For years, family and friends have been hassling me to “do something with food”. My standard response was always that I do some combination of cooking it, eating it, and serving it everyday. What more did they want of me?
Finally, I caved. I realized that some pretty delicious stuff has been coming out of my kitchen for years but I probably couldn’t tell you the last five baked goods I made or the special birthday dinner in 2009 or just the better-than-I-was-expecting lunch on a random Tuesday. And even if I could remember these dishes, there’s no way I’d ever be able to recreate them. So in September 2012, I made the decision to finally “do something with food” and strawberryplum.com was born.
On this blog, you will find a record of the best food that coming out of my kitchen. I take pictures and write recipes so you’ll be able to recreate the same dishes in your own kitchen. I cook by the seasons, the occasion, and my mood. I find inspiration in old memories, new travel experiences, and the countless passionate cooks and eaters I’ve worked with over the years.
You might ask, why “strawberryplum”? Well, it’s actually kind of unappetizing, but if you want half the story behind the name, you could read this post. Basically, it boils down to me having a love for produce at the peak of its perfection. And no self-control.
I hope you’ll stop back often and you find some cooking inspiration in my recipes and photos. Happy eating!
Get to Know Sarah
You’ve probably pieced the key things together by now; my name is Sarah and I like to cook. That’s all you really need to know, but if you’re hungry for more, here’s a little background.
15 16 years working in restaurants. My work life is spent in the dining room and I save the cooking for home. You might ask why I don’t cook professionally if I love doing it so much. Well, that’s the thing. I cook because I like to and don’t want to cook because I have to. Plus, I’m a bossy, control-freak and couldn’t stand following someone else’s recipes. That’s why I have a blog instead.
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s important for you to know this so you’ll understand why I’m complaining about snow storms in May and why my “seasonal” recipes seem to lag a couple of weeks behind blogs written from, say, California. I live only about 10 miles away from where I was born and have for my entire life. I could think of this as very boring, but instead I choose to see it an excuse to travel and explore other parts of the world. You’ll see recipe inspiration coming from my travels in France, Italy, and Croatia, as well as around the Midwest and the rest of the US.
Feel free to leave a comment for me. I love hearing from readers, whether it’s a question about a recipe, helpful feedback, or just a friendly introduction.