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I'm starting today

I’ve been wanting to put up a new post for ten days, but I haven’t, because I don’t have a recipe to share. I’ve spent a lot of time worrying, watching the clock do its tick tock tick tock thing, and feeling pretty terrible about it. If you have a blog, you will know what I mean: this stuff is fun, but it comes with a lot of pressure. For a long time - six years on July 29th - this blog has been about stories and recipes, and it always will be. Always. But somewhere along the line, I now realize, writing about stories and recipes began to feel like a rule, like all I was allowed to do. I came to believe that if I didn’t have a recipe, I had no story, and that meant I had nothing to post about. That was fine, and it felt neat and tidy and well defined, and it worked for me for a while. But it was a very arbitrary, inflexible way to think about what I do, and what I care about, and what I want to share with you. I don’t want to think that way anymore.

I’m interested in keeping it real here, and to that end, I should say that since we opened the restaurant, I don’t cook at home as much as I used to. Brandon and I used to cook almost every night, and now that he’s at the restaurant five nights a week, and now that the restaurant is a big part of our everyday, it’s different. When I cook, I make very simple food, dishes that sometimes hardly count as cooking, and many nights of the week, I go to Delancey, so that I can eat with him. I’ve been beating myself up about that, wondering why I got so lazy and when I’m going to go back to being the old, better me. But I’m starting to get it now. The past year has been crazy. Like, completely and totally nutso. Everything is different. Opening a restaurant took every bit of guts and sweat we had, and even some that we didn’t have, and though I am able to say now that I love it, it has changed our lives in every way. Nothing looks the same as it did a year ago, or two years ago, or six years ago, when I started writing here. I don’t know why, then, I expected my relationship to cooking - or to this blog, or to anything else - to stay the same. I love what we do now, and I wouldn’t take back a minute of it. I love what we’re learning, and what we’re creating, and what we’re becoming. Food is at the center of it, the same as always. We’re just looking at it from a different angle, and I’m only beginning to understand how to think and write and tell you about that.

Most of all, I just want to be here more often. That’s what I’m trying to say. I want to be in this space - you, me, looking at pictures, shooting the breeze, swapping ideas, the way we do - whether I have a recipe up my sleeve or not. And I’m starting today. Shazam! Done.

For instance, I might want to tell you about the Viking Drive-In, in Sprague, Washington, where the sign says they sell BURGERS & SANDS and fingersteaks, whatever those are, and the milkshakes are top-notch.

There is a gumball machine near the front door, and in it are fake tattoos. You might get a blue wildcat, for instance, as my friend Sam did, or a shooting star, as I did, and it might stay on your arm for five whole days, weathering even the most vigorous scrubbing, causing some people to think, horror of horrors, that you actually shelled out hard-earned money for a sparkly gold shooting star tattoo. Also: the fake mustaches in the next machine over will make your nose itch. Be warned. The milkshakes are worth it, though. If you find yourself on I-90, maybe on the way to Spokane for a friend’s wedding on a Saturday in late June, listening to a killer Bruce Springsteen track, remember: Viking Drive-In.

Or, hey, we could talk about my favorite bartender! Andrew Bohrer is a genius. And the Mistral Kitchen happy hour is a deal. Tell Andrew what you like, and let him go crazy. It’ll be even better than a milkshake.

Or I might just want to show you a picture. Maybe one of the woman who, a little over five years ago, told the man who is now my husband that he should read this very blog, and who is thus responsible for the fact that we ever met, and who now lives in Seattle, and whom I am happy to call a friend. Shazam! Just like that.

See you in a couple of days.


Anonymous Lizzie said...

Your book just kept me company through a grim 24 hour period in bed with the flu. Loved it, and so glad to hear you will be posting with or without recipes...recipes are great, but stories are equally great too!

1:02 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Buffy said...

Welcome back!

1:04 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Rebecca said...

You're a born story teller, and that's the way we like it, so bring them on recipe or no. It's great to have you back.

1:07 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Megan said...

We've missed you!

1:08 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Inge said...

I´m just happy that you´ll be here more often. I love reading your stories and by the way, I already have to much recipes I still have to try out!

1:15 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Kassie said...

Molly, I love your blog even without recipes all of the time. Your writing is suberb--clever and heartfelt, and always a pleasure to read. I love your pared down lo-fi photos as well. Keep it up, and congrats on the newfound freedom of expression. Shazam! If you feel like it, stop by mine sometime (www.hausfraufotografie.com) and let me know what you think. Either way, happy summer. And the next time I find myself stateside, and in the Seattle neck of the woods, you can bet I'll stop by Delancey.

1:29 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Dandy said...

it's about the writing, molly and the lovely photographs, and you--the food is only a focus.

2:02 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Astrid said...

Keeping it real is just perfect!

2:32 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Mel said...

Dear Molly, one thing that shines through in your blog and your book to me is your sincerity, authenticity, love, deep connection with people and food - and though I love it when you post recipes what I most hope is that you will always write in a true voice about things you really are feeling deep about. Be you, it's amazing!

That is what I think we all most appreciate in the end.

(This said, I made Burg's French Toast for my flatties 2 days ago - it was truly YUM!).

2:37 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Cláudia said...

Dear Molly,

I’ve been reading Orangette for years, I think that I haven’t commented here before (although I’ve sent you one or two links via twitter). For me, it’s always been about your voice, I wouldn’t come back every week just for a recipe. Also, I’ve tried very few recipes, probably because I’m lazy. I have to say though that “The Winning-Hearts-and-Minds Cake” has become a staple at our house. My friends call it Pedro’s Cake (Pedro being my boyfriend) and everybody loves it!
Your photos are wonderful, your flickr page is a treasure.
Keep the stories coming!

2:56 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer Jo said...

Recipes, schmecipes. Food is great. Other things are great, too, and knowing you, I'm sure that no matter what you choose to write about, food will be just around the corner.

But I'm fine if we never turn that corner.

I was thinking this morning, or maybe last night, When is that woman going to start writing regularly again? So clearly, I'm very happy now.

3:20 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger charlemagne said...

this is great news. i'm on board for whatever story you want to tell.

3:24 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Anna said...

