I am: Caitlin. I’m from: New Jersey/Virginia with a healthy dose of San Diego. Plus a year in Peru, and a year in Japan under my belt. I currently live: in Baltimore. I’m currently working as: a teacher/preschool director. I’m currently pursuing: a master’s degree in nutrition.
Why start a food blog when there are so many other food blogs already killin’ it? Good question, I should probably re-evaluate how I spend my *free* time.
I think this blog is a little unique because the recipes are always pretty simple and the price is always pretty low. Not every recipe is perfectly cheap, not every recipe is 100% original, but I do what I can so we can all put something relatively nutritious on our tables, no matter what. Also, I’m long-winded, super cheap, and I really love food. Food blog celebrity in the making.
We eat a lot of vegetables, and make a lot of things from scratch, and take the occasional touristy cooking class. Mostly, we eat real food. I went through a stage of OMGGMO (<– bet you didn’t know that was a palindrome) and OMG HFCS and OMG plastic and white flour are all scary things. BUT, full disclosure: if I’m eating alone, I might eat bakery bread and jarred pesto and dark chocolate covered pretzels and call it a night, which is not a healthy or real food meal, but I think overall balance is the name of the game.
I’m going to be really earnest here for a second: In addition to waving my freak flag for all the Internet to see, my passion/mission is to fight hunger in our communities, and my final goal of this site is to create a section of recipes that fit in a food stamp/SNAP EBT budget, or at least help people who are overwhelmed by all the expensive health claims. You don’t have to eat kale, quinoa, chia seeds, or organic pig’s blood to be healthy. Get involved in your community if you can, donate an awesome cookbook to somebody who needs it, and contact me if you have ideas for collaboration.
Inspiring People, Sites, and Blogs I Love:
- Leanne Brown – Author of Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
- 100 Days of Real Food (Lisa & Jason Leake) – Also see 100 Days on a Budget
- Budget Bytes Great recipes w/ price breakdowns.
- Michael Pollan – Author of In Defense of Food and all around food journalist/activist/badass.
- Pinch of Yum (Lindsay & Bjork Ostrom) – Lindsay writes a fun blog with fun recipes and fun stories and mostly real food.
- Shira & Yoav Potash – Food Stamped – It’s a documentary, and you should watch it.
- Nom Nom Paleo (Michelle Tam) – All of her recipes are perfect.
- The Kitchn – Hello useful tips & ideas.
- Two Peas and Their Pod – Healthy-ish recipes that come out perfectly every time!
Also see: Southeast Asia backpacking trip of 2012. It was great, I highly recommend it. Don’t drink the water. Or the ice cubes.
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