I began writing Sass & Veracity in the spring of 2007.
There weren’t all that many food blogs on the web then and life in that world was somewhat carefree. It was fun. Those of us with food blogs often posted what we were eating, and belonged to groups like The Daring Bakers, or posted to weekly events like Presto Pasta Nights. I started blogging with kellementology, my writing blog which has been sadly neglected, and when my very best friend and I took on a personal challenge to lose 50 pounds over the course of six months, decided another blog with a focus on food might better suit my purpose. I had no idea it would take on a life of its own, dictating what food I purchased, prepared for dinner, and force the need to rant about occasionally. I have opinions, and yes, I’ve had them about food most of my life, but I never realized just how opinionated I’d become about where my food is grown, how it’s prepared, who is preparing it, and how it’s being marketed. But I’m getting ahead of myself as always.
Where did “Sass & Veracity” come from with respect to its name?
As much as I know that I am not a disrespectful person vocally (except for an occasional slip) I often find myself thinking things that others may not find brimming with peaches and sunshine. I mull over an opinion, deciding whether I should actually put it out there to get it off my chest. I consider the wording. My tone. Volume (think capital letters here). On most days, I suppress the “sass,” but sometimes, I just need to release it. I promise I make every attempt to make it civil. Really. But when it’s important, I have to be honest. That’s where the “veracity” comes in. I’ve learned that with respect to the food world on the web, that may not help win popularity contests.
That makes me a work in progress and I’m happy with that.
I love good food.
My husband and three sons — actually my entire family will tell you I rarely make the same meal the same way — ever. There are very few “old favorites” that come from my kitchen because food is just too interesting to make the same way all the time. I can count the “family favorites” on one hand because no one has ever used recipe cards. It may sound quaint, but they just didn’t exist in my family. Nor are there “secret ingredients.” My mother did have a Betty Crocker cookbook (Circa 1955) which I now own, and that’s how I learned to cook starting at the age of eight.
I am not a recipe developer.
I read others’ recipes and am influenced by what they teach — professionals, mostly. And I will never consider myself one of them. I will prepare their recipes and celebrate them (with my own adjustments from time to time, of course). I enjoy cooking from a variety of publications such as Food & Wine, Sunset, Fine Cooking, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, the old Gourmet magazine, and Saveur. I have quite a few cookbooks I enjoy as well, but only a few I return to over and over again. I love to tackle a challenging recipe as well — one with lots and lots of steps and often taking more than a day to complete. I will never understand the popularity of “make it in 5 minutes” food — especially dessert. My body just doesn’t need dessert that quickly, thank you.
And speaking of bodies…
I try to take care of mine. I’m not a fanatic when it comes to diet or exercise but I do think about both routinely. That means you will see a variety of recipes here — smoothies, and fresh veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. Dessert in moderation. My pantry has very little processed food in it and I buy organic as much as possible. We also try to eat seasonally as much as possible, but living in San Diego makes it quite easy to enjoy lots of fresh veggies all year and we take advantage of that.
I love to travel.
I probably don’t travel as much as I’d like to, but I think we do a good job of it. We’d venture out more, but it can be quite expensive when you have a thing for nice hotels and cozy Bed & Breakfasts. I’ve not shared much of our travels on Sass & Veracity, but find I’d like to now and hope you enjoy it when I do. I learn so much when I venture out into the world, even if it’s only in an area of the city I live in and didn’t know existed.
About my photography:
I am currently shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III which is a bit heavy compared to my old camera. I thought long and hard before I made the decision to purchase it, but I made it and I’m glad I did. Did I mention it was heavy? I began years ago with Olympus, Canon, and Nike 35mm SLRs, using them only casually for family photos, and only just began to understand the art of developing film. Unfortunately, I never continued with my learning. I started in the digital world with a Canon Elph Power Shot before moving to a Canon EOS Rebel XSi which I have used for five years and am happy to say is still clicking along. It’s been an interesting journey that I expect to be involved with for an indefinite time. I shoot primarily in natural light at all times of the day preferring hand held over my tripod, but also work to improve my skills shooting with artificial light. I use two lenses: a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.
I’m a former educator — a teacher (2nd-8th grade English) and school administrator (Elementary & Middle School) married to the world’s most lovely man and have three grown sons whom I adore. I live in the beautiful Southern California city of San Diego, California in an area known as La Jolla where the sun doesn’t shine as much as people who live here like to say it does. But that’s just fine with me because I enjoy a nice cloudy day.
When I’m not editing photos, I am working on my first novel which is half finished. My goal is to finish it before the end of this year (2013). Wish me luck!
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