Sounds fabulous, can't wait to read more! Its funny how we feel like we have to provide something useful in a blog post. I think just sharing a story or a photo or anything is still a great way to interact and connect in this space. Not to mention all the recipes you've shared that are still there waiting for me to try!

3:48 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous The Muse of The Day said...

It is just another "fork" in the road ... & I would love to "eat" from that "fork" if you are willing to blog about it.

4:09 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Molly said...

Ah, Molly, you've done it again. Grace and honesty and chutzpah and good stories. What else could we possibly want?

4:17 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Belinda @zomppa said...

Great to have you again!! Your stories and snippets are always fantastic. No recipe needed!

4:31 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Pam said...

Welcome back! With your lovely style of writing you could write about toilets and I would be enthralled!

4:31 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Liz B said...

We love to read your posts.. whether they have a recipe or not!
Your blog was the first i ever read, and now im a daily addict to many others also, and not all food related. I love to see the pictures that the bloggers take, and the stories or moments they want to share with us, that's whats special. So take the heat off yourself and do just what you love doing and ill be here to read it! x

4:45 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now I can admit that I've never even made one of the recipes. Sure, recipes may have been what steered me here, but it's your stories that bring me back. :)

4:49 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Jasper said...

Molly it will be great to have you blogging on whatever topic you like, recipe or no - you are always a joy to read. No pressure, just fun. Thanks for it all.

4:49 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous the constant hunger said...

Loved this post, the candor. My husband and I have often toyed with the idea of opening our own restaurant. What is an important piece of advice you can offer? (something that you perhaps didn't expect)

4:57 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Wordsmith said...

I know exactly what you mean. Just post your stories and if a recipe happens, great! I started off 2010 reading your book because I still use those cups on picture on the front cover. They're my favorite cups. And of course your book was a winner. I want to get a fake tattoo now!

4:59 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm a lurker and not a commenter :) but I second Rebecca and Inge above - I'm here because I love your writing and your stories!

5:01 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Koek! said...

Lovely post. Did not miss having a recipe. Am now adopting the word 'Shazam!' into my lexicon...

5:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger alexandra said...

yay! i'm just happy to read a new post. no recipe needed. (don't get me wrong - they are loved - but definitely not needed.) i just finished the book. i'm behind the times, i know, but it was wonderful.

keep the story-filled posts coming!

5:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger ashley english said...

this is fantastic, molly. i've often felt the same constraints, as though, if i don't have a "homemade living" topic to discuss (chickens, bees, canning, dairy, etc.), that i don't really have anything to blog about (and one can only post so many photos of their pets being cute on "what the hell do i have to talk about today? days" before saturating the readers). i gave up that notion sometime back, though, mostly because i just like writing, and connecting with people. that, and the fact that, as my husband puts it, i'm a "compulsive divulger."

having just devoured "my life in france" in mere days, i can assure you that, if julia child had ever blogged, there would have been plenty of days absent recipes, but rich with stories of food-food with friends, food in the markets, food at drive-ins on your way to a friend's wedding or shared with your favorite bartender. keep on keepin' on. we love your stories.

5:23 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa said...

That's one of the nice things about the internet, people may get to know you through the recipes that you post, but after a while they are just as interested in you, and your corner of the world as what you are putting on your table. Don't let the lack of a recipe stop you sharing :)

5:23 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Mary said...

Happy you're back and looking forward to more! (with or without recipes)

5:32 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger jen said...

happy to have you back! love hearing your stories and loving this new open format!

5:35 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Ambra said...

Asolutely. Your book was fun to read, the recipes were a bonus. So shoot the breeze anytime (I love that phrase)!

5:42 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous linton said...

and I was looking on the world again, and the world was looking on me...

5:52 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous emily said...

you can tell stories about the clouds in the sky, as far as i'm concerned. just tell. xo.

5:53 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Christie said...

You write about the odd twists and turns of life with the same delightful observation and insight that you devote to your recipe posts. Looking forward to reading your stories, wherever they may take us!

5:59 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Maggie said...

great idea! recipes are lovely but I'd still love your blog without them.

6:04 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great and gutsy! See, some recipes have stories in them, and some stories have recipes, and sometimes they just come on their own, or with pictures. Can relate to such life changes completely. We've gone down a similar route, except we didn't open a restaurant but a roastery. Be brave, keep going and keep writing. If we ever make it to Seattle, we'll definitely stop over for a meal, and then we can all go for a lovely coffee. And I still keep your book on my wish list (so far not been able to get hold of it yet, for varoius reasons, but I'll get there).

6:17 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Courtney said...

What you're doing is smart and brave and I just wanted to tell you that because I have a food blog and I struggle with the same things and I can't imagine the increased pressure with some, oh, 150 comments. Please just keep being yourself because that's what people are really responding to.

6:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
OpenID rachel | buttons magee said...

Molly, I'm so happy to read anything your fingers type onto the screen. And honestly, reading about vikings, tattoos, bartenders, and women sounds pretty exciting to me! xo, Rach

6:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous kms said...

You had me at fake tatoos. xo.

6:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger ann's daughter said...

No rules, just right - if that can be okay for a (oh god) blooming onion, it's definitely good enough for you, Molly! We love your space, even if it doesn't come out with another variant of banana bread to try.

6:25 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger jodi said...

i love your blog and i barely cook at all. (although, you have inspired me to try more.) i'm really just here because i like the way you write. and i love your photos. looking forward to more and more from you.

6:25 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Rosiecat said...

I've missed your blog posts! I'm definitely all ears (er, eyes?) for whatever you want to share here.

And I hear you on the formulaic blog-style. I've broken out of my formula, or rather added more posts around the original formula, and it's been a terrific learning and writing experience. I think when you write in a certain style for a long time, it's incredibly refreshing to try something new, to be bold and just jump in. So I say jump, Molly, jump!

6:32 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your new game plan is marvelous. We're all evolving along with your blog, too, and while I love fennel ice cream so much I have made it three times in three weeks, I also love and appreciate the conversation. Thanks, Molly!

6:36 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous JB said...

Yay! Keep it coming!

6:38 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Georgia Jones said...

I have missed your posts. You feel like a friend and I am soooooo happy you are back, recipes or not. I love your photos, love hearing snippets of your life, love your writing.

