I was born in Hollywood and lived in Eagle Rock, CA until I was almost 9 years old. My parents had been looking for a way to escape the smog and rot of LA when my mom had a dream about living someplace with snow-capped mountains. They looked around, checked out Portland and about a year later we were living there. More than 25 years later, they are still there.
I went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and while I love the west coast, after college, I was looking to be someplace else. About three months after I graduated, I came to Philly to visit my grandmother (both sides of my family are from here), and as I got off the plane I knew I had to move. It was like I had been hit in the head with with a long, heavy piece of wood, so powerful was the message. Always one to try to listen to the little dribbles of guidance the universe sends my way, I transplanted myself to the east coast.
After 12 years, four jobs, a stint in grad school, an exploding freelance career, two cookbooks, a husband and
the same old 1992 station wagon finally a new car, it still feels like the right choice.
I have a younger sister who is a folk singer and I write about her on occasion. In addition to all her musical talents, she has the best head of hair I’ve ever seen close up. If she wasn’t my sister, I’d be really jealous. In November 2011, Raina and her husband Andrew had a baby and named him Emmett. He inherited Raina’s amazing hair and I adore him. They live in Austin, TX, which is entirely too far away.
I started this blog as a way to help me figure out what I want to do with my life and I’m happy to report that things are actually working out pretty well in that department. After finishing a Masters in Writing at St. Joseph’s University in December 2007, I went to work at the agency that promotes Philadelphia as a tourist destination. I was there until August 2011 when a layoff forced me to dive fully into the freelance world. It stung at the time, but turned out that they had really just set me free.
I now make my living writing about food and teaching canning classes. You can find my work on The Food Network, Saveur’s website, Table Matters, and in Food 52′s Small Batch series. I’ve also written two cookbooks dedicated to canning and preserving. The first, called Food in Jars came out in May 2012. The second, called Preserving by the Pint, will hit stores on March 25, 2014. I’m currently working on the proposal for another book.
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