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I’m the kind of person who goes around saying things like, “Food is perhaps the most important issue of our time,” and then quotes Wendell Berry when asked to elaborate.  Well, okay, nobody actually asks me to elaborate. But the part about quoting Mr. Berry is true.  As my husband once noted with bewilderment, I spend a lot of time thinking about food.  Which is an accurate observation.  There’s the poring over cookbooks and the compiling of grocery lists, the fondling of produce on leisurely strolls through the co-op and farmers market, the slicing and the dicing, and the daily query of, “What do you want for dinner?”

To which my husband always cheerfully responds, “I don’t care.”

See, Chris is the kind of person who only visits the grocery in order to replenish his supply of frozen pizza and ice cream sandwiches.  He’s never owned a cookbook or a chef’s knife, and his culinary repertoire consists solely of tacos.  Although he maintains a healthy obsession with bacon and swore off fast food the moment he saw Super Size Me, he’s neither particularly interested in nor concerned about food.

So you can see how preparing our meals might present a bit of a challenge.  Add to that our 62 square foot kitchen with its tiny range/oven and its 35 square inches of usable counter space, plus the fact that I don’t eat meat and Chris hates vegetables and, well, you’d spend a lot of time thinking about what to make for dinner, too.

50 responses

  1. You have my endless admiration!

    July 27, 2008 at 7:01 pm

  2. I love your blog! Based on your links, I think you would love my friends blog Cricket Bread. It started out as an experiment to only eat within 100 miles of his small NC town, and it has ended up completely shaping his life. http://www.cricketbread.com Check it out!

    February 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  3. darling

    wow. i want to try all your recipes.
    they are beautiful

    February 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

  4. Just found you through a hint from Kailyn of Kailyn’s Kitchen and have enjoyed your posts very much! Thanks!

    June 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

  5. Enjoying your blog thoroughly!

    June 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

  6. Megan

    Thanks, everyone!

    June 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

  7. Lee

    Wow! I love what I see here! Awesome!

    September 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

  8. Yara

    I love your cooking style, and i must say, i’m quite like you.. i think about what’s for dinner at lunch time.
    Do you take your own pictures too?
    I love your recipes, they look super exotic!

    November 2, 2009 at 5:28 am

  9. WOW.
    You made my Friday! I’m really happy to have found your blog – which I did by entering a combination of items into Google that I was sure would turn up nothing: “Kale Pizza”. Little did I know! I am adding you to my list of “must-reads”. Keep up the good work.
    Andy

    May 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

  10. WOW.You made my Friday! I’m really happy to have found your blog – which I did by entering a combination of items into Google that I was sure would turn up nothing: “Kale Pizza”. Little did I know! I am adding you to my list of “must-reads”. Keep up the good work.Andy
    +1

    June 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

  11. Your blog and photography work are outstanding. I am very interested in licensing some of your images for my website.We share as similar passion for local food. My company is called Field Goods – Fresh Food from Small Farms. Could you contact me

    January 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  12. Kathy

    I have loved your site ever since you published “Butternut squash, caramelized onion & goat cheese tart”, with the crust that had never failed you. I love that crust.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

  13. Came across your blog looking for a beet chocolate cake recipe and it’s such a fun read with so many good recipes! Hooray for vegetables in cake!

    June 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  14. A lovely, lovely site. Wonderful recipes, beautifully photographed. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and try some out. Thanks for inspiring me!

    June 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

  15. new favourite food blog!

    June 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

  16. looking forward to trying out your recipes! we definitely eat too much meat and not enough veggies!

    June 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

  17. wow I just found your blog—love it. Great Photos–receipies look great as well; although I won’t pretend mine will look nearly the same. I am now a new fan! Thanks

    August 29, 2011 at 10:44 am

  18. You’re blog is absolutely incredible – glad I stumbled upon it! Excited to read more!

    September 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  19. Your* – sorry about that!

    September 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

  20. Love your blog! Great photos, fun reading! Thanks!

    October 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  21. I love this blog and also the photography!! Thanx 4 share it!!

    October 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  22. I’d love to chat with you about being a feature columnist on our new-to-be launched web-based company – the mistake club! If interested in discussing, pls feel free to email!

    Carolyn Hawes
    carolyn@mistakeclub.com

    October 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  23. I’m glad I found your blog. The vege pics are very inspiring, and remind me of how much better fruits and veggies are than sugary sweets.

    Sandra
    sandrarosedesigns.com

    October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  24. Welcome, new readers! I seem to have a lot of new visitors today, but my stat tracker isn’t working properly so I have no idea where everyone is coming from. But I’m happy to have you all here!

    October 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  25. WordPress.com news is where I learned of you. They featured a photo of yours.