6:38 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger emma said...

Aw, I do love reading anything you write, with or without a recipe. Though I have to say, I do looove your recipes.

I have NEVER tried a recipe of yours that I didn't fall madly in love with. Cream braised brussels sprouts, eggplant ratatouille, honey glazed apricot pistachio cake. My great grandbabies will be making those recipes one day.

Also, it seems that despite my having had an ipod for many, many years, I JUST discovered the ways of the podcast. I downloaded Spilled Milk as my very first, and lady, it was love at first listen. Its how I've been preoccupying my long drives to work/school. Only problem is, sometimes I laugh so hard that I take the wrong turn and get lost (true story. I think it was you trying to get licorice out of your teeth in the junk food episode)

6:43 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

The new direction will be great, too, just different. I'm looking forward to it all!

6:44 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Debra said...

I agree - seeing a new post from you is always a good thing, even without a recipe!
(Did you ever think WE may not be cooking as much either?) Lives change - so much to still enjoy!

6:54 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Ksenia said...

Who said that a blog focused on food must have always a recipe? Sometimes I feel the same way: if I don't have a recipe to share, it's like if I didn't have anything. And it shouldn't be this way. Well, at least in you case. You write wonderfully, and your posts are enjoyable whether they come with a recipe or not. So welcome back :)

7:00 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Katharine @ agirlinmadrid.com said...

Thank you for your stories. And it was such a treat to meet you at the book signing in Vancouver. You are truly a pleasure of a person!

Also- I took your recommendation and enjoyed the 'clover' coffee at The Elysian Room. Delicious, not bitter at all, so smooth. Thank you :)

7:00 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Madeleine said...

Your stories are what we're here for. The fantastic recipes are just the icing on the cake. :o)

7:04 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, your writing is sterling, with a recipe or without one. We will enjoy your stories, viewpoints and photos with relish. Welcome back!

7:04 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Heather @ chiknpastry said...

dude. it's your blog - do what you want! plus, the stories are what keep people reading, not the recipes (although, not to downplay them - they're great too!).

keep 'em comin'!

7:06 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Brandi said...

Molly, I'm so glad you decided to start writing again and to let yourself be more free with what this blog is.
You always make me wish I could travel to Seattle and eat.

7:11 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous lisa said...

Amen to breaking the "rules" you've set for yourself. Yay for you, and yay for us!

7:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Christine said...

While I love your recipes, the stories were always my favorite part in any case. :) Happy to see you back here.

7:23 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous SarahB said...

Welcome back!

I was just home and Mom made the pound cake with raspberries and blueberries from your book. Lovely!

7:23 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Monica's cafe said...

You are a fast learner, Molly! You are quicker than I am... only a year and you have figured out that 'getting back to normal' is not going to happen. That your new life IS your new normal and nothing that was can ever be again. While it is true for everyone, ours were extreme versions of that life rule-the whole idea that the journey is the point and there is no end point to get to-so we see it more clearly than others. I am glad to read that you are loving it because that makes it all worth while. We just passed our 4 year mark and I am still saying we are exhausted and so happy! I have this idea that in a year, at our 5 year mark, we will have more time for ourselves... we shall see. I can't wait to see you on the 24th! ps you don't have to publish this comment, it was just for you.

7:26 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous vicki said...

Yay, Molly!

7:26 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks said...

I'm in grad school, and I started my blog just as my first year of study was ending this spring. I've been worried about what will become of my blog during the next school year, when I won't have nearly as much free time to devote to recipes. Your post has made me think! Keep on writing, we love what you do, whether it involves cooking or not =)

7:27 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger michaela said...

its on the list for our next trip east. well, east to spokane not east to boston.

as readers, we like to hear your voice. not that we don't appreciate good recipes. plus, i love your photos.

7:28 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Carole said...

It's your writing that we enjoy just as much as the recipes, so ramble on

7:29 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Jenn C. said...

Hooray for breaking the rules in a way that makes you happy. Sometimes our own ideas about what we should be doing blocks us from so many great things!

And as a new-to-your-blog reader, I'm thrilled you're going to be around more, recipes or no.

7:40 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a lovely blog, whatever the topic. I enjoy food talk, but other things are good, too! Thanks for keeping it going.

7:40 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger RW said...

oh yes.
please do come and stay a while.
it will be great.

7:43 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger KatyBelle said...

Molly, I'm really excited! You don't have to have a recipe for us, just yourself and something fun to share.

Welcome back!

7:43 AM, July 02, 2010  
OpenID foodandtales said...

It does come with a lot of pressure! And the longer you wait the harder it gets! Just my family and friends read my writing, and the longer it's been the more I feel like I have to come up with something good.

But what I really wanted to say is that I made it to Delancey in May this year. We had a heck of a time finding it (having left the 3-step directions in Bellingham, I kind of thought I could remember the way, which is sometimes worse than not knowing in the first place). We were driving two cars, and finally got separated heading down what seemed like an endless, no-outlet road into downtown Seattle. We nearly gave up, but after two hours (yes, two hours of searching--I am not accustomed to navigating big cities), dammit, we were going to have some pizza. We finally happened upon the street trying to find the highway again.
Anyway, it was really fun. And I say this as someone who generally considers herself a vegetarian: the fennel sausage I stole from someone else's plate was DELICIOUS. I know I'm not really supposed to call myself a vegetarian if I do things like that (per lentil soup post comments).

But, on the pizza: my boyfriend's father passed away in September, loved to cook, and when we went out for pizza, would always talk about the virtuous qualities in the dough and sauce we were eating, the layers of cheese. I just know he would have loved yours. It breaks my heart that we can't take him there. We thought of him though. And, really, it's best to be able to think of someone who is gone in that context: "he would have loved this." So, thank you to you and Brandon. It was a good night.

I also feel like I should tell you that we made a brunch that morning that included your Scottish Scones and Lemon Yogurt Cake, so, as luck would have it, you had a significant impact on my calorie intake that day.

7:45 AM, July 02, 2010  
OpenID sasasunakku said...

There are plenty of recipes out there but only one Orangette ^_^

7:45 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Suzanne said...

So glad we'll be reading more of you. I enjoy your blog so much and your book as well!

