Photo credit: Alex Van Buren
It’s been—ack!—almost a year since I’ve posted here, which attests to the state of the world, my reluctance to write without pay, and my need to revamp this site powered by WordPress just as soon as humanly possible.
I’ve been busy in the best of ways: For a couple of fun months last summer, I served as digital strategist and temporary deputy editor for Panna Cooking, getting my analytics fix and revving up their social media voice while running a petite editorial department. (The EIC, a pal, was overseas.) It was a blast, as they’re good people doing good work.
I also wrote a ton of articles (164, Google?!) for Travel and Leisure, a few for Epicurious, Real Simple, and The Food Network, and ghost-wrote a cookbook for Phaidon. I picked up some neat new clients, among them The Daily Beast and The Kitchn, which is about to ramp up its long-form in the coolest way.
Lastly, I’ve been writing a cooking column for MyRecipes. Smart staffers from Bon Appétit have wended their way Birmingham-wards, and are making correspondingly smart changes to the site. (And I adore my editor, Darcy Lenz.) You can check out one of any number of oddball short pieces I’ve written here, from the power of baking a gateway loaf of bread to my mother’s thoughts on stretching a food dollar to how to prepare unattractive winter vegetables.
These have not been an easy few months, world-wise. I was in D.C. for the march, and proud to be there. Like so many of us, I find myself sleeping uneasily, calling my senators and my rep, and trying to do what I can. And although there’s not a ton I can do to change international affairs right this second, I picked up my head from the major news sites this Friday afternoon to see that the sun is shining and people are smiling on the streets of Brooklyn. A little boy is eating a folded slice while its cheese slops on to the sidewalk, in the style of this fantastic city.
I’m planning a trip to Paris. I made a few new wonderful friends this last year in New Orleans, Nashville, and Raleigh. I’m in love. (It ain’t nothin’.)
Here is the recipe for the bread pictured above. It’s a good one. And here is my recipe for spring: you, rosé (I like the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Mulderbosch rosé), and a bag stuffed with olives, bread, cheese, and a blanket. Find the nearest green space. Pack your shades. Summon friends. Lie down. Shut off your phone. You can do it. Turn the newspaper into a pillow, for an hour. Self-soothing: It matters.
Is it your birthday? Good for you. Listen to “Birthday” by the Sugarcubes. No? “Israelites,” by Desmond Dekker. The whole album. It’ll help, I promise.
Hang in there, you. Hang in there, 2017. You got this.