    October 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  26. JenB

    Let’s hear it for WordPress.com!! That, too, was my source.
    SO glad about it! Love your writing style, cooking style and
    photography skills!! Keep up the good work!! Why no ads on your
    blog???

    October 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    • Welcome, Jen! I’m glad you found your way here, too.

      There are no ads on my blog for a few reasons. One is primarily aesthetic: I like having complete control over the way my blog looks, and I like not having a sidebar cluttered with graphics that may or may not suit the look & feel of my blog. I’m also deeply concerned about the way advertising affects editorial content in general, and I appreciate being able to write about whatever I want to write about without anyone having to wonder whether my post is authentic or sponsored or somewhere in between. There are a number of talented bloggers who curate ads very carefully and maintain the integrity of their content, but I don’t have the time to devote to striking such a balance.

      In the old days, a blog was an online journal (web + log = blog) and I still think of mine that way. Fundamentally, it’s personal, so I consider it an inappropriate space for advertisements, regardless of any aesthetic or ethical hangups I may have. I don’t have ads on my blog for the same reasons I don’t have billboards in my front yard.

      Plus, also– and this is a biggie– nobody has asked. :-)

      October 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  27. Deonna

    I just discovered your site and I’m finding awesome stuff here! :) thank you for sharing to the world, i look forward to replicating your recipes :)

    October 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

  28. I just discovered your blog. How can I sign up for emails when you post a new entry? I don’t see that option?

    October 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  29. Hi Megan, trying to contact you urgently about featuring your blog in a forthcoming book, tried leaving a comment before but no luck, pls can you contact me? talk (at) eggboxmarketing (dot) co(dot) uk
    Many thanks – Robin (@eggboxrobin on Twitter)

    October 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

  30. You had me at the title (and the photographs)! And I love that you reference Wendell Berry; a friend of mine read his poem, “The Country of Marriage,” at our wedding last year. As for reading, I look forward to your posts, and to trying some of your recipes. Our farmer’s market here in Richmond is open beyond November, by the way. So much bounty! All best, Marci Rich (aka The Midlife Second Wife).

    October 25, 2011 at 7:46 am

  31. ::le drool:: everything you make has me dreaming about dinner!!!

    January 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  32. I say: so many recipes, so little time! I think about cooking all the time, but I have to admit my husband is more opinionated! Very nice blog!

    February 20, 2012 at 4:30 am

  33. Hi there! We met recently at Lake Street Market through Liz Glass when we were both there on a Saturday afternoon. I love your site!! Beautiful work,just beautiful. I look forward to following and staying in touch!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

  34. jessiekanelos

    Beautiful blog. Beautiful story! Similarly, my French husband is Mr. Meat & Potatoes with a tremendous sweet tooth. What is an American expat in Paris supposed to do surrounded by all this terrific produce & no audience to cook for?

    jessiekanelos.wordpress.com

    April 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  35. I just found your blog and I must say I am impressed! From the clever name to your lovely photos, I’m hooked! Well done, fellow foodie!

    April 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  36. Just found you – I love everything about your blog! Looking forward to following :) Lovely!

    April 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  37. thewholefoodstory

    I didn’t accidentally stumble across your blog. I LOOKED for it. Someone recommended it to me and she was right! Absolutely brilliant blog! I’m studying Nutritional Medicine and started my own nutrition/food focused blog The Whole Food Story at the start of the year, and love finding other inspiring healthy blogs. Fantastic work!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  38. I just found this place and I will stay here a little longer if you don’t mind;) Great food and wonderful pictures is what I like most!

    August 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

  39. Clever and witty. Keep it coming!

    October 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  40. learnitalianforfun

    I like your blog! I’ll definitely try out some of your recipes! All the best x

    December 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  41. What a fun and creative website name! http://www.gustatori.com

    April 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  42. We love Wendell Berry too (who doesn’t?). Beautiful site and lots and lots of great cookin’.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  43. I love everything about your blog, starting from the name. When Harry met Sally was one of the first movie I watched. Fantastic layout! Clean, simple and elegant! My sister loves baking and I was thinking I should be the salad queen of the house. So, I’m super glad I found your website! I’ll keep you updated with my efforts (fingers crossed)!

    January 4, 2014 at 3:34 am

  44. Hi there! I love reading your blog and have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Participation is, of course, optional and rules can be found here: http://cookingwithoutlimits.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/dragons-loyalty-award/

    January 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

  45. I love your blog so I have nominated your blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Congratulations!
    More on this nomination is at
    http://cookingwithoutlimits.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    February 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

  46. Have you ever considered creating an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs?

    I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to
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    August 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  47. I believe everything published made a lot of
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