7:54 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger The Yard Sale Girl said...

Molly the best part of your blog is you. The best part of your book was you. Looking forward to reading whatever you write about.

7:54 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Pam said...

reading about how your restaurant has changed your life makes me think of how my kids have changed mine -- in ways I never anticipated, but have (over the years!) wholly embraced. Different paths, but similar experiences, I suppose. Glad you're back!

7:55 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Megan said...

I love the way you write, and even though my blog is a one year old baby, I understand to a small degree the recipe + fun tid bits pressure. Just know, your posts are always treasures.

8:06 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous seamus o'conner said...

Bravo. I am almost done with your book. You are a wonderful writer and you have definitely found your niche.

I want to do what you and Brandon gave done. I have a big commercial grade wood burning oven in my yard. My boys and i make pizza 2-3 times a week trying to perfect it. We are making progress. Yesterday was our best so far.

Buona Fortuna.

8:06 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Jen said...

Molly, I'm riding in the passenger seat right now on my way to a family reunion with your book in my lap. I just finished the chapter, "In Need of Calming" and chuckled to myself how similar in temperment we writers can be. I too was an inconsoleable child, attributed to what my family called 'middle child syndrome.'. I think it's because creative thinkers just take longer figuring out how to express themselves. I'm glad you've found a way back to the blog in a way that will be meaningful to you.

8:06 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger jen said...

Welcome back! I came here for your wonderful writing...the awesome recipes are just a nice bonus. Looking forward to more stories & pictures!

8:07 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger jacqui | happyjackeats said...

i love all of this, molly. i think it's safe to say that your readers come back for your stories and your photos and you -- the recipes are just a bonus. can't wait to see how this space evolves even more!

8:11 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger SB in SB said...

yes, do come and share. i love your recipes but i love reading you more. so set aside the rules and don't beat yourself up any more. because, frankly, we've missed you!

8:14 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Overfed Annie said...

I think this is wonderful, and I look forward to all of your stories! No need for recipes (although I recently made and posted those fabulous oatmeal pancakes) - your life is a rich one and one filled with tales we're grateful to have you share! Especially excited to hear more about the restaurant...

8:15 AM, July 02, 2010  
OpenID thefoodinista said...

Good to have you back!

8:25 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger sarah :: this is jackson riley said...

i've been a longtime reader of your blog, and as a little mini-writer myself, i totally get the pressure we put on ourselves to fit the labels that we once established. taking a step away from that takes a bit of thought and a bit more courage... but it's so worth it in the end because it's genuine. i'm excited to read your journey... and i'm excited to find a temporary tattoo vending machine because that sounds awesome.

8:25 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Kristen said...

yay, molly! loved this post.

8:27 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous ann said...

yeah! that was way fun to read. thanks for the post!

8:30 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Kathryn said...

adorable. and perfect. honestly, I will read and adore whatever it is you write. I was flipping through a BA from a few months ago the other day and saw "A love letter to celery root" .. I don't think I had ever read the article (I've been in Prague, and my BAs have been piling up in my girlfriends mailbox in the meantime) but just by a glance at the title I knew it had to be from you, and though celery root may be out of season by now, stopped to soak it up.
keep writing, please.

8:31 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Nancy Yos said...

Good for you! Everybody's right -- you are a born storyteller.

8:32 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger margie said...

Speaking of fun gumball machines: I recently learned about a couple in L.A. who have loaded gumball machines with seed bombs - I love the concept.

By the way, I don't think anyone will complain about stories without recipes. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

8:45 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger mosey said...

For me, visiting you here is as much about the reading and enjoying the visual treats, as it is about the recipes.

Which is to say, I'll be here no matter what you post.

8:46 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Cecelia said...

The beauty of a blog is that there's an archive of great stories and recipes for late-comers like myself to enjoy. Just read your book and started reading your blog. There's so much to enjoy. In fact, I just made your French yogurt lemon cake and added fresh lavender flowers to the batter. The cake is beautiful and smells amazing. So glad I found you.

8:46 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm glad you're back and think it's awesome you are making your own rules. That's what I love about blogs--it's completely your own space and you can make it exactly what you want! And even though your recipes are delicious I think it's really your stories that make this space so special.

8:51 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger claire said...

hiya molly!

8:59 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Liza said...

This works for me. It's your writing I miss.

8:59 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous dc sarah said...

molly, i don't think it really matters too much what you talk about, it's just so nice to see you back here, read your wonderful words, and see your photos. i'm still working my way through your other recipes, anyway :) happy summer! (hopefully my last in dc, as we begin to prepare for our move to seattle!)

9:03 AM, July 02, 2010  
OpenID Liz said...

Your photography brought me to your blog, the recipes caused me to fall in love with food. Now if only I could get a table at your restaurant! You embody doing what you love and loving what you do. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

9:03 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Page said...

I have lots of cookbooks full of recipes. The internet is spilling over with recipe sites. Sometimes, i even pop one out of my head. But this (and your lovely book) are the only places to get a little Orangette. You've always been the draw, Molly. Recipes were just the cherry on top.

9:05 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous scones4all said...

"When I cook, I make very simple food, dishes that sometimes hardly count as cooking..." see, that's what i'd like to know more about. our life here is also zoom-zoom, and i get the guilts 'round about mid-afternoon each day because i want to cook, i love to cook, but i just c-a-n-n-o-t get it together every single day. Quick, simple. couple of ingredients, if even. tell us a couple of shortcuts u use, and keep the other stories coming:-)

9:11 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Swiss said...

Yesterday as I listened to Spilled Milk, I thought - I would love it if Molly posts more. I am not really as interested in the recipes, just your voice as a writer. I even wondered if the recipes were limiting and thought that you have much more to say. I am thrilled you are writing and do not need a recipe either a food related one or a specific way to write your posts, free flow, man.

9:13 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Vincci said...

Molly, when I was reading that first couple paragraphs about how busy you were and all that I was worried that you were going to tell us that you were going to stop blogging. I'm so excited that it's going to be the opposite!

9:15 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger beastmomma said...

I love reading whatever you are willing to share. Looking forward to learning more about your adventures!

