Blog Tour

I was invited to participate in this tour by one of my favorite and dearest and BFFest friends, Sherri Jo of The Adventures of Kitchen Girl. I met her waaaay back in the early days of food blogging, before Facebook share groups and Pinterest. (Yes, there was a time before Pinterest ~ believe it!) If you have some Sherri Jo in your life, you have a pretty good thing, so I strongly advise you to check out her blog, her Facebook page, and her Twitter feed without further delay.

While you’re checking out Sherri Jo’s sites, be sure to pin a few of her awesome recipes. Two of my faves:

Asian Style Beef “Hot Pockets”

Beer Cheese Soup with Vegetables and Andouille Sausage

Blog Tour Questions

1. What am I working on?

I’m currently writing 3 blogs ~ Eat Real (food), Growlers and Lace (craft beer), and Run the Bend (running). I have a romance novel (under a pen name) coming out this summer, and I’m in the process of shopping a cookbook proposal. Beyond that, I’ve outlined 3 more cookbooks, a  couple of YA novels, a romance novel trilogy, and I’m working on a collection of short stories. I also write nonfiction pieces for a Vegas-based lifestyle magazine and a few other outlets.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My approach to food is “real food for real people” ~ whole, quality food prepared in satisfying and interesting ways. I love to play with flavors, textures, and colors in my cooking. I’m a scratch cook and baker; I use only very minimally processed foods. I’ve been a food writer/editor for more than 20 years and a pastry chef for the last five, so I have a pretty large base of culinary experience to draw from. I try to develop recipes that are accessible to people of all levels of culinary skill, so it’s important to me that they be accurate and well-written.  
3. Why do I write what I do?
I like to cook! I also like to eat ~ I really like to eat. Writing about food gives me a great way to justify experimenting with recipes all the time. Recipe development is also something of a creative outlet ~ it combines writing, photography, and food artistry.

4. How does my writing process work?
Like many writers, I have an idea feed going through my head all the time. I don’t keep specific hours at my desk (the joy of freelancing!), but I do keep journals and files of ideas and write stuff down in short, cryptic bursts all the time. I like to write fiction at my computer, but I write recipes longhand and then retype them. It helps me think about the process of preparation and makes me more careful about details. Fiction is better suited for typing (for me) because if I’m not writing very quickly, I tend to edit as I go…a bad, bad habit formed from 20+ years of being an editor.

My Featured Faves


Kelly from Sass & Veracity ~ Hmm…how to describe Kelly? She writes, she photographs, she cooks, she travels…she’s witty and sassy and her blog is gorgeous and elegant. I’ve known Kelly from our earliest days of blogging, and she’s just continued to grow and evolve as an artist. Treat yourself and visit her blog!

Fideua: Spanish Pasta with Clams, Mussels, and Shrimp
Strawberry Key Lime Cream Cheese Cake

Marye from Restless Chipotle ~ Marye is a wise woman of many talents, not the least of which includes writing with razor-sharp clarity about some very tough subjects. Marye is my sister from another mother: she is a wearer of tall, sexy shoes; a kicker of a$$; a funny, smart, take-no-crap babe. And she’s from Texas, y’all! You, like me, will be glad you met her.

Heirloom Sweet Potato Gratin
Buttermilk Fried Chicken


Patsy from FamFriendsFood ~ I don’t know exactly how long I’ve known Patsy, but I do know we met in the early days of blogging. And Patsy has the distinction of being one of the only blogger friends I’ve ever actually met in person! And that, I can tell you, was a rare treat. Patsy’s recipes are warm, welcoming, and delightful ~ just like she is. Want to find something wonderful for family dinner? Head to her site!

Braised Short Ribs to Warm the Tummy

Caramel Apple Bread

I hope you enjoyed this sampler of some of my favorite blogs. Please make sure to take the time to stop by and visit them; trust me, you’ll come away happier and hungrier!