-resident ratio of greater than one. … As you leave here, remember what you loved most in this place. … The way you lived, in close and continuous contact. This is an ancient human social construct that once was common in this land. We called it a community."
--Barbara Kingsolver on small houses and community living
Craving: Spicy salmon rolls
Wondering:Where all the cool air went
On repeat: Chillin - Wale and Lady Gaga
Anticipating: The beginning of fall and the return of my NBC shows
Baking: Nothing. Way too hot for that.
Dreaming of: A new routine and a less busy calendar