9:19 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

Oh yay you posted! So I began reading your book again because I didn't see a post here. I made your weddin chocolate cake again and it did win hearts and minds. Thank you.

Loved reading this post too. It's good to post something without recipes sometimes. :)

9:22 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shazam is my new favorite onomatopoeia :)
i love your blog...

9:24 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I am in the process of making a major life change also and this was a great message for me. Just because your relationship to a person/object/activity changes doesn't mean it is better or worse - just different.

9:26 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anne said...

Hi Molly! I've never commented before, but I really enjoy reading your blog — you're such a wonderful writer. I found Orangette last year when you were taking a break to open Delancey, and read through your archives in a matter of weeks. Last summer, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Seattle and ate at Delancey, and it was wonderful (although I still haven't managed to make my very lazy brother, who lives in Seattle, make the short bus trip up from Capitol Hill). I'm glad to read everything you write, regardless of whether there's a recipe attached. (That said, I made fennel ice cream last week, and it was amazing).

9:26 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Mara from Motherofalltrips said...

Molly, I think you could write about scrubbing your toilet and I'd like to read it! Please feel free to share anything you like here - although I love your recipes, it's your words that keep me coming back.

9:29 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous marissa said...

Whatever you write, I'll be here!

9:37 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Heather said...

Molly--although your stories and recipes are always wonderful (many have become favorites in my home), it is your voice here that we really miss. Looking forward to "hearing" it again around these parts--in whatever new form that takes.

9:42 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Heather said...

Oh, and I forgot to also mention your stunningly beautiful photos, which is why I generally prefer to visit you here than at Spilled Milk--which is great too!

9:46 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Katie (Mama May I) said...

Congratulations on..growing! I've never left a comment here, but think it's a good time to say that I loved your book. I've been reading (and really enjoying) your blog ever since.

9:50 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Bridgette said...

I'm so glad you said Shazam! It's my new favorite word lately.

10:04 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Jaime said...

Sounds like opening a restaurant is a lot like having a newborn! Haha! The descriptions of how your lives have changed sound similar! :)

Anywho, glad you are back, I love your blog and loved your book even more! Your slow roasted tomaotes are my new obsession and I am finding all sorts of uses for them! I call them my tomato candy much to the chagrin of my boyfriend who LOATHES tomatoes. He was brave enough to try them on pasta with sausage and basil, and I think it won't be long before I have a convert on my hands! haha! :)

Best of luck with your restaurant and keep up the good work! :)

10:11 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anna said...

oh molly,
whatever you do we will all love. know that.

10:18 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It was so nice to meet you in Spokane last weekend. What a lovely weekend for a wedding. I've often been invited by the bride to come up to the restaurant for dinner and after meeting you and the gang I think I will make a special trip to see the newlyweds and eat at your place.

I also enjoy your blog and especially like an old recipe: the chocolate-chewy-egg-whitey-with-cocoa-nibs-that-I-can-never-find-and-walnuts-that-take-will-power-not-to-omit-cookies. They are quite a treat.

Jordan (best man's wife)

10:21 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Beth said...

Thank you for this post. I have been struggling with the direction(s) my own blog has been taking vs. should be taking. This was great insight and gave me some food for thought.

10:34 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Caroline said...

I really like your photographic style (which, to be honest, translates better to people and situations than it does to food), and I'm terrible about keeping up with my Flickr contacts, so I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more posts like this.

10:34 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Heena said...

Confession? Although your recipes are always fabulous, I visit the site more for your stories, which are even better. So keep them coming.

10:39 AM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger owl and peacock : melina said...

Yes! Yes, yes yes yes! It's no secret that we all want to be you, Molly, and we can only get so far with recipes... :)

10:58 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Megan DeLong said...

Aww man Molly, it's like we're friends or something. I love it. Keep telling your stories and writing so we can keep learning how to do this blogging thing a little bit better, ok? And never fear: we'll be here to listen if you show up to talk.

11:30 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

Keep mixing it up and keeping it real, Molly!

11:35 AM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous A Plum By Any Other Name said...


You can do no wrong. I don't know how you've kept up the same thing for so long. My sister has already commented that I seem to post A LOT about sauces (and I've only been blogging for 3 months). Truth is, having a sauce or a spread makes a simple dinner SO much better when you are short on time.

All your thoughts--food related or otherwise--are welcome!

12:07 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anne said...

The realities of your life are always interesting and beautifully described. Keep it up!

12:09 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger gnomeInTheWall said...

that made me feel happy.

p.s. i shared your book with my mom and she loved it too

12:10 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

Do your thang, lady! We will love it.

12:31 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous jviale said...

Just found you and your blog through another one I love to read. What an awesome first post to read! Can't wait to read what the future holds. Beautifully written thoughts.

12:44 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger phaedra said...

Thank you for posting - I enjoy your blog no matter what you post and since I'm from Portland, OR.. seeing fun things to do in Seattle/WA in general is a win/win for me!
Happy 4th of July weekend

1:20 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger Amy said...

The old joke, the guy who mows lawns has the least manicured lawn on the block? Well, it's true about those in the restaurant biz, too! When you start cooking for a living, you seem to start cooking less at home.

Don't stress about it, clearly your readers dig your posts, recipes or not. Life is the story, not just last night's dinner. That's one I always have to remind myself of.

If you get a hankering to spend some time in the kitchen, these Sticky Lemon Ginger Rolls are well worth the effort!


1:48 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger monica said...

Love the stories & hearing about every day things!

enchanted by the photos!!!

s'ok, have quite enough recipes...love you for yourself not your recipes [although they are awesome & I use one almost every day!] Have fun with your life, no stressing over recipes!!!

2:05 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Food o' del Mundo said...

Thank goodness you came to your senses! Recipes are nice, but your writing and your stories are what we love!
Welcome back - we've MISSED you!

2:08 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger mimi charmante said...

perfectly perfect Molly - we love you as *you* are - whether it is six years ago, or now.
so so happy to have you back!

2:34 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger gretchen said...

it really is about the writing, humor and humanity, isn't it? the recipes are just the gravy.

3:23 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Jen said...

As a fellow blogger, I know exactly what you mean (except that I'm sure you feel the pressure a million times over!). But rest assured that we all come here for your delightful writing and unique snapshots.

