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Felt like it


I’m just off the plane from a week in Oklahoma City with June and my mother, clearing out my teenage bedroom. Fun-wise, it was right up there with surgery in the pre-anesthesia era, especially my senior prom Party Pics. On the upside, Mom and I made a wonderful pea soup (only with half the amount of ham hock, and with dried herbs instead of fresh) and worked our way through approximately four bars of chocolate and an undisclosed amount of wine, and I determined (take note!!!) that the only way to handle letters from exes and otherwise is to shove them dutifully in a box and then pray it gets lost in the mail. We woke up too early every day, and I stayed up too late every night (reading We Are Called to Rise, the best novel I’ve read in a long time, and I would say that even if my editor hadn’t send it to me, though she did), and today, after my usual Wednesday admin at Essex, I was so tired that I had to stop for a three o’clock espresso, and I still yawned afterward.

But I wanted to say hi. Just felt like it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always refreshing to read you - even when I'm hungry and there's no food involved.


2:59 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger tara said...

Hello to you, Molly! And hello to June's lovely little feet, and sweet Alice. It's kind of nice when friends drop by unannounced, and this feels a lot like that.

Going to go look up that book now. I've been looking for a new one. xo

4:20 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Inge said...

That sounds like all kinds of horrible and fun at the same time.

5:35 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Merisi said...

So good to hear from you and that you had a great time with your mother, despite having to clear out your teenage bedroom (which made me realise I should have been grateful my brother back then made short process of mine, after I moved out).

6:29 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Gail said...

Hi Molly, I just finished reading your book and found my way here. I so enjoyed reading about your family and the great joy you take in cooking and nurturing each other. Thank you for sharing that love with the world. I look forward to the release of Delancy.

6:29 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your new book coming out soon. I was never able to make a cake without disaster and tears until I tried one of your recipes. Just felt like saying thank you for that.

6:33 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Elissa|PoorMansFeast said...

Hi---good to hear from you. And how is it that you seem to spend such wonderful time with your mom? You're blessed!

6:48 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Well, then, hi back!

7:09 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Denise said...

Hi! I love this pic of baby bum, dog bum and the space in between. Lovely lovely lovely.

8:23 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Darci Brousseau said...

I love seeing a post from you pop up in my reader!
Thanks for writing :-)

8:43 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger I'm Sara. said...

Your blog posts remain my favorite. Always.

9:04 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Jane Carr said...

Hellooooo back…thanks for dropping by, eating cabbage soup as I read your blog…more soup recipes please..xxoo

9:22 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Payal Shah said...

Hi Molly,
I made the lime curd recipe which you wrote about and folded it with whipped cream liked you had suggested to make a mousse and it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing such lovely things with us.

9:23 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

That is a treat........esp with a Mom to share it with you!

9:23 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After. I got married, I burned all old diaries, letters and pics of/from old boyfriends. I do not regret it. I wrote such stupid stuff in the diaries.

9:25 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger clevelandkat said...

Molly, I just love how you say exactly what I'm thinking sometimes. And what a gorgeous picture, as always!

When I was home for Thanksgiving last year, I opened a cupboard in my old room and found - lo and behold - my old diaries, starting in 1979 when I was 7 years old, and going through high school. As I flipped through them, I felt a sort of sick fascination - strangely voyeuristic, like I was reading someone ELSE'S diary - but with an odd sense of loss, and relief as well. It was a really disconcerting experience, exacerbated I'm sure by the several glasses of wine that had just been consumed. I meant to box them up at Christmas and bring them home, because I certainly don't want my MOM to read them (!) but somehow I just couldn't do it. I didn't want them in my house for some reason.

9:44 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Victoria said...

2013 was the year I ran out of time to read. So, instead, I listened. While I cooked, while I cleaned, while I walked. At the end of the year, the tally was 42.

I did the six Jane Austens, five of them narrated by Juliet Stevenson, who reads so beautifully I would be happy to listen to her read the Manhattan phone directory.

Some highlights, highly recommended - Anansi Boys written by Neil Gailman and narrated by Lenny Henry (a fabulous reader), The Cuckoo's Calling written by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling and narrated by the superb Robert Glenister, and Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which he wonderfully narrated himself. I am hoping that this time your book will be read by you!!!!

I download the books to the Audible App on my 4th generation iPod Touch and use the Apple earbuds. Obviously, you can't do this if you're watching June, but when she's napping or asleep for the night , and you are puttering around in the kitchen, I think you would love it.

Now I'm going to check out that novel you mentioned.

9:49 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger janetmow said...

Hoping to get around to that teenage-room-clearing-out-process someday soon. I'm 58. My mother is so patient!

10:00 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous missyg said...

Welcome back! You and June flew, I imagine? Someone once asked me what it was like to fly with a toddler. Well, sorta like trying to stuff a live fish in a sock. (I don't know where I got that; it's not original.) Is Bricktown still hopping in OKC? I haven't been there in 6 years since moving to the northwest.

10:09 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Jessie Voigts said...

I need to clean out my old BR. It's so full that I don't even want to look at it. SIGH. On a brighter note, that photo is just pure happiness.

10:25 AM, February 27, 2014  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

Hi Molly! I really enjoyed your trip down memory lane via Instagram - please, feel free to post more teenage angsty goodness. = )

10:34 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Melanie said...

I was wondering if you would sign the new book when I receive it from Amazon? I sent you your first book with a return receipt and you signed it and I would love for you to do that again for me. Thanks.

10:40 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Just wanted to say Hi! Got my first e-mail notification from Orangette and was excited to read what you had to say. Finished reading your book last week! Loved it! My husband and I cook together everyday. I would read him recipes from your book while we worked. Lots of fun!

