Welcome! I’m Rebeccah – originally from rural Pennsylvania, but now living outside of Boston. I believe food is the great connector of us all and that some of the best conversations can happen over food. I’m passionate about creating a more sustainable, equitable food system and buying local artisan food products is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures.
I started this blog as a side project during a period of unemployment and I hope to share mostly seasonal, from-scratch recipes. I’m still learning what a “weeknight meal” is and I’m nearly guaranteed to order the oddest sounding thing on the menu. Creative combinations are my bread and butter – nothing is too weird to try twice! Except broccoli. Oh, and mushrooms. Or chicken on pizza… Well, maybe I’m a little picky sometimes? (Aren’t we all though?) My family was in dairy farming for decades and I still have an affinity with all things cheese. And ice cream of course 😉 It’s genetic, really!
Contrary to popular opinion, I did not grow up in a cooking household. My family is quite adept at making cereal, holiday staples, and ordering from menus. (Sorry, Mom…) What that boils down to is – I was entirely self-taught. No culinary school, or grandmothers guiding the way. The Internet is a wonderful thing – but so is learning by doing!
And I still mess up too! You’ll probably be witness to some of my whoopsie moments as we go along since I think it’s important to show the imperfections along with the polished photos. As long as you can laugh it off, it’ll be OK. One charbroiled mac and cheese will not ruin your life. I promise.
I’d be remiss to not mention Randall – my boyfriend, partner-in-crime, and the one who has to put up with all my crazy. He’s a saint for doing all the dishes created by my cooking adventures. He’s also the one who got me interested in beer for the first time, and we love testing out our beer pairing and homebrewing chops together.
Traveling has always been a big part of my life and we try to get away whenever we can. Even with 16 countries and counting, the wanderlust does. not. stop. Next up: Ireland? Alaska? Morocco? CA Wine Country?
Previously, I was a contributor for NoshOn.It, which introduced me to many wonderful bloggers and the food editorial world. To read some of the features I wrote during my tenure there, please visit here.
Got a question? Feel free to let me know! I can be reached by email at rebeccah[at]ofhopsandhoney[dot]com.