And stop being so darn hard on yourself -- even though I totally understand that part too.

3:31 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Georgia Pellegrini said...

Glad to see you're back. But don't beat yourself up too much about the cooking...sometimes all we need is a little break :)

4:16 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous SMITH BITES said...

First off, let me just say 'hey' as I'm a former Seattleite and I do miss it so!

Second, as a new blogger AND one who also connects stories to recipes, I TOTALLY get it! And yes, it's a bit hard to be creative with a recipe and make sure there's a story behind it. The Professor, aka my husband, and I don't run a restaurant but we have owned a business for 14 yrs now and he just accepted a full-time teaching job at a State college.

Life takes us on a journey and quite often, it's not the way we imagined - but that's the beauty.

Love that you'll be back with or without a recipe - and next time I'm in Seattle, I'm stopping by Delancy's!

6:58 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Alison said...

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE your recipes, but the reason I read Orangette is for you, for your voice and your viewpoint. I'm along for the ride no matter what you're writing about, and excited to see what you'll post about next... :)

7:18 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So, so glad you're back! Your writing and stories are always a bright spot on any day, regardless of whether or not there is a recipe!

8:03 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Emily, from the bookclub that you visited at the Garfield Book Company this week. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your visit, and how intruiged I was by your gold, sparkly, shooting star tattoo. I loved reading the story behind it on your post today :)

~Emily D.

8:11 PM, July 02, 2010  
Blogger kathleen said...

Welcome back! You're always inspirational, no matter what you're writing about :-)

8:46 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Jane said...

Thank you, thank you. Missed the posts and got tired of seeing you talk about fennel ice cream. The neat thing about your blog and book...is that you can WRITE and cook. Lots of people cook, not many can write. Welcome back.

8:59 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Molly, you write beautiful stories about food. That's it. The internet is full of recipes, so we don't need them. If you've got 'em, we'll take 'em, but that's not why we're here. We like the way you give us the recipes - with the evocative imagery and intimacy of friends. Keep writing, no matter what it's about. We'll keep reading.

10:22 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Jen/YVR said...

If no recipe = more posts, you've got my vote. Just because you want to write about food doesn't mean you need to tell us how to make it, too!

Glad you're back.

Lovely to meet you at the reading here in Vancouver1

11:14 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Allie said...

I love how much you like pancakes. but that post sans food was brilliant. so if out of 40 posts you only include a single recipe so be it. it'll be great to click on the link and see something new, no matter what it is.

11:18 PM, July 02, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa Staltari said...

It's YOU we are reading and learning from. The recipes are only a pathway to your soul, a gardenwalk to your heart--you are a brilliant and passionate observer of life. Bravo for taking us all on your journey!

12:06 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Gemma said...

Molly - all I can say is that I was so pleased to see this. Your recipes are wonderful but you are too good at this whole thing - the writing, the photography, the stories - to confine yourself. This space surely needs to be for you as much as for anyone and I, for one, will enjoy being along for the ride. Gx

1:25 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger magda said...

You don't need to share recipes with me to keep reading you. Welcome back!

1:51 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Stitchingpink said...

Shazam! Just glad to read anything you write. You are such a talented writer with a lovely perspective on the world you live in. Be well.

3:30 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger SnacksGiving said...

I love reading anything you write, with or without a recipe. Though I have to say, I do love your recipes too.
As someone said earlier, there are loads of recipes around, but only 1 Orangette!

6:27 AM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Leaming said...

No apology necessary, Molly for the absence of a recipe. Your readers understand the demands of life and work. I'm happy to read whatever you care to share with us. By the way, I love your column in Bon Appetit.

7:23 AM, July 03, 2010  
OpenID raecheybaby said...

Molly, it's your blog, and your prerogative to change the rules when you want to. I love to read what you post, recipe or no; and in fact I've only ever tried 3 of your recipes.

Do what works for you and we'll keep reading.

Hugs and chocolate chip cookies,

8:29 AM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous The Leftoverist said...

Anything that will cause more posts to appear is something to celebrate! And for heaven's sake, "lazy" is certainly not a word that could ever apply to you.

Here's to storytelling.

9:04 AM, July 03, 2010  
OpenID fiveandspice said...

Wonderful, as always! Thank you for saying what I'm sure a lot of us feel. We worry that we're not worth others' time if we don't have something particular to give them or do for them (in this case, provide a recipe). But, it is absolutely the case that it is you and your unique voice that keeps everyone coming back. Recipes are everywhere. Your unique voice, isn't! I look forward to reading more and more.

9:53 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger emmaproctor said...

that final picture is wonderful.

9:54 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

Great to have you back. this post is amazing.
tell us more stories.

10:05 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Alicia said...

I just wanted to let you know that Delancy saved my birthday. I was turning 25 (this was back in March), and had come up to Seattle to visit all of my favorite restaurants. Cafe septieme was out of business, Thai Tom's had a new cook who wasn't as adept, and my favorite bar was closed for renovations. I spent the day feeling a little alienated, and wondering what this might bode for my second quarter century. Then my husband and I went to dinner at Delancy. My sense of alienation vanished, and instead I felt like I was surrounded by friends, eating the best food and enjoying a totally comfortable and sweet celebration.
My sister in law and I always say that our favorite thing about your blog is the way it makes us appreciate the every day. In your world, cooking dinner at the end of a long day is not just another chore, it is a treat, a little daily gift. But cooking is only one example of it. It can be anything. It is whatever you are noticing that we all want to read about.
Thanks for the great blog, and for saving my birthday.

11:02 AM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Millicent said...

Your blog relaxes and calms me the way raindrops do on my window sill. It's a steamy summer in SoCal at the moment, so I hope you keep me company till the season changes. Anything food or non-food related that you write about on here is a worthwhile read.

11:54 AM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Dan said...

I'll join the general crowd saying that whatever you write, we're happy to read--it's always excellent. As a transplanted Washingtonian now living on the East Coast (I grew up in Spokane), your picture and description of the Viking was rich with nostalgia for me. If you ever happen to be passing through Walla Walla, try the Iceberg--it has the same offbeat sort of character. :)

Bought your book as a wedding gift for a friend last week--thanks again for such a fine collection of stories and recipes. My sister and brother-in-law still live in Seattle, so next time I come out for a visit, I'm very much looking forward to trying out Delancey!

