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Shanna Mallon is a blogger and freelance writer who's been writing professionally since 2004. Contact her about freelance work at



A Nashville Snow Day

This morning when I heard Rocco crying and reached for the clock, it was 20 minutes past his usual wake time, an omen for a good day if ever there were one. I walked into his room, he gave me a big smile, I pulled up the window shade and, woah, am I seeing what I think I’m seeing? are we still in Nashville? ...more

In with the New: Greek Lemon Rice Soup

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to eat more whole foods, cook more, meal plan, lower your grocery budget—or if you’ve made no resolutions or none that have to do with food—this simple, affordable, comforting Greek lemon rice soup, also known as avgolmeno, is a winner. Over the holidays, Tim and I spent a week at my parents’ house in Naperville, Illinois, that affluent suburban town that saw me don braces, learn to drive, move away to college (and come back), enter the working world, spend hours on the phone long-distance dating and, five years ago in February (!), pack up a car to relocate to Tim and Tennessee. Free from routine responsibilities like dishes and making dinner and doing daily laundry, I finally took on the task I’ve been talking about trying for I don’t know how long: I opened the door to the attic off my old bedroom’s closet, flipped on the light and pulled out the giant, rectangular storage bin that had been holding my memories from the mid 1990s until the year I met Tim ....more

2015, You Were Something

At the beginning of 2015, I was three months pregnant, about to get the first major head cold I’d had in years (for which we made this green healing soup, should you find that handy), about to go up to Chicago again since my mom was in the hospital. Over the following months, Mom stayed out of the hospital, my belly swelled larger, we did more work on the house, our families threw us a baby shower and then it was June, the month we expected Rocco to come. When Rocco came into the world on June 27, it was after two full, hard days of labor, with two full, slow days of labor before that ....more

Red Wine Pot Roast with Mushrooms (Rerun Recipe)

Almost exactly five years ago today, I lived in Naperville, Illinois, dated a boy from Nashville and had a little two-year-old blog where I talked about a grass-fed pot roast. I had made the recipe a total of four times in some of the last four weeks of 2010, apparently, each time following the exact same, hour-by-hour, almost superstitious method of low and slow cooking in red wine with mushrooms, onions, celery and garlic. You could call it a rain dance or Magic 8 Ball kind of recipe, in that you start the pot at one temperature, add mushrooms an hour later, raise the temperature an hour after that and then lower the temperature back to its original setting for the final 60 minutes, crossing your fingers and throwing salt over your shoulder, okay, just kidding about those last parts, but really where did I come up with this set of instructions! ...more

the best thing I read this week + a few other links

When I look back at the last seven days, I remember a rough week. Hard thing after hard thing. Maybe you do, too ....more

Italian-Style Beans and Greens Soup

We’ve long liked ALDI for its cheap avocados and $0.33 winter grapefruit, but now there’s a growing number of organic options available, too. Recently tasked by ALDI and Bon Appetit to come up with a recipe that serves four for under $10 total (and adding our own personal challenge of sticking to mostly organic as we did), here’s the wonderful, warming, peasant Italian-style soup result. I’ve said this on the blog before, but ask Tim his favorite kind of food and he’ll say peasant-style Italian ....more

My Favorite Apple Recipe This Fall (French Apple Tart)

I started back at freelance work in the beginning of September. It’s a pretty sweet arrangement working at home, although now it looks a little different with the little person who needs one-on-on attention every 1.5 hours or so. While there are some days I email in projects and switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer and pull out something for us to warm up for lunch, seamlessly, like, la dee da, there are other days that I think, man, this is tough ....more

Tim’s Italian Meatballs with Red Sauce and Roasted Vegetables

When Tim and I met, we instantly shared this history of having moms who liked cooking because they had moms who liked cooking. We grew up in homes where our families got super jazzed about dinner and would build holidays around what to eat and where. I know there a lot of people like this, probably a lot of the people who read food blogs included, so hi, but I guess there are also a lot of people not like this ....more

Pumpkin Kamut with Pecorino and Hazelnuts

My brother visited last week, spoiling Rocco and us, and when he left Saturday afternoon, there were a few more snacks than usual in the cabinets, a giant pink box of doughnuts on the island and, also, on the counter, this pumpkin. Nashville mid-September, I’m still wearing shorts and sweating, but I see squash and pumpkins and I know it’s fall. Oh, fall ....more