About The Blogger


I’m Kelsey. Cook. Writer. Reader. Eater.

I’m a girl with many faces: foodie, feminist, yogi, storyteller, introvert, extrovert, academic, wallflower, and avocado enthusiast. I really like to laugh. I mean, cackle. I mean, giggle. I mean, let’s tell popsicle stick/that’s what she said jokes and eat cookies and be friends.

I’m a girl from many places. My wandering heart has scattered pieces everywhere it has been: all over Canada, a few places in Europe, and throughout the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Midwest (though there are some bearded, flannel-wearing, sourdough flapjack-eating Minnesotans I know who might prefer it to be known as “The North”).

The recipes you find here are the complement to my busy world of balance ft. grad school, working with children with autism, and spending time with the many lovely people in my life.

I found peace eating these in bed. I found magic learning to make a roux. I found perspective staring at the world upside down. I found happiness when chocolate and sea salt met.

Here is a Myspace circa 2007-inspired survey so we can better acquaint ourselves:

Current City: Minneapolis, MN
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Times I have Moved: 23
Favorite Place(s): MPLS, Seattle, Chicago, Munich, Asheville, anywhere that can house as many pugs as possible
Dream Vacation Involves: France, Matisse, and assorted carbohydrates
Dream Life: a room for painting, a socially-interested job, laughter, layer cakes, love, hands chronically covered in biscuit dough
Kitchen Staple: Homemade Brown Sugar
People I Would Like to Shake Hands with or Stare at with Awkward Admiration: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Tina Fey, Henri Matisse, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Ferran Adria, the person who shared the following poem with the world during the Lost series finale:
“Roses are red, violets are blue, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42.”
People I Have Actually Stared at with Awkward Admiration: Tony Hale, Grant Achatz, Deb Perelman, Naomi Wolf, Conan O’Brien
Favorite Asana(s): Janu Sirsasana A-C, Sirsasana A-B
Favorite Books: (The God of Small Things), (Stardust), Americanah, Fates and Furies
Favorite Poets: Frances Ponge, Gertrude Stein, Russell Edson, E.E. Cummings
Favorite Cookbooks: Ottolenghi (here); New Scenic Cafe (here); A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus (here); My Little French Kitchen (here); Baking Chez Moi (here)
When I Want to Laugh: Existential CatsHam, and this pug
Words I Like: “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” -Rumi
Always Have Room For: Atlantic Beach Pie, Ruby Chocolate Cloud Cake, Strawberry Lime Pie Bars, Hawaiian Guava Cake, Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Creme Fraiche Cake

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    • queensmithereen

      Oh goodness, I apologize for the late response! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am very excited to have discovered yours, as well. I am seriously drooling over some of your pictures! Yum! 🙂

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  1. Crispy

    LOL, Awesome post as usual! Your writing never fails to get a chuckle and a smile out of me. 🙂 I’ve been real busy and things have been a little crazy, but we have to reconnect and catch up soon! Glad to see you’re doing so well. 🙂

    – Yogi C aka Co-President of the “Excellent Writers Slash Avocado Aficionado” Committee

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