About Me

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I’m Anna. I’m an overly ambitious home cook working in a tiny space (one drawer, three square feet of counter space) and I’m convinced that I can make almost anything. Currently, I’m still scared of puff pastry, butchering big pieces of meat, and really tall layer cakes. I’ve overcome my fear of spitting hot jam, yeast, and poaching eggs, so I think I’m on the right track. I try not to take shortcuts–I think that using good quality, whole ingredients is really important. My prized possessions are a cast iron skillet that I’m obsessive about keeping seasoned, my food processor, and the (almost new!) Le Cruset dutch oven that I scored at the ReStore for $60. Here you’ll find a hodge-podge of recipes–breakfast, dinner, the occasional sandwich, some salads, lots of dessert, cocktails, snacks, and a weird amount of fruit jams. I cook what I love to eat, which means you’ll find nary a mushroom or a black olive on this site, but there will always be plenty of strawberries and cilantro.

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When I’m not in the kitchen, I work for Chatham Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro, NC. I live in Carrboro, NC and spend a lot of time looking for new things to see and do in the triangle. I’m also an avid reader–I tried to read 50 books in a year and almost did it. I dream about writing a beautiful cookbook that people wouldn’t be afraid to write notes in, to get flour all over, and that would be loved and relied on and passed from friend to friend.

photoThis blog has been through several different iterations in the last couple of years. It was “serendipitous” most recently, a word that I love. However, I didn’t think it was really very descriptive, and maybe a little over-used, so I decided to move on to “a bushel and a peck.” Both names are nods to my paternal grandmother, who was passionate, stubborn, and fiercely loving. In a lot of ways–some good, some a little less good–I’m a lot like her. When I was a kid, she would ask me, “Do you know how much I love you?” And then she would say, “a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!”

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This is a space that’s always changing, growing, and evolving. I’ve done book reviews, tried flexing my photography muscle (it’s wimpy), but I always come back to the food. Making and sharing food is a big part of my life, and a tradition that I believe to be infinitely powerful. Sometimes it feels like I’m talking to myself, but I hope that one day it’ll be big, and I will be able to reach people that I don’t know and show them how to make a lattice-topped pie (or something). I appreciate you being here, in this space with me, and I hope you’ll return!

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Anna! I am a new follower as of TODAY – March 12. Yesterday was your dad’s birthday. I always remember him on March 11, but I don’t keep up with his age, as a ‘do unto others’ gesture!

    You are so talented! I love your camera eye and your sincere writing voice. I cannot believe all you can do. You are indeed an Artist in every area of your life. God Bless you in these Carboro days ~ Aunt Catherine

  2. Anna,
    Your aunt, Janetta, is one of my favorite people on the planet. I am sure that you will agree she is spectacular. You seem to share many of her interests and talents. I just wanted to say that I have never followed anyone’s blog, but I am going to follow you. Incidentally, my granddaughter is visiting UNC Asheville as we “speak.” Janetta tells me that you loved it.
    I applaud your work with Habitat. I volunteer for a nonprofit here in Nashville called Magdalene/Thistle Farms. We are trying to increase our presence in North Carolina. M/TF is an amazing community of women who have survived lives of abuse, addiction and prostitution. You can visit us by googling Thistle Farms.
    My best to you and yours, Carole

    • Janetta has told me about Magdalene/Thistle Farms, the work that y’all do is just wonderful. I would love to see a presence here in North Carolina, I think more people should know about M/TH. I also hope your granddaughter loved UNC Asheville, it’s really a special place.

  3. I love ironing sheets. I wish I could get a residential version of those hotel ironing machines. I also love ironing pillow cases and t-shirts. They fit so nicely in the cabinet and drawer. I have a post iron maiden describing my habit:-) cheers.

    • Thanks so much! I’m looking at my to-do list right now and the thing I’m most excited about is “Go check out the comments on Joy’s blog post and make new blog friends!” Thanks for stopping by!

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