Why this blog:
This blog came about in January of 2010 because I loved to cook, but I had grown tired of cooking.  So, I began the blog to document the ways I have been re-inspired: I cooked page 210, once a week (day of the week variable), for a year.  Why 210? Because it was the closest I could get to 2010 without having very thick cookbooks.  The next year, I cooked everything in my CSA box from Full Belly Farm and I experienced the heady rush of freedom to cook from whatever page I wanted.

Then, in 2015, I went back to the gimmick of a page number (not surprisingly 215) in order to celebrate the 5th birthday of the blog. From chicken giblets and blood sausage, to eclairs, and lamb shawarma, I cooked things I don't normally cook, but I also included some family favorites (including potato pizza and bolognese sauce).

For 2016, I have no plans. I took on a new job in 2015, and I haven't quite figured out my rhythm. So I am cooking when I can, which is mostly the weekend. I pack a lot of lunches.

My main concerns:
Some highlights include cooking what's in my cookbooks, with lots of nods to the true chefs who came up with these wonderful ideas, eating with the family in a little side project we call "Family Dinner" once a month, and thinking about how food connects to literature (a little addiction I cannot help).

Why this blog name:
The blog has also undergone a little overhaul.  We used to be "cooking inside the box," but there is another lovely blog out there by this name.  Don't be confused.  Everything here is still the same, except now I have a real domain name.  I am all fancy now.  

And I love morsels and sauces. Given the opportunity to graze on canapes, I jump on it. Given a choice of sauces to drizzle atop said canapes, and this is heaven.

Why the photographs:
I am slowly learning to become a better photographer. And lord knows I have a long way to go. However, I am leaving my old photographs from early posts up, in part to honor the journey my cooking and my photography have taken these past five years. So be kind when looking at those early photographs. 

Other information about me
Well, I am an educator by day, a runner by night (and sometimes very early morning).  I am a Midwesterner by birth, but a Westerner at truest heart.

I sometimes eat (just) pickles for dinner.