1:47 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're back. I missed your very distinctive, honest, original voice. Loved the recipes, but that's not why I kept you on my feed list for all these months.

1:56 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still all "YOU" just from a different place. And who wants to stay in the same place??

2:13 PM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger h.anna said...

I love food, and I love the way you write about food. I missed seeing a post from you this past week or so, and even if you don't have recipes (which, by the way, I love to try because you make them sound mouth-wateringly delicious) I will still be reading this blog.

2:13 PM, July 03, 2010  
OpenID bferry said...

i'd like to talk about fingersteaks.

cheers to new stuff -- this post made me happy to read.

4:17 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our family loves the restaurant and often feels the need to brag about it to others. You are doing a great job. Brandon was kind enough to take a photo with my friend's Flat Stanley at the oven.

You're doing a great job with the blog and restaurant.

5:00 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

. . . what they all said (:))!!

5:54 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous mdvlist said...

I hope we'll still get an occasional recipe, at least. Really, the only recipes I ever end up passing along anymore come from you. They tend to be simple-- the french toast, the rice pudding, the mint ice cream-- which is why we make them part of our lives, too. My meal rotation, such as it is, would be a sad thing without your contributions.

7:26 PM, July 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may not have a new recipe this week, but you will be well represented at my 4th of July get together. I just finished making your marmalade cake and my friend will be bringing some insanely good cupcakes that are from a cake recipe that you posted a few years ago. happy 4th! eat well.

10:02 PM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Damaris said...

recipes are boring. This is way more interesting.

I do appreciate the recipes don't get me wrong but I appreciate this so much more

10:19 PM, July 03, 2010  
Blogger Michele said...

I will happily share your journey, Molly, with or without recipes. It has never been just about the recipes, it has always been your unique point of view---your words and your photos and (sometimes) the recipes.

6:00 AM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Denise in PA said...

I'm so glad you'll be here more often. Your recipes are great but the stories are just as great. I am having the best time reading your book by the way!

6:41 AM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Clarice said...

I agree wholeheartedly with everyone here. It's your voice, writing and stories that keep me coming back. An occasional really great recipe is good enough for me. There are only so many recipes any cook has time for!

7:02 AM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous dina said...

You had me at Killer Bruce Springsteen track! Keep posting Molly, we'll be here!

8:35 AM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Jane W said...

Hi Molly, as evidenced by many of the previous comments on this post, lots of us read your blog not just for the recipes, but for all the 'in-between the recipe' stuff. You've been through some really big changes in the last year or so, and I have been so grateful to read your genuine account of the challenges related to those changes. It has reminded me that it's normal to feel overwhelmed and bewildered by change- even when it is definitively positive and welcome. So thanks...

9:26 AM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous katie said...

this is my first time writing, mainly because i just read your book a few weeks ago and thus found your blog. the week after reading your book my sister and i had a cook off of your recipes during our vacation week in maine...it was perfect. i also gave the book to my dad right after i finished it because your relationship and words about your father were so touching and real, and made me cry many times...i too am a daddys girl who loves spending time cooking food, talking about food, eating food, and then recalling what we just ate in framed recap with my dad.

in regards to this last post...and i have read many in the last weeks to try and catch up...i am greatful for your honesty. i loved your book and your b log because your voice resonates with something in me. so, i want you to keep telling us what is going on in your life regardless since it is all tied together and all relevant. maybe you can reframe your blog topics as things that you might discuss over a meal, rather than just the meal and recipe itself. thought, discussion, images, moments are all food and relevant to feeding us every day.

with true thanks for sharing your voice.

9:43 AM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Kristen (wwfoodie) said...

Your voice is what most of us come to your blog for. Of course the food is important, it is important to all of us or we wouldn't be here. But what sets you apart from any old recipe we can find on the internet or in a book is your voice. Thank you for sharing it with us and allowing your stories to inspire us to do what moves us.

12:17 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Brian G. said...

I would disagree with you. Although I am sure food is still an important part of your new life with restaurant, what I have loved reading your blog, and your book is that relationships were the center of it and food spiced it up.

May that always be true.

By the way, have you eaten at the East West Cafe in Tacoma? I haven't been there for some years but they had a great dish called swimming angel - really saag paneer in a peanut sauce that was great. Anything that makes spinach and homemade cheese that good deserves a try.

12:45 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger la ninja said...

well, hello you.

hooray up (well, you see blogging can defy the laws of relativity. so hooray (up) again :)

3:34 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Banannas said...

I agree with the others--it's your writing, your voice that we eagerly lend our eyes and ears to. Thank you for sharing, oh-so-much!

6:29 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Torrie said...

I have your book, sitting on a shelf in my kitchen, calling my name to read it (seeing that I have so much faith in the fact that it WILL be a good one, that I've already given it as a gift to several people), I started following your blog when I purchased the book a while back, but more recently set up my Google reader to receive your posts as you write them, and have recently started a blog of my own (I've been living under a rock for a few years; apparently, not under the blogosphere rock:))...

...all this to say: PERFECT timing on your 'getting real' and my joining this absolutely wonderful world of blogs and bloggers. I totally get what your saying about not limiting yourself on what you write about. I've approached my blog in the same way and I LOVE being able to intertwine my love of food, people, creativity, family, photography, etc. etc.

I really look forward to getting to know you better- via your blog and your book- which I will read this summer:)!

10:30 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Amy said...

Yes, Molly, yes. Keep it real, keep it yours.

6:01 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely post all the way around, Molly. You wrote about the restaurant and all of the work that goes into it. I can only imagine! And that work pays off over and again from my perspective. Just last night at a Fourth of July party I was telling friends that they simply must go to Delancey for dinner. And I find myself then wondering whether the work you and Brandon have put into it and the joy I experience when eating there translate into success. I know that it may not be that easy, but I do wonder. And most of all, hope. And if not and you're left eating beans and toast at the end of the day, know that there are people sitting around tables talking about the fennel sausage and the airy lightness of that crust. Oh, that crust!

8:42 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger blue door garden said...