11:07 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Not so Stuck in Bed McGee said...

My high school bedroom is still somewhat set up in my father's house and the thought of cleaning it out is something I've considered recently, yet keep putting off. So I totally sympathize!

11:16 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Molly - As the author of We Are Called to Rise, I want to give you a great big hug! For everyone else, I got to read Molly's new book Delancey early and it is wonderful. My jaw still drops when I think what she and her husband pulled off. Also, I was hungry through the whole thing. =)

11:57 AM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Ileana said...

Hi. :)

I am reading A Homemade Life again and enjoying it just as much as the first time. Looking forward to Delancey!

11:59 AM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Becky said...

Love the little butts! I recently cleaned out my old bedroom as well. Lots of memories, good and bad. Where did the time go?

12:59 PM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Jude Butterfly said...

I am now just reading A Homemade Life. I love it. Life tends to transition from one thing to another almost imperceptibly doesn't it?

1:29 PM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Lola Dicila said...


2:53 PM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Jade Sheldon-Burnsed said...

Well, hello! I've been meaning to read We Are Called to Rise. Will most definitely be doing so now...

3:16 PM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous JB said...

Love all the different grays in that photo!

5:01 PM, February 27, 2014  
Anonymous Mary said...

Molly, you are charming!

5:11 PM, February 27, 2014  
Blogger Lauren Ann said...

Never posted before but am a long time reader. You are a huge inspiration and full of delicious ideas. Thanks!

7:47 PM, February 27, 2014  
OpenID emceebebe said...

Aloha! You actually mailed yourself a box of old love letters? They must have been legible :) A good old fashioned burning is always fun and totally honorable way to dispose of such, IMHO! Since your favorite music video is also one of mine (!!!), you might enjoy this when you get a minute... or 120! ;) 120memories.tumblr.com/ PS, Can we not invent a nicer name than curd? I can't wait to make it, but it just sounds crass.

8:29 AM, February 28, 2014  
Anonymous Jess said...

Well, hello! Thanks for the book rec. I'm currently compiling my list for the long days and nights of nursing ahead... (!!!) xo.

8:58 AM, February 28, 2014  
OpenID Holly said...

Reading this post between reading pages of your first book. Cannot wait to read delancey. You are quite possibly my most favourite food bloggers ever. Our attitudes to food are very similar and I am so glad to know I am not alone in that :)

10:19 AM, February 28, 2014  
Anonymous Sylvia said...

Had to get "We Are Called to Rise" after your mentioned it and I cannot put it down. That is a problem since I am supposed to be working. I know what I will be doing all evening. Thanks for your great columns.

10:32 AM, February 28, 2014  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Well hello, Molly! It is absolutely pouring outside here in Sydney (AUS) and your blog is the best place to be reading from right now as I wait for lunch to heat up in the oven (it's quiche). Looking forward to your book and curious about your book recommendation also. Love the photo!

5:32 PM, February 28, 2014  
OpenID deliberateobfuscation said...

Cleaning out letters, etc is one of those mysteriously wonderful things! It is so cool to have touchstones to our past, but at the same time...awkward... and all kinds of weird!

5:42 PM, February 28, 2014  
Blogger kt said...

Greetings from not-so-distant Kirkland-cross-the-lake! Love the blog. Loved the photo of your kitchen seen recently in a not recent issue of.....of.....was it bon appetit? Have been plotting a trek to Delancy and will get there soon, methinks!

9:33 PM, February 28, 2014  
Anonymous girlalex said...

Welcome back! I'm currently eating a bowl of granola I made based on your Granola Recipe #4. I've made about 5 batches in the few weeks. And you've now inspired me to move up "We are Called to Rise" on my reading list from "sometime" to "next". A new post from you always feels like a sweet little present!

8:46 AM, March 01, 2014  
Blogger Laura Vein said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who has waited a good amount of time to clean out their teenage bedroom :) I loved all your IG photos from the trip!

7:27 PM, March 02, 2014  
Anonymous Jeannie said...

I loved your recent split pea soup recipe, but making everything including my chicken stock to the letter, it came out very thin more of a watery consistency. I am used to thicker split pea soup. Is that the way it should be, or can I do anything to thicken it up in the next try??

9:17 AM, March 03, 2014  
Blogger Janine at Rustic Kitchen said...

I just made my first trip to Oklahoma City. I was touched by the friendliness of the people. Friends gave me a late-evening tour of the memorial, which is so moving. Great place to be from.

11:29 AM, March 03, 2014  
OpenID purelysubjective said...

Yay, hi you too Miss Molly! Working up the scheduling gusto to have time to make rye crumble bars. I've only been planning it for years, but I finally have homemade blackberry port jam to make it worthwhile. Congrats on the upcoming book release. Can't wait to smell the pages and read the words!

3:38 AM, March 04, 2014  
Anonymous Kai said...

Hi! So glad to hear from you. Your posts are always lovely, so thanks for saying hello. :)

8:59 PM, March 04, 2014  
Anonymous Merry said...

So exciting to see e-mail from Amazon this morning entitled "Big Spring Books", and there was your new title on their list. Can't wait to read it.

7:23 AM, March 06, 2014  
Anonymous Pat said...

Love your blog. Love your voice as a writer. So I just nominated you to SAVEUR's annual best food blog contest. Good luck!

7:53 AM, March 06, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always learn something new, feel something new when I visit Orangette…thank you.

1:09 PM, March 07, 2014  
Anonymous Sophie James said...

Love the greyness in your photo - never realized quite how undrab and undull grey truly can be. Beautiful, and with life captured in such a lovely abstract way. Sophie

8:54 AM, March 08, 2014  

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