pumpkin cupcakes in September’s early days

quick aside, not about pumpkin cupcakes: There’s this article about writing that, right away the first time I read it, so stopped me in my tracks, I now have it taped up to my office wall. One of the sections I underlined gives this advice about knowing what to write: “Listen to what makes your […] The post pumpkin cupcakes in September’s early days appeared first on food loves writing ....more

Summer’s Last Hurrah, Vitamix Recipe Hummus with Garlic

Every year, I am surprised September comes. Admittedly, though, this is less true now that I live in Tennessee. One great perk of the South is the slowness with which summer fades and, months later, autumn after it ....more

Life Out of Death or, Vitamix Tomatillo Salsa

(quick note! the Vitamix giveaway is still running, now through September 21.) In a talk Tim Keller gave at Oxford University last year, he mentioned in passing an interesting observation about food: most of what we eat has had to die to give us life. In other words, to provide us with the nourishment we […] The post Life Out of Death or, Vitamix Tomatillo Salsa appeared first on food loves writing ....more

Why Buy Vitamix Giveaway / Strawberry Orange Mint Juice

Today, we’re bringing you a post that’s kind of different. We’re giving away a Vitamix 6300 Pre-Programmed Variable Speed 13-in-1 Blender with 64 oz. Jar from QVC ....more


maybe I’ll be a food writer – eight years in

Let’s start with the surface milestones. In 2008, in August, I was a year out of grad school, working as a writing manager, obsessing about what to eat each day for work lunch. I thought maybe I wanted to learn more about being a food writer ....more

salad with granola: a new thing to try

Maybe, let’s say, your usual routine is lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers. Maybe you’re comfortable with that routine. Maybe that routine happens every week ....more

blueberry first birthday cake from a week of rest in Asheville

At the end of June, away in the mountains, I sat on a stone patio bordering a valley. Ahead of me was a full panorama of forest, towering green filling the landscape from one side of my vision to the other. Birds cawed out from treetops high above me ....more

the budino al cioccolato from a new kind of grocery shopping

This post has been sponsored by Kroger. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. It was a year ago at around this time that I ventured to a store for the first time post childbirth, Tim driving, Rocco in his carseat ....more

an essay on parenthood, one year in

In her half of the talk, “Creativity as a Spiritual Discipline” (available here), Jennifer Trafton says creating is an act of hope, a practice in looking at the raw material in front of you, be it your life or an empty plate, and envisioning something new. When you go to the kitchen and gather together […] The post an essay on parenthood, one year in appeared first on food loves writing ....more