Welcome to Foodesigns, my personal, highly indulgent, and probably not so unique kitchen stories. Professionally, I'm a hard-working cook, food writer, and food stylist for commercial photography. But in real life I'm generally lazy, so I specialize in low-tech recipes and hopefully simple, stylish food. Revisiting food memories, exploring the shadowy corners of food & culture, and cooking with family and friends makes for the most satisfying times at the table. The biggest compliment for me is that someone actually makes my recipes--or a photograph I styled makes them want to cook. As a journal-keeper and secret doodler, trifling with food is just an accounting of some of my favorite kitchen experiments, food ideas I've been passionate about for years, or passing food fancies. I guess I've had a history of being a bit of a culinary dilettante, leading to a fairly wide knowledge of lots of food history and cooking styles, but wisdom that's not always as deep as it probably should be. So I never stop learning.

never too cold out to grill a slab of meaty bones

never too cold out to grill a slab of meaty bones

wintery indulgence...a creamy craft porter with salted caramel ice cream

wintery indulgence...a creamy craft porter with salted caramel ice cream

here's to the promise of a peace-filled and prosperous New Year...

here's to the promise of a peace-filled and prosperous New Year...