I started this blog as a way to remember all of the recipes that I think up, and a way to share them. I also wanted (though I don’t think I knew it at the time) to write something every day – to sharpen my brain a bit, because I could feel it getting dull with lack of use. Before long I realized I’m not that interested in writing about food exclusively, and I started writing about other things, which gradually took over my focus. So today, Out of the Ordinary is more of a collection of essays disguising itself as a food blog.
I was conceived in London and born in Salina, KS, but I’ve lived in New Jersey most of my life, other than brief stints in London, Oxford and Boston.
I now live in a tiny city between Philly & NYC, which I think is the nicest town in the world.
My husband (and best friend) is a master-craftsman. He makes furniture and built-ins. We have a store called Antick.
I have two little boys. They’re brilliant, funny, sweet and infuriating. They are the most fun to cook with, and they’ve taught me a lot about using my imagination, and about abandoning my preconceptions of how to cook things.
I recently finished my fist novel, Beggarly Riches. Not published (yet!), but I love it anyway, and think about the characters when I can’t sleep as if they’re real people. It took me about 6 months to write it. I’ve started a new one!
I studied film and English. I’ve made two independent features and a featurette. You can see scenes from my second feature here. They’re old school indie – shot on 16mm film and edited on a Steenbeck. I haven’t made anything of note, film-wise, in a decade, but I’ve written a screenplay for another feature which I will shoot soon!
I’ve written and illustrated a few children’s books. You can see some pictures here. Never gotten anything published, though!
I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 12 – that’s 30 years! I’m raising my boys as vegetarians as well. I’d like to be vegan someday, but not right now. I’m a joyful vegetarian. I don’t think I’m depriving myself of anything – there are so many wonderful things to eat that don’t involve meat at all. It’s a good life!
I love food. I love to think about combining textures, flavors, and colors. I think about it a lot. I get ridiculously excited when I come up with an idea for something new to make. Cooking dinner is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I believe cooking is like creating art, if you use your imagination and creativity. Yes, it’s fleeting – it’s made to be consumed, but you have the added physical pleasure of actually eating it!
And that’s all I’m going to say about that!