beyond the plate + a giveaway!

Chickpea & Roasted Red Pepper Salad | theclevercarrot.com

Last summer I was asked to contribute material to a new book: Beyond the Plate.

I created a brand new recipe, submitted an old reader favorite (Italian almond ricotta cake- so good!), and answered a few Q’s and A’s about life in the kitchen.

The book features over 60 mouthwatering recipes and interesting stories from top food blogs around the world. I’m honored to be included. The foreword is by Saveur’s Editor-in-Chief, Adam Sachs who poses the relevant question: Is blogging dead?…

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a new chapter

Dutch Oven Sourdough | theclevercarrot.com

I’ve started and stopped this post about 100 times since January.

My head was filled with so many things that any time I’d sit down to write a new post I’d get all restless and distracted. My thoughts would eventually seize up like a bad hollandaise sauce (bless the delete button…).

Yes, I know. Excuses, excuses.

The truth is, I’ve been busy working on a very special project; one that’s literally consumed all of my time, thoughts, energy- you name it. Every day, I’d wake up and dive head first into the arduous task of balancing creativity with life, kids, work, and whatever else. It wasn’t easy and I took on way more than I could handle (hence the radio silence in this space).

But now I’m delighted to report that it’s over! No more deadlines. No more pressure. All of the pages have been signed, sealed, and delivered to my editor and we are in the final stages of completing the details.

What details you ask?…

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when bloggers meet.

boss babe fest 2016 | theclevercarrot.com

Blogging is quite the solitary profession.

Days are usually spent creating, photographing, and writing alone (or with a cat on your lap).

When you do socialize, it’s within a virtual web of curated social media feeds and blog comments with absolutely zero physical contact.

There are no hands to shake, lunches to attend, and hugs to give when a co-worker needs it most.

Ironic, isn’t it?

But recently, I had a chance to bridge the gap between virtual and reality.

I attended the first ever Boss Babe Fest: a blogging retreat for like-minded people….

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summer school

sourdough bread |theclevercarrot.com

Apparently, my son wants to leave his laid back, play all day summer schedule in favor of sitting in a sweaty classroom with his rowdy mates.

He wants to go back to school.

Strange request coming from a 7 year old on vacation, isn’t it?

But because we know him so well it makes total sense: structure and learning is his happy place.

And when he’s happy, we’re happy.

So, I put him to work at home….

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grow as you go.

grow as you go | theclevercarrot.com

There’s a small tab in the main menu bar called ‘Chronicles.’

In this section, I talk about life outside of the kitchen including tales about family life, blogging, etc. Initially, it was updated fairly often.

But as time passed, recipes became the main focus instead.

After all, isn’t that what bloggers are supposed to do? Stay on topic?…

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