poolsideIf you told me 5 years ago that I would be where I am today, I would have called you a liar.

As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a published author. My professional life never really aligned with this dream, however. In 2007, I returned to college to pursue a BA in English. I was a stay-at-home mom to two kids and losing my mind to PBS and ABCs. I needed a life again.

In the Fall of 2010–what was supposed to be my last semester–I rearranged my schedule entirely at the last minute. I was inspired by a series of conversations I had with an old friend from high school and recognized finally what was missing from my life: creative pursuits.

That semester, I signed up for Shakespeare I, Medieval Literature, Creative Writing, and, for fun, Math for Business & Economics Majors. It turned out to be exactly what I needed. Well, minus the math course (though I did finally learned how to calculate compounded interest that semester, too).

It was through Doug Anderson’s guidance in Creative Writing that I sharpened the tools that had been lying in wait in my box all along. It was because of him that I decided to take matters into my own hands and publish myself. It was time. And then, Poet in the Pantry was born.

View from the Sun Pyramid at TeotihuacanIt started with poetry, just like it sounds. A little local events were mixed in. But the pull toward food–and its ability to center me–couldn’t be denied, and by December 2010, Poet in the Pantry was transformed into the food blog you see today.

Since that time, there have been so many opportunities I’ve been afforded that have been life-changing. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Sabra, Jones Dairy Farm, Gourmet Garden, and more, developing recipes for products I already love and use. I took a knife skills class at the Culinary Institute of America. I ate my way through South Beach, Florida. I spent a few nights in Mexico City. I never would have envisioned this.

My writing has also grown. On top of having my posts shared on Cosmopolitan, Babble, Buzzfeed Food, Country Living, and Parade, I have contributed pieces to The Daily Meal and The Cookful. There’s even one of my recipes in a print cookbook that’s for sale on Amazon!

And I’m not done yet.

Join the journey! Life never seems to work out the way we plan, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a tasty detour!

Have something to say? You can reach me at poetinthepantry@gmail.com or on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, as well!

Having a little fun in the sun at Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Mexico


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