Loved your book - that was on my summer "To Do" list. And I really like the new postings. Thanks!

9:26 AM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous judy said...

Share your stories. Recipes are great, but you can find recipes all over the place. It's stories that keep me coming back.

11:23 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Mousy Brown said...

I LOVE this post - Thanks :D

12:44 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger BR said...

Thanks for being beautiful and real and inspirational. Most of us need that every once in a while and you provide...with a little dash of deliciousness as well.

8:00 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Jenious said...

Thanks, Molly, for sharing these truths with us. I've been writing my food blog for almost three years and have come to a similar crossroads. I feel guilty if a weekend passes without having worked on a post, or if I post a poem and photographs sans recipe. Finally, I let go of the self-imposed guidelines. If we share what we're passionate about in that moment/day/month/six years! the enthusiasm and care will shine through and be appreciated. This blog is your space to share your creativity, and creativity is ever-changing. Embrace the ride. Cheers.

7:54 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Erica Newhouse said...

I love it. I'm onboard! You could write about socks or artichokes or bad day and it will always get a warm welcome in my home.

11:23 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Emma Nowinski said...

hooray for andrew!! when my eyes flashing over the phrase "my favorite bartender," i just KNEW you meant him. he is a talent and a dear, to boot. i've been wanting to visit him at mistral (and check out a tom kundig-designed restaurant), so i'm glad to hear the happy hour is reasonable.

1:13 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger A.Kelley said...

Shazaam! My summer just got a whole lot better.

3:11 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger dharmamama said...

I only recently found your blog (What?! I *know*! How could that have happened?) and what I am loving most is your voice and your stories. I will most certainly continue to visit, new recipes or no.

And hey, besides, I've got six years of archives to go through. heh

4:41 PM, July 06, 2010  
OpenID omgyummy said...

I just started blogging about food a few months ago and your blog is one that I have looked at regularly. I also read your column in Bon Appetit. It's interesting that you have come to this crossroads in your approach to blogging. I have been pondering the same thing with mine. I don't post every day - I post when I have something to write about that makes me excited enough to hopefully allow my readers to sense the exuberance in my words. You are an excellent storyteller and I love how honest your posts feel and how interesting the food information is. If you ever have time, please stop by my blog (omgyummy.wordpress.com) and share an honest comment with me about your reaction to my posts.

9:42 AM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Lindsey@Large: FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD said...

I'm inspired! Thanks!

2:54 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger cyn said...

Thanks for sharing your love of food, Molly. I'm a big fan of Spilled Milk - it has been one of my favourite podcasts while I recover from breast cancer. It is nice to laugh about food - especially when one isn't really wanting to eat it. Cheers from Vancouver.

5:20 PM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that you're figuring it out, sister.

9:22 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Brenda said...

I read this blog mostly because I love how you tell stories and your perspective on life. Share when you're ready to share and not a moment sooner or it will come out inauthentic and I'll be sad. Welcome back.

11:07 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger THE NAKED CHEF 2 said...

Molly, funny how karma is. I was looking for a cabbage recipe and I found your blog and like the recipe from 06. Then when I went to check out newer post I read about the Viking in in Sprauge Wa, lol. Great food I ate many times. We lived in Spokane for 25 years and I worked in Seattle the whole time and made the weekly drive over the hill many, many times. Now we live in Tampa and I related to the comment about growing up in humid Ok, Florida is also quiet humid and I miss the NW so much. Great Blog and Great recipes. Keep up the good work.

3:02 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Katy (and Amy) said...

Hi, Molly. I've only read your site a bit because I know you've been busy, but I just read your book and loved it very much. My sister lives out in Seattle, but is visiting me here in Michigan right now. Tomorrow begins two and a half days of cooking, and we've scoured your book for good ideas. Can't wait to try them out!! We both feel like you're our long lost friend. Thanks for blessing us with the book... for sharing your life and your recipes with us. It means so much, and we are grateful.

7:18 PM, July 14, 2010  
Blogger Two by the Sea said...

You made me feel so much better as I had a hard time posting with all of the July 4th stuff and did not include a recipe!! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.

6:03 PM, July 16, 2010  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

On teh fake tattoos. My daughters (2 and 4) of course love them. They love Mama and Daddy to have them even more. Daddy was convinced one day to get a butterfly and shooting stars with flowers all down one arm one particular day. The next day he arrived on a commercial construction job site. No end of ribbing ensued. His response? He's rather take the ribbing of dirty construction workers then the tears of his daughters for saying no to the tattoos. That's my man!

9:45 AM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger amyjul said...

Welcome back. The link wouldn't work for me and I'm dying to know what the "killer Bruce Springsteen track" was.

3:08 PM, July 22, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks for the heads up about the broken link, amyjul! I've fixed it now.

3:34 PM, July 22, 2010  
Blogger amyjul said...

Nice call...My personal favorite cut from the Seeger Sessions! Thanks for the video. (I'm kind of addicted to "The River" bonus video from Hyde Park this week.)

4:38 PM, July 22, 2010  
Anonymous MEM said...

I'm glad you've come to the realization. I kept checking and was disappointed when there was nothing new. Keep eating out and glad you've got a new 'attitude'

4:23 PM, July 23, 2010  
Anonymous Molly said...

Man, does this speak to me! So glad I'm not the only one who feels this way from time to time.

3:13 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger Heidi Leon Monges said...

Well, Molly, I couldn't find any better day than today (July 29th) to read this post.

Happy 6th blog anniversary.

Hope you keep sharing, either lovely writings or recipes.

9:02 PM, July 28, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my first visit to your site and the first blog of yours I have read. I'm new to the scene but I understand that it is bad etiquette to just read and not comment.

The photos are beautiful, so are your stories. Especially the one you have written between the lines about how you met your husband. That's so romantic.

Thank you

12:48 PM, August 01, 2010  
Anonymous KimB said...

In the spirit of funky dives in Eastern Washington I wanted to add a note that Twin Pines in Cle Elum is our favorite throwback institution for gooey cheeseburgers and malted shakes - fantastic!

10:22 AM, August 05, 2010  
Blogger Paula said...

YOU ROCK BABE!!! Cant wait to hear you more!

10:27 AM, August 17, 2010  

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