The Reluctant Blogger

A Year of Dinners: March
April 17, 2012, 7:25 pm
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I’ve clearly lost steam on blogging. The last post that I published was written more than a month ago, even though I just published it. I’d like to keep posting the monthly photo roundups, if nothing else. I’m still taking pictures, at least, so even if I don’t finish this project here, hopefully I’ll have kept with the dinner photos for the year. Continue reading


A Year of Dinners: February
March 11, 2012, 3:24 pm
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Another month down. Does it feel like this year is flying by already, or is it just me? The past week has brought both downpours and sunshine; here’s hoping March is the month we leave behind winter for real. February was another good eating month, with fewer nights at home than in January, but still plenty of cooking:

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A Year of Dinners: January
February 20, 2012, 8:37 pm
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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of starting a new (small) project with each new year. I haven’t finished all of them (see The Cookbook Project), but a month and a half into the year, I’m doing pretty well with this year’s project: taking quick snapshots of dinner every night. I thought it would be fun to share a quick run down of a month of dinners, both keeping it real (we eat well, but from my usual posts here, you’d think we never ate crackers for dinner, or had disastrous dinners), and as a way to share some of the ideas that never make it to full blog posts. Continue reading

We interrupt this programming…
January 12, 2012, 9:47 am
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…to bring you some completely non-food-related photos. I’m a ferry commuter, and although I maintain if you have to commute, ferry commuting is the best possible way to go, sometimes I feel like I’m actually being rewarded for the early morning haul. Case in point:

I’m still here.
October 29, 2011, 7:46 pm
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I’m still here. My job is trying its hardest to kill me, but so far I’m still coming out on top, albeit barely. I’ll be back to writing more regularly soon (Dark Days is starting up again!); in the meantime, some photos of the past few months.

A productive year in the garden.

The saddest part of the summer: to Nebraska and Missouri to say goodbye to my beloved great uncle.

Lots of cooking projects, and nearly enough tomatoes to make me insane. Nearly.

Padrons from the garden, dinners on the deck, cherry pie, pizza (and more pizza), and the best hamburgers ever.

Weekends at home, with the spoiled pup and visits from the baby sister.

A road trip home to Montana, and a handful of very fun days with one of my favorite kids on the planet.

A backpacking trip that kicked my butt, but made me want to get back out on the trail every weekend.

And a spoiled pup, who we torture (lovingly) every day.

Homage to Gordon Ramsay’s F Word
October 25, 2009, 11:54 pm
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When I was in college and just out of college, I was obsessed with the Food Network. These days, I don’t watch much food TV (or, really, much TV at all – I’m just not home enough) but my husband and I DO love to watch Gordon Ramsay’s F Word on the BBC. We get no end of entertainment from his concise recipes and have taken to narrating our own dinner preparations in similar form. So, our homage to Gordon Ramsay, in beef stroganoff form:








Sour Cream.


Diving in, reluctantly
October 25, 2009, 11:51 pm
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I’d never been convinced that I really should start a food blog until I saw the Gourmet tribute project, Gourmet, Unbound. I knew I had to participate; Gourmet has been such an important part of my life and its closure feels like the loss of a dear friend. So here I am, blogging. Against my better judgement. I may not post anything beyond Gourmet, Unbound submissions. Or I may find that I love blogging, and post frequently. Time will tell.